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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Almost forgot about this one, which would have been a shame, as it's a great little barleywine. Cracked by Eric during a bout of arm wrestling.

Ruby-brown pour with a whispy head and a few spots of lace. Good, sweet aroma on the swirl, lots of toffee and some dark fruit, but predominantly sugar heavy. For such a sweet beer there's still some hops lurking in there which help take a bit of the edge off. I say 'a bit', because this beer is almost all about rich, sweet goodness, and makes the ideal nightcap or dessert beer. Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar and raisins. Sadly, there's also some pretty prominent alcohol, which isn't worn with the finesse that the best barleywines exhibit. Thick, chewy body with a restrained carbonation suits the style well.

Quite nice and I liked it a fair bit, but I'm not sure how much I could drink in a sitting. Its still a little hot, and I think the sweetness would become overpowering after a while, but as a nightcap split with friends its great!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of viggo, this one was on my wants for a while so thanks for bringing it out!

Pours a rich caramel, toffee color with a thin layer of head which recedes to a collar and some swirling islands.

Nose is rich and sweet, perhaps a little too so. Toffee, raisins, caramel, brown sugar.

Just thick and sweet, a real sipper. Toffee, raisins, light wood, touch of hops still remain in the finish to give a pleasant dryness, some serious hotness still in the finish as well, boozy, feels 'concentrated' which it is but just seems too syrupy and sweet. Thick mouthfeel which coats and sticks. A real nightcap of a beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Slightly hazy dark amber color. One finger of creamy beige head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Nice aroma! Some pepperyness from the start with fruity figs and plum. Lots of caramel sweetness resembling cake icing.

4.0 T: Bready malts to start. Again fruity figs and plum. Citrusy grapefruit hops. Tons and tons of toffee and caramel that both linger into the aftertaste. Noticeable, but not overwhelming, alcohol.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy. Alcohol and toffee linger.

4.0 D: Good beer. Too bad it's retired and I have none left. I would have liked to cellar a few.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a hazed, ruby-caramel color with a small and bubbly, light khaki colored head that quickly turns into a thick and bubbly ring. A few specks of lace were left behind.

S: Delicious aromas of caramel, tropical fruit, fruity alcohol, toffee, and vanilla bread pudding.

T: See above. The flavor of alcohol takes more of a center role here. Big caramel flavor comes on strong in the finish.

M: Starts off sweet and a little syrupy before becoming bitter and full of alcohol heat. That quickly calms down and turns dry and slightly sweet in the finish.

D: Drinks very well for its' heft, but is definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a large brandy snifter

It pours a brilliant ruby with huge legs sticking to the side of the glass. There was no appreciable head when poured from the bottle. The color is what impresses me; it's about the most brilliant deep red color of a non-fruit beer I've seen.

The nose has this smooth and rich sweetness to it. At the end a nice warm but not harsh alcohol nose comes across.

The taste is nice and sweet with a smoky bourbonish flavor. The alcohol is present for sure but restrained. The beer isn't surprisingly medium/ light bodied for being 13.5%. I'm not sure if the icing process has anything to do with that or not. These flavors are really working for me and it seems like a well put together strong barleywine. This beer isn't scream in your face loud and bold but to me it's well crafted, smooth and the flavors have melded together nicely in the first year or so of age on it. I'm sure it will only get better with time.

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Photo of semibaked
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with about a finger of little tan head, looks like it pours pretty flat.

S - A lot of syrupy sweetness, some Xmas spices, roasted malts, but no hops in the smell.

T - Good mix of hops, syrupy sweetness, malts, also has a citrus peel bitterness too (almost too much bitterness). Hides the alcohol VERY WELL, almost too well.

M - Pretty smooth mouthfeel but also a bit slick too.

D - This is a weird one for me I like this overall except for the extra bitterness, this is
definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of jt31914
2.04/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Red/Amber color; little to no carbonation.

S: Barley and a little wheat; sweet with little to no hop aroma.

