Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A 22oz bottle poured into a souvenir glass. Enjoyed with Adam Avery at his Adam Avery Experience at the Buckeye Beer Engine during Cleveland Beer Week 2010.
Hog Heaven is one of Adam's favorite beers. He likes it so much flavor-wise that he started to put on a few pounds from drinking it so often. So, he made a lighter version called 'Piglet's Purgatory' which captured the flavors but could never duplicate the drinking experience. I decided to splurge on the calories and dive into the mud with the hog. The beer is a deep red with some caramel, amber and copper notes. It is cloudy and a touch murky but still appealing - I didn't expect the swine to be squeaky clean. There's some nice white head and excellent retention and lace. This isn't just lipstick on a pig - this is a beautiful looking American Barleywine.
The Columbus hops jump out of the glass with their signature citrus notes. There's a huge hoppiness that is never overbearing, but brings great notes of grapefruit and mandarin orange, complete with sugary sweet syrup. Some malted barley and caramel lurk underneath, giving more sweetness and substance to the whole package. There is absolutely no alcohol, quite a feat for an almost-double digit ABV beer.
We've seen and smelled the hog, now the taste is where the heaven comes in to play. Columbus hops, some dark fruit and sweet caramelized malt make a potent and tantalizing beer with blissful bitterness. The hops give some celestial citrus and some slight pine notes that are balanced and expressive. The malt is sweet and perfectly integrated into the palate, almost omnipotent in the way it doesn't let the hops eclipse its dominance. Some booze is noted in the finish, but it's not enough to bring down the overall beatific experience.
Low carbonation, heavy body and high sugar leads to a lightly syrupy sensation that keeps the mouthfeel from scoring higher and vaulting this into the upper-echelon of American Barleywines. But the feel is good enough to keep me sipping just about every second until my glass is empty. The drinkability approaches the divine, but falls just short. Still a very good beer, when you're ready to consume a pig-load of calories, reach for a hog!
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2010 21:27:43 | More by jampics2
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3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: deep autumn-copper. Thin head that clings to side of glass. Thin lacing. Clear.
S: sweet caramel. Juicy-fruit. My wife says tangerine. Small alcohol hint at the back end.
T: Dark caramel. Pine tar. Alcohol.
M: medium carbonation. Big body like Kate Upton.
O: decent barley wine. Drier than I anticipated. Good flavor. Big bitterness. Would have rated higher but the bitter lingers too long turning into an almost unpleasant flavor. Not to shy away, though.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 01:30:11 | More by jellikit
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.