Unplugged Iced Barleywine | New Glarus Brewing Company

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

This was the first Barleywine I've had, so I was expecting it to be stronger than anything I've had in the past. Even with that mindset, I was still blown away by how unprepared I was. Even those who drink a lot of this style would probably feel much the same way. The typical ABV range for this style is 7 - 12. This one's 13.5%. Strong enough to smell the alcohol coming through the well-balanced malt and hop scents. It smells like what you'd expect a good beer to smell like: pure and nothing surprising. It pours a very dark brown. It's not as dark as a stout, it looks more like a fine dark rum. There is little head, which isn't surprising, because there is very little carbonation. Likewise, there was very little lacing: only a thin ring remains for a brief moment. The mouth feel is very thick. It seems to stick to your tongue and cheeks as it slides slowly and smoothly down your throat. This one is definitely a sipper. The presence of alcohol is easily detectable on your pallet, yet it is balanced well by the malt and hops. The after taste is more interesting than any beer I've had before. The upfront taste of the beer lasts for awhile, but every once in awhile a floral taste seems to cut through it. It's complex, yet familiar is the best way I can describe it. This would probably be an interesting brew to lay down for a few years.

I reviewed this out of a 12 oz. longneck bottle, poured into a 22 oz. snifter.

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep ruddy red, slightly murky with no visible head.

Aroma is peaty malt with a huge phenolic alcohol aroma. Hop aroma is present and lends an interesting character to the smell with the intense malt aromas going on.

Flavor is surprisingly hoppy up front with an immediate hit of booze. Rum and raisins are in there with a husky, earthy grain flavor. The hops are very resinous, which when melded with the alcohol makes for a very bitter, intensely piney flavor. Dates and prunes with blackstrap molasses comes through as the beer warms. The booziness is unmistakable and understandable with a beer this big. The hop flavor almost seems to intensify the alcohol. Very hearty flavor of dextrose and raw cane type sugar.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and oily. This is a very substantially bodied beer.

Something different for me, a little intense, but I enjoyed the opportunity to try it.

(edit) I changed my scores because as this one warms to room temp it gets much, much better.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours to a deep mahogany with a quickly dissipating head

Smells of sherry, wine, and alcohol

Tastes of waves of dark fruits on a bed of alcohol. Burn is evident.

Oily mouthfeel, somewhat thick

Drinkable for a beer of its magnitude, but one'll do you. Certainly plan on cellaring this monster.

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Photo of INTENSEdan
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Room temp out of a wine glass.

Straight to the point - amazing. Beautiful ruby/copper appearance, wonderful aroma filled with cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasty biscuits. Basically huge malty richness with layers of dark fruits on top.

I don't tend to be able to detect alcohol in beers, but this one has a slight burn. Considering the ABV it's quite the feat. It does not detract from the drinkability, either.

Incredible beer for the price. Don't pass this one up.

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Photo of Soneast
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, after allowing to warm up for 15 minutes. Pours a very dark reddish-brown in color with a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head that disappears fairly quickly leaving a small bubbley ring that leaves an intricate lace composed of very tiny bubbles.

Aroma is heavy up front with toasty, biscuity malts, caramel, molasses and some residual dark fruit in the background. A very rich aroma, with very little alcohol detected.

Flavor is quite strong and complex. Toasted biscuits, caramels, molasses, sweet malts, with a very nice hoppiness towards the end, an earthy bitter flavor that balances out the up front sweetness incredibly well with a moderate dry finish. This beer is very well balanced and full of flavor. Warms ya up, but doesn't overwhelm you with alcohol, which is an impressive feat considering the ABV.

This full bodied beer has a very nice carbonation factor, it feels velvety smooth in the mouth. Just a great combination of flavors going on here and it goes down so smooth. I am thoroughly impressed with the drinkability on this, much more so than other barleywines I've had (although to be honest, I've always been partial to English Barleywines).

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Photo of beeronesse
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. straight out of the bottle and ice cold wasn't very pleasant but after 15 to 20 minutes in a wine glass.... wow. Beautiful, clear mahogany/reddish brown appearance. Nice but quickly diminishing head. The nose is screaming caramel, raisins, licorice and vanilla, a wisp of smoke. Follows through in the mouth. Big caramel, licorice, raisin/currant fruit... and again a hint of smoke. Mouth feel is good, albeit a tiny burn from the alcohol. High drink-ability for such a powerful style.

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