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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,724
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 49
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficianados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.

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Reviews by blindtiger24:
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blindtiger24

Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +14.6%

22oz bomber served in a tulip glass.

A: Garnet colored with a sticky, off-white head. Noticeable carbonation in the head.

S: Fruity esters, brown sugar, potent hops and smoke.

T: Biscuity sweetness and then a heavy dose of piney and acidic hop resin. The hop flavor is immense, but the sweetness returns and rounds out the experience. There is a cured meat saltiness as well that also benefits from the high level of malts which contribute sweetness.

M: A syrupy texture that doesn't over-dry your tongue and lingers on the roof of your mouth.

O: A beast (pun intended) of a beer! The complexity of this beer is hard to beat as you traverse a full flavor spectrum. It's a lot to take in and best enjoyed in sips rather than gulps. While the alcohol is not over powering, it does catch up with you. Overall, one of the best examples of the style and there are few that match its intensity.

Note: If you're looking for a real kick in the teeth, Avery will produce from time to time a Double Hopped Barleywine known as the Überschwein. It is only available directly at the brewery, but jump I encourage Barleywine fans to try it. The smoky, meat flavors come alive even more in that version.

12-04-2013 00:59:46 | More by blindtiger24
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured a deep red/brown color with light but rocky head,the aroma was suprisingly hoppy.The head was pretty creamy and sticky.This is a uncompromising beer here,nutty and somewhat medicinal with a hugely dry finish.Quite a beer here maybe a little overwhelming.Never heard of Avery even when living in Denver for awhile had never seen it,man this is a big beer.

07-10-2003 12:50:06 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance – Nice, clear, orangish-brown body with a gigantic head that somehow laced the glass with a 9.2 ABV. The head pitted well, leaving an artful display on my Ruination glass.

Smell – This one is big on the hops. There seems to be a complex mix, which lots of pine, rind, and grass aromas. I can pick up a little malt for balanced (lightly-toasted) but the hop mix carries the day here.

Taste – All of the scents blend quite well at the tongue. The hops lose their edge and mix well with a light sugar sweetness. This is terrific.

Mouthfeel – Flat and to the point. Full-bodied and very dry. Not a hint of the astronomical ABV.

Drinkability – I’m embarrassed to say how quickly I drained this bottle. This is a personal favorite of mine.

10-08-2003 04:31:29 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-29-2012 01:06:05 | More by aszatk01
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

Mostly clear ruby orange with a light, creamy khaki head. Three fingers that settles to a modest cover. A couple big patches of lacing. Served at about 60 degrees.

There's a healthy nose of citrus hops (apparently all Columbus) balanced with sweet apricot, orange marmalade and candied malts. Fresh smelling and very pleasant. Even with the relatively warm pour temperature the aroma grows

This is a very well-balanced barleywine. For 100 IBUs, there isn't an overpowering bitterness. The hops provide a subtle citrus flavor, while plenty of candied caramel malts make the finish smooth and creamy.

Personally I prefer full-bodied, thick, syrupy barleywines but this one sacrifices some body for drinkability. The alcohol is mostly unnoticeable anywhere except in my body, and if I stand up now I'm probably in danger of falling over. As long as I'm sitting I think I could drink these all night.

03-28-2008 22:52:08 | More by boston2bburg
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jcruiser

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +16.9%

From a cask at the Avery Tap Room in late January

I had not been to the brewery in about 3 years and decided to make the trip out to Boulder after skiing in Breckenridge. First I had to take the wife to see the millions of prarie dogs that are all over the eastern part of town.

This is by far the best beer I have tasted over the last 12 months.

A-hazy orange juice

S-hop bomb

T-a total hop bomb with a great malt backbone. This one could be a DIPA just as easily as a Barleywine

M-the malts give this a great mouthfeel

D-I had a couple of these and I could have had a couple more without any palate fatigue. I even followed it up with a Dugana and was still impressed with the cask freshness.

OK-now the review of the Hog Heaven in a bomber from 2005

Appearance-truly a ruby dark barleywine with blackened yeast sediment

Smell-wine/sherry

Taste-vinous with a little malt backbone. After tasting this I took an inventory of all the old barleywines I had on hand. i think I need to drink up everything that is more than 2 years old. I don't think I'm a big fan of the wine aspects of older barleywines

Mouthfeel-thin, hot

Drinkability-a little goes a long way

03-07-2010 12:17:20 | More by jcruiser
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1%

01-01-2013 15:41:44 | More by tbryan5
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Mostly clear coppery color with an excellent frothy white head. Head retention throughout the experience with white lacing down the glass.

S: Mostly malty on the nose but a noticeable presence of mild hops as well.

T: Complex medium-toast malt flavors well matched with hop bitterness - but not balanced. Although a touch sweet with malt, the flavors a bit more dry compared to other barley wine styles previously sampled but is a compliment to the overall taste. The finish is long and malty with a bit of warming.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and complex and has the effect of a creaminess as it rolls over the tongue. Carbonation only enhances everything else and helps to bring everything together nicely. Fantastic example of the style.

03-30-2008 00:39:46 | More by SIRIUS2
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Dmann

California

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

I really dug this brew from Avery. It porued a medium amber color with a very thick frothy head that left nice lacing down the glass. The smell was very nice and sweet with alot of malt, citrus and woody scents. The flavor was quite nice with a touch of malt sweetness in the beginning, then it opened up with a nice hop bitterness followed by a fruity finnish and aftertaste that tasted like alchoholic pinapple. This was a very enjoyable beer and one I would definantly buy again.

