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New Glarus Tail Wagger

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Barley Wines are big beers! In fact this is the strongest beer we have ever brewed for our friends here in Wisconsin. This beer is "malt accented" so we searched the world and found the richest, most expensive barley varieties we could find. We bought the best barley available not only here in the United States but in Belgium, Germany and Scotland. You can thank Scottish farmers for growing Golden Promise barley because we used bushels of it in this beer to yield a full and rich flavor. We sourced hops from the United States and Germany but again turned to the UK for our signature hop, "East Kent Golding". This ale is fermented in this bottle and is suitable for laying down. It is so strong that we guess it will continue to improve for years!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 12oz bottle had at last weekend’s tasting.... reddish-orange brown pour with a thin soapy white head... ripe dark fruit and an excessive amount of sweet malt. somewhat papery... biscuity malt, sweet caramel and less dark fruit flavors, and slightly spices. a little oxidized. decent mouthfeel and still pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
12oz bottle. forgot who brought this one. pours amber with white head. oxidized bready nose. flavor notes are bready, nutty, oxidized, caramel. a bit thin. hasn’t aged great but it is still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tpa975. Pours copper, loaded with floating sediments. Taste was very sweet (malt) and little hints of hops and some fruits Abv was present but remained highly enjoyable. I am liking New Glarus more and more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Released October 2005. This review is it with a couple years on it. I seem to have lost my original review. Nice copper color with an off-white head that retains around the glass and leaves bits of lacing. Smell is quite nice; giving me whiffs of pineapple, caramel, toffee, a little dark fruit, and perhaps some brown sugar. Some definite signs of oxidation setting in; some nice pineapple and caramel join in to keep this one enjoyable. Perhaps a bit past its prime, but definitely still good. Medium carbonation, medium-full body; slightly sticky on the tongue. This is still a good sipping beer that I’m enjoying whilst the snow is falling outside. If you have any left, I’d recommend you give a bottle a try soon to determine whether you want to age it any longer (depends on what flavors you like in your barley wines).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Clear copper body supports a small and creamy looking beige head that falls into some patchy lace. Aroma opens with malty toffee and molasses, followed up by citrusy pineapple and orange. Hoppy spruce and some herbal notes are also there. Thick and chewy on the palate. Taste has toffee, rum soaked tropical fruits, a note of Calvados, and some smooth,alcohol, yumminess. Very American in style and an absolute winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
5-28-08 bottle thanks to Miketd!
Medium amber red pour with short lived head. Floral alcohol smell. Flavor is alcohol and nearly burns the throat it is so strong. Average palate. Overall, sweet heavy alcohol but yet it isn’t too terribly offensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Big thanks to miketd for bringing this down for a tasting and leaving it even though we didn’t get to it. Pours a rich, thick amber with no lasting head. Smell is caramel, sweet malt, and alcohol. Some aged mellow, caramel flavor with a mild hoppiness. A bit nutty, fruity, and syrupy. Pretty good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2008
Thanks to Badgerben for trading me this New Glarus retired beer. Pours a hazy caramel amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and thin white and bubbly ring. Aroma of powdered caramel malt, some raisin, red licorice, a touch of citrus zest and some herbal spice. Taste is semi-sweet, very light carbonation with flavors of sweet caramel, raisins, and plenty of alcohol character. Finish is semi-sweet, some citrus and brown sugar aftertaste and plenty of alcohol warmth. Nicely aged for a two year old barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2008
Pours mahogany with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, citrus, tea, earth. Tastes of caramel, some resiny hints, lots of sweetness, some raisins. Mouthfeel is velvety with a finish that is sweet with a touch of alcohol. This has mellowed out nicely!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
Thanx to JJPM for this.This was a nice above average BW.Reminded me of a more mellow OldStock.Copper color with virtually no head.Sweet nose of caramel and malts.Flavor was caramel sweet and quite easy to drink.Finished off semi sweet with a small warming.

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