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Charley Wine - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 24
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-02-2005

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 24
Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Morgan for this one!

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown with a small egg-white head on top, about a finger in height that reduces to a nice cap on top. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Upfront there is some brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. Faint dark fruit mixed in, some raisin and plum.

T: Really nice flavors up front, more vanilla and brown sugar with some dark fruit in the middle, but then the flavor pretty much disappears, leaving no real finish or lingering flavor.

M: On the thin side, but abv is well hidden.

O: Pretty good, a little thicker and I think this would could be a real winner.

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Photo of baybassboy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle of the 2011 batch. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Reviewed while drinking.

Let me first say that I am very happy they made this beer again. Spike Todd of Mammoth Liquor kept telling me how good this beer was, and with this second run, I will finally get a chance to try it.

Pours a very dark red brown with a small, slightly off-white head. Not much lacing. Doesn't look to have the body of other Old Ales, but looks inviting.

Smell is of dark fruits and sugar. Definite vanilla/bourbon/oak character from the oak aging. All these smells are great, but not to aromatic. You gotta work to smell this beer.

Taste is great! I cant express my utter suprise on first sip. First thing I got was the oak aged character, vanilla, and sugar; subsiding into the dark fruits (raisin, fig, etc.). Taste is crisp, doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel... the downfall of this beer. While not poor, it is quite watery and really a bit of a let down. I wish it was more viscous and would coat the mouth better. Suprised this is 10% as it feels like much less in the mouth.

Overall, this is one fine beer from Mammoth Brew Co. At $10 a bomber, it is pretty affordable and I will be sure to sneak a few away to see how it develops over time. I wish there were something I could do about the body of this beer. Methinks I may try some sort of freezing/distill method. Whats the worst that could happen?

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A neat little treat at the brewery. Dark amber pour, a pristine amount of clarity, head was just right, a little beige. Aroma, wood, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon.

Taste, all those aroma flavors, lots of sweetness melding into the wood, vanilla is about the strongest I've ever had from a beer that didn't have "vanilla" in the name (and more than some that do). Maybe even a little juniper and cherry in there as well. Complex. Really enjoyed on tap, should be interesting to see what happens when this ages.

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Photo of Machinehead
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very surprised by this one. Very similiar to the the old/older viscosity. Smell is almondy. Taste is fruity of rasins and butterscotch that typically comes with barrel aged beers. Not too foamy or much head, but that is typical of this style of beer. Very enjoyable "dessert" beer.

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Photo of charlzm
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed August 13th 2010 in a Triple Petrus tulip/snifter from a bottle purchased at the brewery on May 28th, 2010.

Deep brown pour with slightly lighter brown highlights. Very short tan head emerges then becomes the tiniest ring of foam clinging to the edges of the glass. No notable carbonation after a few minutes, due perhaps to a combination of the style and the altitude and correspondingly lower atmospheric pressure the beer was bottled in.

Very aromatic: sweet caramel malts, oak, vanilla, raisin.

Flavor is close to nose, with the addition of toast, cocoa and maple syrup. Tannic with oaky bitterness at the end. Some alcohol flavor as well, though subtle.

Sadly, mouthfeel, while somewhat thick and oily is still somewhat thin for the style; lack of carbonation is sorely missed as well. At brewing elevation, this may improve dramatically, but that's not where I drank it.

Drinkability suffers slightly due to the mouthfeel, as the lack of effervescence makes the flavor almost syrupy and cloying. Still, the flavors are pleasing and the beer is enjoyably potent.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one both on tap at the brewery and out of the bottle. Quite good on tap, mediocre from the bottle.

Ruddy mahogany brown, pours with a small cap that recedes to a thin collar.

Nice whiskey barrel aroma, caramel and vanilla with some toasted oak and faint oxidation. The caramelized malt character is rich but not overly sweet, and there's a hint of booze.

It tastes even better, caramelized malts and vanilla, some tannic oak, leathery oxidation, bourbon, a little grape-like dark fruit. There's a pleasantly mild heat to it. Full-bodied, it finishes with some tannic woody earthy flavors and a nice raisin/dark fruit sweetness.

