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Glacier Big Woody Barleywine
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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Huge malt and intense fruitiness dominate. No expense is spared with the use of English floor malted barley. Aged in various oak barrels including Jim Beam and Napa Valley wine barrels for a minimum of one year. A true delight. 80 IBUs.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Draft@ Glacier Brewhouse. Clear copper with a tan head. Nice bourbon wood vanilla aromas with sharp caramel. Medium body with soft carbonation. Big notes of bourbon, with subtle white wine barrel flavors on a sharp caramel base brew. Warming boozy alcohol to finish. More bourbon than barleywine flavors here, still a very good barrel aged beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color with an off white head. Distinct oak and wine in the nose accompanied by cotton candy and caramel notes. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mild bitterness. Distinct oaky red wine, caramel, and toasted bread flavors. Warming alcohol effect. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours attractive ruddy brown with no head. Nice malt and fruit aroma with some alcohol. The flavor is a bit more bitter and hoppy, bet still malty and dried fruit. Dry finish and smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: The pregram says it was aged in "oak wine barrels" for eight months, not the "minimum of one year" mentioned in the commercial description here. This poured a headless clear amber. The aroma was toffee and caramel with a touch of earthy woodiness. Same with the flavor but having the addition of a light fruity tartness. No evidence of the strong ABV in the drinking. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Draft @ Bistro BA Fest. Pours a bright, clear, viscous honey-amber-brown color; mixed-bubbled lacing with good retention and gorgeous, fine-bubbled lacing; great pour. Solid amounts of dried fruits, white pepper, brown sugar in the aroma; dry and basic barrel character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of toasty, charred oak, dried oranges and dried dark fruits, caramel and creamy malt goodness; nicely blended and toasty barleywine with just a touch of warming, soft alcohol; nice beer. Lengthy finish: bitter earthiness, chewy dried fruits and caramel; nicely balanced, limited sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Amber, sweet, fruity, malty, bit tart, bourbon, wood, vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Draft at the Bistro’s BA Fest; Nose of oaky vanilla, bourbon, and light tartness; orange-amber with a small offwhite head; flavor is bourbon, light tartness with contrasting fruity sweetness, and woody oak.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
FoBAB 2008: copper color, no head, tiny off-white bubbles. nose of vanilla, wood, alcohol notes, smoothly blended. the flavor follows the nose, plus sweet and sour fruit notes, and an interesting after-taste that i was unable to pin down (this was a late sample at FoBAB, so i may have been subtly befuddled). medium bodied, dry finish. overall, the beer is too sour for my taste. my program indicates the beer was aged in unspecified "oak wine barrels". i probably would have loved this in a jim beam barrel, as the commercial description allows....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
18-Jan-08 (Draft: 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) My friend Jim has been raving about Glacier Brewhouse’s Twelve Days of Barleywine for several years, gloating that he could try all the different versions and I couldn’t. Well, I missed it again this year, but thanks to this wonderful barley wine festival, I am finally able to try this renowned beer. The first sniff tells the story: heavy bourbon and moderate oak tend to overshadow the underlying aroma of sweet malts, and a hint of tartness adds a nice contrast. The beer follows through in the mouth; it’s fairly sweet and very malty, balanced by a hint of lemony tartness. Lots of Beam bourbon notes, but also plenty of oak which suggests a long time has been spent in well-used Beam barrels. It’s full-bodied and somewhat syrupy with medium carbonation and light tannins. Golden in color, so lighter than expected, and it shows good clarity. The small, off-white head fully dissipates within a few minutes. Overall, this is a solid, complex barley wine and the skill of the brewer and barrel master is clearly evident. If it were a bit less sweet, it would get a nomination for my personal Best of Show.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2006
I’d almost forgotten about this beer until I found my notes from this festival. Was only able to take notes on few beers before my palate was blown from all the wood tannins.On tap @ the Barrel Aged Beer Festival in Chicago ‘04. Pours a orange/red color with a thin head and little lacing. The nose is a complex mix of wood, nuts, dry wine, and malt. The flavor is just as complex with notes of nuts, wood, dried fruits, spicy bread dough and hints of pepper. Very nice body and texture. Very good beer.


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