Unplugged Iced Barleywine | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Iced BarleywineUnplugged Iced Barleywine

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 256
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this beer for quite some time. I assume that I have had it for 3.5 years now.

It's a nice drinker. Smooth, with good raisin and smooth and sweet tones. Unfortunately, there is a real strong alcohol/burning presence on this. It does detract quite a bit from the beer in that it robs it a full chance at delivering the flavor profile. Still a nice beer though. Always nice to exhibit some willpower and save something for a while.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bunch of this on a recent Kenosha run. Served in a FOBAB pint glass.

A - A half finger of tannish head that dissipates quickly and leaves next to no lacing. The beer is beautiful transparent maple syrup brown color.

S - Strong maltiness full of a variety of flavors - apple, maple syrup, berries, plum. There's a touch of alcohol, but it's surprisingly minor considering the high ABV.

T - Incredibly smooth, moderate sweetness balanced by nice use of spice. Apple cinnamon, toffee, dark fruits, sherry, and a touch of alcohol burn.

M - Thick, creamy, and smooth, with only a hint of tingly carbonation. Leaves quite a bit of residual stickiness and has quite a bit of a warming alcohol sensation.

D - I split a 12oz bottle with my wife and that was probably the right serving size. This is a slow sipper and not something you'd want to session. I can't believe they sell this for $8 for a 4-pack!

Another winner from New Glarus!

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark murky brown bodied beer. Decent head retention and some lacing.

S- Earth hops, honey notes.

T- Sweet alcoholic caramel. Omnomnom. "Liquid blowjob".

M- Full mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation for the age.

D/O- The best barleywine New Glaris has came out with as far as I'm concerned. Delicious! I'd drink it now if you have one.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of KeefD. Thanks Keith for the opportunity!

Copper colored with a red tinge when held up to the light. Soft white, one finger head when poured aggressively.

Smells of molasses, candied plums, maple and sultana raisins.

Taste is English toffee, alcohol, prunes, dark rum, a very slight agave flavor and a touch of honey.

This is smooth sipper that coats your palate nicely. Not too thick, not too thin.

It reminds me of a Braggot (Brother Adams to be precise) both in taste and consistency.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this age and this potency. 13.5 percent!! No way. Perhaps some of the edges would be smoothed out with a little bottle age, but is a pleasure to consume now.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good lookin out for this tick bobbizle

A: poured a reddish amber brown with pale yellow highlights when held up to the light and had almost no head leaving almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice caramel sweetness upfront on the nose with candi sugar but had citrusy, hints of pine, and hopppy notes.

T: The caramel maltiness dominated the palate but had sweet caramel , pine, citrusy accents with nice hoopy bitterness and a touch of booze.

M: The brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney, hoppy, boozy, bitter finish.

D: definitely a sipper due to the ABV but was a great example of a barleywine and was very tasty.

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice reddish/brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some nice big oil slick and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, slight cherry note, lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, cherry tart, and caramel. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, a pretty tasty BW, way to go NG.

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

Thanks much to Lance for sharing this bottle. Pours very dark with a slight head. Given the very high abv, that's just fine. Smells quite hot, and with a dusty, grainy dryness- like fresh straw- not unpleasant. tastes hot and sweet, with bright fruit, straw and earth. A bit punchy, but as a sipper it unveils nice clean flavors and is pleasant enough. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz red foiled bottle into a regular snifter late at night. Needed something to put me to bed.

A- NG Iced Barleywine poured a briliant dark ruby red color which could be lightened behind light. Looks a dark brown in a darker setting. A pretty sturdy poured yielded a 3/4 inch off white head with some tightness but not enough legs to stick around. Minimal lace.

S- Upon first sniffs a huge smell of heated alcohol attacked the senses. This stuck around forever, no getting around it. Dark fruit came out with warming along with a yeast character plus some spices. A nice amount of hops also in this young bottle.

T- Wow, this really got me going after just a sip with some hotness. Alcohol is really all I got initially but this BW evolved over time. A nice hop punch with a nice sherry note in between. Some cherry shows up as well. Some nutmeg as well as a nice caramel/toffee end. Hotness all around.

M- This completly blew my taste senses on the first sips, but this barleywine is manageable. The alcohol heat is all around, at 13.5% what do you expect. A nice step above medium bodied with a smoothness after 8oz or so. Carb is not a problem.

D- Took me well over two hours to finish this monster but I am glad I tackled it. 13.5% is nothing to shake your finger at so take your time. I'm sure this has great legs for aging which it needs.

