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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 907
Hads: 1,995
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 71
Gots: 230 | FT: 6
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

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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Photo of Ri0
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Vintage 2014. Dark rust orange with a nice off white 2 finger head with fair retention. Fades slowly and leaves a nice collar and webbed lacing on glass. This smells like a hoppy BW with some bitter citrus, pine, and dark fruit along with sweet baked bread and caramel malt. The aroma is pleasant. First and foremost I get a quick, sweet taste of caramel and toffee. The bitter hops move in, with grapefruit and some pine most dominant. Evan after almost 2 years of aging the hops are prevalent. Medium body with a bitter quality from the hops that leaves a dry feeling on the finish. Solid BW, but not my favorite.

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Photo of atone315
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like my American b-wines hoppy and this one delivers. What amazed me most was the smell...I cracked this one open and poured into an Avery oversized "rare beer snifter" and immediately the smell permeated the air. It was awesome!!! The taste is unmistakably barleywine, with a ridiculous hop presence. Loved it!!! The next bottle I buy is going to sit in the cellar for a few years, curious what some age will do.

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been cellaring this for a while (a few years). I will take this opportunity of a drop in temperature in the tropics.
Amber mahogany color with a thin head with short retention.
Very complex aroma that keeps changing from time to time with notes of pine, caramel, apple puree, molasses, smoke, red fruits, coconut and orange marmalade. Dry hop haven’t survived the journey though.
Flavor with notes of pine, toasted malts, slightly smoked, candy, red fruits marmalade, candied grapefruit, even banana, overripe oranges, resin, coconut water, licorice, butter, cinnamon, pepper and pears. Dry and bitter aftertaste. The 104 IBUs is far from stupid, they have mellowed with the years, and got married to its malt base.
Medium bordering full body with appropriate carbonation of very tiny bubbles. Conditioning likely declined its body. Alcohol of 9.2% on this exemplar is superbly well hidden.
Great beer. This has aged perfectly showing a unique character combining a very different set of flavors, that is also not overly sweet and it is complex even with the restrain use of just one hop variety and two malts. I drank the whole bottle without feeling any cloying sensation. I strongly advice to age this. This is a stallion that has been tamed as much as possible. Recommended.

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Photo of JacobIV
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with a thick creamy head that dissipates slowly resembling melted ice cream

smells like a handful of hop pellets crushed in hand and held up to face (really good)

first sip gives a strong syrupy mouthfeel resembling dates and pear maybe...devolves into an aftertaste that starts strongly acidic but leaves with an intense rush of bittering hops which begs another sip

from the aroma to the taste and mouthfeel to the bitter hop bomb which brings me back around for another sip, this beer pulls all the stops. A good drinking experience that isn't confused with too much going on. Simplicity in macro allows complexity in micro.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV 9.2% - Released in Sweden 2015-09-18 in a 650 ml (22 fl oz) bottle.

Pours clear, copper with a two finger high, creamy head.

Nose: Pine, resin, orange marmelade, fruity (A LOT of hops!) and caramel malt.
Taste: Orange, sweet malt, marmelade, dark fruit, herbs, grapefruit, grass and earthy notes.
Body: Full body, oily and chewy. Medium carbonated. A pretty high bitterness at the end. Of course some alcohole warmth.

A great Barley Wine from Avery. Not that suprising and owerwhelming as I thought though. It's a stable barley wine but I've come to expect a LOT from Avery...

Maybe I'm not fair. It's just that they make so great beers that my expectations are to high...

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 08/2014 bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: Nice bottle are and I do love the foil top bottles. Pure class. Beer poured a viscous copper color with hints of red poking through. Nice white and sticky head that produced ample lacing. Head has staying power in my very clean glass. The bottle either has some yeast sediment or protein coagulation in it. No worries though.

Nose: Dank, piney, resinous, super malty, fruity, spicy and almost phenolic from the hops. One hoppy nose thats for sure.

Taste: BITTER HOPS! This beer is at the highest end of IBUs. Thick and sticky mouthfeel, powerful malty are backed up and overtaken by waves and waves of dank hops. Piney, come citrus, ripe oranges, fairly fruity. This is a hop bomb but the malts back it up and lead to a nice and balanced finish. Some warming alcohol but it is well integrated.

Overall: Like I said earlier, Hop Bomb. Very nice American Barleywine. This is a real treat. Avery is making world class beers and this is no exception. All that West Coast, American Style hops coupled with a strong malty backbone that makes for a delicious and warming beer. Avery says this can be cellared for up to 3 years. It is still over the top hoppy after over a year in the bottle. Those hops are not letting go any time soon. This should be a cellar staple because those hops don't know when to quit.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Clean deep amber color. Aroma is mostly hops with a touch of malt. Very bitter barley wine. There's a little tad of caramel sweetness on the front end but then the taste is overwhelmed by woodsy piney hops. The bitterness lasts way beyond the swallow. A little boozy as expected for the abv. Mouthfeel seems a little thin. Overall not bad if looking for a highly hopped barley wine, just needs more balance for me.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange bronze body, spotty lace, a few streams of carbonation. Nose is strong on caramel, with pungent hops lurking behind. Both are strong and deep, but don't work together. Taste is similar; malty caramel, butter, piney hops in the background. Plenty of buttery diacetyl on the finish. Heavy body.
I'm all for experimentation, but this merging of styles isn't working for me. Bitter, piney hops (which I don't care for anyway) are not congruent with buttery malt sweetness (I also don't care for this much diacetyl), at least not when both are trying to be the leading role.

