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Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel Aged) | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel Aged)Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-07-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
68
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
34.45%
 
 
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6
Gots:
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Reviews by travisdiener32:
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4/5  rDev +12%

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Photo of Cheesehead21
4.76/5  rDev +33.3%
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!

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feel: medium body; light carbonation; a bit hot.
Aroma: fruity and (too) floral. Lightly boozy.
Flavor: sweet and boozy ... very boozy.
O: decent, but poorly hidden alcohol. Would probably benefit from aging.

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Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
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.

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Photo of BeerMe8
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of AdrianC31
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Steban
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JamesLeung
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sithmisfit
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of wcu80
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suckaj
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GregJ
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allenson21
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel Aged) from Funky Buddha Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.
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