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RATINGS: 294   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. From notes. Loads of toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a little woody hints in the end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Clear dark brown with light tan head. Good carbonation that dies down quickly. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, raisins and vanilla. Incredible explosion of flavors with some burn still after six months but much mellower than when it first came out. Nice hop presence still up front and balances nicely. Very drinkable for such high alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Thanks to Stowehop (one more souvenier from a great trade). 12 oz bottle. Ive been wanting to try this one for a long time. Poured with great anticipation into my Duvel tulip. A moderately aggressive pour produces a beautiful deep dark ruby red beer tinged with hints of brown around the edges. Topped with a thin white collar of foam that dissipates rather quickly. On the nose this one is very inviting, offering great promise of living up to the beer I imagined it might be. The nose offers an intoxicating mix of vintage port, dry sherry, caramel and loads of toffee. As it warms bits of dark fruit become evident, blending well with the first signs of the massive amounts of alcohol contained within. Candied oranges and big juicy hops manifest themselves initially on the palette, although the sherry (along with very evident alcohol and a slight cardboard note) become much more prevalent as this one warms. Big, thick, rich and chewy with a lasting bitter finish. Finally got to try this one and it definitely lived up to my outsized expectations.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NelsonPR (23) - MIlWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Pours a deep amber body, with a small head, aroma is sherry, wood, with some bread. taste is a concentrate and intense, sweet bitter finish with almost flat carbonation.., Drink slowly and enjoy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2009
12oz bottle. I had no idea this was 13.5% from the label. Deep amber-brown color. Soapy non-head. Big dark fruit Barleywine aroma, pleasantly warm. Lots of woody vanilla, and some sherry in the background. Sweet and more pleasant on the palate than most beers half its strength. This is truly excellent stuff. The alcohol is a little present in the aftertaste, some lingering warmth for sure. Recommended.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
bottle, pours deep mahogany with a medium off white head. Aroma isvery complex and sweet smelling. Apple skin, bready malts, and some hops. Taste is BIG. Lots of sweet malt notes, some peppery spice and a nice hop bitterness ending with a lingering hot alcohol burn, but I like it. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Unplugged Iced Barley Wine Sampled on 7/31/10. This barley wine pours a light to medium amber color from a 12oz bottle. Little to no head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel, with just a hint of oxidation. A medium to full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice carbonation. Very smooth tasting. Nice balance. Intense malt flavors with just a touch of oxidation. This bottle is probably at least 2 to 3 years old. Nice beer. A touch of alcohol bite at the finish, but considering its 13.5% not bad. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol bite.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackiechan2700 (2) - Delavan, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
I have a different iced barley wine than the picture given. It actually has a black wax top. I am not sure what year this is from but the moment I opened the bottle the overwhelming smell of alcohol engulfed my nose. Aroma: alcohol with a bit of smokeyness to it, there are subtle hints of caramel to it, however the alcohol really masks all other aromas here. Appearance: Pours a dark, clear, brown with a little white head that dissipates quickly. Taste: This is a heavy beer with a big alcohol taste right up front. Once the alcohol mellows off in the mouth you get a slight bitter sweet in the aftertaste. Palate: Little to no carbonation with a think and full bitter sweet after taste. Overall: A great beer, but a big beer. With the predominant alcohol feel, this is an acquired taste, but many barley wines are this way and this is my favorite style of beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
manages to be both sweet and hoppy, but more sweet in the end. a thoroughly enjoyable barleywine for a more than reasonable price, too! "bittersweet sherry" from the label is a spot on description, a little hop kick before a sweet finish. Nice smooth full mouthfeel."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours with a thin off white head. Slight alcohol on the nose with burnt fruits and toffee. Color is a dark brick red. Tatse is bitter with hints of toffee, coffee, vanilla, sherry and alcohol. An excelent barley wine.


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