This is a surprisingly nice beer, but I must emphasize that it's much better on tap, the barrel character is very muted in the bottled version.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of EinWeizenbitte poured into a tulip.

Pours dark mahogany in the glass that actually shows through a deep, deep copper when held up to light. There is a large fizzy head that recedes quickly to a big collar.

The aroma is rich and sweet - thick sweet caramel richness with some toffee and fruits. There is vanilla and some wood character with a bit of toast as well.

The taste is a little less impressive with all the same characteristics but just a tad thinner. It's got caramel malts and an oaky alcohol character to it. Lots of toasted bread coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin with soft carbonation and keeps the flavors from developing on the palate completely. Very roasty and oaky.

This is a cross between a barleywine and old ale but the flavors are a little light to be a great beer. I think if the body was heftier it would be more memorable.

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Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the after-Bruery tasting last weekend.

Opaque dark brown appearance with a small off-white head.

Aroma is decent, roasty and woody with vanilla and dark fruit.

Flavor is also good but not amazing, very roasty, with chocolate, wood/earth, vanilla, and some fruity notes.

Medium-full on the body and fairly smooth; carbonation average.

Drinkability is good. Overall this is a decent old ale (not sure why it's called "charleywine" if it's not a barleywine).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy deep brown with good carbonation. Nose is chocolate, caramel. Taste follows nose pretty well with an earthiness and caramel plus cocoa. I felt this brew was very astringent. Body is think with booze and some flavor but nothing inspires me at all.

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Photo of vacax
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, looks nearly black in the glass. One finger of dark tan head, fair retention and decent lacing. Strong aroma of raisins, dry and fruity. Earthy, some oxidation, slight funk. Unique nose for sure. Tastes of a lot of malt up front, raisin, chocolate, caramelized sugars, biscuit, peat, bread, and vanilla. Hops show up in the finish followed by an earthy sweet malt to end it. Unique and interesting brew. Full bodied, low-medium natural carbonation is nice. I've had hundreds of beers this year and this one brought some new flavors to the table still. In a way, I really like this, but it also just doesn't feel quite right.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As another rater pointed out, I don't think this is a barleywine as the label says its an old ale. Pours a cloudy dark brown with auburn edges. Creamy, squatty tan head. Moderate lacing. Nutty, chocolate malt aroma. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Long finish. Toffee and vanilla flavors with a large amount of malt. Tangy chocolate and light coffee flavors as well. Malty finish. Very nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with reddish-hued edges and a thin, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Predominately sweet-smelling dark caramel sauce in the aroma supported by secondary notes of wood, dried cherries, and vanilla sugar.

Taste: Dark caramel maltiness yields to minor touches of wood and then hints of chocolate, vanilla, and even roast. Faintly acidic fruitiness. Light earthy bitterness. Finishes dry, earthy, and with small final hints of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Hey, that was pretty decent barleywine. At'a boy, Mammoth!

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Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2 different samples around four or five ounces each from flights purchased at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach both today and yesterday, my favorite beer of their first Barleywine Festival

A-Medium maple brown with some dark orange highlights, 1/2 inch creamy as can be beige head that lasted more than five minutes, nice retention, some lacing
S-Milk chocolate, some darker cocoa too, lots of oak, sweet vanilla, charred accents, heavy malt, esters, citrus that was mostly oranges, very light hops, light sugar, and angelfood cake
T-Taste starts off with a big chocolately taste, which is how I like my barleywines, toffee and oaky vanilla make up the middle, finishes with some light burned accents, later on some mild citrus comes out that is barely even there, sweet cocoa still presents itself with more a malt dominance than before, like how it went from sweet to creamy with no hesitation, by the end this was subtle and full of different sweet malty flavors that all worked wonderfully together
M-Creamy, sweet, rich, and malty mouthfeel, body is pretty thick and full, nice soft level of carbonation that is fitting for its flavor, taste lingers a long time, liked how this one coated the mouth
D-Could probably drink a bomber of this mainly because it tastes so good, it is heavy on the stomach though because of its sweet characteristics, alcohol is hidden pretty well, goes down relatively easy for an old ale

