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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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1,749 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,749
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 51
Gots: 150 | FT: 2
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 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.

JBuff41413, Sep 03, 2008
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

Roeters, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangish-brown pour. Centimeter head with a bit of retention. It's a bit lacy and cloudy.

S: Citrus and piny hops with a toffee sweet smelling malts.

T: Nice citrus/piny hops with a smooth toffee/caramel malts. The beer is incredibly bitter, which is awesome. Not much malts come out, unfortionately. Pretty mild for a barley wine.

M: Syrupy with some carbonation.

D: Yes.

swizzlenuts, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Barleywine. Pours a cloudy orange/amber with a nice big off-white head. Head retention ok for the octane level. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is rich: grapefruit and hops.

Taste is great. Reminds me of a slightly sweeter, more approachable aged Bigfoot. There are some caramel malts to balance out the citrusy and piney hops. There is a good initial hops bite that mellows in the mouth with balancing malts.

Mouthfeel is rich, no annoying heavy alcohol taste. Drinkability is good. I had an accident with the last half of the bomber and greatly regretted having to wipe it up rather than drink it. A very nice experience.

JayQue, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Decent, amber with a good head and lacing.

Smell: Good actually, a rum raisiny, typical barleywine sort of thing.

Taste: Lots of sweet fig and raisin malt upfront with a surprising amount of hop flavor in the back, good hops too, noble hops perhaps? The finish however leaves a film, like the tannins from wine and it...well it's no good, anyone else notice this?

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, creamy as a barleywine should be.

Drinkability: Due to the tannins I had to rate it only a four though I must say I like this beer and barleywines in general.

Stonebreaker, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. The appearance here is a really nice clear ruby copper color topped with a thick fluffy off-white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with some fruits and a much less noticeable malty note. Big hoppy flavor, tangy, sweet caramel malts, warming and finishes with some candy-like grapefruit hops. Sour hoppy aftertaste. Overall I found this to be an excellent beer.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, red-orange with a quarter inch of head. You can almost see through it, but it's a little hazy.

Smells hoppy and citrusy.

Taste is quite good. The cirtusy and piney hoppiness come through first, then it is balanced off with some caramel malts. Nicely blended together. The caramel comes in and out of the hop bitterness. You're left at times wanting more of it, then you get it. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Excellent brew.

Deus1138, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz to goblet, pours a foamy reddish golden amber, creamy eggshell head. Pours big and creamy, head fades eventually to wonderful lacing

smells of deep malts, tobacco, leather, hot alcohol plays off appley, sweetness, and super hop bitterness

tastes of sweet hot alcohol, heavy! malts, yum!, fantastic, very deep, bitter bitter hops assaulting the mouth, thick and creamy, loads of complex flavors, towards the end of the bomber the columbus hops pop like crazy, super bitter - almost like a fusion of a DIPA with a barleywine

mouthfeel is thick and creamy weight, good carbonation, bitter, bitter, bitter!

another wonderful treat from avery!

drxandy, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich deep amber color with two fingers worth of tan head.

S- Smells of floral hops, biscuit yeast, and rich malts

T- Leads with a touch of citrus and floral hops then moves to a nice balancing malt character and finishes with a little hop resin

M- Slightly viscous with a moderate carbonation

D- I have to say this has to be in my top 3 barleywines. I really enjoy the amount of hops that Avery put into this brew really balances the richness and sweet characters that I find often overwhelm. A very good beer.

UA8, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of donaldchapman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery 15th anniversary vertical tasting

A - A clear dark reddish gold color, good lacing, and clarity.
S - Dominated by a pine like hop aroma, with very slight hint of malt.
T - Like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the piny hop flavors, extreme bitterness and enough malt to back up the hops.
M - Full body, a slight astringency from hops, and a good alcoholic warmth.

A - Very similar to the 2008.
S - Pine like hop aromas begin to subside making a nice balance between hops and malt.
T - Like the aroma, the hop bitterness and pine flavors are decreasing and provide a better balance with the malt and alcohol flavors.
M - Similar to the 2008 with a bit more smoothness.

A - Similar to the other two. Slight haze
S - Malt has become the dominate aroma in this beer with a pine hop aroma backing up the malt sweetness.
T - Very malty with a balanced bitterness and hints of the pine hop flavors present in the other two.
M - Like the other two full bodied, with a much smoother feel do to reduced astringency.

