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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Hog Heaven Barley WineHog Heaven Barley Wine

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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 jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= Pours like any barleywine a nice amber color with a good two finger head that has some pretty nice retention and lacing. There looks like there is a little bit of hazy in this beer. Weird.

S= Quite pungent. When I first heard the hiss of the glass I could smell this baby. Smells nice. Good barleywine aroma mix of hops and malt. A good amount of pine hops that meld nicely with the sweet malts.

T= Much different than the smell I think. The Hops are still there in a much more muted way. The malts take the taste over in this one and do a pretty good job of teasing my tongue. It has a really nice sweetness to it. There is a little candy like sweetness to it. Very nice. The finish is nice and bitter of course.

M= Prolly one of the best parts of this beer. One of the most interesting MFs I've come across because it has some nice light bubbles to it and finishes dry but still kinda sweet.

D= Pretty decent BW. Not the best I've had but this is a fun one. Worth checking out for sure. I'm gonna but some more to toss in the cellar for sure and some just to enjoy in the bigfoot offseason.

jjanega08, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of loren01
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber color, nice sized head and small amount of lacing going on.
S: Smell is of citrusy type hops and lots of them. Slight bit of malt scent as well but mostly hops.
T: Slight fruitiness up front followed by a strong citrus hoppiness. ETOH burn aftertaste.
M: Medium/dry mouthfeel
D: I like my barleywines to be a little more malty and a little less hoppy than what this one was. Not a bad beer at all though.

loren01, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into St. Bernardus chalice 4.17.10.

1/4 finger head, very quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Cloudy reddish amber body with no visible carbonation. Caramel malts dominate the nose, this beer smells sweet, but a good floral hop presence. Taste is malt forward though not as sweet as many other Barleywines I've had, and there is a good solid dose of hops to countervail the sweet notes. Mouthfeel though a bit sticky is pretty thin for the style. More drinkable than most beers of this style given the lower than average ABV. Not my favorite Avery product, but worth a try for fans of the style.

jdense, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of spiner
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cousin send me this from America

This beer very good. It look red or orange. It smell very sweet and many hops. I like caramel sweetness taste in this beer. It strong but can be more strong. Cannot wait for next bottle of Avery. It will be India Pale Ale.

spiner, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Crowls
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a beer mug

Appearance: Dark amber color with a strong head at first that leaves good lacing.

Smell: Various scents of spices and fruit with some alcohol and bitter aromas present.

Taste: A mild sweetness starts but is strongly overcome by bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Not much of a fruit flavor to it which was somewhat disappointing. A little strong on the bitter side for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a dry feeling and somewhat smooth but nothing distinguishing.

Drinkability: Strong alcohol makes it about one and done and if the drinker isn't into bitter taste this could be a struggle.

Crowls, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in 2009, drank on 4/6/10.

a - Pours a dark amber color with 2+ fingers of off white head. Little bit of carbonation evident. Nice froth and lacing.

s - Smells of sweet malts, citrus and earthly hops, and dark fruits.

t - Taste is bitter with grapefruit and more citrus and hops up front. Some earthy and smooth malts after the bitterness.

m - High carbonation and full body. Little bit of alcohol warmth.

d - Not a bad barleywine. I thought the smell was very nicely balanced between citrus hops and sweet malts, but that even with a few months on it the hops dominated the taste. Worth a try and I'd have again, but next time I might just cellar a bottle and see what happens in 1-2 years.

mdfb79, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a copper / dark amber color with one finger head.

S: Delicious hops. Mango, citrus, and tangerine hops. No real malt in the smell.

T: Bitter citrus hops followed by a big balancing malt kick. The most hop-forward barleywine I've tried.

M: Moderate carbonation with a creamy fuel. Hops linger on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable barleywine. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops make this one a great brew for a hophead. Will get this one again.

kirkpjr, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with an enourmous fluffy white head. Good lacing.

Smells sort of funky, like a farmhouse ale. Still retains the hoppy bitter scent of typical barleywines, as well as a strong caramel malt nose. Its basically like a musty barleywine.

