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Glacier Big Woody Barleywine
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Draft: Poured a chocolate brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel malts, and bourbon. Taste is similar with lots of chocolate (which worries me about a BW), caramel sugary malt, and vanilla bourbon burn.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (419) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Sample at the Brewpub. Poured dark caramel. Malty sweetness in the nose, oak, and some vanilla. Taste is almost like a port - lots of dark fruit, raisin. Oak and caramel present as well. Full bodied. Sweetness was high, but not overbearing. Only had a sample, so not sure how is like that for a full pint. This was the 2011 version.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
clear auburn brown, rim of a head. aroma is alcohol, bourbon and woody. taste is sweet. slightly numbing palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (15610) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2012
This is marketed as a different beer than the regular Big Woody, and the alcohol percentage is different, so I think it warrants a new entry. Light and clear brown color, scant white head. Aroma of vanilla. Taste is smooth vanilla and caramel. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2905) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
@ Great Alaskan Barleywine Festival ’06. BIG oak, hints of dried fruits (fig&plum) whisky/bourbon. Oak. Clean yellowy brown color. Sweet oaky flavor. Whisky, bourbon, smoke, oak. Some of the fruits if you dig for it. Oak. Medium body, Lite creamy mothfeel, smoky bitter finish. Oak. Way too oaky for my personal preference. It overwhelmed the rest of the beer, IMO. Wish they had a non oaked bw available so I could know what it was like. Oak

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6628) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Crystal clear brightly rubied medium amber with very little head and no lace. Creamy medium body. Vinous, boozy nose. Tons of vanilla-y oak on the mid-palate, without much company, other than some notes of caramel. Mild dry finish. This can’t possibly be their best batch of this stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7438) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
On tap at Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head and a sweet malt aroma. The flavor is sweet malt with a lot of bourbon in it, providing some heat and a little sourness at the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
FOBAB 09. Pours red/brown with almost no head. Aroma of Jim Beam, woody, caramel malt. Decent flavor, but nothing special compared to the rest of the beers I had this day. Boozy in the flavor. It was cool to see them bring beer from Alaska for this occasion though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Draft from the teet. Dark caramel ruby with little head. Biscuit, prune...sweet and not overly complex. Prune, bread, brown sugar, raisins, toasted oak...again, nothing here that rocks me. I’ve had this at hardliver, wasn’t impressed, and now at the source and still wasn’t impressed. No flaws, but this is middle of the road barleywine.

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....


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