New Glarus Unplugged Iced Barley Wine

New Glarus Unplugged Iced Barley Wine

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Brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus, WI, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 34149 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank124
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank4 of 512
Style Percentile99.2
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.9
Average Score4.220
Weighted Score4.017
Standard Deviation0.425

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  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    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.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with some dry notes. Taste is not as complex as I had hoped with some caramelized sugar notes and a weird dry finish which didn't really fit in this mix. Body was about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit that this one didn't completely convince me.

  • CADDYLAC 298 reviews
    rated 4.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I too must say thanks to pfoxy for this bottle. Poured from a bottle with no head but to a color that looked like clear melted carmel. The aroma was heavy and sweet, like carmel apples. The taste was wonderfully malty that leaves that strong malt flavor "stuck" inside my mouth. A typically wonderful beer from a wonderful brewery. Thanks again John.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottle from pfoxyjohn. I held this one for about 8 months before drinking. The aroma is alcohol soaked plums and caramel. It smelled as if it was going to be very strong the second I cracked the bottle but the aroma really wasn’t all that massive. Deep amber color with a thin head that tries to develop but never really does. A small patch or two left on top at the most but the ruby color still looks nice in my snifter. The flavors are sweet with plenty of dark fruit that mixes with caramel, toffee and butterscotch. A sherry flavor gives this some alcohol punch but it’s nice and not at all too hot. I think aging even just 8 months helped. A hop spiciness shows in the finish for balance. This nice evening sipper provides a soothing warming sensation without going overboard. Very enjoyable.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    Hazy reddish brown body that seems to sparkle just a little bit. Filmy head at best with no lacing. Malty aroma with various degrees of sweet, boozy, nutty and fruity. Filling brew, it demands time to enjoy. Sturdy indeed with a sweet malty body. Figs and raisins along with plenty of toffee and caramel. A touch woody with plenty of sweet breads and nuts. Pretty solid, more age could do this some justice.//////////////////////// Aged bottle sampled in July of 2012, and this beer has transcended to a higher place than my original review indicates. A complexity of malt and fruit that is rarely encountered. Rich and satisfying, wonderful all around. Graceful is an understatement.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I also would like to thank my good friend pfoxyjohn for this phenomenal beer that I am enjoying for my Anniversary. Clear ruby amber pour with little head or lacing when it pours and little carbonation. Big ripe fruits, sweet malts, warming alcohol and a nice dose of hops in the aromas. Taste is rich and much the same as the heavenly aromas. A very nice way to be a gateway beer for the rest of a romantic Anniversary evening with my lovely bride. Big thanks to John.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Big thanks to pfoxyjohn for this one. Nice brew with plum, cherry and other dark fruits mixing with floral hops, and big sweet malts, make this big, and bold, even for a barleywine. Although John sent 2 bottles, and it would have been for the best, i drank them both instead of storing one. Oh well, they made a good 650th review. Thanks John

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    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.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Thanks to Pfoxyjohn. The last of the New Glarus beer sthat I've sampled (but I still have reviews to put in...). This is by far and away the cream of the crop. Thank goodness I don't have to share this with anyone! Pours a ruby red with hints of amber. Fizzy little stream of head-like foam across the surface. I don't believe this is 13.5%! Not at all. This barleywine has the truest bittersweet flavor; I can't tell where the hops begin and the sweet malts end. Other flavors include some cherries, tobacco, wood (also present in the aroma), and alcohol. A bit thinner than I would have expected; the only downside there is that this goes down entirely too easily. Get your mitts on one of these. Thanks John!

  • BEERHUNTER 667 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    WOW! This beer poured a nice clear bronze color with no head. The roma was malty with hints of caramel and raisin poking through. There was noticeable hops in the flavor with ntoes of alcohol, butterscotch, caramel, and plum. Quite Tasty!

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