T: Super bitter; not anything like the smell. No sweetness or balancing flavors, just harsh, bitter disappointment.

M/D: Undrinkable drainpour

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Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from my boy spointon, I am in debt to you, sir. Been wanting this beer since I heard it was coming out so I am stupid excited. 12oz bottle with 05/09 written on the label served up in a tulip.

A: Oh you are a looker, Iced Barleywine. The pour is a dark and rich brown. Very dark with light red hues sneaking out at the bottom of the glass. Held to the light, some serious garnet colors radiate. A somewhat vigorous pour got me a finger of light biege colored head which is creamy and a little thick. After a few minutes it falls to a substantial creamy ring that notches the glass all the way down the glass. I am happy camper just looking at it.

S: Oh its so sweet and boozy in the nose. Lots of roasted caramel candy presence. Good amount of brown sugar and molasses. Little bit of fruit coming out with some figgy goodness. Behind that there is a honey bourbon boozy quality here. Pure alcohol does linger as well. Little bit of floral and citrus hops presence pop up from time to time.

T: Tasty goodness, yo! Getting the booze here first. Really nice sherry presence along with that honey bourbon I mentioned in the nose. The alcohol is cut with the caramel malts and sugary goodness. Light brown sugar coming through, reminding me of caramelized figs. The hops are very light, but I am getting notes of citrus, floral and grass. Justa nice earthiness that brings this beer together for me. Damned fine.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated beauty. This is creamy and a little oily on the palate. This has some serious coating to it that has some lasting power. It really brings some boozy ABV warmth that warms the throat, almost intensely at times. Aftertaste is caramel and boozy goodness.

D: I really had to pace myself with this one because I could have killed this with a few well timed gulps. Everything about this beer works for me. The flavors are really on point for me, and it comes really close to perfection. I probably could have given this another year to let this develop even more, but I loved it. I want more and I want more now. So . . . Damned . . . Good.

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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 kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with just a hint of wispy head rimming the glass.
Smell is boozy as hell. Smells much like a traditional English barleywine but with a lot more alcohol. Lots of buttery caramel and just a bit of bitter aromatic hops.
Taste is very sweet, tons of malt, dark fruit with raisins, prunes, a hint of mild chocolate and mint...possibly spearmint.
Dense mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with very little carbonation.
Very nice to sip with the appropriate food.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle I got from a trade with brokenleadedcask. Been wanting to try this bad boy out!

A- Pours a light hazed amber brown color. Light tan head built up very little and dies almost as fast. Light spotty lacing on the glass with the liquid clinging more to the glass.

S- Very malty in the front end of this. Light very light citrus hops have faded. Darker fruits seem to be more of the dominate aroma with some light brown sugar tossed in there as well. Alcohol is very noticable in the nose as well.

T- Like others have said the first sip is in your face for sure. Heavy malts bring in a semi-sweet dark fruit tone to this beer. The hops have all but given up and faded while I sip on this. Alcohol is in there a ton and you can't take a sip without dealing with it. Still very hot and almost gives this a shot like quality of burn going down.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Very still in the mouth. Dark fruits are left on the palate along with a little tobacco as well. Alcohol dominates the entire aftertaste making it feel more like a young single malt whiskey.

D- This beer is good. I wished I would have set on it a little more to give some of the alcohol heat some time to cool down. I could see this beer tasting even better with about 6 more months on it. It was a one and done for me...although I only had one to begin with..heh.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jj21 for this one. 12 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber with a sparse tan head. Caramelized sugar, dark fruit and a bit of alcohol in the aroma. Big malty body. Fair amount of sweetness with raisins and dark sugar. Balanced out with some hop bitterness. A bit hot. On the malty side of the barley wine spectrum. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to younger35 for this foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle.

A: The barleywine is a ruddy brown ale, opaque but glowing at times. The ale failed to generate much of a head, sitting rather complacent in my glass.

S: The aroma is malty, concentrated and sticky. Citrusy hops come through, matching the intense fruit aromas from the malt. Apple and grape aromas stand out the most, along with a brown sugar spice.

