Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
104 IBU's is all I need to make the purchase. It has survived the journey from the booze store, so let's begin. I am sampling it on the fresh side, no aging done on my part....
It pours a deep copper color, bright garnet highlights to the light. The head is a large canvas tan color that holds steady for a high ABV beer, leaving a never wavering film until the beer has vanished.
The aroma seems on the reserved side, but perhaps the intensity is just shadowed by the complexity . Bold leafy herbal aromas with glimpses of sweet citrus remind me of the intense hopping, yet there is no harsh bitterness or alcoholic edge. Buttered bread with drips of caramel complete the cycle while ripe fruit tones (maybe plum and grape) lurk further within the backbone.
Ahh the flavor is just what the lupalin doctor ordered. Dry grassy cannabis greens slosh around the mouth while slightly sweeter citrus bursts keep the hop profile perplexing. Biscuits and caramel make for a substantial base. The finish is long, bitter, and dry (I would have it no other way); as the leafy flavors - that were first to arrive - are the last to leave. The 9.2% alcohol doesn't fool me, but it adds appreciated excitement. Surely if this one is aged 12-24 months, the tinge would fade into the abyss like the Furby fad.
I abide with the gentle carbonation, because the creamy luscious feel needs nothing more than a bit of grit around the edges, and the alpha acids do their part in tingling the tongue. Despite the robust body, the dryness of the finish keeps it going down the pipe at a steady pace. It is always smooth, and the barleywine edge is never enough to make me think twice.
A supremely solid example of an American BW, and an un-aged sample at that. Perhaps one of these days I'll conceive the courage to buy one and hide it from myself. Until then, bravo Avery.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2011 00:27:36 | More by climax
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