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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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1,697 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 47
Gots: 129 | FT: 1
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 craytonic

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark orange-amber that starts out crystal clear but gets murkier as you get through the bottle. Large sea-foam head with some serious staying power. Lays down nice lace all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, melon, citrus, hops.

Taste: Grapefruit, orange zest, and apple. Nice and intense hops, but they are balanced and not overpowering. Not a hint of alcohol, surprisingly.

Mouthfeel: Almost perfect, I would not say creamy or velvet, but it is smooth with a few little bumps to keep it interesting. A big surprise for me.

Drinkability: I was surprised by how drinkable this is, much more so than others of this style. That said, it seems more IPA than Barleywine. Still very good though, I will have to get another!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 19:59:21 | More by craytonic
Photo of nick76


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is anything but a standard Barley Wine. What you notice right away is that this beer is strong without knocking your socks off. The aroma has more in common with an IPA than a Barley Wine. Now Barley wine purest will scoff but I am actually a huge IPA fan so this is a welcome change. There is pine like resin hops and some grapefruit to go along with the sweet, caramel malt, yeast, and alcohol. The appearance is great with a three and a half finger head (also not common for the style) and deep amber color. The flavor is just like the aroma, it's not complex but it's tasty. The palate is sticky and smooth like one would expect for the style. The aftertaste is astringently bitter with some butterscotch. Overall I think this is an awesome interpretation of a Barley Wine but it's not a standard of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 21:27:46 | More by nick76
Photo of kinger


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Insanely hopped barleywine, what a wonderful concept for this style. Nice bitterly hopped aroma over a well malted backbone. Vibrant dark copper pour with some amber coloring. Huge off white head eventually settling to a half inch and tons of thick lacing. Strong steady carbonation, perfection for this strong style considering lasting head on a barleywine is a rare happening. Filling juicy mouthfeel, nice easy bitter finish makes you wanting more. Amazing flavor, very hoppy resembling a well crafted IPA that gets over on a rather sweet malt content. There were a couple times where the sweet alcohol burn showed itself but it was soon covered up by that well balanced hop flavor. Really a fantastic brew all in all.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:01:47 | More by kinger
Photo of bags6lax


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this for a while, and had the chance last night. Poured into an oversized wine glass. First impression, tiny fizzy head that stuck around throughout the time I drank it. Nice sticky lacing as well. The mouthfeel was viscous, but almost greasy...it was the least favorite part of the brew for me. A little off putting. The hops shined through very well, classic piny american aromas...bitterness was spot on, and really helped balance this beer out...with the 100 IBUs, I think if they had gone with something in the 60-70 range it would be close to undrinkable.

The thing I was probably the most disappointed in, was the lack of complexity...it really tasted like there IPA but just boosted the gravity...and in fact I love there IPA, and really wasn't loving this brew. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 20:16:34 | More by bags6lax
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich inviting clear copper color with a thick near white head. Aroma has the floral/piney hops as well as a hint of malt. While still cold no alcohol was present in the aroma. Taste is an excellent chewy balance between malt sweetness and hop flavor and bitterness. At this point (second sip) seems very well balanced and very drinkable. Not much alcohol detected. A really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 20:45:22 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of deereless


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Colored like an iced tea, nice patches of thick froth that lingered for a good time after the initial pour, a steady stream of miniscule bubbles from within the beer - 4.5, S: This beer hit me from a few feet away, closer examination reveals a wonderful aroma of hops and tropical fruit, subtle pine - 4.50, T: The alcohol on this beer is evident though nicely masked under the explosion of hops and malt, lots of bitter, grapefruit zest, some candied sugar - 4.00, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, T: I sample Barley Wines somewhat infrequently due to taste preferences, but a few months ago I had a sample of Hog Heaven at a Brickskeller tasting with Adam Avery in DC and I was blown away. For a barley wine this is extremely drinkable. It's not the utopia I recall from the tasting but this is still a very nicely crafted brew - 4.25

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 01:18:39 | More by deereless
Photo of adamette


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle exactly like the one pictured into my Cooperstown, NY Beverage trail pint glass (picked up a few weeks ago!). Upon taking off the cap the head, a foamy light brown "head" came pouring out and spilled over the top of the bottle. I had not agitated it or anything.

A A pleasing brown orange body with visible carbonation under that still present light brown head. The head stayed for at least 3 minutes as I wrote all of this. Nice lacing at the beer line dissapears.

S Hops dominate but there is a notable malt, maybe barley underneath. Not a big fan of huge hoppy beers (I know, I know...then why did I try such a huuuge hoppy beer...I am trying to keep an open mind and palate).

T Wow, huge hops but there is a grapefruit citrus mid taste that is very strong. I can already say that I like this better than Sierra Nevada Big Foot which was just unforgiving bitterness. At a minimum this has another taste other than bitterness.

M Full due to huge hops, grapefruit tastes but also a carbonated business and big ABV. A big beer.

D Not great due to biggness but above average due to interesting tastes.

Notes: I feared this beer since I am not a big hops fan but it proved to be enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 01:07:36 | More by adamette
Photo of Baconisaveggie


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, into a goblet:

Pours as a deep ruddy amber with a rocky one finger off white head. Leaves nice lacing, but little retention.

