Bourbon Barrel Warmer
Upland Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel WarmerBourbon Barrel Warmer
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Style:
British Barleywine
Ranked #160
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,716
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
129
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Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
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Gots
  15
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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
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Reviews by auroracrisis:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz dated October 2011 into a nonic pint.

Burgundy with amber highlights on the pour. A bit of foam on the pour but dissipates into a ring around the edges. Some bubbles can be seen, a bit of legging.

Strong notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak give way into butterscotch and other confectionery sweetness. As the beer warms, it becomes more and more alcoholic smelling which takes over the sweetness.

A tad bit sweeter on the tongue but again, all about the bourbon and barrel. Rich vanilla and toasted coconut. A little heat as well.

Medium-thin with some heat and stickyness.

Good display of bourbon notes. I wasn't expecting much with this one but it wasn't bad. I should have picked up the non-barreled version of this one for comparison.

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Bottled in December of 2013. Have had this for a long while after buying it at a discounted price of $3.99 for a bomber.

Pours a cloudy dark brown amber color. Lots of sediment. Finger and a half of a tan head.

Aroma is actually outstanding. Burnt carmel (creme brûlée), toffee, molasses, raisin bread, plum, vanilla, oak, smooth bourbon.

Taste follows the aroma closely. The raisin bread, toffee, and carmel pops up front. This then blends into a rich vanilla and smooth bourbon from the Willet bourbon barrels. The finish is more rich vanilla, burnt carmel, oak, and smooth bourbon. Outstandingly decadent.

Medium body. Nicely carbonated, creamy, oily, and sticky.

This was a big surprise, as I didn't expect much given the discounted price a while back. This was a very well done BA English Barleywine. The barrel presence, even after 2 1/2 years, was still very present and melded well with the base. I wouldn't be surprised if this is what Upland now calls their Barrel Chested Barleywine, as it is eerily similar.

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22oz bottle of the recent winter 2013 bottling. Thanks Shaun. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter today, 3/20/2014.

App- Dark caramel brown body with a nice one-1/2 finger white head that retains quite well and drops slowly. No lacing, looks darker than a typical scotch/wee heavy.

Smell- Initial nose impression is almost cologne-like, kind of a minty and even a bit chemical-like. It's interesting and a bit different. Also a very sweet toffee nose from the base beer, a little bit of vanilla and oak barrel.

Flavour- Caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla, a bit of oak barrel and sweet bourbon. A touch of dark fruits. But this is definitely a toffee-forward beer. It's solid, nothing mind-blowing. Would have expected a bit more barrel here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, fine carbonation, on the thinner side of what I'd expect of an a BA English Barleywine. A bit hot and boozy.

Overall- Decent BA English Barleywine, nothing too special but certainly still a treat in of its own. I don't get any spices which you'd expect from a "Winter Warmer".

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Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 129 ratings