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Photo of wumpshire
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely my favorite American barley wine, beats out old knucklehead and bigfoot by a long shot. Honey, caramel, and a good floral hoppiness. Great balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of South2NW
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber color, with a massive beige head. Immediately you smell the piney, resinous hops. They dominate the caramel malt undertones. Same goes for the taste. Big pine and resin flavors up front, and finishes with some sweet malts to balance things out. Slightly heavy mouthfeel, great carbonation. If you like beers like Bigfoot, give this a try.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange, brown with a two finger off white head. The nose is composed of earthy, spicy, dirty hops worth some marmalade and perfume sweetness. The taste is very nice. Full thick amount of sweetness with a perfect balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness. One of my favorite barleywines.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- dark brown with a light brown head
- burnt hop notes slight bittness and brightness
-not as overpowering in the hop or bitterness complex that i see in the comments, but the alcohol is noticeable with a imperial hop taste but not sweet hops
- feel is a lot thicker than most but matches the style
- overall a ok barely-wine but i have had alot more complex

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.67/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - giant puffy cloud beige head. Clear amber cedar body. Moderate lacing. 4.5

S - hops. Strong dry hops. Two or three kinds. Nothing else. 2.5

T - strong hop initial tastes, strong hop aftertaste and only the faintest hint of crystalline estery wine line flavors. 2.5

M - smooth and silky but masked by the astringency of the hops. 3

D - a sad depressing waste of months of work crafting a barley wine just to have it only taste like hops. Really defeats the purpose. After drinking a whole bottle it does warm on you but that could be said of almost any beer . 2.5

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Photo of EMV
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap from Champs in State College, PA - poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a very thick creamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel and hops... dark fruits and candy. Lots going on here.

T/F: The malts and caramel flavor hit you first mixed with plum and raisin. There's some nice hoppy bitterness at the finish and a nice alcoholic warmth as well. Carbonated and a bit chewy. Love the mouthfeel.

O: A very nice barely wine from Avery... puts me in mind a little bit of Lagunitas' 'Gnarly Wine' but not as hoppy. I very much enjoyed the flavor, and this is a nice sipper. Hard to go wrong with Avery's brews.

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Photo of milehighhop
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very fragrant as soon as I opened the bottle
copper in color, light tannish head
pretty hoppy and bitter, but a pleasant taste
easy to drink, had a good feel to it in your mouth

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure of the age on this guy. In all the times I've had this beer, can't believe I haven't reviewed it.

Aroma is sweet and deeply caramelly, with buttery toffee notes, toasted malt, and huge raisin and prune character adding depth. Smells extremely rich, and hop character lacks. Perhaps some citrus, but malt dominates.

Sweet caramel malt backbone, with muddled citrus pith that's countered by bitterness mid palate, which lingers into the finish. Tasks on an herbal, floral tone. Bitterness is more prominent than I'd prefer, but there's some decent complexity.

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Photo of DKMII
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper color very clear. Lacking a full head. Head diminished quickly. Great lacing. Smell: bitter. Almost a not so good burnt oil smell. Slightly floral but overpowering bitterness. Taste: too bitter for a barley wine. Similar to Sierra Nevada hop hunter. Floral hoppy finish but bitterness, even for a high ibu lover, was unpleasant. Feel: very light not typical of barley wine. Too much carbonation. Overall: not great. Not impressed.

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Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet, slightly cloudy, with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma is hop-forward, with nice pine aromas held up with rich caramel sweetness. The taste is similar but a little less assertive than the aroma would indicate. It's well-blended, but just a little short in the definitive characteristics present in the aroma. It has a nice weight to the body and fullness on the palate.

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fan of bacon: Check. Fan of Barleywine: Check. Fan of Avery: You bet. What could go wrong? As a part of their “Holy Trinity of Ales”, this selection immediately caught my eye with the flying pigs and slick packaging. Barleywines usually push 11-12% ABV so this one is a little on the lighter side, but certainly is bitter enough at 104 IBUs to pack a punch in my mouth. Was I impressed enough to swine over it? Err.. swoon over it? Lets find out.

Appearance – 89: A nice light amber color pours with a significant amount of haze. A good quarter inch thick head developed after first pour which dissipated slowly over a minute’s timeframe. Very nice lacing throughout with an off-white color to it.

