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Bourbon Barrel Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for 6-8 months in bourbon/whiskey barrels

2009: Pappy Van Winkle barrels
2010: Buffalo Trace barrels
2011: Wild Turkey barrels
2013: Willet barrels

(Beer added by: SirSketch on 05-02-2010)
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of alpinebryant
3.5/5  rDev -10%

2010 bottle poured into a tulip glass ,

A: Clear chestnut brown with minimal head, slight tiny hiss when opening. nearly perfectly clear. Time in the bottle has let this one settle out.

S: Aroma of sweet cherry, caramelized sugars, plum, subdued barrel and barely present bourbon, I would hesitate to know how much time passed prior to the barrel being used again, or however long it was, the bourbon is very faint.

T: This beer starts like a nice english barleywine, very faintly hopped with a very low alpha hop, abundances of caramel, vanillin, some stale carboard / oak barrel flavors in the background. This was apparently the Buffalo Trace barrel year, which is a whiskey i have not had, and makes me curious to know where the flavor notes are in the whiskey itself.

M: Relatively flat and seems basically appropriate for an english barleywine, but just a little too flat for my liking. Based on reviews from years following this batch, it seems like they may have taken care of that item as it seems the 2013s are drawing a full finger of head. Maybe worth reviewing again, but then again.... I have a lot of barleywine in the cellar and I dont know when I will be trading again for more from out of state in IN.

O: Overall, there are some good characteristics here. I have been sitting on this bottle for a few years in my cellar and it is a good barleywine, but not overly impressed with some of the flaws that are going on here. Slightly stale, slight cardboard hints, not much bourbon flavors. Other than that, it seems like the body is on par, color is nice and I would have to assume has improved with more recent batches.

alpinebryant, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jeremiahoden, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Ohiovania, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown almost in glass, a clear amber when pouring.

S-Mild bourbon, good deal of coffee and caramel. Earthy notes as well.

T-Starts with caramel and toffee, some bourbon, tad bit of oak. Dark fruits (cherries and plums) as well.

M-Medium bodied, tad velvety with nice carbonation.

O-A decent BA Barleywine, and even more importantly a cheap one.

rlee1390, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -22.9%

smartassboiler, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mjpolzin, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Mild_Bill
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Mild_Bill, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

stortore, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SkinniePost, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

coz, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

ohiobeer29, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

SourAddict, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

kylehay2004, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

martyl1000, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

admonster00, Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

xdefeatsy, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

C2H5, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Rado, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Drew26, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

DantheMan75, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

TastyIsBeer, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

blue-dream, Mar 21, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.