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Unplugged Iced Barleywine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two year old aging. Rich malty aroma, not boozy but the alcohol is there. Cocoa coloured body, thicker looking, no head. Full mouthfeel. Taste of chocolate and other malt, a bit of fig. A big drink, and not one I could fully conquer in the middle of the day.Thanks Steven of Warren for hooking me up.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this in a tasting.

A: Pours a dark copper amber with some crimson hues. Not too much head; what's there is a nice off white.

S: Lots of malt but not too much sweetness. Some brown sugar and toasted bread.

T: Much like the nose but with a bit more alcohol. It's slightly sweet in the mouth and almost tastes slightly candied. Some noticeable alcohol and hints--very subtle--of dark fruit and sherry.

M: Fairly chick with a good amount of carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol.

D: This one is a sipper, but drinkability is not bad for the high abv.

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with the expected modest cap (given the high abv) that fades to a ringlet rather quickly; more legs than lace

Smell: Despite the age on this barleywine, the fusel alcohol aroma still dominates the nose, though there are very interesting caramel, tobacco, fig and cherry notes underneath

Taste: Spice cake and caramel, up front, with a growing fruit (apricot, fig, strawberry and apple) and pith elements developing; by mid-palate, the beer has an intense bitterness, along with a boozy brown sugar character; after the swallow, the earthy caramel flavors settle down the melange to some extent, with a tobacco influence sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Despite a year or so in the cellar, this beer still hasn't settled down to become the type of English Barleywine I would really admire; perhaps another year will do it justice

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with some dry notes. Taste is not as complex as I had hoped with some caramelized sugar notes and a weird dry finish which didn't really fit in this mix. Body was about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit that this one didn't completely convince me.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer many moons ago. I finally opened it up the other day and shared with some fellow snobs.

A: The pour is a nice copper color with very minimal head and carbonation.

S: Plenty of sweet brown sugar, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and miscellaneous dark fruits. A bit oxidized, but that was to be expected.

T: A very pleasantly sweet flavor with lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. The oxidation is mildly chocolatey and there are some good plum, cherry, and fig notes.

M: The body is quite full, but certainly not syrupy. Low carbonation to go with it.

D: For a nearly 14% beer, this drank very easily. Good flavors but the nose wasn't quite up to what I had hoped for. Still pretty good, but a beast of a beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark garnet-hued body with a full inch of off-white head.

Smell: Earthy, fresh-ground pepper medley nose with some toasted caramel candy and a big blast of isopropyl alcohol. Woof!

Taste: Slightly bready malts with a moderately sweet 50/50 mix of dark caramel and toffee. The hotness of the alcohol presence is felt almost immediately. Chunks of fruitcake swimming in vinous Oloroso. Earthy hop character with a medium-high bitter mingled with the peppery alcohol. The finish is bitterish and fairly warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Robust and rather potent, though more than a bit harsh in alcohol at this early stage. IMHO, this is one to cellar away to allow it time to mellow.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crimson glints in the light, tawny brown with a finger of foam that dissipates to a ring with some lace. Not bad for such a booze monster...served in a snifter around 50º.

Dried apricot, dates and cherry waft up, riding on a wave of melted toffee and brown sugar. Sweet and fruity nose, a hint of fusels at room temperature. Big, syrupy, lots of complex flavor here. Sweet banana esters slide through light citrus, into a savory herbal hop descent. Earthy hop oil slickness in the finish, bringing a nice bitter contrast to the fruity bouquet up front. Slightly drying after swallowing, hops are noticeable for minutes after each sip. This is huge, and a sipper, but i'm not getting much fusel heat from this at all...it's a prime cellar candidate, another winner from New Glarus!

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 12-13-10.

A - This barleywine was crystal clear with a light burgundy color. It had a very small, tan head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - Smelled like a boozy barleywine. Sweet caramel with mild floral notes.

T - This had some boozy alcohol heat. Sweet caramel with just enough bitterness to not be overly sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a potent alcohol punch.

D - This was really powerful despite its age. Nicely done by the folks at New Glarus.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this beer for quite some time. I assume that I have had it for 3.5 years now.

It's a nice drinker. Smooth, with good raisin and smooth and sweet tones. Unfortunately, there is a real strong alcohol/burning presence on this. It does detract quite a bit from the beer in that it robs it a full chance at delivering the flavor profile. Still a nice beer though. Always nice to exhibit some willpower and save something for a while.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is from imperialking, cheers Jeff!

