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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,835 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 53
Gots: 163 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002)
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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Reddish-brown body. A lot of lacing.

S: Caramel, cherries, hops.

T: Caramel malt, lots of bitterness, grassiness from the hops. Rather harsh.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: Kind of an eh barleywine. This reminded me a lot of Old Horizontal, so I'm giving it the same rating.

Photo of MiScusi
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's delirium cafe in sierra madre.

Dark reddish, nice cap of foam on top. Smells like a malty, sugary, fruit bomb. The beer is way too sweet for me. Cloyingly sweet. I don't find a lot of balance offered here by the hops to cut some of the sweetness.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my goblet, this beer looked really inviting, a beatiful biege head left copious amounts of lacing down the side of my glass. Looks scrumptious.

After taking 1 whiff, i detected a very fruity, and sweet almost candy like aroma from the malts. But the hops are definately not to be outdone here, the citrusy goodness store the show in fact. Wow this beer smells good.

The taste did not let me down, after the beauty and amazing smell, it only gets better on the tongue. Incredibly sweet candy like malts. It kind of reminds me of madarin orange spice tea, but with an extreme slap in the face from the hop bitterness, they linger on and on.

This is definately a full bodied sipper, and although the alcohol is well hidden, it does make a bit of an appearance as the beer warms, which only makes this great and complex beer even greater. My overall opinion: After having this delite i will make a point to get into more American Barley wines, as this one was exceptional.

*as a side note, ironicaly i was watching a special about monster wild hogs on the discovery channel while i drank this, LOL

Photo of Cheers
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Slightly opaque orange brown

S - Light hoppy aroma with the smell of sweet barley coming through.

T - balanced nicely. Very sweet, but bitter enough that the whole thing works well. One of the best barley wines I have tasted.

M - Thick and oily coating the mouth nicely.

D - I am surprised I got through the whole 22 oz. bottle on my own. Then again, I have yet to find a barley-wine that leaves me wanting a second?

Photo of CMitchell
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass: Brandy Snifter

A: Dirty tan color, nice off-white head.

S: Malts, lots of hop nose, can definitely smell the Columbus hops.

T: Alcohol shines through along with the Columbus hops, citrus and pine, a bit on the sweet sides.

M: Thick and big.

D: Felt this beer pretty good after I was finished. Next beer I make is going to be an American Barley wine

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Nick3
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my Rochefort chalice is burnt orange in color and forms a 2 finger head that dies after a couple minutes. Nose is great and is dominated by malt and caramel. Taste is similar to the nose but the beer is balanced well by the right amount of hops. Definitely some sweetness to this BW but it's not over powering and it makes it quite drinkable. The ABV is hidden really well considering the strength. Definitely enjoyed this beer.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into westmalle chalace burnt orange (hsss) with a nice thin white head that stayed there long enough. Good lacing. Smells very fruity with nice hints of the malted sweets. No apparent alcohol smell to it, which is nice for 9.2%. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and fruit notes. But it just isn't as strong a flavor as I'd like in a barleywine. Mouthfeel is excellent, just the right amount of carbonation and slight hint of alcohol. This is a very drinkable barleywine. I'm not sure how old my bottle was, but the label looked fairly aged around the edges (faded and slighty roughed up corners).

Photo of aristeros
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark, translucent orange, like a cloudy iced tea. Almost no head, goes from a half finger to nearly nothing, white. Smells of lychee, pineapple, hops, sweetness. Exceptional aroma.

Very hoppy, and you get it at the first sip, then the sweetness, finishes bitter, with all the hops of an IPA but more subdued. Significant tropical fruits on the middle, more of the lychee (kind of like fruit cocktail, if you've never had this), but the sweetness is only on the back end and not overpowering.

Clear, refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth, and great drinkability for its strength. First barleywine for me, so take this review with a grain of salt, and if it's characteristic of the style it'll be a new favorite really quickly.

It'd be a waste to pair with food. Have this one to sip after the meal.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours sort of a murky orange. Very good foamy off white head. This is looking good and I'm glad it comes in a bomber.

Aroma smells of sweet British malt and toffee. A slight chemicaly pine note to it too, but it's not unpleasant. Malt definitely dominates the aroma and makes it very inviting.. it's sorta like "Hey, don't be afraid of this 9.2% ABV beer. Why don't you drink 22 oz of it?" Or at least that's what I think it's telling me. Even though this is an American barleywine, everything points to me that this is more of a British one.

Taste begins with the somewhat dirty taste of a British amber, followed by a mix of pine and citrus with neither hop really dominating or controlling the flavor. Slight alcohol tinge to it, just enough to make you remember you're drinking a Barleywine. A lingering toffee flavor stays on the tongue, which makes you want more.

Mouthfeel is great, but I think it could benefit from just a touch more carbonation. This is also one of the most drinkable barleywines I've ever had. The luscious malt character really makes you want to drink a lot of these.

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

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, dark amber color with a thick, foamy head that took awhile to dissipate. Heavy lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell: Malty, with a little citrus.

Taste. Actually had more of a bitter, hoppy flavor with, a malty finish, opposite of what I expected from the smell. The malt came through more as it warmed.

Moutfeel: Smooth, a little light. Almost silky.

Drinkability: It was easier to drink than I thought it was going to be.

Photo of LiquorLockerVP
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
A muddy tan, orange color with a bit of fuzz. While the head disappeared almost instantly, it did have a very beautiful "hello" albeit quickly. The surface bloomed from orange to a tight cluster of white, before disappearing. Very little, if any lacing.

Smell:
Raisny, citrusy, hoppy and boozy. Very sweet, but with a tubby sour funk. A deep pull gives you that nice upper nose alcohol burn. Lots of orange and lemon peel going on. Razor sharp and tart, but candy sweet. The hops are super prominent.

