Bourbon Barrel Warmer - Upland Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +24.2%
I am splitting a 22 oz bomber with Stopper, the bottle is part of my winnings from the EPL league last season.
Pouring into a snifter at cellar temp the beer pours a rich mahogany hue with some light fluffy beige head foaming up about 1 cm and fading gradually to an edge layer.
The aroma is all malt, anticipated for an English b-wine. I get caramel and brown sugar with bourbon and vanilla hits as well, not cloying sweet but I dont find any hops in the nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured fairly hefty bodied brew with average tingly carbonation. The flavor is as the nose advertises with caramel and brown sugar but mostly sweet bourbon notes and brief hits of vanilla. The hops dont show up anywhere and the alcohol is EXTREMELY well hidden for 9.0%. I think this beer could be in the category of dangerously drinkable!
I really enjoyed this one and wish I had a few more as I think this beer would be outstanding on a cold evening in front of the fire place. To be honest I would drink this one almost anywhere, very enjoyable beer!
09-06-2010 13:39:14 | More by sulldaddy
4.55/5 rDev +17%
another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.
really enjoyed this one as it was not at all what i was expecting as it pours a wonderfully clear ruby color with a nice head of about an inch in height that settled down slowly and left a decent amount of lacing all along the sides of the glass.
aroma of deep vanilla and coconut, a rich balance of oak and warming alcohol notes welcomes me into its wonderful grip. really a wonderfully complex and sublime mixture of scents here. light feel was a little bit of a distraction as opposed to the big barrel aged beers i am used to. moving along though the sweet vanilla, coconut, maple flavors set this apart from anything else i have had in a long time! smooth and warming only evens it out even more, it was just sublimely drinkable and really just a wonderful way to end a night.
overall near perfection and a great offering overall.
11-06-2010 14:50:51 | More by mikesgroove
4.54/5 rDev +16.7%
I had-ed this initially but after having it felt it was worth a review. Single finger off white head with decent retention although greater than most barrel aged beer though on a relatively clear amber body. Aroma is very full on the nose with vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is similar and complex with vanilla and caramel dominating. The sweetness is very well balanced by earthy oaks and flavors. The flavor takes a few sips to get used too. The initial sample was very metallic in the finish. Medium to full body, coats the palate a bit with light to moderate carbonation. Very good beer, wish I could try previous years in succession to see how they change.
04-21-2014 01:14:11 | More by kylehay2004
4.39/5 rDev +12.9%
Very much like Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
Pours a muddy water into a tulip, with a beautiful head serious lacing.
Bourbon and pancakes (with syrup!). Smells delicious. Plus vanilla and brown sugar and prune.
In the mouth a lot of vanilla and a courteous bourbon that greet the taste buds. The sweetness has a somewhat overly-rich brown sugar element, you know, that umami component in molasses. A hop bitterness emerges on the finish.
Creamy and medium- to full-bodied.
Very much like CW BB BW, but not quite in the same league.
04-20-2014 20:25:05 | More by martyl1000
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is bourbon, brown sugar and oak. The flavor is dark fruit - mainly cherries - as well as toasted coconut, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very nice.
06-07-2010 03:51:17 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
2009 vintage. This offering from Upland poured a very smooth and murky, muddied cloudy medium to dark brown. It's almost caramel in color. It had a slight white head to it, which laced the glass. The smell was a very intricate collaboration of bourbon, malty sweetness, alcohol, and candied fruit. The taste echoed the aromas. It was very sweet with hints of vanilla and featured a moderate amount of bourbon barrel at the same time. It left a bready taste in my mouth, almost like a raisin bread or perhaps something with figs. It was well carbonated and crisp. It was delicious. I can't wait to see what this one matures into in a couple years. I'd recommend trying it.
07-14-2010 05:15:51 | More by aasher
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Newly released bottle. Pours a deep ruby color with a small head. Appears very clear. Nose is full of bourbon, followed by some malty sweetness. Taste is very bourbon forward, which I like. Also some malty sweetness followed with a small amount of bitterness and booze. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but still pretty solid. I like a little more thickness from a big barleywine though. Drinkability suffers a little from the strong bourbon presence, but I had no trouble with the bomber. Very nice job from my hometown brewery. Definitely a strong improvement over the regular Warmer.
05-03-2010 22:17:09 | More by khumbard
Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
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