This beer really changes with age. I would say depending on your taste for barley wine you will either like the older or the newer the best.... I think the 2008 was the best because of the immense pine hop aroma and flavor, however, the 2002 bottle had a great malt complexity and still have enough hops to clearly make it a barley wine.

donaldchapman, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap in an Unibroue Tulip at the Flying Saucer KC. This beer pours a murky amber with a big, creamy white head, that left huge lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is bready hops. There is also a big malty sweetness that comes through in the nose. The taste is west coast hops, grapefruit and oranges. Then comes this odd malty barley taste. It's the taste that I really don't like in barleywines. I find it really off putting. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. All in all, it just seems like an average Barleywine/DIPA..

hwwty4, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown ruby color with a white head that leaves slight lacing

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with a good a mount of hops

T - Starts with the sweet caramel malt then finishes with bitter hops and a touch of alcohol

M - This is a medium bodied beer with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good barley wine that I enjoyed drinking its worth checking this one out sometime

armock, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of grs8313
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1pt. bottle pours an amber color with very fine bubbles and 1 finger of head. Head hangs around.

Smell: Buttery and hoppy notes with a slightly astringent sour smell as well.

Taste: Loads of hop flavor, slight alcohol flavors and a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than water, but not syrupy, leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: One pint and I would be good for a night. Leaves a hops flavor on the pallet that could overpower other beers, so it would be best to end with this one. Enjoyed this beer, would love to taste it after cellaring.

grs8313, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in to goblet from tap

thin head on an amber body

sweet hoopy smell of citrus and pine

big hoppy taste that has a strong malty follow

mouthfeel is a little oily due to hops with a thick taste

great beer. for a barleywine it is not too hard to drink

aubuc1, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-dark brown with hints of red. Poured a finger of a rocky tannish head. Laces very well.

Smell - Bitter piney hops. Slight, slight malt on the nose.

Taste - Pine, grass, caramel, citrus, malt... probably in that order. Slightly strange balance, and biased towards the hops - possibly more so than even their Maharaja. Finish with a bit of honey and burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - Strong character to it with a good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability - Needs a slight bit more malt balance to counteract the hops, and this would be a surefire winner. I still will enjoy this 22oz bottle.

Note: This beer partners some Teryaki Beef Jerky phenomenally well.

sevopie, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of mgp80
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an oversize wine glass. Looks nice, maybe a bit on the lighter side for a barleywine. Head is light and doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is pretty hoppy in a grassy sort of way, with some sweet malt, ripe fruit, and alcohol aromas following that in quick succession.

Carbonation is light, mouthfeel is nice and viscous. This is a little unbalanced IMO in favor of bitterness. There is some nice caramel and plum going on somewhere in there but it's hard to get at it. I think I'll grab another one of these and cellar for a year or so. As it is, it's nice, just closer to a DIPA than I was expecting.

Drinkability is, well, it's a barleywine. My bomber is treating me right but I'll probably call it good after this one.

mgp80, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalace with a very deep copper color, big, rocky head and lacing left that was quite impressive
Smell was malty with the aroma of Chinook hops spilling through. Fruits and a bit of alchohol noted as well.
Taste was very smooth for a 9 1/2% beer. Sweet malts well balanced by the hops. Finishes with a nice, bitter end and a slight burn of alchohol.

Enjoyable beer to sip on.

dmamiano, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cherry garnet with a dense white head that has a lot of "IPA" behind it. Aroma confirms that as the hops rule, piney and sugary sweet, some grapefruit and caramel there as well, but the pine scent of the hops dominates. The mellow caramel comes through more in the taste, which is surprisingly smooth, lots of bittersweet grapefruit. A lot of sweetness comes from the malts, while the hops keep it in balance, though the sweetness shows through a bit more despite some impressive hoppiness.

A tremendous brew, on par with Great Divide, Sierra Nevada and Victory in the barleywine style.

saintwarrick, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright amberish-orange with a 2 finger foamy off white head that had good retention. Visible carbonation was very good.

S: On the nose was sweet caramel, with spicy dried fruit (plums, raisins) along with some alcohol and a nice floral hop bitterness of pine.

T: sweet caramel and green apples, which soon progresses to a dry floral hop bitterness of citrus and pine. A big hoppiness balances things out against the huge malt sweetness fairly nice. There is some spicy oranges and a light candi-sugar sweetness as well detected. There is some slight alcohol presence from 9.2% but otherwise is covered up pretty well with hops and sweet malt.

M: full and viscose while very creamy and smooth.

D: Overall a big hop intensed barleywine style that should be drunk and savored by itself. Warms up nicely releasing a dried fruit presence and floral hop bitterness that defines this style.

beerthulhu, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first barleywine. I remember not thinking it was that great - however, I know my palate is now far better trained to handle hop bombs like this, so it's time to revisit this baby.

A - This barleywine is fairly light in color, a very clear reddish-gold. Head doesn't stick around, but there are some bubbles clinging to one side or another of my trusty big-beer snifter. A few swirls brings the head back into play a bit. Pretty nice.

