Barrel Aged Chessie | Union Craft Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
unioncraftbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.

Added by Jason on 04-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,493
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
39
pDev:
7.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 6
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3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to bl00 for this one from NBS BIF #007. This is the 4th Anniversary version. Can # 633/1000. 16oz can poured into 10oz fluted tulip. Poured a clean, clear medium leather brown with just a thin cap of of off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

A light whiskey scent was at the front of the nose, with the the malts and grain just underneath.

Very similar on the tongue, the whiskey is prominent, but the base brew holds up nicely.

The body is a bit lighter than typical, but there is stead carbonation that helps it across the tongue.

Drinkability was very good, the beer was smooth and even throughout. Overall, a very nice take on the style. Highly recommended if you get the chance.

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Photo of bl00
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMart
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclonece09
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber bottle. Pours orange red with a tiny white head. Smells of fruity berries, slight banana and citrus, but little hints of whiskey. Tastes of grainy fruit, with the banana dominating, and caramel with very slight whiskey. Beer is full bodied, lightly carbonated, and a tad syrupy. Overall, a very good beer.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmf
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

25.4 fl oz to becker. Sweet aroma with high head. Pours amber and bubbly. Flavorful with pine tastes more like an ale than a barleywine. Overall a great beer.

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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves quite a bit of head on the surface and around the rim. The beer itself is a nice clear and light brown-amber color. The overall look is nice to look at and is pretty appealing to the eye.

The smell is wonderful. The aroma consists of the strong malt notes found in a barleywine with a nice wood accent from the barrel aging. The malt notes are fairly caramel notes with a bit of toffee and a light hop bitterness that makes it drinkable. The barleywine aromas nicely mix with the vanilla and wood notes from the barrel aging. The bourbon notes are certainly there and more on the sweeter side than anything else. Overall, it has a very nice smell; present and a good mixture of notes but not overpowering.

The taste is nothing short of fantastic. In addition to the sweet caramel notes from the malt, the beer taste also has that light bitter hop note to make the malt notes easier to deal with. The malt notes also give it nice sweet caramel and light toffee notes. Like the smell, the barleywine notes mix very well with the barrel. The barrel notes give the beer a good bit of woodiness with a present vanilla note. The bourbon presence is pretty good in this taste. It has a nice leather smell to it.

The feel is pretty good too even if it is a bit light for a Barleywine. There is very light carbonation and the beer goes down smoothly even if it is a bit heavy bodied. Heavy bodied but feels a lot more drinkable than that.

Overall, a very good beer and worth getting if you can get your hands on it. It's certainly a nice and drinkable barleywine without losing any of the traits that make the style good. It's also one of the better barrel aged barleywines that I've come across. Go for it.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a light brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer is boozy, lots of bourbon on the nose along with some oak and vanilla. The taste is on the sweet side with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Lots of rich caramel flavors coming off of this. The feel is silky smooth. Overall it's solid for the style.

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Barrel Aged Chessie from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 39 ratings