Big Woody Barley Wine | Glacier Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Glacier Brewhouse
Alaska, United States
glacierbrewhouse.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Huge malt and intense fruitiness dominate. No expense is spared with the use of English floor malted barley. Aged in various oak barrels including Jim Beam and Napa Valley wine barrels for a minimum of one year. A true delight.

Added by joedon on 01-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
5.44%
 
 
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4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

01/13/2017.

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3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since a review, but gave this one a try at the hard liver barleywine fest, and had to throw in my say :)

A - Chestnut brown color, with a tan foam. Retention on the moderate side.

S - Smell is of oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits (prune, cherry), and even some scotch-like notes (Without the alcohol on the nose). There's a whole lot of complexity going on here for sure!

T - Taste is of vanilla and oak, which almost gives this beer a sort of "marshmallow" sweetness to it. Notes of caramel and toffee. Dark fruits and mild hoppiness offer some balance, and keep it from being cloying. Throughout the whole sip, other "woody" flavors seamlessly make their way in with the other flavors. Complex, and amazingly smooth and delicious!

M - Most definitely a full bodied beer, with just the right, modest amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, making this one a little too easy to drink.

O - Bottom line, if you can get your hands on some of this, be sure to try some! A truly great barleywine that I can see being a good pairing with some dessert.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintages aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill barrels
Day 8 of the 12 Days of Barleywine

L: cola colored with a thin khaki head
A: still quite hot - bourbon dominates
T: classic English barleywine- toffee, not too sweet, big malt, bourbon, vanilla in the back that lingers
M: warmth from the alcohol, true to style
O: still hot but still delicious- every version of this beer is world class.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a clear copper with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, a bit of oak, some bourbon, a bit of light alcohol, and a little bit of cherry. The initial taste is sweet vanilla, followed by some oak, caramel, a little bit of nuttiness, and some bourbon. The finish is warm with alcohol. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Enjoyable barley wine. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but very good.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a snifter. Beer poured a dark copper transitioning to amber and dark red when held up to a light. Thin wisp of a off white head on the surface, with a thick film of alcohol legs when swirled lightly. A bubble here and there, but not too carbonated.

Nose is a delight, toffee, caramel, molasses, cherry, vanilla, coconut, and a light woodiness. As it warmed up further, a hint of floral hops as well.

Taste follows the nose, surprisingly balanced despite the ample sweet toffee, caramel, molasses flavors mingling with the stone fruit and light floral hops at the front of the tongue. As the beer sits on your tongue, the barrel comes through with some coconut, vanilla, and a light burnt sugar bitterness. Light alcohol warmth on the back of the throat, but not too much on the flavor.

Medium body with light carbonation, slightly sticky in the mouth. Very enjoyable sipper.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great aroma, sweet oak, great vanilla notes

virgin czech oak (straight wood) barrel type aged for seven months at 9.1% abv

aged seven months, flavors of malt, vanilla, figs, and cherry. no expense was spared with the use of english floor malt

sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010

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Big Woody Barley Wine from Glacier Brewhouse
4.41 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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