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with a finger of tan head. Very vicious, a bit of lacing & minimal head retention

S: Some cakeyness & fruittyness (dates & figs ), plus some booze, & leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, toffee, caramel, apricots & leafy hops up front, plus boozeyness. Oaky & cherry notes to go along with dryness, some apricot, figs & boozey oranges. Finishes dry, boozey & with breadyness, cinnamon & brown sugar; plus some figs

MF: Medium bodied, slick, a bit syruppy, very warm

Drinks like a 12% abv, was hoping for a a bit more subtle effort here. Too hot, I guess even NG can't hit a homer every at bat...If I had any more, I would age for at least another 8 months..

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bunch of this on a recent Kenosha run. Served in a FOBAB pint glass.

A - A half finger of tannish head that dissipates quickly and leaves next to no lacing. The beer is beautiful transparent maple syrup brown color.

S - Strong maltiness full of a variety of flavors - apple, maple syrup, berries, plum. There's a touch of alcohol, but it's surprisingly minor considering the high ABV.

T - Incredibly smooth, moderate sweetness balanced by nice use of spice. Apple cinnamon, toffee, dark fruits, sherry, and a touch of alcohol burn.

M - Thick, creamy, and smooth, with only a hint of tingly carbonation. Leaves quite a bit of residual stickiness and has quite a bit of a warming alcohol sensation.

D - I split a 12oz bottle with my wife and that was probably the right serving size. This is a slow sipper and not something you'd want to session. I can't believe they sell this for $8 for a 4-pack!

Another winner from New Glarus!

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of KeefD. Thanks Keith for the opportunity!

Copper colored with a red tinge when held up to the light. Soft white, one finger head when poured aggressively.

Smells of molasses, candied plums, maple and sultana raisins.

Taste is English toffee, alcohol, prunes, dark rum, a very slight agave flavor and a touch of honey.

This is smooth sipper that coats your palate nicely. Not too thick, not too thin.

It reminds me of a Braggot (Brother Adams to be precise) both in taste and consistency.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this age and this potency. 13.5 percent!! No way. Perhaps some of the edges would be smoothed out with a little bottle age, but is a pleasure to consume now.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been avoiding this beer for a while for some reason. I finally used 4oz of it in a steak pan sauce (which turned out quite well), so I had to finish the rest. A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma, interestingly enough, smells sort of like raisin juice with citrus peel in it that has been spiced with a touch of herbal notes. I am actually quite amazed how un-complex this beer is; this lack of complexity does seem to be a signature note of many of the "special" beers I have had from New Glarus though. The fruit character also reminds me of cherries and the alcohol boosts notes of brandy. As the beer warms it becomes quite a bit more hot and alcoholic, though not overwhelmingly so.

The beer is somewhat sweet, though certainly not as much as one might expect. The beer finishes with a bitter grain character that isn't roast derived, but there all the same. The bitterness is mainly from hop bitterness though, and there is also a light herbal character up front. The finish has some heat to it that makes the hop bitterness a bit harsh, and some this is part of the astringent grain character in the finish too. Flavors of brandy, sweetened red grapes, perhaps a touch of cranberry, rum soaked raisins. This is definitely a thick and viscous brew, it is probably somewhat light considering its alcohol content, but this is most definitely a beer that needs to be sipped slowly. Surprisingly for a beer of this strength there is not a whole lot going on here.

This beer isn't all that bad, but it is overly clean and simplistic. My bet is that this needs a bit more age, it is somewhat like Samichlaus in that it probably won't become drinkable until after at least a couple years. When a beer starts out this simple, and because it is so strong, it really needs a significant amount of oxidation before it has the needed complexity to be tasty and drinkable. To be honest this was uninspiring enough that I don't even care to get another bottle to test my theory out on.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend opened a bottle recently and told me this had taken a turn for the worst. With great trepidation, I open one of mine. 12 oz, red foil top bottle served in a snifter.

Pours an attractive dark cola brown with ruby-ish tinges and a massive, dense camel colored head. Excellent retention and light lacing. Pleasant boozy aroma of dark fruit, raisin, plum, etc, vanilla, booze, toffee and caramel. Flavor starts off similarly, before veering into the land of sherry, cardboard and wet dog. Body is medium thick, soft and chewy, but not quite viscous. Sigh, this tastes like something I would have liked, but the dry, bitter, cardboard aftertaste ruins this.

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Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.