Another plus for the unplugged series.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been avoiding this beer for a while for some reason. I finally used 4oz of it in a steak pan sauce (which turned out quite well), so I had to finish the rest. A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma, interestingly enough, smells sort of like raisin juice with citrus peel in it that has been spiced with a touch of herbal notes. I am actually quite amazed how un-complex this beer is; this lack of complexity does seem to be a signature note of many of the "special" beers I have had from New Glarus though. The fruit character also reminds me of cherries and the alcohol boosts notes of brandy. As the beer warms it becomes quite a bit more hot and alcoholic, though not overwhelmingly so.

The beer is somewhat sweet, though certainly not as much as one might expect. The beer finishes with a bitter grain character that isn't roast derived, but there all the same. The bitterness is mainly from hop bitterness though, and there is also a light herbal character up front. The finish has some heat to it that makes the hop bitterness a bit harsh, and some this is part of the astringent grain character in the finish too. Flavors of brandy, sweetened red grapes, perhaps a touch of cranberry, rum soaked raisins. This is definitely a thick and viscous brew, it is probably somewhat light considering its alcohol content, but this is most definitely a beer that needs to be sipped slowly. Surprisingly for a beer of this strength there is not a whole lot going on here.

This beer isn't all that bad, but it is overly clean and simplistic. My bet is that this needs a bit more age, it is somewhat like Samichlaus in that it probably won't become drinkable until after at least a couple years. When a beer starts out this simple, and because it is so strong, it really needs a significant amount of oxidation before it has the needed complexity to be tasty and drinkable. To be honest this was uninspiring enough that I don't even care to get another bottle to test my theory out on.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been holding off on reviewing this one... Abents has been MIA now for about 4 weeks.. I'm just hoping Adam is okay... I'm done waiting.

I really only want a beer or two tonight.. The Unplugged Iced Barleywine has been staring at me for a looong while now.. My Chimay goblet is wet with a thick and very substantial brew. Given the ABV.. it's pretty obvious the head is gonna drop.. but still .. pretty quick.. The brew is a very clear deep brown and some pretty purple tones.

Boozy (not bad even remotely given the ABV) with a ton of caramel malts... the dark dried fruits.. dried cherries and some raisin and lite prune.. The nose is really pretty amazing.. lite chocolate as it warms.. but it is a damn complex brew..

The palate is a monster of (sweet)/malty complexities.. quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness.. burnt sugars are in the middle.. there is a good hop presence (but what do I know?) I love the thick malts and a smooth spicy element from the EtOH.. Bing Cherries come to mind.. Brown sugar.. a little figgy as it warms up.. nutty toffee .. smoke? .. thick body is expected.. and the carbonation is an honest surprise... Most brews of this magnitude are bordering on still... yet NG pulls it out.. This brew is still fresh right now.. smooth.. velvety carbonation.. lush... a little boozy.. but that's gonna be the nature of a beast like this one.

If I lived in Wisconsin... I would build my cellar around this brew.. It is amazingly drinkable right now (a sipper though) .. but I want a case... a couple of cases.. a keg!! to age for years!!

Again... props go out to Abents... Adam.. one of my BEST trades .. ever... GGRRRrrrr...!!! Log back on.. I'm already plotting future endeavors. ;-)


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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear VERY deeply amber colored beer with absolutely no head at all. Slighto range tinge when held up to the light.

Smell is spicy orange scent to it mostly NW style hops. Scent is very mild for the beer style.

Starts out bitter sweet and woody with a fairly sharp bitterness level. After acclimating to the hop level the beer becomes very earthy in flavor mostly mushroom and wood.

Mouthfeel is OK but light for the style.

OK drinkabilty but I only have the 12 OZ so finishing this is no problem. OK Barley Wine but not outstanding.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend opened a bottle recently and told me this had taken a turn for the worst. With great trepidation, I open one of mine. 12 oz, red foil top bottle served in a snifter.

Pours an attractive dark cola brown with ruby-ish tinges and a massive, dense camel colored head. Excellent retention and light lacing. Pleasant boozy aroma of dark fruit, raisin, plum, etc, vanilla, booze, toffee and caramel. Flavor starts off similarly, before veering into the land of sherry, cardboard and wet dog. Body is medium thick, soft and chewy, but not quite viscous. Sigh, this tastes like something I would have liked, but the dry, bitter, cardboard aftertaste ruins this.

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