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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,825 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 164 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Avery hopped-up beer. Piney aroma. Good retaining head and lace. Looks like an IPA. Citrus, carmel malted down bitterness, easy drink. More IPA than barleywine but a forced marriage of the two, that allows one to consume the 100 IBUs. Thanks Tupalev.

Sammy, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.3%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a slightly hazy copper orange with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and lots of citrus zest aromas. Alcohol aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of sweet malt, caramel, and zesty citrus zest flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. An alcohol warmth hits the back of the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a good but hoppy barleywine with an alcohol kick.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.3%

zestar, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a very thin off white bit of lacing after a small head on the initial pour. Sell brings citrus and floral hops and a large amount of caramel malt sweetness. Taste is a bit of a mess with a large dose of hops that are somehow overpowered by an even larger dose of sweetness. Doesn't carry very much depth. Feel is fairly heavy with low to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is hampered by the taste just kind of being everywhere. A strange barleywine that might do better with some age.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

nmann08, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel malts arepresentbin the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of warming from the alcohol is also noticeable.
O: This barleywine isn't too difficult to drink given its strength and that the alcohol doesn't stand out in the taste.

metter98, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.3%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Grapefruit topped with sugar; a healthy start to the morning

Taste: Toffee malt flavors up front with a blast of grapefruit developing by mid-palate; after the swallow the toffee flavors return to blend into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body with moderate carbonation; significant alcohol warming on the way down

Drinkability: A little closer to a malty Douple IPA than is typical for the style, but nonetheless an exceptional beer

brentk56, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. Smooth for a BW. Nice redish coper color with a firm foamstand that laced all day. Big malt and fruit aromas. Even bigger hop character--spicy and earthy. Sweet caramel malt and fresh fruit flavors up front. Everywhere from brown sugar and honey to grapefruit and berries. Hop character never overwhelms, but continues to deliver more flavors and complexity. I get a lot of toffee, nuts, and spices into the body. Finishes firm and warm. Alcohol sweetness is always present, but never harsh. Never grainy or astringent. Melow and silky from start to finish. This one will sneak up on you.

BEERchitect, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of caramel sweet malt is omnipresent with some citrus hops. Taste is a mix between sweet caramel malt and some bitter hops. Alcohol is way too hot for my liking and body is definitely too thin for the style. I’m starting to wonder if it’s just me or are most of Avery beers a bit too hot for their own good.

Phyl21ca, May 24, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry caramel with bright orange trim. The beer looks faintly murky on the coaster, clearing when backlit with bright afternoon sunshine. The tight-bubbled cap is a wonderful color that resides somewhere between ivory, gold and orange. Not only does it look good, but it lays down quite a bit of sticky lace; especially when the ABV is taken into consideration. This is one beautiful looking hog.

Since this bomber is an estimated two years of age, I'm surprised at how much Columbus hoppiness is still present in the nose. Hog Heaven smells like chunks of candied grapefruit and orange drizzled with melted caramel. No alcohol is evident. Not... one... bit. I think I'm gonna like this one.

I'm sure age has everything to do with it, but my first impression is how tame and how damned drinkable this big ale is. Unlike the nose, alcohol plays a role on the palate. That said, it's as well-incorporated as it is in most versions of the style that weigh in at close to 10.0%. That is, just about all of them.

More hop bitterness has survived (a surprising amount, in fact) than hop flavor. Bitter white grapefruit pith and bitter orange are still easily identified, zinging this way and that through the raging river of caramel malt that slides down my throat with each eager sip. Barleywines don't need to be complex to be good, they just need to deliver lots of flavor and hide their generous ABVs reasonably well. Mission accomplished on both counts.

I was a little concerned about the body/mouthfeel initially. Once the beer reached the barely cool stage (right now, as it happens), it's as full and as velvety smooth as I could have hoped for. Alcohol and alpha acids lightly sting the tongue while sticky malt sugars caress it.

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine looks like a dream, smells like a dream, feels like a dream and drinks like a dream. I'm tempted to nudge the flavor score to the same dream-like position, but something is holding me back. In any case, I like this big hog just fine. Looks like I'll have to buy a few bombers the next time I'm in Ohio. Looking to start a cellar? Look no further.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head with good retention and lacing on a crimson, murky body.

S: Floral, pine and red apple. Caramel malt in the background and a touch of alcohol.

T: Definitively hoppier than your average barleywine. Fruity and hoppy. Spicey with a subtle vanilla note.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body. fairly smooth for a barleywine.

Overall a fairly unique barleywine. Not too boozy but still more than I like.

kylehay2004, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, hazy nearly opaque, stained glass like orange. A nice little off white head graced the top and faded leaving a nice film of lace on the top, which proceeded to drip down the glass with a spider web like sudsy appearence.

S - Smell was very sweet, candy store like sweet. Best way to describe it would be an orange pop sickle. Slight hint of alcohol as well.

M & T - First impression was very creamy, with good carbonation and lots of bitter citrus hops and a slight hint of alcohol. Nice smooth delivery and a definate hop bomb of a barley wine. Lots of citrus hops, big flavors of orange, tangerine and pineapple. Some malty balance tried to break through, but just made it very sweet, and did a fine job at covering up the abv.

D - Overall this was a very nice Barleywine....but would make a great DIPA. I would not turn this down. Maybe needs to sit for a while to bring out some of the more complex flavors, must I can take it as it is as well.

mikesgroove, May 09, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a copper sort of color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Opens up with some caramel and brown sugar as well as toffee and a bit of molasses. Mostly sugar type aromas but there is a nice breadiness, a touch of citrus, and a mild amount of oxidation to it.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is quite bland. Slightly watery with most of the flavor coming in the form of bread. Some decent toffee along with floral and earthy hops and just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Really mediocre and underwhelming. I guess at least it wasn't harsh and hot like a lot of high gravity Avery beers.

womencantsail, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

SocalKicks, May 24, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep red/brown color with light but rocky head,the aroma was suprisingly hoppy.The head was pretty creamy and sticky.This is a uncompromising beer here,nutty and somewhat medicinal with a hugely dry finish.Quite a beer here maybe a little overwhelming.Never heard of Avery even when living in Denver for awhile had never seen it,man this is a big beer.

oberon, Jul 10, 2003
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Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.