Iron & Barleywine
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #148
Ranked #23,600
3.69 | pDev: 10.84%
Oct 23, 2020
Apr 15, 2016
Iron & BarleywineIron & Barleywine
Notes: We blended this English-style barleywine with grape must for a distinct, vinous character that pairs well with slow braised dishes or acoustic folk rock. Notes of plum, pear, grape, red wine, fig, honey, and rock candy blend into a complex, slow sipper.
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3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Funky Buddha Iron and Barleywine
22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates
rated fresh, recently found notes so posting

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

Of note: I recently drank one that I had cellared first several years and it was much better; had developed a lot of quad like characters and the artificial grape faded quite a bit. Full review can be found on Cellar Reviews 2020 thread if interested.

Oct 23, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
I believe that this is around 2.5-3 years old

A- pours a clear ruby-amber color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- grape-forward aroma gives a vinous aroma up front, along with notes of plums, figs, blackberry jam, caramel & booze

T- grape notes up front, along with flavors of red wine, figs, raisins, honey and caramel. The finish gives more grape and leaves a linger of wine

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish, just a hint of alcohol on the linger

O- this beer reminds me a lot of Midas Touch, doesn't really drink like an English barleywine but still enjoyable

Apr 24, 2019
3.5 by krome from Illinois on Aug 27, 2018
3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 24, 2018
4.01 by cd34 from Illinois on Feb 10, 2018
Photo of hoptheology
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Aged 1.5 years. Has a nice tea colored body with some murky brown streaks, and a nice fluffy pink-white head.

Aromas of grape, barrel, vine, and hot caramel. Tons of polyphenols.

The flavor is down right delicious. The grapes really kick into high gear here, and it's a welcome change from many other BW's. Has an almost Cabernet-like quality to it, very tannin-like; mixed with grape Kool-Aid, finishing off with notes of thick caramel, butterscotch, and oak barrel.

Feel is right where it needs to be - medium bodied bordering on thick, with a tight carbonation and a sticky, velvety wine-like dryness that does not quit.

Overall, this beer is really something to be considered if you like Barleywines at all. I love this beer. So surprised at the low ratings.

Feb 04, 2018
3.29 by TBonez477 from Vermont on Oct 12, 2017
3.86 by KensWorld from Florida on Aug 28, 2017
4.06 by xamygo from New York on Jul 27, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

Pours a dull copper color with a hazy clarity and a tight band. Nose expresses grape must. Taste follows nose with just the merest hint of caramel and honey. That said, I don't much of an English Barleywine quality here. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Overall, solid but closer to a wine than a beer and overall character.

Jul 03, 2017
4 by sweemzander from Illinois on Jun 26, 2017
3.56 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jun 17, 2017
3.6 by Agentveba from North Carolina on Apr 09, 2017
4.33 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Mar 21, 2017
3.58 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Mar 21, 2017
4.1 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Mar 09, 2017
4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Mar 06, 2017
3.5 by ffshore545 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2017
Photo of macrosmatic
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City El Catador teku glass.

A: Ruddy brown, fairly hazy, with a half-finger of off-white head that fades quickly. This was quite a bit of visible carbonation as well, especially for the style.

S: Vinous, with caramelized sweet malts and toffee. There's some oaky vanilla as well. The grape juice/vinous aspect is the most prominent aroma though. Honestly, this doesn’t smell very appealing.

T: Well, if you’ve ever been motivated to dump Welch’s grape juice into a pedestrian barleywine - apparently Funky Buddha wondered the same thing. Bready malts with the grapey flavors lead to an old raisin bread aspect (though without the cinnamon). Light caramel flavor in the malts. And then the grape juice wells back up again in the hang and the exhale.

M: Medium body and very tame alcohol presence for style. Average carbonation sensation.

O: I don’t know, maybe I'm just missing the appeal. This isn't at all like a wine barrel-aged barleywine. I guess it doesn’t seem awful for what they said it would be – a barleywine with grape must. But it is not *anything* I would recommend to anyone, unless they were really, really, really sure that grape juice in a barleywine seemed like a good idea. It’s just absolutely not appealing. Drain pour, ultimately.

Jan 20, 2017
3.5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2017
3.38 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Dec 24, 2016
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3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Jaypeajus from Indiana

Bomber to FB snifter. Bought at brewery back in May, I think. Anyway looks like light ruby hues with mild ring of soapy head. Smells of grape juice-must be the must. Not too boozy, slightly wine-ish. Tastes like wine with more carbonation, fruits booze twizzlers. Feels pretty viscous. It leaves very little oil slick look in glass tho. Overall I don't think time did much to/for this. It's good, but as I live in Indiana, prob won't get again. This was the last of my FB haul of that day in May.

Nov 29, 2016
3.78 by Beerbom from California on Nov 28, 2016
3.87 by Chef_Dave from Florida on Oct 30, 2016
3.33 by JamesLeung from Florida on Oct 29, 2016
3.27 by MJSFS from Florida on Oct 29, 2016
4 by gruss004 from Oklahoma on Oct 13, 2016
3.55 by South2NW from Oregon on Oct 03, 2016
4.11 by jsprain1 from Minnesota on Sep 06, 2016
2.7 by WynnO from Florida on Aug 28, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clearish chestnut hue with a half finger head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a solid blanket.

S - Aromas of huge concord grape musk, fruity English barley wine. Very little malts or anything else that makes a barely wine.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice grape musk, big, huge almost. Nice caramel, light malt sweetness. The finish is really grape musk heavy, which is super unique. Like eating a concord grape.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a rather decent barley wine. The grape musk was super interesting.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 26, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Thanks to rudzud

Big foamy bubbly head fades pretty slowly, nice lacing, long legs, hazy bright red color.

Nose concord grape or musty grape musk, dank grape skin, sweet candy malt notes, fruity esters, sweet kosher wine, sweet candy malt, almost citrus candy, apple syrup, little spicy hop, raw malt.

Taste starts really sweet, syrupy sweet candy into big grape, musty grape again sweet kosher wine, little sweet candy malt caramel, white barleywine, toffee notes, toasted, little syrupy, touch bitterness. Finish little sticky, more barleywine notes, big concord grape musk little bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, decent carb, hint of booze.

Overall pretty funk, not great but interesting for sure.

Aug 26, 2016
3.5 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2016
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3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Mateo2699 from Texas

Pour is a very dark red hue. Long lasting head for a barleywine. Aroma is somewhat muted, but getting some nuttiness, caramel and some hints of brown sugar. Getting that grape must as the label suggests, more of an artificial grape. Typical barleywine flavors are in the background at initial sip, nice toffee and caramel. Then the artificial grape comes around in the finish. Moderately thin mouthfeel, not much booze to be detected.

Jul 24, 2016
3.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Jul 23, 2016
3.95 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Jul 19, 2016
3.75 by papajohn56 from Florida on Jul 16, 2016
3.5 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Jul 14, 2016
3.95 by Masters from Massachusetts on Jul 13, 2016
4.21 by BEER88 from Washington on Jul 03, 2016
Iron & Barleywine from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 52 ratings