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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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1,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 55
Gots: 173 | FT: 4
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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 Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a clear light maple brown with a fine pillowy offwhite head. Retains as a film very well.

Smells of syrupy sweet malts with a hint of floral hops.

Tastes of piney, floral hops, maple and brown sugar malts.

Feels moderate with slight carbonation at the back of the throat and on the tip of the tongue.

Strong and flavorful. Excellent representation of the style. Good hops and malts. A definite must-try for fans of the style.

Photo of alcurtsinger
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a Tulip, this is my first barley-wine

A. Frothy beige head of about 2 fingers. The beer is of an red amber color.

S. Very strong, citrus hops, piney, a little too sweet

T. Malt dominance, but I also taste quite bit of hops

M. dry, crisp, smooth

d. Not too drinkable, one bomber was enough for me.

Photo of hardy008
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a 3 finger off white head with large bubbles and good retention. Smells like pine, grapefruit, and caramel malt.

The taste is hop forward, with pine and grapefruit, backed by a sweet caramel malt backbone. More bitter than sweet, but not a bad combination.

Full bodied, smooth, and the carbonation is a bit higher than I would like. Has a bitter and somewhat dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden for 9.20 %. This beer is worth trying, if you get the chance.

Photo of david131
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, deep, ruby orange liquid with a massive creamy bone white head that has great retention.

S- Caramel, pine, alcohol, citrus rind, and vanilla. Aromatic and enjoyable. About what I expect from the style.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with an emphasis on the citrus aspect. Sweet and malty with a good but not overwhelming hop presence.

M- Syrupy smooth and sweet with a lasting warmth from the alcohol.

D- A very enjoyable take on the style, albeit a bit on the sweet side. The alcohol is hidden well overall, and this may get a bit better with some age.

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to three inches of tan head. It is a copper colored offering. The aroma is some citrus hops and caramel malt. I smelled hops as soon as I started pouring into my glass. The hop flavor overpowers the malt. I was hoping for something more balanced. I'm not saying that it tastes bad. I just need more balance.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dirty Franks, Downtown Columbus. I got the first glass from a brand new keg.
A- Red. This beer is a very red colored barleywine. The head is very small but it lasts quite a while. It throws quite a bit of lacing.

S- Vedry hoppy but very malty at the same time. Its nearly balanced in smell but it leans towards the hops. Its very piney.

T- The taste is a continuation of the smell. Its backwards from most beers, the bitter hops come first then it breaks into a caramel maltiness.

M- Just shy of full bodied. Crisp, carbonated and nearly dry.

Photo of THORN
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Served 50-55 F.
A: Cloudy cherry brown. Thick frothy vanilla colored two fingers of heady. Thick splotchy lace left around tulip.
S: Hops, caramel, and citrus.
T: Citrus and resiny hops and caramel malts. Fruit character includes: citrus, cherry, passion fruit, and grapefruit. Bitter linger with nice alcohol component.
M: Medium on tongue.
D: Big beer. Flavor profile is very wide and covers alcohol well. I believe it is a bottle from 2008.

Photo of ncfrey
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken 4-15-2010
Bomber into New Belgium globe glass

a - Pours a gorgeous, port-like amber-red with a beige head of medium thickness that dissipates fairly quickly.

s - Big, resiny citrus hops and loads of toffee, with some subdued dark fruits underneath.

t - Slightly malt-dominant. The big, sweet toffee would be cloying, but it's well-balanced by the hops and a bit of toasted malt.

mf - Just shy of chewy, with decent carbonation.

d - One bomber sounds just about right.

I like this. Definitely an American barleywine, with a big hop kick, but more balanced than some I've tried. I'll definitely have to pick this up again.

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bluegrass Festival glass, on a hike.

a: Good head retention. Deep copper in color with a white head.

s: The aroma brings sweet and piney smells.

t: The taste is bold but yet balanced for a barley wine. Good malt sweetness and present hoppiness.

m: A clean dry mouthfeel.

d: A good, goto barley wine, not too strong, good for a session barley wine.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours reddish brown with a nice, fluffy head... a nice fluffy head that receeds away from the glass and looks a lot like cream. Weird. No visible carbonation, though.

The smell is a lively assauly of hops, citrus, some nice syrupy sweetness, and a bit of cinnamon.

The taste is mroe malty than the smell leads me to believe. Lots of deep, sweet, malty goodnes with a great hoppy bite. No hint of alcohol.

The beer goes down smooth andhas a nice creamy texture, much like the whipped cream look of the head.

This is a dangerous beer. It goes down like dessert with no indication of the punch it packs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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...

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.