Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of rich ruby cider. It holds a head of one and a half fingers, showing a brownish, eggshell coloring. This retains only slightly, leaving stripes of lacing down the glass. Massive bubbles come back with a light swirl, giving it a voracious look. A big aggregate takes up half the surface, with spots of film bubbling off the top. Carbonation appears light, rising slowly in this somewhat syrupy brew. Haze is thick, obscuring clarity. No sediment is noted. The nose is soft but aromatic. The malts take the form of thick caramel, with hearty sweetness, and a gentle backing of souring yeast. With warmth comes nice buttery warmth, light oakiness, bittering citric hops, and sweetness to cut as guava and passion fruit sugars. Our first impression is that it tastes very much like it smells, which is nice, but the grain does take on a surprising chalkiness. As we sip, bittering hop bite comes off the bat. This is in the form of citric flesh and rind, with a significant pine and resin. There is an equally as robust balance from those same rich, caramel malts from the nose, affording an opening sugary twang to play off the initial push from the 100 IBUs. The buttery quality is also apparent from the start, adding depth to the sweetness of the malts, while simultaneously adding a seriousness. These blend to the peak, where lemon flavoring comes in, with a breakfast tea tannin quality. This adds further to the bittering hops, which also enhance, giving grapefruit, and a soap, that permeates to the finish. Here we wash with stronger citrus, grainy chalk of malts, balancing cooked caramel sweetness, with cooled, peppery booze. Butter, again, adds to the malts, making for a true finishing balance. The aftertaste breathes of bittering lemon, bittering soapy hops, chalky grain, metallics, fusel booze, and a mustiness of a cabin’s basement. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with a cool coating around the mouth and palate. Eventually, the mouth is dried with that same tea-like astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the depth of flavoring through the nose and the following taste. There were the added niceties of butter, wood, and vanilla, all of which were highly inviting, warming, and comforting. The stark bitterness from the hops struck an interesting contrast to this great malty base, making for a truly balanced, but unique and interesting tasting.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2012 17:39:59 | More by TheBrewo
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