Kind of piney and sort of a dirty flavor. Can't really explain it. I think its the particular combination of the hops and yeast. It has a very peculiar flavor.

The mouthfeel is equally odd. I really am confused by this beer. Prickly mouthfeel and, again, a dirty sensation. Very dry finish.

Kind of filling and has a very icky feeling in my tummy.

I've been on a barleywine kick lately and this one may have killed it.

ryanonline, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L= Pours an off white. thick, 3 finger head with a light white rim. The body is a most beautiful dark orange ruby color that looks like a sparkling silk in your glass.

S= Big fruity bitter hops of grapefruit and pine with a slight tart ester.

T= Upfront bitterness that is wiped out by a rising pine cluster that finishes with a big earthy, nutty finish.

F= Extremely light feel which is very different from what you get from the nose. So light it is almost a watery sensation. Which would get it a high drinkability if it weren't 9.2

D= I rated this beer as a non session beer and that is why it received the score it did was because of the body. The feel didn't ruin the beer for me but It was a bit of a shocker. A very respectable beer and from a stellar brewery.

tippebrewcrew2, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, certainly one of the most common and economical Barleywines on the market, haven't had it for a long time,

A: Pours a dark amber/red with a long lasting white head full of sticky lace.

S: Hop heavy. Pine and white grapefruit.

T: This is certainly a hoppy brew, but for me the malt comes through first. Big 'ol crystal malt, biscuit, moderate sweetness. Then you're punched in the face literally with the hop power of this brew and you know you're in America. White grapefruit, bitter melon, terpene flavours.

M: Smooth for its style, chock full of resin, bitter hoppy finish as it should be with an American barleywine.

D: Kind of like a maltier Bigfoot. This is one of the classic American examples for sure. Well balanced for what it is. I had a JW Lee's earlier in the day and this is like comparing apples to oranges; I can clearly see the difference, but I already knew it. These are 2 completely different styles, I would love to see this age, this is a conclusion you would want in any barleywine. I've had a ton of Avery brews over the years and I've met Mr. Adam Avery himself. They consistently make outstanding beer and thanks for a CO brewery actually being in CA (I'm talking to you Great Divide). This is American barleywine, clearly, have a pint of this and you'll know the style.

Halcyondays, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of backfat
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks manahansf for busting out the barleywine!
pours a dark amber/red with a perfect two finger tan head with great lacing. smells of strong caramel malt and stinging hops with backrounds of faint tartness and fruit. exactly what i wanted. very light flavors. tastes of bread crust, caramel, small bitter, and very earthy pine hops. smooth mouthfeel, but not full bodied like you expect in a barleywine.

backfat, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden color, small frothy dirty white head, thinner bodied and hopped like an Imperial IPA. It was very hoppy but it lacked a lot of body, deep malt and maturation. Drinkability is good but I rated it low as a barleywine because this IS NOT A BARLEYWINE in my book, sorry guys. It did smell good..like Imeprial IPA though..just because you hopped it to Hell and it is a 100IBU does not make it a barleywine.
20 March 2010: on tap HL Fest. 2006 vintage. Wow! This beer was a big hot IPA mess fresh but after 4 years it holds its own. Nice carame, citrus(grapefruit, pinepalle, pine) much easir to drinka nd more balanced. Nice.

barleywinefiend, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of claminat420
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- poured a dark caramely amber color with a nice off white head. heavy/thick lacing.

S- grapefruit hops from hell...

T- to simply put it. as a fellow brewer last time i started a batch i put a hop pellet in my mouth(norther brewer) to try it. it was alil funky. this beer is the best way of putting how that expierence was but alil bit better considering it was actually beer.

M- medium/heavy bodied. good carbonation

D- it's a hop lovers sex.

