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Bourbon Barrel Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 18
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-13-2014 22:36:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded snifter

Pours a murky mahogany capped by a more than ample one and a half finger medium beige head. Above average retention, evident, coating lacing. Caramel, light wisps of oak, vanilla, and booze on the nose. Opens with caramel, toffee, dates, fig, and hints of dried dark fruit. Big vanilla notes midpalate; finishes with pleasant oakiness, a hint of maple syrup and brown sugar & light bourbon notes and warming alcohol. Low level of carbonation, full smooth, syrupy body. A very nice brew. All the flavor components of an exceptional BA English barleywine are there, however lacks a bit in both depth and complexity. Certainly a solid brew that I wouldn't turn down, but just a step away from being a seasonal that I'd make a point of buying annually.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:27:47 | More by chanokokoro
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PatB1987

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-05-2014 16:43:53 | More by PatB1987
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-02-2014 22:09:23 | More by Knoxrb12
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bralston345

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-02-2014 03:30:21 | More by bralston345
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-23-2014 23:32:56 | More by Stinger80OH
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a frothy tan head that leaves a nice trail of lacing all around the glass

Smell: Caramel and Bourbon dominate the aroma, with vanilla and fig underneath

Taste: Caramel and Bourbon also dominate the front-end, with the fig and vanilla building, in the middle; vanilla flavors round out the finish with the Bourbon adding a boozy touch to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth down the gullet

Overall: I suspect that this beer will improve with age, though right now it is a bit raw in the Bourbon-dominated booziness that masks any Winter warmer spicing subtlety

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 18:11:07 | More by brentk56
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srgj88

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-22-2014 03:34:47 | More by srgj88
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Rogorama

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-20-2014 20:38:54 | More by Rogorama
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Theniz

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-15-2014 14:17:41 | More by Theniz
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-14-2014 02:07:30 | More by OnWisconsin
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-11-2014 00:05:12 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-09-2014 03:06:01 | More by Holland
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-08-2014 06:51:04 | More by BigJim5021
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LCS46208

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-30-2014 23:35:30 | More by LCS46208
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-30-2014 22:51:41 | More by Kegatron
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-27-2014 01:26:47 | More by mpayne5
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-27-2014 00:30:35 | More by Morey
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2014 23:41:54 | More by atone315
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-26-2014 07:24:44 | More by Jamison85
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head light tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel, nuts, brown sugar, bready malt and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, and it's certainly worth a try at $6.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:48:06 | More by bluejacket74
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a small off-white head.

S: Lots of tannic bourbon and molasses and caramel in the nose. Dripping with barrel. Lightly figgy, vanilla.

T: Taste brings charred oak, mild roasted grain bitterness, caramel, bourbon, tannic vanilla, plum, creme brulee. Gets nutty with lots of honey notes as it warms.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A tasty beer that doesn't hold back on the barrel. Hints at the profile of top-tier BA barleywines but not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:31:45 | More by Etan
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-19-2014 23:16:24 | More by DrewskiWhit
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

01-16-2014 02:47:58 | More by chippo33
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2014 03:17:36 | More by Drknight
Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.