T: That is one hell of a first sip. The malts are so strong, so heavy, that it's difficult to appreciate without being overwhelmed. Surprisingly, the hops stand out the most, overtaking the hardcore malts. Their citrusy bursts lay the groundwork for the malts. Those malts offer myriad flavors, including sour apples, grapes, tobacco, and brown sugar. Booziness is undeniable, leavings its imprint on every sip. The finish is single malt whisky, sharp and burning.

M: The barleywine is, if nothing else, weighed down by an array of flavors. The rich malts, coupled with a sizeable hop presence, makes for an interesting taste.

D: A beer this strong needs to be consumed in moderation. One and done for this cowboy.

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Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to BuckeyeNation and PaleAl for the bottles.

Iced Barleywine pours a darker, brown color. It's a little hazy, but backlighting gives it a cherry tint. A creamy tan head sits on top and rises to about two fingers in depth. It falls to a surface covering rather quickly, but held on for a bit. Lacing was sticky and thick. Not bad at all.

The nose is good. It's very heavy on dark fruit. Raisin, fig, and plum notes are prevalent throughout. There are also some citric grapefruit and mango scents. Suffice it to say it's loaded with fruit. The citrus varieties might be attributable to hops, but the hops don't smell that strong. Balanced seems appropriate. There are earthy and spicy qualities that are secondary, but add quality depth. It honestly smells like a mix of tobacco and leather. Alcohol is noted. No surprise there. But, it doesn't scream '13.5 ABV' by any means.

This is good beer. Up front, it's malty and very sweet. Much sweeter than I anticipated. Caramel/toffee malts are strong and give it a very sturdy backbone. Brown sugar is noted and only adds to the sweet factor. It has quite the array of fruit flavors. Fig, raisin, and plum seem to collide with grapefruit and mango flavors. It's an interesting mix, but tastes quite good. There are remnants of hops, but they've obviously faded. They give it an earthy, leafy flavor. Today, it really does have a nicely balanced hop/malt flavors. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn't hot. I was expecting the opposite. Finishes sweet and leafy. It's good. A tad sweet, but good nonetheless.

Iced Barleywine has a medium body that seems to grown thicker as it warms. It never feels thick. Honestly, it needs a tad more girth. It feels just slightly thin for such a big beer. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is good, but it's damn sweet and strong at 13.5%. I'll finish the bottle, but that's more than enough for tonight.

Overall, Iced Barleywine is good beer. It's a nice English Barleywine. Personally, I find it a little too sweet. It probably wouldn't suffer if the abv were a couple of points lower. It's still tasty beer. Not the finest release I've had from New Glarus, but more than solid. Easily recommended.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Very nice reddish-amber colored liquid. Minimal head, which is expected with the high abv content, of eggshell colored foam. Dissipation is fairly quick. Lacing is in thin strands and quite sticky.

A big malt-driven nose, full of caramel and toffee notes. Big presence of sweet cherry notes, along with hints of other dark fruits. Light touches of brown sugars. Nice hints of dark wheat.

This is nowhere near as sweet as anticipated. It has a sweetness to it, to be sure, but the caramel and toffee notes are tempered by a nice hops profile. Hints of dark fruit sweetness are balanced by a citrus hop bite. Mild earthiness. The alcohol comes off as somewhat scotch-like. Nicely warming, but not overpowering, in the least. Malty, yet completely under control.

Medium bodied and with a touch of oiliness to it. Very mild level of carbonation. This one is extremely smooth. It practically drinks like water. Thickened water, but still water.

At 13.50%abv, this one is much more drinkable than I would have guessed it to be. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavor is light and mild.
This one is a very interesting experiment.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has been amongst my other cellared brews since April 2009.

A - Its a beauty in a clear deep purple body with a head of about a quarter inch that has great stamina. Her top is dressed in a color just darker than an eggshell.

