Iron & Barleywine
Funky Buddha Brewery

Iron & BarleywineIron & Barleywine
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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
English Barleywine
3.69 | pDev: 10.84%
Oct 23, 2020
Apr 15, 2016
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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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
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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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.5 by krome from Illinois

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 24, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by cd34 from Illinois

Feb 10, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 3.29 by TBonez477 from Vermont

Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by KensWorld from Florida

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by xamygo from New York

Jul 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4 by sweemzander from Illinois

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by johnlatona from New Jersey

Mar 21, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Mar 21, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by ffshore545 from Illinois

Feb 02, 2017
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
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
Rated: 3.5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2017
Iron & Barleywine from Funky Buddha Brewery
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