Bourbon Barrel Warmer
Upland Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel WarmerBourbon Barrel Warmer
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Style:
British Barleywine
Ranked #159
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,706
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
129
From:
Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  26
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
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 129 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by eclipse54:
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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle from fvernon; thank you very much for yet another want! Poured into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a dark brown/purple/mahogany color with about a finger’s breadth of fluffy, off-white head. Retention is short, which is to be expected I suppose. Small outcroppings of bubbles cling to the walls of the glass as lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, date, hazelnut, and a touch of raisin and dried cherry. Very well balanced and highly inviting.

It tastes of caramel, toffee, and hazelnut on the front, followed by vanilla, date, and raisin in the middle. The oak and bourbon really come through on the finish, with a prominent alcohol moiety on the exhale. A bit hot, but not terribly so.

Mouthfeel is rich, but ample carbonation keeps the sugars from sticking to the tongue too much and helps bring out the more subtle flavors. Finish is rather dry from the oak and alcohol, but it keeps you coming back for another sip.

Overall, a great bourbon barrel aged barleywine. I think a little more time in the bottle would have helped pull some of the heat off of this, but I was too eager to dive in and enjoy it (and enjoy it I did!).

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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