Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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2.1/5 rDev -47%
a: This was a light coppery amber color. It pours with a big craggy, lacey, slightly dirty white head.
s: Artificial sweetner and some kind of cherry candy dominated along with some harsh alcohol and piny hop smells. Unpleasant.
t: Harsh, prickly, and artificial flavors of obnoxiously sugary cherry candy and some abrasive, bitter, yet strangely flavorless hops that burned my tongue. Highly alcoholic, almost solventy.
m: The carbonation and viscosity were both up to snuff, but the harsh aftertaste hurts the score here.
d: I couldn't bring myself to finish it. This just isn't for me.
03-27-2008 11:46:09 | More by DIM
2.15/5 rDev -45.7%
Shared with Br. Forner in an amazing brother-building event.
The pour into my snifter raises a thin layer of surface bubbles, which are just a tad tan. The legs on the beer are quite nice, very thick and viscous. Lacing is certainly impressive, considering its ABV. Quite hazy, with a golden copper body. The nose is filled with juniper notes, and a strong caramel profile. Almost burns the nostrils - seems to have a high alcohol profile. The first taste does not impress me - despite the IBUs, the beer doesn't showcase much bitterness: the first and foremost taste is alcohol. There is initial hop bite, but the flavor recedes quickly. There's a bit of bisciuty malt, but not much. This is the most watery BW I've had - there's just so little there. The carbonation is adequate for the style, though. A lackluster BW.
12-16-2006 07:05:47 | More by mjc410
United Kingdom (England)
2.38/5 rDev -39.9%
Very upfront in flavour. Raisinbread flavour, pretty sweet, with not enough bitterness or dryness to balance it out. The finish is short and feels empty. Not very hoppy in flavour, for a beer that claims to be highly hopped, well thats just what i thought anyway. Not my bag.
06-18-2004 12:59:53 | More by rastaman
2.4/5 rDev -39.4%
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's delirium cafe in sierra madre.
Dark reddish, nice cap of foam on top. Smells like a malty, sugary, fruit bomb. The beer is way too sweet for me. Cloyingly sweet. I don't find a lot of balance offered here by the hops to cut some of the sweetness.
05-09-2009 15:20:38 | More by MiScusi
2.4/5 rDev -39.4%
Bomber, pours amber with a slight reddish hue. Massive head-- about three fingers-- and lacing cascading over the side of the glass. A few minutes later, it recedes to about a finger and remains stable.
The aroma is pretty hoppy, in a resinous, nonspecific sort of way-- it might be cascade. Some biscuity, buttery, slightly toffeeish malts are present, with a background of residual sugar.
Holy shit, it tastes like dimes. Or maybe nails. There is almost no opening to speak of, with grapefruit rind-hops showing up mid-palate. The finish is hop bitterness, and a little bit of fruitiness. Lots of alcoholic heat in the chest.
Over time, the hoppiness calms the metallic taste down, but the coiny taste never really subsides completely. The mouthfeel is heavy in carbonation, medium in body, and boring in every conceivable way.
This beer is totally one-dimensional, and drinking it makes me feel like somebody punched me in the chest.
All told, not my favorite barleywine.
09-29-2007 03:39:10 | More by kajerm
2.44/5 rDev -38.4%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired at a local bottle shop a year ago and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip/wine glass hybrid glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its current rating and the brewery. Reviewed as a barleywine because the label clearly identifies it as such. 9.2% ABV confirmed. 104 IBUs.
Served cold - straight from the freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 6+ minutes. Decent consistency.
Body colour is a glowing translucent light amber. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.
Overall, it's an appealing if standard appearance for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.
Sm: Floral hop character, pale malts, cream, caramel, marshmallow, bread crust, and caramalt.
No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.
Overall, it's a pleasant but non-ideal aroma of moderate strength.
T: Marshmallow, floral hop character, caramalt, heavy caramel, bread crust, bready malts, and some amber malts. Rotten orange. Stale/overripe grapefruit. Pithy. Way too bitter and horribly imbalanced. Build is neither cohesive nor gestalt. Very unimpressive. Too hoppy for the style - which should be malt-dominant. Lacks sufficient sweetness. Still, it has some subpar candi sugar notes. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Lacks complexity; it's pretty simple. Not nuanced, intricate, or subtle.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Has some alcohol warmth. Has an unbecoming coarseness. The smoothness/dryness is also off. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile really at all. Bad presence on the palate. That said, it doesn't have the weight of most barleywines.
Not oily, astringent, or gushed.
Dr: Downable but very unremarkable. Far from Avery's strongest work. I certainly wouldn't get it again. Age hasn't done it any favours either. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. It's a pretty mediocre barleywine. I expected far better. It'll get you drunk, but it won't please the discerning drinker. Quite poor for a barleywine, all around. Badly executed.
12-25-2013 06:18:54 | More by kojevergas
2.45/5 rDev -38.1%
Appearance: Pours out with a deep red hue, capped by an ivory head with moderate retention, though no lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit amidst a surging scent of hops and alcohol.