Huge malt and American hop smell. Notes of dried fruit, citrus, pine and mint.

A surprising tart start that builds intensity until the middle of the mouth, quickly replaced by a sharp hop bite. Maintains a continuous, yet comparably subdued maltiness. Dries out very quickly with a bit of an alcoholic warmth, once the hops kick in, which continue through the aftertaste long after the swallow.

The alcohol makes the mouth start a little thin, but as it hits the middle of the drink, fills out wonderfully, for a smooth, if not once again dry, finish.

Good beer for late fall or winter. Would be a good digestif, or a delicious, dangerous night cap. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 05:55:00 | More by Baconisaveggie
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.48/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 05:20:28 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Floydster


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two 5 ounce samples at Naja's Place 1st Barleywine Festival in Redondo Beach both yesterday and the day before, one of the brews from option three, 2008 vintage

A-Color is an amber with lighter red tint, 3/4 inch off white creamy head that lasts a couple minutes, some retention, limited amount of lacing
S-This barleywine smells more like candy than any other one I have had to date, lots of fruit and malt would be an understatement, some pepper, light hops, bready aromas, mild spice, lots of caramel, and some pine
T-This one starts off with a big caramel flavor that stay through the middle with some candy-like fruit, hops show up in the finish and are rather piney until the beer warms, gets way too sweet for me later on with a rich malty flavor, needed more hops for balance and to offset the other things going on, still not bad tasting but not strong enough in certain areas
M-Medium bodied, on the thinner side for a barleywine, moderatel level of carbonation, sweet, boozy, and sticky mouthfeel, taste lingers for a few minutes with sweetness
D-Could not drink much of this mainly because of how heavy and sweet it is, the nine percent is not hidden very well, does not go down easy once it warms, pretty pungent

I have held off on buying bottles of this forever, so I am glad I got to sample it a few times, cannot believe that of Avery's 19 beers, 11 of them are over 8% ABV, this is definitely one of them but I think this one will improve more with age than a lot of the others, this is a decent barleywine from the Colorado brewery, I might drink it again, worth trying

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 18:15:37 | More by Floydster
Photo of Fatduck


4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden tan with a fluffy almost white head. Smells like Hops and malt, in vast quantities, I am currently excited for my first sip; its smooth and rich, sweet and hoppy. This has to be my favorite barleywine, not too sweet, not too dry. Its chewy and smooth and goes down quick, I can see this becoming a favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:51:47 | More by Fatduck
Photo of BarleyMine


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer at Market of Choice in Ashland, OR. This is is a great brew that pours a rich light mahogony color with a nice thick head that fades to a thin, partly cloudy, head. The smell is sweet and spice. The flavor follows the smell with a prominent floral sweetness resembling Sherry and Burbon and an excellent hoppiness. It carries a rich, semi-thick body without being syrupy and the carbonation is just enough to balance the thick ale qualities.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 04:22:20 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of DrKnoskelson


4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber/red with nice clean head

Very strong hop aroma immediate upon opening of bottle

Very complex flavor. Malty, but counter balanced with very bitter hops.

Alcoholic initially with gives way to sweetness of the malt which gives way to bitterness

Highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 01:04:28 | More by DrKnoskelson
Photo of bheilman


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great barleywine. I like most of Avery though, so I might be biased. It seems to have more of a hops flavor than most barleywines. Of course the malt dominates the taste, but the hops does creat a nice balance and a sharp initial taste with a smooth long run mouthfeel. I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:23:37 | More by bheilman
Photo of paco1029384756


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is brown with slight pink, white head.

Scent of sweet raisins some fruits and a fairly strong presence of hops.

Taste is hoppy with some citrus, sugars ad fruit. Reminds me more of a strong ale than a barely wine.

Clean mouthfeel with bite from bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 23:46:41 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of coldmeat23


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark amber/light red garnet in color. Nice one-finger head which dissipates rapidly to almost nothing. Fairly good lacing.

Big sweet maltiness mixes with sharp spicey hoppiness. Fresh yeasty bread. Nice pine and slightly pepperey.

Spicey/pepperey hops bite that is quickly balanced by a sweet caramel malt punch. Pretty big pine and grapefruit notes. Not quite the malty profile that I expected for a barleywine style. I think I'll set a couple of bottles in the cellar to revisit in a year or two and see what happens to them.

Feels good, yet kind of lighter than expected, for the style. Would benefit from abit more body.

This is quite a drinkable bottle of beer. If I wanted a barleywine, though, I might reach for something else, before this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 21:15:10 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours languously, a thick bronze-copper colour, with a big head of fine yellowish bubbles. Not a lot of carbonation present, and what there is takes its time wallowing in the syrupy body. Lacing is excellent. Looks good.

Lots of hops on the nose, resiny pine, grapefruit and citrus. Not a huge sweetness to it - this is obviously the American hop-heavy style barleywine. On the nose at least, it could easily be mistaken for an American IPA.

