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Bourbon Barrel Warmer | Upland Brewing Company

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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:
#9,423
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
129
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
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Trade:
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of kylehay2004
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had-ed this initially but after having it felt it was worth a review. Single finger off white head with decent retention although greater than most barrel aged beer though on a relatively clear amber body. Aroma is very full on the nose with vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is similar and complex with vanilla and caramel dominating. The sweetness is very well balanced by earthy oaks and flavors. The flavor takes a few sips to get used too. The initial sample was very metallic in the finish. Medium to full body, coats the palate a bit with light to moderate carbonation. Very good beer, wish I could try previous years in succession to see how they change.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Bottled 12/2014.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel toffee, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of sticky sugar and bourbon characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a frothy tan head that leaves a nice trail of lacing all around the glass

Smell: Caramel and Bourbon dominate the aroma, with vanilla and fig underneath

Taste: Caramel and Bourbon also dominate the front-end, with the fig and vanilla building, in the middle; vanilla flavors round out the finish with the Bourbon adding a boozy touch to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth down the gullet

Overall: I suspect that this beer will improve with age, though right now it is a bit raw in the Bourbon-dominated booziness that masks any Winter warmer spicing subtlety

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

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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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

really enjoyed this one as it was not at all what i was expecting as it pours a wonderfully clear ruby color with a nice head of about an inch in height that settled down slowly and left a decent amount of lacing all along the sides of the glass.

aroma of deep vanilla and coconut, a rich balance of oak and warming alcohol notes welcomes me into its wonderful grip. really a wonderfully complex and sublime mixture of scents here. light feel was a little bit of a distraction as opposed to the big barrel aged beers i am used to. moving along though the sweet vanilla, coconut, maple flavors set this apart from anything else i have had in a long time! smooth and warming only evens it out even more, it was just sublimely drinkable and really just a wonderful way to end a night.

overall near perfection and a great offering overall.

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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 chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. This offering from Upland poured a very smooth and murky, muddied cloudy medium to dark brown. It's almost caramel in color. It had a slight white head to it, which laced the glass. The smell was a very intricate collaboration of bourbon, malty sweetness, alcohol, and candied fruit. The taste echoed the aromas. It was very sweet with hints of vanilla and featured a moderate amount of bourbon barrel at the same time. It left a bready taste in my mouth, almost like a raisin bread or perhaps something with figs. It was well carbonated and crisp. It was delicious. I can't wait to see what this one matures into in a couple years. I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is bourbon, brown sugar and oak. The flavor is dark fruit - mainly cherries - as well as toasted coconut, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very nice.

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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 rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a Kate the the Great tulip a clear honey hue with a thin head that fades quickly to leave sticky lacing. Thin wisps.

S - Aromas of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, light malt sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, caramel, vanilla, oak, no booze. Smooth, caramel sauce, nice bourbon notes.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not slick or boozy.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, smooth. Super surprised

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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