Overall- for my first barleywine i don't think this was accurate but being a imperial ipa fan i love this brew! this is truely a hop bomb.

claminat420, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 12/31/09

A - Slightly cloudy, reddish maple color, huge bubbly off white head. Lots of lacing, retains well as a thick cap. 4.5

S - Ripe prunes, figs, and lots of caramel. High dose of alcohol as well. 3.5

T - Initial sweetness of toffee and caramel, follows up with ripe fruits like concord grapes, prunes, and finishes quite bitter with a hint of pineyness and a lingering bitter aftertaste. However, it's somewhat lacking in complexity and depth. 3.5

M - Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, very smooth. 4.0

D - Decent, the alcohol hinders it however... 3.0

DmanGTR, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of weazal
2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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...

weazal, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of manahansf
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color with a thin off white creamy head. Mildly strong citrus hop aroma that smells a tough tart. The flavor has a smooth malty background with well balanced citrus and earthy hop bitterness. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is semi-sweet as the hop flavor dissipates and a subtle warming sensation grows and lingers for a while after the end.

manahansf, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really big puffy head into my snifter, with a clean copper body, and that head releases quite a lovely resiny pine aroma, with some orange zest floating about.

Taste follows the aroma with sappy pine and zest, with a sweet malt backbone with some pear and ever so slight kiss of alcohol, but hops are really the center stage in this one.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not as much as other bigger BWs, and the Hops help leave a bit cleaner finish then most, but in exchange leave a slightly resiny coating.

The lower %...at least i consider 9.2% lower for the style.... helps keep drinkability up, and the flavor doesn't get boring.

ChadQuest, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Repeated pours from a bomber into a La Chouffe tulip.

Pours a see-thru deep reddish amber with massive frothy 3-finger off-white head that settles down a ring and some clumpy islands of foam. Nice thick lacing up at the top where the initial head recedes, but spotty down below.

Unsure of vintage since the bottle isn't dated, but based on the huge hop nose, I'll have to assume it's pretty young. Very much like a piney DIPA with a healthy malt backbone.

Tastes pretty much like a DIPA as well. A bit of sweet citrus up front, but that immediately yields to a big dose of resiny pine. A moderate amount of sweetness allows the hops to shine. A bit of earthy/woodsy qualities toward the swallow. The sweetness dries out at the finish, with some toasted/biscuity flavors and a bit of booze lingering.

Overall impression: Probably a good candidate for cellaring (and I may pick up a few bottles to experiment), but damned tasty in all its hoppy glory right now. My guess is this may be kinda like Bigfoot- great fresh, very nice after a few, but awkward in between. What I love about Avery is that they aren't afraid to throw a few extra hops into the kettle.

PDXHops, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of jcruiser
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a cask at the Avery Tap Room in late January

I had not been to the brewery in about 3 years and decided to make the trip out to Boulder after skiing in Breckenridge. First I had to take the wife to see the millions of prarie dogs that are all over the eastern part of town.

This is by far the best beer I have tasted over the last 12 months.

A-hazy orange juice

S-hop bomb

T-a total hop bomb with a great malt backbone. This one could be a DIPA just as easily as a Barleywine

M-the malts give this a great mouthfeel

D-I had a couple of these and I could have had a couple more without any palate fatigue. I even followed it up with a Dugana and was still impressed with the cask freshness.

OK-now the review of the Hog Heaven in a bomber from 2005

Appearance-truly a ruby dark barleywine with blackened yeast sediment


Taste-vinous with a little malt backbone. After tasting this I took an inventory of all the old barleywines I had on hand. i think I need to drink up everything that is more than 2 years old. I don't think I'm a big fan of the wine aspects of older barleywines

Mouthfeel-thin, hot

Drinkability-a little goes a long way

jcruiser, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Hog Heaven purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
appearance: Beauty. Garnet with a full whitish head.
smell: Hop monster. Piney, citrusy.
taste: Lots o hops but bitterness is curbed with a sweet malty finish.
Another wonderful brew from Avery. Is this is Barleywine or a DIPA or some combo

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my imperial pint glass.

