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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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English aristocracy flaunted their wealth saving barley wines for exclusive friends. Our Iced Barley Wine is an intense brew of 28.5 degrees Plato OG. Frozen in the cellars over a powerful twelve week fermentation. You hold an elegant riot of bittersweet sherry and dark fruit earthy notes. Warm and expansive it will fill your senses. Great for contemplative sipping now or lay down for an elegant occasion with friends.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2013
In short: A rich sweet dessert beer. Ok.
How: Bottle 12oz, forget the source, over one year of age, could be 5 years old and it wouldn’t make much of a difference… a frozen barley wine…
The look: Clear ruby-bronze body topped by a persistent beige head.
In long: Simplistic nose of big sweet beer but without alcohol fumes, like smelling a sweet pastry (baklava-ish) with sweet fruit jam. Taste is obviously extremely sweet, again the taste is a mix between a sweet pastry, caramelized nuts, brown sugar, more caramel, sweet dried fruits. A gentle alcohol burn in the throat after each sip, but overall I’d say the +13% is well hidden. The generous carbonation seems fitting and helps drinkability of this monster. This is obviously a sipper but at least it is not too brutal and the body is rich and sumptuous. Took me about 30 minutes to drink a little 12oz bottle. This is not my type of beer but I somewhat enjoyed it, so for those with a sweet tooth looking for a dessert-beer this is probably pretty good. I don’t feel guilty drinking sweet beers like this one because I know I’m only one crystal meth addiction away from my ideal weight.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1722) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Brown and light red tinted body, decent clarity with almost no head. Mild tan bubble formation. Aroma is sticky sweet toffee, caramel, earthy raisins and bright fig sweetness. Slight hint of oxidation, sherry, booze. Taste is nice; lightly boozy sherry, deep and sweet prunes, light black licorice, some molasses, a touch of earthy, dirty heft in the finish. Warming, mild oxidation, too. Easy drinking given the ABV. Decent at best, this one isn’t really my jam.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Oxidized but nto by too tooo much. Some mintiness in there, caramel, tobacco, booze has subsided somewhat.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Ken for this bottle. Pours mostly clear, copper-ruby with a fine, white foam head. Jammy fruit aroma, some caramel, alcohol. Big sweet flavor, quite spicy, some pine, heavy alcohol notes, caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, boozy finish with a bit of earthy hoppiness, stinging alcohol, dry caramel. Too hot and a tough too bitter. Not very graceful.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (2964) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pouts a darker brown with no head. Aroma is pine, malt, pepper, alcohol. Tastes dry and peppery. Interesting, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle from Homer321! Pours a nice dirty brown, aroma is fruity. Lots of dark fruits on this, the caramel I am accustomed to is not here. Solid beer and the abv is non-existent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Clear red brown color. Thin khaki head. Good dots of lace. Nice earthy hop nose. Great dark fruit, vinous, chocolate malts. Big smooth, kind of creamy body. Light carbonation. No sticky finish. Good light sweet taste, a good light bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden, no burn at all, surprisingly easy to drink for the ABV. Age must have done wonders for this. Very interesting complex aftertaste. Earthy dark fruit, hint of chocolate, some flavors I very much enjoy in barleywines show in a cool way here. Huge thanks to Brad for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (629) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Aged bottle pour - side by side with NG Thumbprint series barley wine. Pours opaque mahogany - almost no head to speak of. Aroma - candied sugars, brown sugar, booze, hint of dark fruit - very sweet overall, but very boozy! Flavor is similarly boozy - sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, slight hint of bitterness at finish. Palate is long lasting with a slight alcohol burn - not bad overall. Not as good as the younger barley wine, but still a pretty good offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours a clear deep amber/ruby with a thin off white head. Aroma has boozy dark fruits. Flavor has dark fruits...almost port wines with candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky with an earthy/bitter fruity finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (872) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Coffee color, no head. Some malty aroma. Nice boozy barleywine, good sweet malt. Little carbonation, thick body, nice beer overall.


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