Unplugged Iced Barleywine - New Glarus Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.48/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
12-31-2011 21:19:31 | More by yourefragile
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Pours a brilliant reddish cola-brown in color, topped by caramel-tinged off white head and which falls quickly and leaves just a wee bit of lace as it falls. Still ample carbonation on this one...
Nose is booze-y, with big notes of rum, raisin, and light plum (almost like a fruitcake, come to think of it). Also possessed fainter vinuous and tannic qualities.
Fairly brisk (although bit viscous) across the palate on the first sip, with plenty of residual bitterness backing up the initial blast of malty sweetness. It's aromatic and phenolic and still a little bit "hot" throughout, and to my mind drinks very much in the manner of a port wine. All the flavors present in the nose are also in evidence on the palate, and the vinuous and tannic aspects are also a little more pronounced. Seems that there's also a little bit of oxidation here, but this in no way detracts from the experience.
A bit lighter in body than I expect from the style, but it actually is better than average in the sense that it increases the drinkability (in my mind) of this big beer!
Unplugged Iced Barleywine is a pretty unique offering and it makes for a really nice sippin' beer. It's one that I really hope to see eventually turning up on the New Glarus brewing schedule -- I'll keep voting on it, at least : )
A big, big thanks go out to BA "grantcty" for the opportunity to sample this one!
12-28-2011 21:26:13 | More by Chaz
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
A: poured dark brown, no lace, and NO floaties at all.
S: Alcohol, vanilla, oak, bread, tons of malt and raisens.
T: Malt and alcohol. Vanilla. Super bitter on the back end, guessing from the hops but I don't taste any hops.
M: Very thin and alcoholy.
O: I think this one should have sat for another year or two; way too hot.
Thanks Redliner8 for sharing the brew.
12-11-2011 03:01:02 | More by gkatsoris
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Rich mahogany in color with a thin foam cap sitting on top. Ruby highlights when held up to light. Very clear with scattered carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top.
S - Aromas of toffee, caramel and a bit of lightly toasted bread. As the beer warms a hint of alcohol begins to seep into the smell. A faint hint of earthy, floral hops lingers in the background.
T - Light sweetness and lots of toasted bread initially. Get some dark fruits; maybe raisin? A caramel and toffee sweetness lingers throughout. Alcohol is certainly present and there is a bit of warming, but it is rather tame for a 13% plus beer. I find this one to be rather remarkable.
M - Medium to fuill bodied with a rather silky feel. As mentioned above, there is a bit of a warming sensation from the alochol and it does burn just a touch going down.
O - Wow, really impressed with this one. Well balanced and very easy drinking. Wish it wasnt the only one I had.
11-10-2011 02:23:15 | More by ckeegan04
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
A friend of mine and fellow BA cracked open a 3 year cellared bottle of this, oh what a treat!!!
Poured a rusty brown with a thin head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Wonderfully complex aroma. Caramel, fig, raisins, champagne grape (sherry like), yeasty, caramel and toffee. Many barrel characteristics, scotch, oaky, earthy, woody and boozy. Lots going on in the month. Strong fig and raisin, sweet champagne berry grape like flavors, very earthy, dirty, woody, oaky, scotch, hint of vanilla in the back. Medium to medium full body. Very creamy on the tongue, mellow but hot down the pople, good overall body, chewy, woody, excellent. Love this, too bad there will be no more.... =(
10-07-2011 22:15:13 | More by manitouman84
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Crystal clear ruby.
S: Sweet cherry.
T: A bit intense, starts with sweet berry, fades to be slightly bitter and ends with a mild alcohol finish.
M: Super crisp and clean with a nice medium carbonation.
O: Unexpectedly crisp and refreshing. One of the more enjoyable barley wines I’ve had.
09-17-2011 14:20:08 | More by monitorpop
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Bottle courtesy of bedethevenerable-- thanks man!
Served in nb globe.
A ruddy, brackish, rust color. Nice tan head with good retention for the ABV. Some spotty lacing.
Smells giantly sweet. Caramel and raisins hit big on the nose with some boozy notes.
The flavor is sweet with big caramel and toffee malt notes. Dark fruit notes of raisin and plum with a dry boozy finish.
Body is slick and oily. Medium feel with low carbonation.
Overall-- very nice. I am a bit of a NG fan, but this is better than I expected.
09-07-2011 03:09:16 | More by AleWatcher
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
This is my 100th new beer of the year and my 500th reviewed overall (reviews not reflected on BA)
Appearance: Deep ruddy brown with hints of garnet and deeper reds at the edges. No head appears after a super aggressive pour. Faint hints of carbonation pull through the body. It's dark, it's cloudy.
Smell: Loads of caramel, booze, toffee, and bread crust. Lots of booze and toffee. I'm shocked at the amount of stuff in the nose. Vanilla comes through after a few minutes of warming. Something akin to bourbon lingers in the back, but I know it's not bourbon-barrel aged. The combination of high ABV aromas, caramel, vanilla, etc. are deeply reminiscent of a good bourbon.
Taste: Almost harsh. Loads of flavor comes through, but the strong punch from the ABV cuts everything back a touch. Raisins, vanilla, a touch of smoke, and loads of toffee and biscuit come through. Crazy amounts of flavor, but the burn and straight up booze taste are distracting. Warming brings the flavors together a touch, but it's still alcohol flavor muting everything else. It's still good though.
Mouthfeel: A little thin overall. It doesn't really stick to the mouth or have any kind of heft to it. It's not actually thin, but it leaves a little something to be desired.
Overall: Not a great beer, but a damn solid take on the style. It's a big beer with big flavors to match, but the heat from the alcohol brings everything down a few pegs and stops this thing from being great.
06-24-2011 03:05:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.