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Unplugged Iced Barleywine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 157
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where to begin? When I saw the unplugged lineup for 2009 my jaw dropped to see that an Iced Barleywine would start off the year. Now, Dan and Deb rarely cease to surprise, but this one seems like it would come straight out of the DFH lab. A beautiful, rich, cognac body with whispy white head. Amazing clarity as well. The aroma is in-your-face malt sweetness and big boozy overtones. Large bouquet of bourbon soaked raisin carmelized sugars. Much like the aroma, the taste is amazing. Rich, port-like flavors come through with a wet-tobacco and whiskey profiles. The body is rich and textured. The alcohol warms the body but does not burn in any way. This is the ultimate sipper that opens up remarkably as it warms to room temp. I feel fortunate to be able to get this and have stashed away a 4-pack in the cellar. What an amazing beer that could be easily done badly. Well done...Well done!

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4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Room temp out of a wine glass.

Straight to the point - amazing. Beautiful ruby/copper appearance, wonderful aroma filled with cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasty biscuits. Basically huge malty richness with layers of dark fruits on top.

I don't tend to be able to detect alcohol in beers, but this one has a slight burn. Considering the ABV it's quite the feat. It does not detract from the drinkability, either.

Incredible beer for the price. Don't pass this one up.

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4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Wow, didn't expect this. About a half finger head on a dump pour. Bone white head, dark purple body. Smell is figs, grapes, sweet fruits and yeast. Some ethanol burned my eyes too, on the smell. :) I put this in the fridge for about an hour and you know what, I think that was just about perfect. Great warm flavors pouring through. This is a really soothing brew. Great balance for the alcohol content, even warm the alcohol isn't slapping me around, really smooth. Awesome sweet flavors coming out of the malts, I get the balancing hops on the back to even it out. This is a class act barleywine.

Thanks to Taturbo for the bottles!

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4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tuo for hooking me up with this. Reviewed from notes. Sampled on 05/11/2009

The deep red goodness poured flat in the snifter, but some swirling creates a little action. Smells delicious, raisins (port), molasses and honey. No indication of the %13 ABV in the nose. It is also hidden in the taste. There are waaay hotter barleywines with less alcohol in them, could be the "iced" process. There are distinctive caramel and nutty flavors. The Barry White of barleywines, velvety smooth. A true joy to drink. Between the hidden ABV and silky smooth flavor, I could drink quite a bit of this, then hit the floor.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love barleywines and had high hopes for this beer. I wasn't disappointed. Nice balance of hops and fruit. You can taste the high-alcohol nature of the style but it isn't overwhelming. Nice thick feel in the mouth, wonderful aftertaste. I need more of this beer! I wish that I still lived in Wisconsin and will have to bother the relatives to go get more for me!

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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red-brown, lots of little particles, great head for such a strong beer.

Smell: Sweet, cherry, candy-like.

Taste: Very complex stuff and very tasty. Sweetness, fruits, lasting brown sugar, a kind of red wine flavor all come to the party. A little alcohol burn lets you know to savor it slowly.

Drinkability: Most barleywines I'll have a bomber or a couple 12oz's, but at this strength, it is one and done. Awesome bargain though.

I have been looking forward to trying this since it was announced. Very tasty stuff and very strong. Definitely leans to the English barleywine side, but not overpoweringly sweet. Highly recommended.

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4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been sampling a ton of barley wines as of late and this still is as good as it gets....top notch fellow BA's. Poured this bad boy into a snifter and instantly smelled delicious malts and carmels....and the taste is second to none. Very complex and yet so easy to drink. The color is a nice light copper.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beerbeagle for sending this one down to me. I love me a Barleywine and an Iced one, oh hell yeah! Served damn near room temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 03/07/2009.

The pour was a nice dark amber with alot of ruby colored highlights to it. Some light carbonation at first, but that settled down quickly and only left behind a small amount of lacing after that. Still though, nice cloudiness and a really solid look for the style. Earthy, rich and fresh hops highlighted the aroma with a touch of a grassy note to it and a light fig like smell. As I reached in for the first sip, the hops tore apart my tongue, letting light earthy fruit notes pour in and a really lay a smack down with a rich, syrup like feel to it. Super mellow and smooth with no sign of alcohol at all, I was really, really impressed with just how damn drinkable this thing was. Overall so damn solild, very hot and new, but in the context, freakin wow this was good.

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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like tawny port (mmm...tawny port). Has a wonderful big, mouth-filling malt profile, featuring a strong munich malt flavor and which is reminiscient of well-aged Rogue Old Crustacean, which I haven't had since they went to the ceramic bottles. This is offset by detectable flavoring hops as well as substantial bittering hops. Well balanced (keep in mind that I am a devoted malt-head. I don't think that I'll cellar these however, as they are not bottle-conditioned. 13.5%? I wouldn't have guessed that. The hops disguise the alcohol. This beer does not taste boozy, which represents a tremendous accomplishment.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, deep ruby with a half finger head.

S- Rich robust caramel malts with light piney hop notes and hints of toffee.

T- Super rich and intense caramel malt, toffee and very light fruity flavors add to the depth and complexity. Hops and a light alcohol note come through to keep the sweetness from being cloying and to balance it all out. As it warms the alcohol becomes slightly peppery in the smooth finish.

M- Very smooth, full and rich.

D- I bought some for now and will buy more to cellar.

Just might be the best unplugged yet. It was nice to see Dan flexing his "extreme muscles".

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has been amongst my other cellared brews since April 2009.

A - Its a beauty in a clear deep purple body with a head of about a quarter inch that has great stamina. Her top is dressed in a color just darker than an eggshell.

S - Plum, alcohol, anise and molasses. (Note: I'm having a very hard time smelling it and not drinking it because the aroma is so undeniably appealing.)

T - Brown sugar coated in a mist of slightly bitter hops that are tasted only on the rear-outside edges of my tongue, and they come in late. There are pungent plums swirling and an obvious, however, well welcomed alcohol flavor throughout.

M - It brings a warm feeling to inside of my lower chest and upper abdomen. It goes down with grace and ease. It's so smooth and soft that its hard to recognize as a barley-wine.

~ This is a great beer. I shared a couple bottles of this with four buddies on New Years Eve and it was without a doubt, a big hit. Novice to experienced beer drinkers can enjoy this beer. But, be sure to drink it slow because after all, "the essence is to travel gracefully rather than to arrive." That's not mine, that's Enos Mills'.

Enjoy!

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Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
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