Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jarod:
3.88/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer came to me a dark copper/ruby color, crystal clear and carbonated. The head that was produced off white to light brown in color, thick rich, bubbly, and decently sticky, kind of like cappuccino coffee head. Lace was very present, sheets in places and intricate in other places. Visually a decent beer. The aromas that came from the glass were a combination of bittersweet malts and bitter hops (citrusy and piney) (more hops then malts), citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit), pine tree, spices (light) and alcohol notes. Tastes were mostly a combination of different hops (bitter, grapefruity, piney, etc) malts were somewhat noticeable (some sweetness, tad roasted) in the middle, light spices (combination of hops and fresh), some warming alcohol notes but finished with more hops. Aftertaste hops. Body was on the full side especially as it warmed. My opinion of this beer was more of an IPA/Imperial then barleywine but incredibly smooth, creamy, warming and very drinkable. But with a 9.2% ABV this beer will take you out and fast, but what a way to go. If you want a good example of a barleywine, this is not my first choice, but it would come up in an Imperial IPA conversation.
Serving type: on-tap
11-07-2004 11:30:34 | More by Jarod
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3.51/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter at ca 45F.
A - Pours an amber color with a single finger of head that slowly gives way to a light lacing.
S - Smells mostly of hops, with a slight amount of ester overtone.
T - Very hop forward with a slight amount of apple/ester in the background.
M - Light bodied for a barley wine with the typical modest amount of carbonation.
O - Not really a barley wine but more of a very hoppy double/triple IPA. Fairly unidimensional, hops and lots of it.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 20:05:42 | More by kdahnke123
4.04/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. No obvious bottle dating, but since just released I'll guess vintage 2013.
A nice glowing orange to red ruby hue, and nearly crystal clear. Head is off tan to white and super creamy in appearance. Not much retention but also a nice creamy thick collar and bright shiny top on the glass. Good looking beer.
Great smelling nose to go with the appearance. Large aromas of hop dank qualities. Juiced fleshy orange rind, earthy soil to match as well. Very controlled but large, virtually no sweetness sensing.
For it's surprising large aromas it's quite light bodied. Slightly wet mouthfeel but with a good malt coating that still manages to pass the flavors along. Hopped dank earth, and mellow sweetness. Finishes very clean and light surprisingly, with a hint of orange/grapefruit hop finish. Very long hop aromas of pine bitterness round out.
Overall it's just a pretty solid barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 17:01:19 | More by smakawhat
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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