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Big Woody Barley Wine - Glacier Brewhouse

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Big Woody Barley Wine
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 5.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Glacier Brewhouse visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Huge malt and intense fruitiness dominate. No expense is spared with the use of English floor malted barley. Aged in various oak barrels including Jim Beam and Napa Valley wine barrels for a minimum of one year. A true delight.

(Beer added by: joedon on 01-23-2006)
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kaseydad

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

02-10-2014 02:07:40 | More by kaseydad
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-04-2012 04:00:41 | More by jaminjohnson
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-27-2013 21:58:28 | More by jpbebeau
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-02-2013 00:32:26 | More by mdaschaf
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

This is one of the cask conditioned versions of the barleywine. It has been aged in jim beam barrels for ten months. The appearance is a dark apricot brown with good head. The nose reeks of hops and sugar, but mostly hops. The taste is very unique. It tastes like a strong IPA in flavor but is not the least bit bitter. Quite an oddity and it honestly confused the hell out of me! It was like someone had shot the hops dead and put their rotting carcasses in the beer. Wow that sounds really gross but that is not what i mean. This is very hard to describe. The mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down easy. Not incredibly drinkable though. A very interesting brew. try it.

12-20-2007 04:48:44 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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nickd717

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest '09, then again at the Bistro in Hayward for Barrel Aged Fest '09. This is another amazing barleywine from Alaska. Big Woody, huhhuh huhhuh (Butthead voice).

Clear dark orangish-brown color with a nice beige head.

Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, port, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Sweet and malty flavor with toffee, vanilla, bourbon, spiced cider, wood (huhhuh) and some hop bitterness. Alcohol present but not too dominant. Really long, smooth, and tasty finish.

Medium-full body with a very smooth yet lively mouthfeel, really nails it on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. I would like to encounter Big Woody again in the future - the beer I mean, definitely not the other kind.

11-20-2009 18:35:48 | More by nickd717
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-25-2013 20:45:08 | More by FalconA
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itracy63

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-14-2013 02:32:03 | More by itracy63
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nataku00

California

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
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Had 3 pours of this at the barrel-aged beer festival at The Bistro today, this was one of my favorite beers at the fest. 9% ABV, aged for 10 months in Jim Beam barrels. The beer is a dark amber, slightly tawny color, fairly clear and topped by an off-white head that settles to a crown. The aroma is of caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla and subtle fruity hops with a strong but very well-integrated barrel character. The taste shows impressive complexity and balance, bourbon and oak perfectly balanced with flavors of caramel, tobacco, roast and toasted nuts. Hops are still very noticeable in the mid-palate and finish, somewhat fruity at first before transforming into a light resiny bitterness that works nicely with the vanilla-butterscotch finish. The Glacier beers were all good today, but this one was the best of the lot.

11-15-2009 07:14:05 | More by largadeer
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-14-2011 19:09:55 | More by ChrisPro
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NorCalYeti

California

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
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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Source/Serving: Draft

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
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GClarkage

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

11/15/08- Had on tap at the Bistro during the annual Barrel Aged fest in Hayward, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into small taster size glasses.

Appearance- Deep roasted brown color. Looks like murky milk chocolate. Microscopic yeast sediment sinks to the bottom. Slight off white rim and light lace spots and rings.

Smell- A very sweet kraft caramel nose. A bit of vanilla, some light butterscotch and whafts of alcohol.

Taste- Very similar to the '06 Angels Share but a slight bit watery. Ultra sweet with a light buttery vanilla-caramel flavored base. Quite sugary and creamy milk chocolate tastes as well. Hops are very muted.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and very smooth, just a touch watery which keeps it from being perfect.

Drinkability- Damn good, but this now tastes like an English Barleywine. Oh so sweet and oh so caramely. One of the top 3 English Barleywines I have had.

11-17-2008 20:15:43 | More by GClarkage
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irishevans

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

the 08' vintage. aged 10 months in jim beam barrels, and cask conditioned. looks like a dark hefewizen , not much of a head but it dose leave a nice lace. smells like an IPA or a double IPA. the taste is thick and hopy but not at all bitter, it's actually almost sweet, a touch sour on the finish, but it won't make you pucker. the feel is kind of grainy and medium on the thickness area. she's a slow drinking brew.

12-21-2007 05:11:40 | More by irishevans
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-24-2013 13:57:02 | More by MacStinson
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HopHead84

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

11/20/10

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
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-30-2013 05:20:20 | More by spycow
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

Tasted at the Hard Liver Barleywine Fest - 3/21/09

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear dark amber color and a nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Caramel, some nut elements and an earthy hop quality

Taste: Caramel up front, and then joined by a nutty, tea-like hop character; finishes with a nice blend of the flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body but not syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More English to my palate than American, this was one of the top barleywines of the tasting

05-17-2009 19:57:44 | More by brentk56
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Arbitrator

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-28-2013 07:20:17 | More by Arbitrator
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jethrodium

California

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
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-21-2013 06:13:18 | More by unclekeith
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Flightoficarus

Washington

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
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-20-2013 05:29:12 | More by strongaf
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

03-26-2013 05:11:22 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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Big Woody Barley Wine from Glacier Brewhouse
94 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.