Unplugged Iced Barleywine | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two year old aging. Rich malty aroma, not boozy but the alcohol is there. Cocoa coloured body, thicker looking, no head. Full mouthfeel. Taste of chocolate and other malt, a bit of fig. A big drink, and not one I could fully conquer in the middle of the day.Thanks Steven of Warren for hooking me up.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crimson glints in the light, tawny brown with a finger of foam that dissipates to a ring with some lace. Not bad for such a booze monster...served in a snifter around 50┬║.

Dried apricot, dates and cherry waft up, riding on a wave of melted toffee and brown sugar. Sweet and fruity nose, a hint of fusels at room temperature. Big, syrupy, lots of complex flavor here. Sweet banana esters slide through light citrus, into a savory herbal hop descent. Earthy hop oil slickness in the finish, bringing a nice bitter contrast to the fruity bouquet up front. Slightly drying after swallowing, hops are noticeable for minutes after each sip. This is huge, and a sipper, but i'm not getting much fusel heat from this at all...it's a prime cellar candidate, another winner from New Glarus!

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with the expected modest cap (given the high abv) that fades to a ringlet rather quickly; more legs than lace

Smell: Despite the age on this barleywine, the fusel alcohol aroma still dominates the nose, though there are very interesting caramel, tobacco, fig and cherry notes underneath

Taste: Spice cake and caramel, up front, with a growing fruit (apricot, fig, strawberry and apple) and pith elements developing; by mid-palate, the beer has an intense bitterness, along with a boozy brown sugar character; after the swallow, the earthy caramel flavors settle down the melange to some extent, with a tobacco influence sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Despite a year or so in the cellar, this beer still hasn't settled down to become the type of English Barleywine I would really admire; perhaps another year will do it justice

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 12-13-10.

A - This barleywine was crystal clear with a light burgundy color. It had a very small, tan head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - Smelled like a boozy barleywine. Sweet caramel with mild floral notes.

T - This had some boozy alcohol heat. Sweet caramel with just enough bitterness to not be overly sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a potent alcohol punch.

D - This was really powerful despite its age. Nicely done by the folks at New Glarus.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with some dry notes. Taste is not as complex as I had hoped with some caramelized sugar notes and a weird dry finish which didn't really fit in this mix. Body was about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit that this one didn't completely convince me.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying some NG with ThePeskyDingo.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours only about a 1/2 finger head. Thins out quickly, but the etching produces a constant flow and allows for a circle of head in the center. Leaves some thin splattered lacing. Color is a dark blackberry ruby. Very appealing.

Aroma is wonderful. Earthy hops come out first. There is also a lot of citrus notes, like a DIPA. Then the other notes hit. Nice bright fruits. Grapes, strawberries (I may be off a little here), maybe a hint of plumes. Some bready malts as well. No 13.5% abv so far.

Taste: the the booze hits. WOW is this strong. Here there is a lot of dried fruits versus the ones noted in the aroma. Earthy hops bombard the palate, backed up with some bready malts. Last note I got was some plums. The Dingo noted the alcohol reminding him of Bourbon Whiskey. I agreed.

Mouthfeel comes off bitter and then the alcohol hits the mouth. A little overwhelming. Gets a little smoother, but ends with a sticky boozy taste in the mouth.

Overall, this beer is a sipper. I don't see myself having more than 1 in a night. It has a complex aroma and a great taste. However, I think the alcohol masks some of its flavors.

A side note for no purpose but being interesting. The head in my glass at the end formed a tie-fighter. It was pretty neat. Evil just like the 13.5% abv.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this in a tasting.

A: Pours a dark copper amber with some crimson hues. Not too much head; what's there is a nice off white.

S: Lots of malt but not too much sweetness. Some brown sugar and toasted bread.

T: Much like the nose but with a bit more alcohol. It's slightly sweet in the mouth and almost tastes slightly candied. Some noticeable alcohol and hints--very subtle--of dark fruit and sherry.

M: Fairly chick with a good amount of carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol.

D: This one is a sipper, but drinkability is not bad for the high abv.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is from imperialking, cheers Jeff!

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with a finger of tan head. Very vicious, a bit of lacing & minimal head retention

S: Some cakeyness & fruittyness (dates & figs ), plus some booze, & leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, toffee, caramel, apricots & leafy hops up front, plus boozeyness. Oaky & cherry notes to go along with dryness, some apricot, figs & boozey oranges. Finishes dry, boozey & with breadyness, cinnamon & brown sugar; plus some figs

MF: Medium bodied, slick, a bit syruppy, very warm

Drinks like a 12% abv, was hoping for a a bit more subtle effort here. Too hot, I guess even NG can't hit a homer every at bat...If I had any more, I would age for at least another 8 months..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark garnet-hued body with a full inch of off-white head.

Smell: Earthy, fresh-ground pepper medley nose with some toasted caramel candy and a big blast of isopropyl alcohol. Woof!

Taste: Slightly bready malts with a moderately sweet 50/50 mix of dark caramel and toffee. The hotness of the alcohol presence is felt almost immediately. Chunks of fruitcake swimming in vinous Oloroso. Earthy hop character with a medium-high bitter mingled with the peppery alcohol. The finish is bitterish and fairly warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Robust and rather potent, though more than a bit harsh in alcohol at this early stage. IMHO, this is one to cellar away to allow it time to mellow.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beerbeagle for sending this one down to me. I love me a Barleywine and an Iced one, oh hell yeah! Served damn near room temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 03/07/2009.

The pour was a nice dark amber with alot of ruby colored highlights to it. Some light carbonation at first, but that settled down quickly and only left behind a small amount of lacing after that. Still though, nice cloudiness and a really solid look for the style. Earthy, rich and fresh hops highlighted the aroma with a touch of a grassy note to it and a light fig like smell. As I reached in for the first sip, the hops tore apart my tongue, letting light earthy fruit notes pour in and a really lay a smack down with a rich, syrup like feel to it. Super mellow and smooth with no sign of alcohol at all, I was really, really impressed with just how damn drinkable this thing was. Overall so damn solild, very hot and new, but in the context, freakin wow this was good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer many moons ago. I finally opened it up the other day and shared with some fellow snobs.

A: The pour is a nice copper color with very minimal head and carbonation.

S: Plenty of sweet brown sugar, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and miscellaneous dark fruits. A bit oxidized, but that was to be expected.

T: A very pleasantly sweet flavor with lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. The oxidation is mildly chocolatey and there are some good plum, cherry, and fig notes.

M: The body is quite full, but certainly not syrupy. Low carbonation to go with it.

D: For a nearly 14% beer, this drank very easily. Good flavors but the nose wasn't quite up to what I had hoped for. Still pretty good, but a beast of a beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a slightly murky dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish head the dissipates before I set the bottle down. Smells like a well aged fruity, caramel, ethanol, barleywine. It does actually smell pretty good, but it does smell a bit potent. The taste is sweet caramel and fruity with a hint of earth and enough heat to keep some balance. This one is tasty, but it is a sipper. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew that I'm glad I finally got to try. Nice sipper for a cold June night ;)

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Photo of dvmin98
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a wine glass appears a chestnut brown with ruby clarity. A khaki cap rises up less than a finger strong and quickly fades back leaving spotty lace.

Aroma has primarily solvent alcohol and herbal to fruity character. Slight pine aspect.

Taste is bitter and big with solvent booziness. A little tannic/astringent with almost an oakiness to it and lingering herbal to pine-like resinous bitterness.

Medium in body with light carbonation. Quite solvent despite being 8 years old. Feels more american than english in nature. Interesting and glad I got the chance to try it but yikes, this could use another 8 years aging.

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Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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