S - Plum, alcohol, anise and molasses. (Note: I'm having a very hard time smelling it and not drinking it because the aroma is so undeniably appealing.)

T - Brown sugar coated in a mist of slightly bitter hops that are tasted only on the rear-outside edges of my tongue, and they come in late. There are pungent plums swirling and an obvious, however, well welcomed alcohol flavor throughout.

M - It brings a warm feeling to inside of my lower chest and upper abdomen. It goes down with grace and ease. It's so smooth and soft that its hard to recognize as a barley-wine.

~ This is a great beer. I shared a couple bottles of this with four buddies on New Years Eve and it was without a doubt, a big hit. Novice to experienced beer drinkers can enjoy this beer. But, be sure to drink it slow because after all, "the essence is to travel gracefully rather than to arrive." That's not mine, that's Enos Mills'.


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

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp--thanks to a great trader!

A: Pours a glassy, peach-toned mahogany with almost no head whatsoever, though a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Fizzy, tiny, effervescent carbonation bubbles dance up the side of the glass, at times almost looking like bubbles in a sheet of thin glass. They are very consistently spaced within each stream and move in straight lines until they reach the top, however, the streams near the side of the glass move at a much slower rate than those near the middle of the glass. As they reach the top, they form tiny clusters of fine, fine bubbles in the ring around the glass.

S: Smells--in a very strange way--almost watery. That's not to say that it doesn't have flavor, though. There's a dark, sweet note that's almost like toffee blended with the typical caramel notes, and also a definitively lighter brown sugar adding to the spectrum of sweet candy notes. Mild prune and raisin notes, as well as yeasty wheat bread and malts. As it warms, the sweet notes become more prominent, but are certainly not overpowering. Smells very light and sweet, as much as heavy candy notes can.

T: Very impressive for such a high abv. My first impression is that it's almost as light as the nose. Malty and sweet, and finishes with a medium amount of hops. There's the caramel and brown sugar that carries over from the nose, but also some citrus--grapefruits, lime, and a bit of lemon peel. There's a nice smoothness which comes across in the taste as a slight hint of vanilla. Finishes with a good deal of alcohol and the taste of peppermint, spearmint, and anise, but is not too in-your-face.

M: Pretty nicely done. For the glassy appearance, you might be worried that this one'd be flat, but the tiny and persistent carbonation bubbles do not disappoint. The aftertaste, though not strong, is leaving my mouth quite dry (perhaps due to the ABV?) and it's a little abrasive in that way.

Drinkability: Whew--doesn't feel like a 13.5% , but certainly drinks like one. Even not that far into the beer and I'm feeling dehydrated. Definitely good, and definitely one to sip, but I'd prefer it were less dry. Or maybe I just need more water....

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

Concentrated barleywine? I was hesitant going as I approached this - even when done well, barleywine is easily "too much of a good thing." I was happy to find that the concentration achieved through the icing process did not result in maple syrup. Intense malt with bright orchard fruit flavors. Sweet, but not excessively so.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass - a great extra from tpd975. Thanks again, Greg!

Pours a vibrant ruby brown, almost jewel-like, no real head at all, but gorgeous nonetheless.

Nose is ridiculously rich - candy-like rich red fruits, candy sugar, huge caramel, toffee, maybe even a bit of sweet milk chocolate in there, and a fantastic alcohol component that only complements the rest of the nose. Superb nose.

Taste is fantastic as well. Complex, balanced, delicious - initial notes of caramel and toffee, citrus peel and light pine bitterness, with the big red fruit and caramel notes of the nose coming through, but clearly tempered by the perfectly balanced hop presence. Alcohol is surprisingly tame - it's there, but it's by no means distracting. Finish is long, lingering bitterness pairs with the the lingering fruitcake richness and a nice alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but a nice, light carbonation lifts the whole thing up without intruding. Finish is massive, long, and multifaceted.

