Unplugged Iced Barleywine - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle into red wine glass - a great extra from tpd975. Thanks again, Greg!
Pours a vibrant ruby brown, almost jewel-like, no real head at all, but gorgeous nonetheless.
Nose is ridiculously rich - candy-like rich red fruits, candy sugar, huge caramel, toffee, maybe even a bit of sweet milk chocolate in there, and a fantastic alcohol component that only complements the rest of the nose. Superb nose.
Taste is fantastic as well. Complex, balanced, delicious - initial notes of caramel and toffee, citrus peel and light pine bitterness, with the big red fruit and caramel notes of the nose coming through, but clearly tempered by the perfectly balanced hop presence. Alcohol is surprisingly tame - it's there, but it's by no means distracting. Finish is long, lingering bitterness pairs with the the lingering fruitcake richness and a nice alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but a nice, light carbonation lifts the whole thing up without intruding. Finish is massive, long, and multifaceted.
Drinkability is good, though - tempered by fact that while balanced, it's also just flat out massive. The finish is about an hour long, and the flavor just won't let go. Fantastic sipper on a cold winter night.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2010 03:11:30 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.03/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Nice lacing and they nailed the color. Dark fruits, caramel, booze, candy sugar, oxidation on the nose. Taste follows the nose plums raisins alcohol complementary oxidation to an aged barley wine. Medium carbonation and works with the style. I love aged barlywine's and this is a good one but the heat from the alcohol keeps this from getting a very good rating. Would drink again if I had another one.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2013 02:25:09 | More by tjmodica
Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.