Big Woody Barley Wine - Glacier Brewhouse
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.64/5 rDev +5.9%
Been awhile since a review, but gave this one a try at the hard liver barleywine fest, and had to throw in my say :)
A - Chestnut brown color, with a tan foam. Retention on the moderate side.
S - Smell is of oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits (prune, cherry), and even some scotch-like notes (Without the alcohol on the nose). There's a whole lot of complexity going on here for sure!
T - Taste is of vanilla and oak, which almost gives this beer a sort of "marshmallow" sweetness to it. Notes of caramel and toffee. Dark fruits and mild hoppiness offer some balance, and keep it from being cloying. Throughout the whole sip, other "woody" flavors seamlessly make their way in with the other flavors. Complex, and amazingly smooth and delicious!
M - Most definitely a full bodied beer, with just the right, modest amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, making this one a little too easy to drink.
O - Bottom line, if you can get your hands on some of this, be sure to try some! A truly great barleywine that I can see being a good pairing with some dessert.
03-24-2013 15:05:29 | More by Flightoficarus
4/5 rDev -8.7%
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a clear copper with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, a bit of oak, some bourbon, a bit of light alcohol, and a little bit of cherry. The initial taste is sweet vanilla, followed by some oak, caramel, a little bit of nuttiness, and some bourbon. The finish is warm with alcohol. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Enjoyable barley wine. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but very good.
11-17-2011 02:13:07 | More by jethrodium
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap poured into a snifter. Beer poured a dark copper transitioning to amber and dark red when held up to a light. Thin wisp of a off white head on the surface, with a thick film of alcohol legs when swirled lightly. A bubble here and there, but not too carbonated.
Nose is a delight, toffee, caramel, molasses, cherry, vanilla, coconut, and a light woodiness. As it warmed up further, a hint of floral hops as well.
Taste follows the nose, surprisingly balanced despite the ample sweet toffee, caramel, molasses flavors mingling with the stone fruit and light floral hops at the front of the tongue. As the beer sits on your tongue, the barrel comes through with some coconut, vanilla, and a light burnt sugar bitterness. Light alcohol warmth on the back of the throat, but not too much on the flavor.
Medium body with light carbonation, slightly sticky in the mouth. Very enjoyable sipper.
11-16-2011 06:23:02 | More by nataku00
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
great aroma, sweet oak, great vanilla notes
virgin czech oak (straight wood) barrel type aged for seven months at 9.1% abv
aged seven months, flavors of malt, vanilla, figs, and cherry. no expense was spared with the use of english floor malt
sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010
02-19-2011 22:26:01 | More by NorCalYeti
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
5th Annual Bistro BA Festival. I've tried this at past fests and, as someone who loves English barleywines and restrained barrel-aging, it's one of my very favorite barleywines. This version was particularly interesting as it probably spent a bit less time in the barrel than what they send to Toronado. The flavor is enormous with tons of sugar cane, vanilla, caramel, figs, sweet rum and mild bourbon. It's relatively sweet but wonderfully smooth. In my opinion, the sweetness is just right for the round, full flavor. Mouthfeel is never cloying but fairly thick. Appearance is dark amber, transparent, with a small head. Marvelous stuff.
11-22-2010 21:01:03 | More by popery
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks Chris. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma displays big caramel and toffee notes, as well as bold oak notes. Brown sugar is evident. I was told they aged this in fresh Czech oak barrels and they really come through. Dry oak on the palate, with warming alcohol and light tannins. Flavor is caramel and toffee, with notes of wood. Booze is restrained. The beer is rich yet dry, striking a nice balance. The finish is toffee and oak. A nice fresh oak barrel aged English Barleywine that deftly masks its strength.
11-21-2010 18:47:36 | More by HopHead84
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
On-tap at FoBAB - this year's edition clocked in at 9.13% and was aged 7 months in new Czech oak barrels.
A - Served with one finger of light tan foam that settled to a collar leaving minimal lace. Body was a light sultana raisin brown color that displayed some transparency.
S - Butterscotch, caramel, prunes and other dark fruits. Quite mellow and not a lot of booze character.
T - Burnt sugars, oak, caramel, and some surprising residual hop character and bitterness that I wasn't expecting from a barrel-aged English barleywine.
M - Perhaps a touch thin, but not totally off the mark for ~9%. This is on the low end of the carbonation spectrum, and goes down quite easy. Not much in the way of alcohol.
D - This is a good oak-aged barleywine but wasn't mind-blowing. I'd like to try the Jim Beam version at some point for comparison, as the version we get at FoBAB always seems to be virgin oak or wine barrels.
11-07-2010 15:48:55 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -3%
Smell: Strong bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar notes. Bourbon has an oaky edge. Ripe prunes. A hint of alcohol.
Taste: Well rounded oaky bourbon notes up front that blend into nice raisin/prune notes that are ripe and moderately sweet. Definite alcohol as it warms. Finish is clean, really sweet prunes, and lingers forever.
05-04-2010 03:16:18 | More by 4000qtrap
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
On tap at Hard Liver 2010 and Winner of the crown, #1 Bwine!
A: Poured a nice copper colrow with a small white head and good carbonation.
S: Nose is booze,vanilla, bourbon, wood.
T: Taste is very smooth, balanced and blended.Follows the nose well. Nice subtle bourbon and vanilla, nice sublte hops.
M: Nice, well carbonated, full bodied
O: Well done and my favorite, no wonder it won 1st!
03-22-2010 00:48:07 | More by barleywinefiend
Big Woody Barley Wine from Glacier Brewhouse
94 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.