Early alcohol heat hits with a tangy sweetness mellowing across the palate. This then dissipates leaving a crisp, but slightly blunt hop bitterness. I don't know if it's the heavy body, but it's not as sharp on the palate as the nose (or the "100 IBUs" on the label) would have you believe. There's a dark sweetness, like fruit compote, there which dampens the attack of the hops. Mouthfeel is sensual smooth, which also helps the drinkability.

This is a very pleasant beer. The sweetness sets it apart from what would otherwise be a high-alpha IPA, but it's a very complementary sweetness, which goes well with the hop character. I found myself enjoying this one a fair bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:12:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a beautiful, translucent, dark reddish brown. Nice head and bursting with hop fragrance! I know barleywines are supposed to be strong, and this one definitely was. After the hop punch subsided there was a strong boozy presence that stayed on the palate for quite a while. Not a bad brew considering the excellent smell, and relatively pleasing taste, but definitely a sipper - not based on abv, but flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 04:57:12 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of bhalter8


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprisingly thin, cream colored head when poured from the bottle. It is a beautiful, crisp amber color, and rather light carbonization.
The smell and taste with this one are intertwined, due to the strong hops presence. I like the hop infusion, here, adds more character to the style, but definitely a diversion from your typical barley wine. I found the hop aroma to be stronger than some souble & imperial IPAs I have had, in fact. The hops help with the taste too, it tones down the bite some barely wines have.
The I found the texture of the beer to be far less syrupy than others indicated. Actually, again, rather light for the style.
In the end, a great barely wine, not your average take on it (almost makes me think of Sweetwater Donkey Punch) though. Hard to say this one is for everyone, but I like the hops, and found it to be far more drinkable that your average barely wine.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 21:21:42 | More by bhalter8
Photo of jwinship83


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- ruby body with a finger sized sticky off white head.

S- very hoppy. probably more so than any other barleywine that ive tried. sweet malts in there as well

T- again, very happy. massive malt presence too. great hoppy aftertaste

M- thick and syrupy. a slight warming as the alcohol goes down.

D- very pleasant surprise. when i picked this one up, i wasnt sure if i wanted a barleywine or a DIPA. this was a great compromise. something ill be sure to pick up again. too potent to have more than one of, but its something ill have pretty often.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 03:04:41 | More by jwinship83
Photo of scruffwhor


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper, ruby hue.No bubbles, but a good one and a half finger head right after the pour. This lessens to a film of foam that almost covers the whole ale. The aroma is a hoppy mint mixed with freshly milled and toasted caramel malts. Plus a black pepper aroma to boot. The malts have a mild touch of biscuits with some honey lingering amidst the overall hop bomb tha is this young barley wine. The palate is thick and full bodied, bu the IBU's seem to overwhelm the tast buds. I like young barley wines as much as well aged ones. But this onewas a bit too much for my palate. The aftertaste lingers way too long with the same resiny, funky hop palate. Not bad, but a bit over done with the hopping.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 04:19:58 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of orangemoustache


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a bubbly three finger head that is somewhere in between tan and a light brown,it does leave some big patchy lace as it drops to a quarter inch cap. The nose is sweet with citrus tendencies and overall very hoppy and caramely sweet,I hope this taste as wonderful as it smells. I am in luck because this bad lil pig is flying high. Very hoppy,yet just as malty,awesome balance,but still leans to the citrusy,pine like hops that my taste buds crave. I also taste some subtle oak barrel flavors as well as sugary caramel. The body is full and has a nice roughness to the finish,a coarseness that adds depth and is needed because the alcohol is so well hidden. Lingering sugar coats the pallet and if you enjoy a strong aftertaste like I do,you will get your moneys worth. This is some dank azz beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 04:44:55 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of SirSketch


3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Half inch of very frothy, off-white (slightly yellow) head. The color is light brown with golden hues. Intriguing, but off-putting as well.

S - Tons of pine-like hops. Some malt character, but definitely overpowered by the hops. Much grapefruit scent as well. Seems more like an IPA or DIPA so far rather than a barleywine.

T - Loads of hops flavor and extreme bitterness. Very earthy. Medium to full body with noticeable carbonation. I had some trouble drinking this one

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 20:19:52 | More by SirSketch
Photo of JBuff41413


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my second attempt into the barley wine genre, I was not disappointed.

A- True amber color with a 3/4 inch pearl head.

S- Citrus, pine, and sweet candy come through.

T- Great citrus flavor, nice bitterness with sweet candy at the end. After each sip the alcohol gently warms your chest. Very good taste.

M- Somewhat thick with a nice slickness to it.

D- Slightly less drinkable than my first attempt (stone guardian barley wine) but I could probably handle 2.

Overall a very good brew from Avery and I can find it a few of the LQ stores close to my house so it will probably be a monthly choice for me. Give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 04:30:14 | More by JBuff41413
Photo of Roeters


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head, slight redish color

S: Sweet, slight hop aroma, little alcohol aroma

T: Starts good, slightly sweet syrup flavor. Finishes well with a citrus hop.

M: slightly thick, good carbonation, with a little alcohol release in the back of the mouth and passing thru the nose.

D: Wish I had bought another bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:51:29 | More by Roeters
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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