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Bourbon Barrel Warmer | Upland Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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129 Ratings
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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:
#9,157
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
129
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 41
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 martyl1000
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much like Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine

Pours a muddy water into a tulip, with a beautiful head serious lacing.

Bourbon and pancakes (with syrup!). Smells delicious. Plus vanilla and brown sugar and prune.

In the mouth a lot of vanilla and a courteous bourbon that greet the taste buds. The sweetness has a somewhat overly-rich brown sugar element, you know, that umami component in molasses. A hop bitterness emerges on the finish.

Creamy and medium- to full-bodied.

Very much like CW BB BW, but not quite in the same league.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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 deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of chanokokoro
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded snifter

Pours a murky mahogany capped by a more than ample one and a half finger medium beige head. Above average retention, evident, coating lacing. Caramel, light wisps of oak, vanilla, and booze on the nose. Opens with caramel, toffee, dates, fig, and hints of dried dark fruit. Big vanilla notes midpalate; finishes with pleasant oakiness, a hint of maple syrup and brown sugar & light bourbon notes and warming alcohol. Low level of carbonation, full smooth, syrupy body. A very nice brew. All the flavor components of an exceptional BA English barleywine are there, however lacks a bit in both depth and complexity. Certainly a solid brew that I wouldn't turn down, but just a step away from being a seasonal that I'd make a point of buying annually.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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