Taste: Astringent bitterness (without ever being flavorful) from start to finish, even harshly so, and with little to no malt base to balance it back out. The finish is caustically acidic and develops into a rather stinging aftertaste. I did not detect the "explosion of sweet malts" mentioned on the label. This brew is simply *crawling* with bitterness.
Listen, the denizens of the beer world won't beg for balance, we're above that. But look at what's happening here, folks! I, for one, long for the Salad Days that balanced beers provided.
Hint: this beer is really a Double IPA.
Avery Brewing Co. thought they could pull the wool over my eyes by calling this a barleywine, but I've shown them that they need to get up a *little* earlier in the morning if they wanna think about tricking me!
Mouthfeel: Medium, though a tad bit thin for a barleywine. Low carbonation.
Drinkability: Somewhere, one of the multitude of hopheads out there is nodding with satisfaction. "A job well done!" they may say.
However, I found this singularly one-dimensional beer to be unpleasantly unbalanced and disappointing for a barleywine (which I feel should display at least a modicum of balance and harmony within the fabulous potency of it's flavors).
This beer is a step in the wrong direction for Avery Brewing Co.
01-22-2006 22:47:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.48/5 rDev -37.4%
Reviewed 3/22/2006 (22oz bottle):
Pours a cloudy dark amber red/brown color body, with virtually no head, brown. Strong aroma of hops, weak overall aroma. Very strong bitter taste, strong alcohol, almost like rubbing alcohol. Not very complex flavor. Reminds me of an IPA, but not as dry. Acidic bitter aftertaste. I don't think I enjoy Barleywines.
11-08-2008 05:20:28 | More by jujubeast6000
2.48/5 rDev -37.4%
S: Excitingly potent aroma primarily of hops with an underbelly of sweet caramel-y. I'm not sure if they actually meld or contrast against each other. It's interesting to be sure. The hops are bright, but more earthy, grassy.
T: Woa. Hefty smokey, bitter taste. Thick, full body. More intense than flavorful. Not much upfront, then dark, potent leather, and finishes with a long lingering bitterness. Not a very pleasant bitterness either...
03-19-2010 01:36:44 | More by weazal
District of Columbia
2.48/5 rDev -37.4%
Hoppy brew on the bitter side under the designation of a barley wine.
Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Comic design as almost expected from these big Avery bottles: winged pigs flying . Short description with some details about the ingredients on the side. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs 100 and Alc. by Vol. (9.2%) Poured into a snifter.
A - Deep amber pour with a red hue. Moderate head with brief retention and no lacing leaving a faint ring.
S - Forward hops, citrus, over an alcohol whiff.
T - Bitterness throughout lacking a palate subtle or rich notes. Sweet malts are absent in the taste, they might be there but buried in the background.
M - Carbonation with the straight bitter bite make for a single speed experience in a medium body.
D - It can be had but lacks most of the characteristics that make a barley wine brew enjoyable. A bit boring and one-dimensional.
Notes: Pity, this does not cut it for me as a barley wine. But most importantly it remains rather short of a very memorable drinking experience. If feels at times closer to a DIPA but also failing at that since that does not seem its goal. It is not that it needs to fit necessarily to a standard style but the hoppiness translates here as bitterness with a fizzy carbonated feel that lacks the roundness of a DIPA (and I love what Avery does with its Maharaja for instance) and its true that US barley wines are typically far hoppier and maltier than their English counterparts but it is not that it is going in that direction. It has little of the complexities, or some direction of balance, or promised sweet notes of a barley wine. Mind you, it remains a good brew in that it is not a pain at all to drink it but there is plenty stuff out there that I'll chose over this one both from Avery and in particular elsewhere in terms of barley wines.
10-01-2009 02:22:01 | More by Daniellobo
2.5/5 rDev -36.9%
Pours a nice, light mahogany with a two-finger head with staying power. Half an hour later, there are still foam speckles on the glass.
The nose is piney, grassy, with a hint of lemon.
Tastes much like the nose. I can't get past the feeling I'm drinking left-over brussel sprout water.
04-17-2012 03:22:45 | More by dclee11
2.5/5 rDev -36.9%
Served in a Riedel Ouverture glass at 10.6C (51F). Already when pouring I smell lots of hops!
A: Semi hazy ruby copper colour with a thick fluffy slightly tan head. Stays in there pretty good.
S: Crystal malts and american floral hops. Blood orange and grapefruit, lots of grain aroma. Slightly nutty and syrupy nose. Very fresh and clean smell, hardly any yeast aroma.
T: Wow, REALLY intense! At first I got a huge hop bitterness blast, followed by an alcoholic bitterness and faint grainy background. Lots of hops in this brew, folks! I expected this beer to be more malty and nutty, like the smell. It actually made me slightly dissapointed. This beer is very american in the sense that it's a lot of everything, but it's a bit over the top in many ways IMHO. It's not balanced in any way and I don't understand why it comes in a 650ml bottle - there's no way you can drink that much, it's too much even for two or three people. The overall bitterness is too much for me and I can't pick up anything else but sharpness and cheap booze. It kinda reminds me of not too good Imperial IPAs I've had in the past. Promising, but dissapointing.
M/D: Sharp and crisp, sort of feels like an artifical drink after half a glass. This beer is not for me.
12-01-2009 18:51:14 | More by krunchie
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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