A- Amber / brownish orange in color. Pours a off white sudsy head that's 2'' in thickness. The head slowly descends. There is an abbundance of lacing left on my glass.

S- Sweetness, caramel,citrus, pine and hops. Alcohol is there also but not to overwhelming.

T- I get the caramel and the sweetness right off the bat. Then the citus comes into play. I'm thinking oranges or grapefruit. The hops play off the sweetness in the beer and it provides a pretty good balance. The alcohol is def there but it's not overpowering.

M- Nicely coats my pallet. This brew seems to really stick around after every drink. I get a decent burn from the alcohol, but not in a bad way.

D- I could go for another one for sure. However, I don't think I would do more then two. I would really suggest this one if you haven't given it a shot. Gtreid said he's been aging one for three years. I'm looking forward to comparing the two.

urwithdave, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date but consumed fresh. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Crisp amber with superb 2-finger foamy beige head with good retention and substantial lacing.

S: Piercing herbal, earthy hops dominates with accents of pine and orange. Maltiness is muted but contributes caramel, butter, and biscuit aromas. Alcohol is pretty strong too.

T: Hoppiness is king with herbal, woody hops with hefty orange flavors playing off a thick maltiness which provide more than token sweetness. Alcohol is strong and provides a berry, fruity quality. Strong, but I think some time in the cellar would bring more malt complexity.

M: Thick coating feel is excellent with good viscosity and predictably low carbonation.

D: A really good hoppy American barleywine with a strong but complementary alcohol component that I think will improve with some cellaring time.

2009 Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine
This has lost something without gaining much aside from smoothness and decreased alcohol presence. The hoppiness of this very good fresh hoppy barleywine has predictably faded but retains its herbal, woody character to some degree. The maltiness has not come up to meet the hops deficit in any way -- it is a bit thin and mealy with no real complexity. The alcohol burn has decreased and because of the blandness it is smoother. A year hasn't helped this very good fresh brew at all. I plan to try it fresh, at 6 months down the road, or at 2 years.

argock, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of tturaiders
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

Golden red color with a medium off white head on it. Seems like the head has retained itself for a good amount of time. The first scent I pick up is sweet citrus followed by a balanced malt and caramel. It smells quite a bit more hoppy than a typical barley wine. The first thing I taste is the sweetness from the malt and then comes the pine and citrus. I really enjoyed the transition from sweet to bitter in this beer. Just when you think sweet barley wine, you get hit with hops at the end. It's very drinkable and smooth. I'd pick it up again just for the sheer fact that I like the hoppy goodness that you don't usually get with a typical barley wine.

tturaiders, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another label feeling the need to proclaim apparently hitting the 100 IBU benchmark...

This bomber pours a clear dark ruby colour, with two fingers of foamy, creamy ecru head, which leaves spaced webbed lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of grapefruit and pine hops, and light caramel/toffee malt. The taste is more grapefruit and other bitter citrus, an understated caramel malt, and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite low, the body heavy, oily, slick, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel sweetness popping back up to counter the persistent tangy citric bitterness.

An excellent Yankee Barleywine, but that's the hophead in me talking, 100 IBUs FTW! This is very much more akin to a big DIPA, an example of the blurring in practice of the two theoretically distinct styles.

biboergosum, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Golden-copper with just the slightest haze. White, puffy head with pretty surprising retention, and thick sticky lace. Looks great in my snifter.

Smell: Sweet, candied citrus hops and big sweet malt. Hops are orange and grapefruit. Caramelly malt. This is this years bottle and is very hop-forward. This is not unlike a DIPA. Not as richly malty as my favorite barleywines, but damn good.

Taste: Again, more like an overly sweet DIPA than a big, malty barleywine. Same general flavors as I smelled. Pretty high bitterness, but its not harsh and is fairly well balanced. Very tasty, but not barleywine-y enough.

Mouthfeel: Big and sticky. Resiny coating. Very nice.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I think I'll buy another and put some serious age on it. Really tasty, hoppy American BW.

rapidsequence, Feb 05, 2010
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.