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Unplugged Iced Barleywine by New Glarus Brewing Company
English Barleywine
13.50 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 03/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 12/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2009
12oz Bottle

d0b hooked me up with this brew a couple weeks back after his day trip up north, thanks Dave! This gigantic BW has the darkest of red bodies that borders on brown. Some sunset grade crimson shines through when backlit. It took a strong high pour to get the head going but it finally rose to a finger of beige creaminess. After 10 minutes in the glass the head falls to a respectable collar that leaves sticky drink lines down the glass.

The nose is loaded down with sweet maltiness. I'm hoping it's not going to be too sweet on the palate. There's no stopping the toffee and caramel that leap from the glass. Plum pudding, fruitcake, cinnamon, orange peel and all sorts of other rich, intense aromas permeate this refined monster. The nose is very perfumey and somewhat floral as well. It would take me all night to try and pick out every singular scent in this beer so I'll leave it at that.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this brew. I expected to be hit over the head with a boat load of sweetness but it's magically balanced on the tongue. The rich maltiness is there but tempered by all the intense fruitiness and subtle spiciness. Cinnamon coated range peel, fruitcake, brandy, and plum all play major roles in this huge BW. Each sip seems to bring another nuance forward. Nothing hits you over the head in this beer and, this may sound absurd, but for being such a beast the flavors seem to be very refined and well integrated.

I'm shocked at the mouthfeel of this beer. Dan Carey somehow managed to make a 13+% beer's body feel more like an 8% body. The body has some heft but the carbonation is dialed in so well that it feels lighter as it works over the tongue. The finish has some dryness but there's barely any noticeable alcohol and what is there is superbly clean.

This is without a doubt a sipper among sippers with both the abv and massive complexity but one I could see myself sitting with for a couple hours on a cold evening. Although it's a warm night tonight it's still going down very easy.

When I first heard mention of this beer I had to have it. It's another gem in the New Glarus lineup. I've always had a soft spot for anything New Glarus but they've been turning out such great beer lately they're quickly moving up the list as one of my favorite breweries in the country. Thanks for the bottle Dave!

Reviewed: 5/24/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 10/05/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
Thanks to imperialking for trading me this beer.

Pours a deep brown color with dark red highlights, the body has a similar brown hue of the bottle it comes in. A nice inch of head formed on top but quickly reduced to a ring.

Bready and malt sweetness as soon as I popped the cap. Multi-grain bread, plums, sweet raisins, hints of cherries, chocolate, toast, fruity yeast esters, and a touch of fruity alcohol in the background. Notes of sherry become noticeable as the beer opens up and hints of earthy hop aromas too. Has a sort of powdery brown sugar aroma in the background. Low butterscotch levels detected. Very fruity.

Earthy hop bitterness upfront with a rough toasted flavor at mid-palate, dark fruits and a slight bitter chocolate near the finish but the earthiness comes back in the end. Some alcohol heat which warms the gums and mouth but very clean. Floral notes late in the aftertaste with a grainy flavor. Not as sweet and malty as I was expecting from the aroma, at least not with the first sip...let's see if it changes as it warms up to room temperature (at cellar temp currently). Surprisingly, it's very hoppy. Certainly has that "bittersweet" combination as it describes on the label but I was hoping for a sweeter finish. The finish is dry and full of earthy bitterness that lingers all around the mouth for quite a while.

Soft carbonation as the beer enters the mouth, full bodied but not syrupy or overly thick. Quite nice on the mouthfeel.

As it stands right now I wouldn't reach for another one anytime soon, but I do think this one has potential to be a really good beer with another year or two on it. Would definitely be interested in trying this one again next fall/winter.

Served In: Tulip

Review by JJ on 08/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 2009
Clear dark brown with light tan head. Good carbonation that dies down quickly. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, raisins and vanilla. Incredible explosion of flavors with some burn still after six months but much mellower than when it first came out. Nice hop presence still up front and balances nicely. Very drinkable for such high alcohol.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 08/05/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2009
Grazi to Flyingbison for the bottle!

A glass full of dark copper color liquid emerges from the bottle, with a thin offwhite head that doesn't hang around very long - maybe the strength of this one scared it off? Gentle toffeeish aroma, very restrained, hints of earthy hops, figs, dark fruitiness. It hides its cards well.

Starts with a deep, resonant, very English style molasses and toffee malt, faint licorice, very full and round, faint vaporous hints of vanilla and fruit - red Delicious apple notes hidden deep down inside, but they've been coated in a complex dark sweetness. The alcohol is distinctly present, and numbs the tip of the tongue a bit, but never gets too hot. Way in the back there are some hops, maybe a tangerine or clove studded orance flavor. Solid underlying bitterness, not in the least bit cloying. Chewy in a very "sink into a leather armchair and contemplate life" way.

A beer that you should drink for the sole purpose of enjoying life, on an evening where you can appreciate such a brew. Very very nice brew. Tastes like it should age nicely.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 17 5 8 2009
Dark ruby hued brown, very dark brown if not nearly black in low light. Small capping of khaki colored fluffy foam sits atop and staying only but briefly. Small stitches of lace are sewn across the glass.

Aroma is mildly light and set in a dark maltyness of a mild molasses tone with earthy, figgy, raisiny, pruney sweetness touching some of its waft. The warming heat it has is more evident then its actual aroma. So the 13.5% is saying hello right off the bat with this stuff.

Taste is a whole lot of warmingly deep and darkly set maltyness with broad and earthy vanilla spiced rummyness with molasses, root beer, raisin, and figs all reaching small portions amongst the beefy warming heat. Slight chocolate within the finishing rum notes as a nice hop oil warmth seeps in with piney/orangey seduced toppings mixing in with the malts. Making for quite a nice and complexly balancing finish.

The body is big, beefy, and full of warmth with one easy going malty smoothness that sinks right in and creates a slower, deeper sensation of what drinking rum or cognac creates.

A solid big malty Barleywine of the English variety that really warms ya up quick and makes you slow down a bit. A nice surprise from New Glarus.

Served In: Goblet

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