Bourbon Barrel Warmer | Upland Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel WarmerBourbon Barrel Warmer
BA SCORE
76%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 129 ratings
Bourbon Barrel WarmerBourbon Barrel Warmer
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by SirSketch on 05-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,981
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
129
Liked:
98
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.54%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
16
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of waltonc
2.21/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Opened this up last night, figuring it fit in well with the Christmas/winter beer theme. However, it paled in comparison to most of the other brews opened, and was thus poured down the drain.

A: Caramel with tan head.
S: Oxidation (even though I was told this is a 2010 bottle), light bourbon, caramel. Not an inviting or interesting smell for a bourbon barrel barleywine. I knew right away this wouldn't be good.
T: About as uninteresting and one-note of a bourbon barrel barleywine as I can recall having had (the only other example I can recall being potentially this bad is barrel aged Old Abominable). Again, bourbon, blah typical barleywine notes - high malt level, low hops, a little brown sugar here, a little vanilla and wood there.
M: Pretty thin body for the style.
D: Took two sips and poured the rest down the drain.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, caramelly color with a light foam cap.

S: Light aroma of bourbon and nuts. I pick up elements of toffee, vanilla, and toast. It's not very pungent, but the range is nice.

T: Bourbon, nuts, small elements of grape, toast, and brown sugar. Nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding, either. It nails everything I'd expect in a barrel-aged barleywine, though the flavors aren't very pronounced.

M: It's thin-medium bodied, with a watery finish. The flavor falls off surprisingly fast.

D: I know I'm in a minority here, but I thought Perfect Storm was barrel-dominated and sweet. I think this beer falls far below that one, and so I can't give it anything higher than a C. I suppose I'd have it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. This was one of the first dumped bottles of the evening. No one cared to drink it.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.72/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep mahogany and caramel with just a slight off-white head, a little lacing and some bubbles.

You can tell the barrel had an impact here. Sweet booze in the nose, but not overpowering. Rich vanilla notes with some wood and caramel as well.

Starts out with a sweet boozy whiskey flavor. Unlike the nose the booze dominates this. The vanilla and oak are barely present as everything tastes like sweet wild turkey. A few more flavors came out after warming, but still Wild Turkey shone through.

A tad light on the mouthfeel, but not too bad. Medium carbonation. Maybe a bit higher than others in this style.

The regular version is one of my all time favorites and I've loved this one the last few years, but the Wild Turkey barrels ruined a good beer IMO. It overpowers everything. Maybe it'll mellow out a bit and let more of the wonderful base beer shine through after some aging.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of lightindarkness
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hard pour yields an ivory head of dense froth that wants to hang around for a while. Clearish dark ambery red color.

Malty nose of grain with some bourbon caramel and vanilla. Kind of woody with some light spice depth. Overall not a strong smell, very pleasant, but a bit weak.

Taste is interesting. A little bitter at first, very weak as a barleywine, losing much of it's malty bigness in the barrel aging. Bourbon comes across buttery and woody with some nice oak and a little vanilla. A little leathery, but also a tinge salty, which really doesn't help. Leaves a very pleasant sweetness on the lips.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost light. Carbonation is weak, and there's not much body to speak of for a barleywine, seemingly not enough to make up for one to be aged in bourbon barrels.

It's tasty and drinkable, but not highly so. Interesting overall beer. Good for a try, and admittedly I'm liking it more as I go, but not one I feel like I need to have again.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Womencantsail shared this one. Thanks, Andrew.

Hazy light amber with a reddish hue. A finger of foam rises and quickly recedes.

Caramel and brown sugar are evident on the nose. Integrated bourbon, light alcohol, berry preserves. It's pretty light for the style, and there isn't much to it.

Toasted malt, brown sugar, berry-like fruitiness. Grainy, a little alcohol, though it's mellow overall. The body is pretty thin, and the flavor profile a bit simplistic, though it does nail the key notes of the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared at a tasting, not a very good beer. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head, low retention.

Aroma is bourbon and malt, smells fine.

Beer is sort of a mess, it is malty and sweet with an odd finish, not much going on worth mentioning though. An interesting beer I suppose but not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Mark. Shared at the BABATT.

A: The pour is surprisingly clear amber/copper color with a short lived off-white head.

S: The nose certainly lets you know this one is barrel aged. Bourbon and vanilla start things off. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar follow. There's a bit of cardboard/oxidation going on too.

T: Surprisingly light in flavor for a -bal aged barleywine. Again, sweet vanilla and bourbon along with the typical brown sugar and caramel flavors of the style. A bit of warming alcohol is present as well.

M: The body is certainly on the thin side with a fairly lively carbonation to it.

D: Not at all bad, but not a homerun either (maybe a long single). I didn't find it bad, just sort of uninteresting.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of PatB1987
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Docrock
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Klif
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Mcvs1507
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of OnWisconsin
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of djmichaelk
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

2010 bottle poured into a tulip glass ,

A: Clear chestnut brown with minimal head, slight tiny hiss when opening. nearly perfectly clear. Time in the bottle has let this one settle out.

S: Aroma of sweet cherry, caramelized sugars, plum, subdued barrel and barely present bourbon, I would hesitate to know how much time passed prior to the barrel being used again, or however long it was, the bourbon is very faint.

T: This beer starts like a nice english barleywine, very faintly hopped with a very low alpha hop, abundances of caramel, vanillin, some stale carboard / oak barrel flavors in the background. This was apparently the Buffalo Trace barrel year, which is a whiskey i have not had, and makes me curious to know where the flavor notes are in the whiskey itself.

M: Relatively flat and seems basically appropriate for an english barleywine, but just a little too flat for my liking. Based on reviews from years following this batch, it seems like they may have taken care of that item as it seems the 2013s are drawing a full finger of head. Maybe worth reviewing again, but then again.... I have a lot of barleywine in the cellar and I dont know when I will be trading again for more from out of state in IN.

O: Overall, there are some good characteristics here. I have been sitting on this bottle for a few years in my cellar and it is a good barleywine, but not overly impressed with some of the flaws that are going on here. Slightly stale, slight cardboard hints, not much bourbon flavors. Other than that, it seems like the body is on par, color is nice and I would have to assume has improved with more recent batches.

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Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 76% out of 100 with 129 ratings
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