Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel Aged)
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
English Barleywine
3.82 | pDev: 13.09%
Sep 28, 2017
May 07, 2014
Very Good
Notes: English-Style Barleywine Aged in Cabernet Barrels

Iron & Barleywine is an English-style barleywine brewed with a balancing array of hops. Notes of citrus, plum, pear, grape, wine, fig, honey, and rock candy blend into a complex, slow sipping brew. The barrel aging adds a distinct vineous quality, prominently featuring the flavors of red wine and toasted oak. This special release bottle was aged for three months in California oak cabernet barrels. Ready to drink now, or cellar for future enjoyment.
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Rated: 3.8 by KensWorld from Florida

Sep 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
650 mL bottle. Clear amber body. Small off-white head. Strong red wine aroma. Dark fruits. Brown sugar. Some oxidation. Tastes sweet and oaky. Red wine isn’t as strong, but adds a nice dimension. Lots of oxidation. I have definitely sat on this too long. Medium body. Boozy, though. Bitter in the back end. Better than expected, but pretty meh.
Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by Griphon from Florida

Jun 30, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by wcu80 from Georgia

Jun 13, 2016
Rated: 4 by Houser from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2016
Rated: 3.29 by Holopirek from California

Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Apr 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Vintage 2015.

Deep apricot to peach orange body color. Bit of a glow to this but with some slight opaque and muddy characteristics. Faint tain fleeting head, and big bubbled soapy collar while settling.

Real out there aroma. Thick sweet notes of plum and grape jelly. Slight green herbs a bit, almost towards mint but a little bit less sweeter sensing. Very fruity smelling but also seems to hint more to American style than English. Very nice.

Palate takes some bit of surprises. Young sensing and a bit wet considerably, as the flavors wash away very quickly on sips. Juiced body slightly highly emphasizing fruited plum to grape jelly. Moderate sweetness and a finish that comes out a bit like flat cola to skim milk.

Grape must is always interesting, and this sort of has some appeal and flavors not unlike Noble Rot from Dogfish head, with it's earthy and musty grape sense, but comes off a little bit too wet and fleeting.
Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by gregcordle from Ohio

Apr 14, 2016
Rated: 3.76 by AdrianC31 from Florida

Apr 08, 2016
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Reviewed by djmichaelk from Florida

1.87/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75
A - Pours a purple-ish amber, with a finger or so of head that recedes to a thin cap.

S - Smells like grape soda mixed with DME. Nothing good about this at all so far.

T - Overtones of Welch’s grape soda, with some wheat-y notes in the background. Nothing about this beer resembles a barleywine. Too sickly sweet, no maltiness.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat drying, and a long, grapey finish.

O - I am disappoint. This is awful. It smells and tastes like a beer gone bad but they released this into the wild. It’s not sour like an infected beer but the end result is the same. Difficult to finish a snifter, let alone the entire bottle. Poured about half the bottle into the drain. Definitely the worst beer I’ve had from FB to date. Odd (but typical) that this gets above average scores but everyone complains about how bad it is.
Apr 06, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Mar 30, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by suckaj from Florida

Mar 29, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by frekky from Massachusetts

Mar 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Sithmisfit from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Wonderful flavor. Most certainly not a traditional bw but well worth a try. I find the cab notes from the barrel to be the star of this barley wine. The color itself suggests wine and on the whole a thicker mouth feel would help to slow down the drinker to savor it a bit more. On the whole delicious if not traditional.
Mar 23, 2016
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Reviewed by do_ob from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the brewery, served in a snifter. Dark ruby in color with a thin white head of foam. Smells and tastes strictly like a red wine with figs added. Less carbonated, and fuller-bodied than a wine, but the taste is right on par. Interesting, but more of a wine than a beer.
Mar 22, 2016
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Of note: this bottled vintage (last 2015/early 2016) does not appear to be aged in barrels.

A: Slightly hazy, burgundy with ruby hues, 1 finger of tan head, decent retention and a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Sweet grapes, booze, sugary notes. Smells like sugar cheap wine mixed with grape flavored Four Loco. 3

T: Tastes better than it smells, but still not great. Lots of grape flavors, some candied sugar, subtle bitterness. 3.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation medium, ABV well masked, drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: This is easily the worst beer I’ve ever had from FB. It also has no semblance of an English Barleywine at all (which it claims to be on the label). Bonus point for uniqueness I guess though. 3
Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
This one pours a dark purplish brown with a small head, not a whole lot, with very little lacing.

Smells very fruity, red wine, grapes, oak, and dark fruits. I'm not sure I could have blindly identified this as a barleywine.

The taste is very similar. As a beer/wine hybrid here, this more strongly leans toward wine to me. The grape must addition here, while delicious, overpowers the base barleywine. The base must have been a very fruity barleywine, lots of dark fruits it seems. There's a bit of woodiness to it, maybe oak.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty sweet mouthfeel, maybe just a smidgen syrupy.

This is good hit with a few problems. It's hard to drink a ton of, and it kinda doesn't actually feel like a barleywine or even a beer with the heavy handed grape must addition. Still tasty though.
Mar 16, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
so there is a little bit of a discrepancy here, as this is listed as a barleywine in cab barrels, but our bottle says brewed with grape must and nothing about a barrel, yet there is only one listing here on BA. in any event, the beer is downright special, one of my favorites from these guys to date, and thats really saying something. its just a killer beer, majorly unique. pinkish orangish reddish in color, quite light for the style thats for sure, with an airy white head that settles fast. the color is striking, never seen in in a barleywine. the nose shows a ton of the grape must, its almost like a red wine hybrid of sorts, really vinous and bold, i love the fruit in it, but i am equally surprised and impressed by the subtle nature of the barley itself. its fresh but very mild, nowhere near as sweet as many of these english styles usually get, and nowhere near at thick. almost thin on the body with a ton of carbonation, calling this a barleywine is a stretch for me, but a really good beer. the grape and the grain interact well, and this would rank near the top of the non sour beer wine hybrids for me, nothing else like it out there at all. more tang from the skins of the grapes than there is toffee and brown sugar sweetness from the malt like i expected, and almost no perceptible yeast character, which i suppose i do miss a little in the style. overall though a game changing brew, not like anything else. i dont think it needs a cabernet barrel, but i would be really curious to try that version of it too. the closest thing to this i have ever had is the bb dexi italian grape barleywine in the blue glass bottle, but even that is a far cry away in terms of similar taste. this thing is on a delicious island and i want to go there again!
Mar 14, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by bb-magic from Florida

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by GregJ from Louisiana

Mar 01, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Lurkerson from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Feb 16, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by BeerBeast from Florida

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 2.81 by Elimav from Florida

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by allenson21 from New York

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Jason_cs from Florida

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by Grackos from Florida

Feb 05, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Feb 04, 2016
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Reviewed by MJSFS from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Funky Buddha snifter. L: reddish purple color with a one finger head and spotty lacing. S: musty grape juice. T: sweet grape must, booze, and a bitter finish. F: thin and oily O: not what I was expecting, considering this is labeled a Barleywine. It's more like a boozy carbonated grape juice. It was enjoyable though. I purchased two bottles, and I think I'll cellar the second one to see what at least a year does to it.
Feb 02, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Feb 01, 2016
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Reviewed by KraftPunk91 from Florida

4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I cellared this one for a year and it was amazing! It's as if I took a cab from Napa valley and a box of caramel chocolates for me to drink and pair! This one needs to be matured!
Jan 18, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by Steban from North Carolina

May 30, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by olradetbalder from Sweden

May 18, 2015
Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel Aged) from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 69 ratings