Barrel Chested
Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
American Barleywine
4.1 | pDev: 7.56%
Dec 20, 2019
Nov 30, 2014
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Notes: 2014: Willet Bourbon barrel-aged

A complex strong ale aged in Willett bourbon barrels, this gentle giant pours a deep copper and offers a seductive sweetness and intriguing complexity.
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Rated: 4.24 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Dec 20, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by Benish from Wisconsin

Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by Kurmaraja from California

May 08, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by DareOfTheHog from Vermont

Aug 24, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 08, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Hayes86 from Michigan

Apr 29, 2017
Rated: 4 by fthegiants from California

Apr 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by darktronica from Indiana

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sample at EBF Saturday
Mostly clear deep golden color. Big sweet caramel and brown sugary maltiness with plenty of alcohol and bourbon vanilla character. Nice sipper
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jan 26, 2017
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Reviewed by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A decent tasting barleywine with flavors of dried fruit and biscuity malts. I was left wanting a little more though. I don't want to say it tasted bland but it could have been a little more complex.
Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 4 by mychalg9 from Illinois

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California

Dec 08, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by Sappyjoker from Illinois

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by scott2269 from Ohio

Oct 11, 2016
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to ndpunk, who knocked this long-time want off my list a while back, & I’m finally getting around to reviewing it. 12 oz. bottle enjoyed in a Holiday Inn outside of beautiful Albert Lea, MN. Yeah. I should have brought either (a) more beer or (b) gotten sick & hared off into the state park within spitting distance.

Alas, I am starting at this single brew. Filtered copper that if melted right, could join the plumbing under my sink at home. Aroma brings plenty of sweet malt, vanilla, nutmeg. Huh.

Barrel-Chested is more about the barleywine than the barrel. Chest-deep sweetness, sugar-covered caramel, brown sugar, raw stone fruit peels…good lord, I just had my teeth cleaned yesterday (sorry Cheryl!). Crowding the raw sugar mill is alcohol, baring its teeth. Very light barrel at the end lends an aura of bourbon rather than actual taste: bit of vanilla & wood, but barely. Thick & syrupy & is feeding my sweet-tooth with both hands.

A barleywine that might someday act as the spokesbeer for Crystal Sugar. Too light on the barrel, this slips down into the standard, good, solid territory.
Aug 25, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by ajs4bd from Missouri

Jul 02, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Jun 30, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by Ctb6582 from Maryland

May 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 10/2015. It is a clear chestnut brown with a 1 finger light tan head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. The smell is of sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee, with some woody and a subtle dark fruit notes. Flavor has some sweetness of burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon and oak. Feel is medium, with some warming alcohol and lower carbonation. I enjoyed it.
May 04, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled: Oct. 2015

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a nice head forming through a bubble show; produces the leggiest lacing I have ever seen

Smell: Treacle-laced Bourbon, with date and fig tones; earthy hops, oak and vanilla add complexity

Taste: Treacle forward, with the date and fig tones building; in the middle, the Bourbon comes on, with its boozy oak and vanilla character; earthy hops cut into the sweetness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; limited warmth in the gullet

Overall: I much prefer English barleywines to their American counterparts and this beer exemplifies my preference; an excellent example from a style that I really enjoy

Thanks, darktronica,.for the opportunity
Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Dravin from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. The bottled on date was Oct '15.

It pours a nice amber-brown with a finger of beige head that quickly settles into a couple floating islands of foam and a ring around the edge of the glass. This beer is bourbon, raisins, vanilla, caramel, and oak. It's got a nice bitterness to the barelywine base that is a nice counterpoint to the sweet and warm flavors going. A sturdy body and low carbonation leave it hefty on the palate but hefty is to be expected from the style. Despite the sweet finish it doesn't come across as syrupy or clingy.

The barrel character of this beer isn't as aggressive as some I've had such as Backwoods Bastard but the softer character allows the beer to shine a little bit more and while softer there is no doubting the beer is bourbon barrel aged. It's a fantastic desert and nightcap all in one glass.
Mar 28, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by Ultimate from New Jersey

Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Deep Amber pour, no head. Smells of bourbon, raisin, dark fruit, vanilla caramel. Tastes real similar. This is quite a treat. I will be happy to pick this up again next year.
Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by robbmotiwalla from Georgia

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island

Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by ahbithwabm from Illinois

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by VaporDome from New York

Feb 13, 2016
Barrel Chested from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 178 ratings