S - I get a big hoppy pine sap and maple syrup aroma, some watermelon, and a lot of pungent overripe guava for some reason. Some alcohol evident. It doesn't take much for a barleywine to have a big nose, but this is really nice. Give it a few big swirls in your snifter and you will understand.

T - On first impression, this comes awfully close to being a DIPA. Very hoppy and bitter at 100 IBUs, but it's a controlled, dialed-in hop profile. Fresh and piney with a dash of juicy grapefruit, the hops make themselves known right off the bat for certain in this hop-centered barleywine, but don't rape and pillage your palate, giving way to a fleeting malty sweetness, then a long hoppy aftertaste.

F - I like it when very hoppy beers are not abrasive, and this isn't. Quite full-bodied, as you'd expect.

D - As with most barleywines, it's a sipper. One bomber is easily enough. It's very close to being a DIPA, but there's enough malty sweetness and alcohol presence to nudge it into barleywine territory, in my opinion. It also has that difficult-to-define extra level of aromatic complexity you would expect to find in a barleywine over most DIPAs. Still, I would suggest this heartily to DIPA fans looking to get their barleywine on.

Patrick999, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber with flying pigs on the label, poured into my Delerium Tremens snifter that has pink elephants parading around all over it, looks like a recipe for a fantastically good time! The drink pours a rosy-amber with a finger of creamy beige head that retains at a foamy sheet and leaves thin filmy rings of lacing.

Smell is hoppy, with floral, evergreen, and citrus notes atop a solid pale-malty, bready, toasty caramel backbone.

Flavors of tart char-grilled oranges, with grapefruit juice and toasted nuts escape a bitter wall of oily hops. Alcohol is definitely a presence, though more as an essence in the aftertaste than a flavor right up front. Pine wafts through, with Granny Smith apples attached, along with fermented honey.

The drink is smooth and medium-bodied and very drinkable despite the potent 9.2% ABV.

cvstrickland, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Bronze, with nice head, but it dissipates quick.

S - Citrus, flowers, and light malt.

T - Citrus, flowers, light malt, and some caramel.

M - Very smooth, well-balanced for a barley wine.

D - Much better than last year's example. May need to be reclassified as an Imperial IPA. Kinda missed on some maltiness.

MisterClean, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a rusty brown, reddish, under a big off white head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Smells of big citrus hops backed by a good base of sweet maltiness. Grapefruit and lemony hops dominate.

T: Citrus again, more rindy then the nose. Grapefruit. Medium bitterness with a lingering citrus in the finish. Not overpowering at all. Tangy with some hints of caramel and toasted malt.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, moderate level of carbonation. Decent drinkability. This is a really good barley wine. Very impressed. Drinks like a slightly smaller beer but the hops let you know what you are getting into.

NCSUdo, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Heritage liquores in St. Paul

rigerous pour from a brown bomber into a tulip. white, 4 finger deep head. Retention was moderate, with decent amounts of 'Dawn dish soap, meets water' laceing.
Color is an off red brown with an amber touch.

Smell is very hoppy, pine mostly with some floral dry hopped aroma. Sweatness wafts hit my knose as well. There is some spicieness to the scent. I cant quite tell what it is exactly.

T&M Carbonation with a creamy texture up front. Sweet malty caramel through the middle with the citrussy hops. Mostly grapefruit, with a good dose of pine and some more floral honey hoppy notes. At the swallow I get another tinge of carbonation, hop oil, alcahol warming, then there is the spicieness again. I cant lay my finger on it. Its not bad either, its a mystery spice that adds to the mystery on this delicious beer.
Through the swallow I'm at a dry finish with a moderate hoppy linger. Theres is something like mustard in there or somthing. As it warms I get a mustard type of flavor, or mustard seeds. ???

I really liked this. It wasnt really what I was expecting at all, I like its mysteriousness. I cant lay my finger on it, but somthing in there is a puzzle to me.
Most barlywines I've had are a bit more sweet, without emphasis on hops. This one is the other way around.
The 100 IBU's are pure sex on my tounge. Great beer Avery.

Buebie, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle: Aroma is caramel malts, with a dry hoppiness, and sugar. It reminds me of how root beer lollipops used to smell when I went to the doctor as a small child. Appearance is a clear, grainy copper color with a medium sized tan head. Flavor is quite hoppy, big malts, candy, caramel, sugary, and very small plum note. Palate is sugary, sweet, and every so slightly dry. Overall, It's pretty good stuff. A bit to sweet for a barley wine, but you can't notice the high alcohol content and is very easily drinkable. It's good.

demitriustown, Jun 17, 2008
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,749 ratings.