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Barrel Chested Barleywine | Upland Brewing Company

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4.1/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,177
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
177
pDev:
7.56%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
33
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Benish
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjpolzin
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
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.

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Barrel Chested Barleywine from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 177 ratings