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New Glarus Unplugged Iced Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 288   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (2905) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours a deep red color with a moderate head that fades into a swirl on top of the beer. Kind of a boozy smell some good brandy, some good caramel sweetness, and a mild floral character. The flavor is slightly hot, but not unforgivable. Some notes of cherry, brandy some mild hops balancing a large cordial like sweetness. The palate is very full and very luxurious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
By far the best New Glarus beer Iíve had- part of it could be my search for the greatest barleywines around. Out of the bottle and into the glass, it pours this sexy clear mahogany colour with no head. Initially there is a noticeable froth but it quickly leaves. nothing but straight up 3-D glasses reddish coloured pour. It looks too good to be true like a big jello shot or something. The nose is intense. There is some noticeable sherry, flowers, hops, lots of alcohol wood aromas. Taste is a lot of dark fruits, alcohol again with raisin, and a chewy and oaky texture like finish. Amazing!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle. Extremely dark brown/amber pour with almost no carbonation. Aroma was alcohol and sweet caramel. Flavor was very earthy, sweet and strong with syrupy alcohol. Although the flavor came on strong, it finished surprisingly mellow and malty. Not a huge fan of barleywines, but this one was decent in small quantities.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
bottle. pours Canadian whiskey colored amber brown. Sipper.Not gathering much aroma wise here. Warm alcohol burn. Sherry booziness immediately. Some dried fruit. Cherry, dried fruit. BOOZY. big time sipper. intense X 3

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Courtesy of northernbrews Bottle: Big citrus hop aroma, caramel, and light candi sugar. The flavor starts with a citrus a sugary fruitiness and moderate caramel. Finish has moderate citrus hoppiness with faint alcohol. Medium-full bodies with slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 (bottle) Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small white head that eventually fades away completely. The aroma is filled with raisin, caramel, dark chocolate, brown sugar, prune, sherry, and alcohol as well. Little toasted nut is thrown into the mix. The taste is really sweet, and opens with sweet cherry, and then moves on to more of the raisin, prune, caramel, and brown sugar flavors, that finishes out on a rather boozy note and a faint bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy. This is pretty good right now, but itís a bit hot, I can only see age mellowing it out which would be a good improvement. This is definitely a sipper.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
A huge thanks to moelikebeer for this gem, itís another winner from New Glarus. It pours a clear dark brown with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Thick and creamy on the palate, it finishes very nicely. The flavors are complex: malty, some dark fruit,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with minimal head. Aroma is deep ripe fruits and some sherry or brandy notes. Flavor is raisins, caramel malt, brandy, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. The flavors are deep and complex, and keep coming one after another. Palate is thick as hell, big and chewy. But it also releases just a tang of carbonation in the middle to lighten it up. Noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. This is a solid as hell barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of abents poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, clear copper with a smallish tan head that recedes to a ring with a swirl of tiny bubbles in the middle. Lacing is minimal. The aroma takes some warming to open up. After the initial pour, the aroma was extremely subdued, but the warming produced a big caramel malt and molasses presence with lots of dark fruits thrown in, raisins and figs especially. The alcohol burn the nose ever so slightly. The taste is much more potent with some intense fruit notes - both light and dark - apples, pears, raisins, figs, etc. The taste definitely has characteristics like a sherry and the booze presence is more than evident, especially in the finish. The backbone of caramel and toffee malts is present underneath all of the other flavors. Complex stuff. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slick and sweet with plenty of booze leading to comparisons with an after-dinner drink. This is quite a brew from New Glarus and very much a sipper. The booze is present but not overpowering, making this surprisingly drinkable for 13+%.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1419) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Dark ruby pour with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, alcohol, fig, and prune. flavor is very muted with plum,. fig, citrus, apples, and caramel. Finishes lightly boozy, a good bit of carbonation for the style, but not nearly over carbonated. I donít know quite what to think of this one currently. Itís really lacking some flavors I expected and I donít think aging is really going to bring out the stuff that isnít...


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