02-03-2005 10:12:33 | More by Dmann
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a light amber color. Smells of grapefruit, along with pine sap. Very hoppy, but with quite bit of malt. Mouthfeel is full, but not syrupy so. I find this to be a very drinkable barleywine.

Certainly this isn't a beer you'd slam in 20 minutes after just getting home after a long day at work. Rather, I'm savoring it at 3 AM, long after getting home from a long day at work. I think Iike this one the most out of Avery's lineup.

06-03-2006 08:29:46 | More by skybluewater
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-03-2013 14:18:39 | More by bulldogg915
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%

Bomber from my new packy in MA.

Pours a tranparent reddish carmel. Nice BW head with impressive lacing. Nice overall carbonation.

Smells a delicious American style BW. Something I would love to brew myself. Very slight hop character, can smell the booze but its more interesting that alcoholic. There is something floral in there, but I cannot place it.

Hmmm, not what I expected. Close to perfection on the appearance and smell, but the taste is not living up to those expectations. More hoppy than malty. Well, more hoppy than I would like in a BW. I think the ABV might be masking some flabor here. I dont like the body, all I get is hops. Finish is nice.

Sits well, carbonation lights up the mouf well. After feel is nice, above average.

I dont like how the ABV seems to overwhelm this brew. Needless to say I am very overwhelmed by the high marks for this BW. Most likely not one I will return to unless it is noticed on tap.

I do have 1 more which I will age. Though judging by the current ABV and no feeling of a body, I dont expect much. Might just have to trade it away ;)

06-15-2008 00:15:32 | More by JasonA
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-15-2012 05:12:22 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

A 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. It was a hazy brown color, not particulary attractive, with a thin head. It had a sweet malt aroma, along with some floral aroma. The taste was mostly reminiscent of caramel, with a little hops presence. I thought the beer was a little on the mild side, but still pretty good.

04-30-2008 14:53:36 | More by lordofthewiens
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freshflesh

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-27-2013 07:43:23 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

05-11-2014 05:44:46 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottled purchased in June 2010; into a tulip

A - Pours a hazed amber with two fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves spots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Caramel and toffee. Some citrus hops are still noticeable, despite the age.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee, and some dark fruits coming through. Similar to the nose, there are still some citrus hops present, and a decent bitterness throughout, but probably nothing like it was fresh. I don't like really hoppy barleywines (though I love DIPAs) so I let this one sit intentionally. Two years on this is definitely tasty and still has a surprisingly nice bitterness throughout the taste.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. Some numbing alcohol noticeable on the finish.

O - Pretty tasty barleywine, and I am pretty sure that I enoyed this more with the age than I would have fresh, but I would still like to try this fresh, or with less time on it, to compare. While I prefer English style barleywines, if I am looking for an American style, this is a tasty one at a great price.

06-18-2012 01:22:48 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

22 oz bottle. Pours a copper-orange with a good sized rocky off-white head that stays creamy the whole way down and leaves a wall of lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts and grapefruits and earthy spicy piney hops with some sour woody and leather notes.

The flavor is sweet and fruity (melon) caramel malts with a decent bitter hop finish that lingers in the aftertaste. I remember this being more bitter, but my palate has probably changed quite a bit since I last has this. As is, I find it very nicely balanced. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden. It's medium bodied, a little on the watery side, yet still smooth.

Overall, an excellent brew! I would say it's more of an American Strong (like Arrogant Bastard) than Barleywine. But however it's classified, it is yummy! I'll be coming back to this in the future.

05-17-2005 07:31:19 | More by Beaver13
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-01-2014 14:56:45 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.2%

01-07-2013 22:37:44 | More by iemailjack
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

06-07-2013 04:56:04 | More by megamass
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

22 oz bomber pours a slightly hazy apricot color with no head. Patchy, beige colored lace leaves a collar and patching on the glass.
Lovely aromas delight the nose with apples, sweet caramel, smoked walnuts, and an odd, but interesting, Scottish style malt, all on a backbone of piney hops.
Mouthfeel reveals a strong hops presence and plenty of carbonation.
Taste is complex. Granny Smith apples dipped in caramel, some vinous alcohol presence, tangerine and citrus hoppiness, and a delighful, smoky, nutty, bitterness.
Very tasty, with an interesting array of complex flavors. This is what I think a good barleywine should be.

03-29-2004 12:32:28 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC. Poured dark almond and cloudy, ruby notes. Nice lacing, hoppy nose. Medium bodied. Hops are up front, grainy and resiny and rich. Malt backbone comes onto palate later for balance. This is a very drinkable BWine, Very tasy and enjoyable . Wish we could get this much more often on the east coast. Seek this one out and enjoy.

04-14-2004 11:38:52 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Thanks to Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville for keeping these on hand.

Pours a copper color w/ a pillowy tan head that fades quickly.
First smell is all hop...a fruity scent w/ orange and grapefruit mixed in. Reminds me more of an IPA at this point...the taste better change my mind real quick.

Nope...the taste is real hoppy too, but I have to admit...I like it alot.
I may have to dock it a half a point in taste because it is not hitting me like a Barleywine...we'll see once it warms up a bit.

The mouthfeel is pleasant and I am now getting a bit of the alcohol...warming me up nicely. It becomes fairly bitter in its aftertaste, but again...at this point, it is not what I expected.

I could have two of these 22oz. bombers tops...drinkability is a bit low at this point.

This is my first experience w/ Avery...a bit of a surprise, but I will buy this and their others in the future.

02-06-2005 22:21:13 | More by warriorsoul
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lancherider

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-05-2014 15:51:49 | More by lancherider
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Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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