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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,674 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 876
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 126 | 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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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours from the bottle as a dark brown or amber color; when held to the light, it showcases a light amber with orange tint. Produces a dense two-finger head with larger bubbles on the top of the foam. This declines in a few minutes, leaving excellent lacing along the sides of the glass. Murky, but able to be penetrated by light, revealing scattered, sluggish carbonation. A bit light in color for a barleywine, but an impressive appearance nonetheless.
S: The hops were bursting out of the bottle as it was poured. As would be expected, citrus and grapefruit smells abound with a light bit of malt in the background. It's strange to experience this near-total lack of malt essence in a barleywine, and the style name seems to be loosely applied.
T: Similar to the smell, the overpowering characteristic is of grapefruit-rich, citrus-y hops that ever-so-slightly gives way to tastes of brown sugar, ginger, and cloves. Domination over the "barleywine" portion of the beer again, almost totally masking the fact that this is a grain-based beverage. Even for an American barleywine, the bitterness seems high.
M: Wonderfully thick, chewy mouthfeel that is somewhat surprising considering the amount of hop-references contained in the beer (as opposed to malt). Nearly nonexistent carbonation leaves the beer feel lacking vigor, though, just sitting in the mouth; if there was a slight bit more carbonation, it would do wonders for the mouthfeel. Expectedly dry finish practically forces one to take another sip.
D: This reminds me of an ESB or double IPA more than a barleywine. With the amount of hops used, the malt aspect seems like an afterthought or a feeling from the brewer that "we have to do this for the style." The notion of balance is unfortunately nonexistent here, as a bit of it would help this beer be much more palatable as a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 03:14:11 | More by falloutsnow
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Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.