I wish I would have bottles of this after just seeing it at Hi-Times because I traded away the only one I was ever able to get previously, this beer is the brewery's best and I heard this is possibly going into cans in the future, wow that would be great to have while travleing or at the beach, anyways top notch brew I hope to drink again soon, recommended, by the way its name is indeed Charleywine, it is actually an old ale, and it measures in at 10% ABV

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Photo of HalfFull
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if this is the same brew. No mention of 'Old' just 'CharleyWine' on the label. Also poured from a 22 oz. bomber and I don't think this is available in 12 oz. bottles. Pours a hazy deep unfiltered brown with a thin aromatic head. Part of the 'unfiltered' was a fair amount of suspended yeast, guess I should have poured a glass prior to trying to read the bottle. Decent lacing throughout the glass.

Rather interesting on the nose with a bit of chocolate as well as vanilla, fig, some piney hops and a sure sense of the alcohol potency.

Taste is similar with a bit of a roasted oaky bitterness in the finish, and a bit of smoke and spice. Slightly warming yet offers a good feel and easy drinkability for the strength.

note: ABV of 10.0% and noted as an 'English Style Old Ale' not a Barleywine.

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Photo of IceAce
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle w/o label & sans any dating method

The most aggressive pour possible into a LaTrappe goblet netted two distinct results. First and foremost, a full finger of leather-carseat-tan foam erupted above a chestnut brown body which was too dark to ascertain clarity. The other result was a fine spattering of 'Old Charlie' amongst the keys of my laptop. Since the air lacks the smell of burning Dell circuitry, I decide to press on.

Old Chuck here has quite an aroma about him, if'n you know what I mean. Alcohol soaked prunes, dark cherries, and an earthy musk greet my sniffer and leaves no doubt that Seńior Charles is truly loaded for bear.

Entry is suspiciously quiet with a midtaste of moss and plums. Chuckie may have started slow, but finishes strong, managing to tease with a quick hop bite followed ever so closely with every taste imaginable from the bottom of Grandma's candy dish.

Mouthfeel is palate pleasingly slick and the warming on the back of the throat must be the remnants of an old stogie Chas had hidden behind his back.

I am proud to say I made a new friend today...you can call him Charlie.

Many thanks to my beer bud SwillinBrew for pimpin' the Mammoth Brewing juice my way...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. No label at all on this one but I do know that it is their Barleywine maybe called Old Charlie Wine. No label, hence no strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Straight from the fridge the carbonation is reasonably lazy but it is there and finely dissolved. The body is a dark mahogany brown with some cloudiness prevalent. A ¼” tight and compact tan colored forms but soon gives up the fight to reveal a smattered surface with a halo ring of bubbles. Conditioning is witnessed on the tip of the glass and it is extremely finely dissolved. Judging by the amount of yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle this was bottle-conditioned of sorts.

Nose: Mellow at first but it rises in strength as it was warmed by the Long Beach rays. Low aromas, but flaked milk chocolate and crushed almonds mix with dark malts and light roasted barley. Has some soothing alcohol to back up the aromas when it reaches room temperature.

Taste: The initial tastes are of dark malts with hints of milk chocolate. Some coffee bitterness in the middle fights with a low ebbing alcohol feel that is soft to the lick. Nice chocolate malt ending with hints of dark caramel toffee in the swallow. Enjoyable. It reminded me of an American Barleywine at the start with hints of an English Old Ale in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel that has a neat mix of everything in all the right proportions to lend the feel of a decent brew without too much shrapnel. Smooth but big enough to stand up for itself in a fight.

Drinkability: As with the other Mammoth brews I tried recently, this one was a pleasant enough brew that had no real distractions and almost nothing to complain about. Soft feel with plenty of flavor, improved in quality and Drinkability as it warmed up. A decent enough brew all round.

Overall: A mysterious brew, it seems that there is not much information floating around on this one it seems. Still, it is a nice enough brew that was a bit of heavy hitter for the first of the day, but I am working my up to the 75cl bottle of Alesmith 10th Anniversary Decadence that I have waiting in the wings, so it was a good training beer in that respect. Nice enough. Worth trying if you see it 8000ft up in the High Sierra whilst Snow Boarding.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

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Charley Wine from Mammoth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.