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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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 193
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

thanks to chewyrx08 for this beer in a trade!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: medium brown mahoganey bodied beer with a few white bubbles. No head to speak of.

Smell: Caramel, booze, vinous, fruity, estery, and earthy. Sweet and ozidized.

Taste: This is like malty beer candy! Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, and figs from the malts. Little boozy heat and spiciness are right there behind the sweetness to remind you its probably well over 14% or even 15% by now. Midpalate get just a hint of earthiness and a little woody; also some astrigent bitterness. Beer finishes with more caramel sweetness (that over take the bitter notes found midpalate) and mild boozy heat.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation just enough carbonation so that the beer is not completely still/flat. Slick yet sticky mouthfeel. Really a smooth drinkn english barleywine, I dont see this beer mellowing much more than where it at right now. Its a big beer thats a sipper.

Overall: This beer is really holding up very well. I wish that Dan would barrel age this beer for the next R&D series beer; it would be brilliant! The beer still has good carbonation and is fairly smooth. Lots of great english barleywine flavors with fairly minimal oxidation. I would say its at it peak right now, drink em up now! Wish I could have drank this one fresh for a comparision!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent to me by rudylaw. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep raisin brown with almost no head. About an eighth-inch high light brown film that quickly faded into a faint collar. No lace.
S: Big sweet sugar scents. I get notes of caramel, brown sugar, leather and a hint of chocolate.
T: Sweet like the nose. Dark fruits, honey, brown sugar, leather, milk chocolate/cocoa, hop resin, and grape juice. The finish is sweet, bitter, dry and alcoholic.
M: This beer isn’t necessarily boozy, especially for such a high alcohol content, but a touch of warmth is noticeable. Carbonation is thick and tingly, and the mouthfeel is slick and heavy. Body is full.
O: For the alcohol this is quite a good sipper. As a barleywine it’s definitely good, but not the best.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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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Photo of Chaz
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant reddish cola-brown in color, topped by caramel-tinged off white head and which falls quickly and leaves just a wee bit of lace as it falls. Still ample carbonation on this one...

Nose is booze-y, with big notes of rum, raisin, and light plum (almost like a fruitcake, come to think of it). Also possessed fainter vinuous and tannic qualities.

Fairly brisk (although bit viscous) across the palate on the first sip, with plenty of residual bitterness backing up the initial blast of malty sweetness. It's aromatic and phenolic and still a little bit "hot" throughout, and to my mind drinks very much in the manner of a port wine. All the flavors present in the nose are also in evidence on the palate, and the vinuous and tannic aspects are also a little more pronounced. Seems that there's also a little bit of oxidation here, but this in no way detracts from the experience.

A bit lighter in body than I expect from the style, but it actually is better than average in the sense that it increases the drinkability (in my mind) of this big beer!

Unplugged Iced Barleywine is a pretty unique offering and it makes for a really nice sippin' beer. It's one that I really hope to see eventually turning up on the New Glarus brewing schedule -- I'll keep voting on it, at least : )

A big, big thanks go out to BA "grantcty" for the opportunity to sample this one!

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of gkatsoris
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured dark brown, no lace, and NO floaties at all.

S: Alcohol, vanilla, oak, bread, tons of malt and raisens.

T: Malt and alcohol. Vanilla. Super bitter on the back end, guessing from the hops but I don't taste any hops.

M: Very thin and alcoholy.

O: I think this one should have sat for another year or two; way too hot.

Thanks Redliner8 for sharing the brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 256 ratings