Drinkability is good, though - tempered by fact that while balanced, it's also just flat out massive. The finish is about an hour long, and the flavor just won't let go. Fantastic sipper on a cold winter night.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Secret Santa 2009 haul from Scoobydank. Out of a foil wrapped 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear crimson chestnut color with about a finger of thin tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of sherry, raisins, tart and sweet cherries, hops are quite bitter, port, candied apples, caramelized malts, bitter citrus pith, prunes, earthy yet clean. A good amount of alcohol heat greets the tongue and throat with each sip. This ale is a few notches better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for and English Barleywine. Thanks again for the chance Scooby!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is such a fluke. I had no beer in my fridge, and no money in my bank account. I agreed with my friend today when he said that he wanted to open a "nice big barley wine". I thought to myself that Mirror Mirror or 2009 Bigfoot would be good. Then I came home to a package from a great trader, Sean. I opened it up and the thing was filled with Barley Wines. So, I opened up this bottle and was very happy.

The appearance is of an expensive whiskey. It pours with some carbonation and has a crisp white head that leaves without a trace. This is an English Barley Wine, so that is expected. The color is a dark hammered copper with golden edges. The heart is a light brown-amber color, this looks good.

The smell is of an aged Barley Wine. Malt sweetness with some of the ABV is present. Sugary prunes and raisins as well. I also get some old fruity hop sweetness.

The taste is elegant and refined. This thing is maturing very well I assume, because from the other reviews I have read, this beer tastes nothing like 'ethanol infused'. There are very mellowed malt sweetness that present a prune and brown sugar characteristic that is amazing. The alcohol is still present, but it pushes the dark fruit tastes out without interfering. Raisins and liquor are lingering flavors.

The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated for me. I understand that this style can be undercarbonated, but this is actually carbonated and it makes the tastes stand out. It is oily and a bit hot still, but all very enjoyable. Two years on this would be ideal.

The drinkability is good, I am drinking it slow and savoring every sip because I do not know if I will ever try it again. Delicious.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle provided by and split with Beerwolf77. 6 oz pour into a Samuel Adams sampler glass. No date or info on the bottle.

Thanks for sharing this fine beer Todd!

A - Very slightly hazy brown amber with almost no head. A swirl creates a little cream dollop on top with poor retention and tiny clumps of lace left.

S - Loads of malt on the nose that's very toasty and bread-like. A bit biscuity with a tiny booze hint and some fruity notes as well. Raisin and white grape. A wonderful winter smell I'm really digging right now.

T - Very smooth malts. Lots of toasty notes with sour-dough bread-like qualities too. No hops evident at all. A small splash of fusel alcohol within the flavor but it's so deluded it's not bothersome at all.

M - Smooth, full-bodied, and incredibly rich with endearing qualities. The alcohol gives the finish a spicy, warm feel.

D - Pretty fair drinking for a barleywine. A bit cloying for the long haul but a great sipper to be sure.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with BeerFMAndy.

The beer pours a deep copper brown with rusty edges. A thin wisp of beige head dissipates quickly. A few spots of lace can be seen around the rim.

The aroma sweet rich malt followed by a grapefruit and pineapple hop burst. A hint of booze can be picked out but not much.

The flavor is sweet malt with dark candied fruits. Some citrus fruits along with the hop profile. The hops are not very strong. The beer does have age on it. The booze can be felt in the tongue for sure.

Medium body. Creamy with barely any carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. This was my first barley wine so I look forward to comparing my next one to this.

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Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to LJArsenal for the great trade. Temperature is in the low teens tonight, so figured it would be appropriate to crack this open. Pours dark caramel in appearance, with about a centimeter of light tan head. Smells and tastes of lots of malt, of course, as well as a fair amount of floral hop presence, caramel, and a dash of dark fruits. Very boozy in my opinion. I can smell the alcoholic heat wafting off the surface. Body is fairly thick, and carbonation is a shade under medium. This is, in my view, a quintessential barleywine. Very nice straightforward rendition of the style without all the bells and whistles on so many beers these days. Exactly what I expect from New Glarus.

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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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Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
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