Barrel-Aged Chessie - Bourbon
Union Craft Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Chessie - BourbonBarrel-Aged Chessie - Bourbon
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Barleywine - American
Ranked #97
Ranked #8,832
4.09 | pDev: 7.82%
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Barrel-Aged Chessie - BourbonBarrel-Aged Chessie - Bourbon
Notes: Aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orange-leather with a large light tan head that lasts a good while and leaves leggy lacing. Candied orange, earthy hops, vanilla and some solvent-like alcohol in the nose. Bourbon-forward taste with loads of vanilla and a touch of coconut, followed by lots of sweet orange, some cough syrup and a touch of earthy hops that do add a bit of bitterness but can’t compete with the intense sweetness of this one. Light to medium bodied with just enough carbonation. Definitely an American-style barleywine, but the intense orange sweetness and vanilla-forward bourbon are the stand out characteristics here. It’s okay.

Mar 05, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a thin film; spots of lacing along with a few streaks

Smell: Caramel, butterscotch and piney hops with fusel alcohol

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch fusing with piney hop flavors; a lot of fusel alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not getting the Bourbon here and the fusel flavors are rather unpleasant; not sure what went wrong as I have been impressed with this breweries other offerings - this is the Fifth anniversary canned version with an 11.9% ABV

Thanks, cdubnbird, for the opportunity

Apr 21, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 02, 2015
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 23, 2015
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drewone from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nov 29, 2014
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Apr 07, 2018
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 02, 2016
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sammy806 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Aug 12, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 02, 2015
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Aug 28, 2016
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jun 01, 2014
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StanleysCup from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 04, 2021
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spacewolf from Maryland

5/5  rDev +22.2%

Sep 29, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 23, 2016
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2dogbrew from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 30, 2015
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RichK1 from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 30, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Dec 08, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 02, 2015
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 12, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Nov 16, 2014
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AngusOg from North Carolina

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

Aug 12, 2018
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harrisjohnson from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 01, 2014
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BMart from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 27, 2017
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JakeDebus from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Sep 23, 2014
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bmur112 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nov 22, 2014
Barrel-Aged Chessie - Bourbon from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 46 ratings