Smell – 84: No distinct smells are present other than the dry-hopped process upon first sniff. The bottle suggested that a caramel sweetness should be registering, but other than a slight citrus tone with a massive amount of hops, nothing was noticeable.

Body & Texture – 87: The beer sits medium-light on the tongue at first sip, and the sweet dry hops immediately give way to the promised caramel sweetness with a pleasant pineapple/orange overtone. Much sweeter than I expected.. after a moment the malts REALLY hit you. Wow. Oink.

Taste – 87: If you aren’t fond of bitter beers, you wouldn’t enjoy this. For someone with a more refined palate that likes things tangy without verging on sour, you’ll love this one. The taste after a moment or two is very wooden/hoppy, but outside of that I enjoyed it quite a bit. The candied accent is a nice touch which greets you warmly before the hops smack you in the face… a very long aftertaste to the beer. Nice overall !

Overall – 86.3 (Great): The folks over at Avery put together a very strong offering which was true to the description on that one. A bitter barleywine-style ale that has just the right amount of kick to get you squealing, but sweet enough to have you going back for more. Was glad that I picked up a bottle of this for myself, and would gladly do so again to have a break from the norm. Well done!

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Photo of ferrouswolf
2.87/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Opened a bottle with bottling date July 9 as part of a "study" of barleywines.

Appearance: Fairly pale for a barleywine; amber, with a bit of haze. Sticky off-white head and great lacing all the way down.

Smell: No maltiness at all, just generic hops and BURNT RUBBER. At first I couldn't identify it, but once I figured it out I couldn't "un-smell" it.

Taste: Take a sip, and NOTHING until generic hoppiness and bitterness in the finish. No malt flavor whatsoever. Tastes like a lot of nothing.

Feel: Supersmooth, slick, "goes down easy" mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. This is supposed to be cellarable for 3 years, but 6 months at a (respectable) liquor store makes it taste awful? I'll take a pass next time.

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Photo of Chumley22
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange take on a Barleywine. Not sure the heavy hops in this beer are right for the style. Aroma is nice but It almost reminds me of an over the hill DIPA.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling code translates to a date of April 3rd 2014.

Appearance - Pours clear and reddish copper with a finger's worth of sandstone colored head. Fair retention gives way to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Small spots of lace that exhibit decent stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of caramel, wood, light citrus, booze and light hoppy spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with some caramel and lightly bitter woody notes, then a distant spice bite. Hints of candied citrus hit mid-taste before a nicely balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low carbonation. Silky texture, delivering a smooth drinking experience.

Overall - Approximately 9 months old and the hops have certainly calmed, but are far from dead. Drinks beautifully now, and I'm tempted to get another bottle and age it for yet another year or so. Oddly enough, reminds me quite a bit of Rogue's Brutal Bitter and also their Yellow Snow as far as flavor is concerned. Just a nice, mellow conglomeration of the caramel, wood and citrusy flavors. Not only would I like to age this, but I'd also like to try this fresh. Probably my favorite Avery brew to date.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a rich, golden honey orange, forms a finger of mild honey yellow head. Nice creamy lacing.
S - Strong hops, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, apples and a light touch of caramel in the back.
T - Sweet hops, orange and pineapple upfront, fades into a very distant and mild smokiness for a moment, finishes with an EXTREMELY bitter malty backbone. The finish is long and the bitterness stays on the palate for quite a long time.
O - A damned good barley wine, but not for the faint of palate. One of the most bitter beers I've had to date. You'll need a really appreciation for bitter notes to enjoy this beer!
V - Purchased in a 22oz bomber. Medium/High value.

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Photo of zac16125
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

A: Dark amber, just under 2 fingers width of khaki colored head builds and then dissipates at a moderate rating leaving a few nice patches of lacing. Great clarity. 4.25

S: Tons of hop characters, citrus, pine, some tropical fruits. Hops definitely dominate. The malt character isn’t as prevalent as I anticipated, but includes some caramel and burnt sugar. Nice, but nothing special. 4

T: Like the nose, the taste is very hop forward. Tons of piney bitterness, citrus rind, grapefruit. Not many malt characters at all. The malts really just provide a backbone for the hops to shine. A bit of booze that grows throughout the drink. Very good taste, but doesn’t have everything I look for in the style. 4

M/D: Medium body, a touch light for my liking, carbonation is appropriately low, ABV is certainly noticeable and is a bit boozy for the relatively low ABV for the style. Drinkability is average. 3.5

O: I know this line separating DIPA’s and American Barleywine’s can be blurred, but this one screens DIPA to me. Its all about the hops, with very little prominent malt characters. Still a good beer, and definitely worth a try, but not something I’ll likely come back to regularly. 4

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hog Heaven pours a dark reddish color with a small lacing head. There is a huge sharp aroma, with a very sharp fresh unique hoppines note. The taste is big bold, oaky, and floral, very sharp flavors. Good body and good feel. Overall, its a very big and bold beer, but the flavors don't come together the best way.

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Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.