Barley Wine
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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British Barleywine
Ranked #129
Ranked #16,179
3.98 | pDev: 4.77%
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Notes: Sip, Sit or Stand. The choice is yours, with one thing for certain, age defines grace. Our Barleywine style ale has proved to be no exception to this rule. Two Row Barley, Crystal malt, and Munich malt all prepare the canvas for an entourage of hops that will enlighten your pallet. Enjoy today and Savor tomorrow.
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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color. No head, just a slight bit of foam popped up, with a slight carbonation that produces a slightly off white ring around the glass.
The nose has notes of fruit on it. Slightly malty, biscuit aroma. Not extremely strong aroma, but there.
Taste - Complex. I get a bit of pepper, malty biscuit, slight fruit, raisin, and it finishes with a slight hop bitterness.
Full bodied. Slightly creamy feeling. Slight bitter feel. No real alcohol burn, which is surprising with the ABV.
I do love a good aged Barleywine, and this is quite tasty.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is the 2013 vintage and many thanks to jvgoor3786 for this bottle.

A - Hazy raisin burgundy color with thin, but dense toffee colored lacing on top, light carbonation.

S - Roasted toffee aroma with some dark fruit tang: raisins, figs, and dates. (Some light pear aroma also.)

T - Toasted caramel up front while the roasted toffee portion of the malt gains momentum midway through and continues to build. Nice dark fruit on the back end with mild to moderate pine bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a velvety texture.

O - This is a solid Barleywine.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately murky dark ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, roast, wood, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Slight oxidation coming out as it warms. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, roast, wood, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, light roast, wood, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and bready mouthfeel that is awesome. Slightly slick, syrupy, sticky, and chalky. Alcohol is very well hidden; very mild warmth of 10.5% lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very rich and complex with perfect balance of yeast fruits and dark/bready malt sweetness. Just enough earthy hop presence to balance. This aged really well, not much oxidation. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vertical 2013-2016, rating more heavily based on the newest version:
Pours a fairly clear light brown, maybe just a little bit of a dirty aspect to it. Creamy off white, lightly rusty head.
Nose has some fig and white raisin, with a slight wooden aspect to it, as if it might have been barrel aged. A warming alcohol sensation is noted.
Taste opens with a little tang, with some heat. A caramel note comes next, with a slight hint of burnt sugar. An earthy bitterness comes next, neutralizing the sweetness - maybe a little too well, as there's a slight void near the back.
Not bad, but want a little more body depth.

A slight bit darker, deeper brown with a little more clarity through the beer. Head is similar, with perhaps a slight bit less hold.
Nose is a bit more single noted, with a more distinct dark fruit note, overall a little more date-like. There's a little more sweetness and no wooden note.
Taste is a bit smoother, without any spikes of heat, though it still has a warming aspect to it. A slightly wooden ending (versus earthy) sort of comes out of nowhere in this year's version, but is not a surprise given the sensations from this year's offering.

This one has gotten back to cloudy, though it could be from sediment that I wasn't too careful with. Thin collar with a thin film of surface bubbles.
Nose is more classic barleywine with a bit of bitterness balancing the malts, producing an almost lightly peated note.
There's a little more body in this year's, and it has a larger amount of bitterness. The amber-brown color producing malts open the beer and maybe have a little fig note. The earthy herbal bitterness is stronger on a colder beer, but provide more of a nice balance as it warms.
This year's fits a barleywine a bit more than the newer year's, IMO.

A bit lighter but with a similar murkiness as the 2014. A little thicker collar than the 2014.
This is the first one that has a little oxidation to it. This one is back to a little date and dark raisin, but has a deeper smell profile with a hint of light brown sugar.
Taste starts with that light brown sugar and has a light tang. There is a clean countering bitterness, but the beer stays a little sweet through the end. There's a slight drying aspect in the end of this one.

Overall, I think I like the 2014 the best, and the 2016 the least. If these are representative of aging, I'd say between 2 and 3 years might be the best option.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 2015, this barley-wine is hazy and cloudy in complexion...muddy brown in color. It is still...not much of a head. The aroma is of malt and alcohol. Lots of dried has warmth, toffee, but also dryness. It is a classic barleywine. Full, flavorful, enjoyable, and contemplative.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This review concerns the '13 vintage.

This pours a reddish-brown color, with a very small head, and no lacing.

It seems time has completely tamed whatever hop attack was waiting for people who enjoyed this fresh. It smells relatively sweet, lots of caramel, toffee, and dried fruit- figs and raisins, I suppose.

This is a little too sweet for me, but it's still tasty. It feels maybe slightly oxidized, with that sort of sweet sherry-like character I associate with oxidation. There's a good amount of caramel, brown sugar coated toasted bread, some toffee, and slight dark fruit character, with no hop bitterness at all. It seems like possibly 1-2 years is the sweet spot for aging this one.

This has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. The carbonation feels appropriate for the style.

This is enjoyable stuff from a brewery that I'd never heard of.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a clear, amber/burgundy color with a small, off-white head. It smelled of sweet caramel and toffee. It tasted very malty with toasted caramel and sweet toffee. Good bitterness, too.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish copper. Bulbbles tend to cling to the side of the glass and their are lots and lots of them. Very, very thin layer of head that rapidly falls apart

S - Whoa! Thats strong! I detect bouron, raisins, and pears with a caramel backbone!

T - Lots of bourbon and caramel upfront. Nice caramel flavor on the finish as well. In between im detecting winter fruits such as apples and pears

M - A very heavy beers. Good burn going down from the 10.5 abv. Very think. A sipper!

O - Excellent winter beer. One in more than enough! Great flavor and a good winter warmer!

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Overall, a good aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2009 on it.

What it lacks in head retention it makes up for in a stunning brownish garnet clarity. Big malt in the nose, toasted bread with a think layer of caramel and figgy fruitiness. Lush creamy mouth feel, carbonation is light. Lots of sweetness is slowly tamed by the warming alcohol. Maltiness jumps from caramel to toasted bread to dried grass. Figgy fruitiness throughout. Finishes semi-sweet with a faint herbal hop flavor.

A tasty sipper, very well done ... worth a try for sure.

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