Taste:
The huge hop character in the nose carries through like a beast. It's like my tongue just got wrapped with the rough side of velcro. Phew, thats hoppy. Not a whole lot of sweetness going on, a taste almost like chewing on a lemon rind. I say that for comparison sake, not knocking the beer for what it is. I could see if going with something spicy, or a nice creamy cheese. More refreshing than I had expected. Wait, wait. A MILD sweetness as the beer warms up, still bitter though.

Moutful:
I would say the moutful falls somewhere between medium and light. It foams up a bit, but nowhere near the way a flabby beer does. The palate feels needled afterwards. One characteristic I love is the throbbiness left by a higher alcohol beer. Sadly that component is absent, for while the mouth feels roughed up by abrasive hops, there isn't much burn.

Drinkability:
For a barely wine, it is very drinkable. It doesn't have any cement gut feel too it, and the absence of sweetness doesn't get you sick of it quickly. If your tongue can handle the bitters, and your liver the high alcohol content, you could put down a few of these.

Photo of BeachRez
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

The appearance was a perfect deep color with a incredible head. It held for a while, and left a nice lacing.

Smell was very subtle. The taste was very very good. Just had a mild boozy flavor with a lot of hidden taste following. Seemed very strong and didn't just fade.

I had this a couple of days ago, and half way through, had to stop drinking after my daughter starting puking on her first taste of guacamole. I will do a follow up review.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 12/28/08
Avery Brewing Co.
Hog Heaven B-Wine
22oz. Bomber
9.2%, 100 IBU's

Again, thanks for this one mom! Awesome Christmas tasting.

Appearance= Vigours pour into pint glass (I know..) yields a nice off white, 1 finger head. Almost muddy looking. Not black, not brown, but a redish brown brew. Great looking Beer! I'm just staring at it.

Smell= Alcohol, hops, sweet caramel malt backbone. It's all there. Do I smell a little citrus?

Taste= Heavily malted. Can taste the alcohol, yet it's not overpowering in any way. It's not "hot." Love the taste.

Mouthfeel= Great! On the thicker side. Creamy if you will.

Drinkability= I'm really enjoying drinking this beer. @ 10% along with the creaminess, i would have to say it's not highly drinkable. It is however a very delicious and great looking beer. A good english style B-wine?

Photo of buyaa
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Small head, but i poured slowly. Very nice lacing on the side. On my glass it left an almost spider web lacing, sadly the most interesting part of the beer. Color is a lite leather color with hints of red.

S: Powerful alcohol smell with woody tones. Reminds me somewhat of Jack Dainels. Has a little bit of a spicy sweet smell slightly reminsent of a triple.

T:Very strong alcohol throughout. It states 9.2% and i believe it. Malty beginning with nice smooth flavor that moves into a dry hop taste. The hop lacks the usual oily american hops sometimes have. More of the flavor peaks through after it warms up some. has some spicyness similar to a triple, but not to that extent.

Overall: This is only a sipping beer as the 9.2% kicks pretty good. Let it warm up and split it with a friend (or 2!) It's a shame it tastes as strong as it is as you can taste a good beer tring to poking through.

Photo of meatmallet
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick beige head. It left a thich ring of lace around my glass.

Smell: Spicey and floral. I also detect pine and hopps. Very sweet and earthy.

Taste: A sweet creamie taste in the beginning turns into a bitter hops with some citrus acidity. It also has a great malt taste to it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very smooth and well balanced. The alcohol is not powerful for being 9.2% ABV. Carbonation is really not noticable.

Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tawny coloured with a golden head. Decent retention, leaves a little trim of lace

S: Big, sugary toffee and butterscotch, banana, and a nice maltiness.

T: Butterscotch and a flowery flavour... a remnant of hops that once were? Some bananabread with a spicy note. Perhaps just the slightest bit papery.

M + D: A smooth shimmer of carbonation, not too asserive but not all too mellow. As barleywines go, this is remarkably smooth and easy to drink. A sipper for alcohol content alone... It's well hidden and goes down quite nicely.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the roadhouse BBQ in brookline, MA. served in chalice/goblet.

hazy, deep amber with orange tones. nice head slowly recedes to a thin foamy layer. nice lacing!

aroma is citrusy, pineapple, and whiff of spruce or pine, with instant of solvent or turpentine(!), but then pulls back to some caramel and more fruity tones (blend of apple, citrus, pineapple). hint of vanilla?

malty caramel flavor with lots of piney resins and citrus zest on top. more maltose, syrupy notes. candied apple. resiny hops give surprisingly moderate bitterness. more candied apple and even some diacetyl.

smooth, though slightly thinner than expected. mild resins in the finish. moderate, very fine and delicate carbonation is almost fluffy.

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $6.49.

Beer poured amber red with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is sweet and of floral hops. Taste is pretty well balanced, malts are plentiful and sweet blending nicely with a northwest hops. Mouthfeel makes this beer as it is full bodied and pretty darn smooth. Overall drinkability is better than expected as the hops are not off the chart like fresh barleywines are. Makes me wonder how long this was sitting when purchased. This is quite enjoyable and recommended to try.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Only my second Barleywine after the hop explosion of a Bigfoot.
This beer is much more balanced, but still hop forward. The cranberry red beer has a small off white head that doesn't cling. Hops and citrus in the nose, with caramel and sweetness in the background. All of that is echoed in the taste. Thin carbonation and the presence of alcohol burns the mouth, but it is rather pleasant. Two of these would waste you, though. Not incredibly drinkable. Good beer overall, though, I enjoyed this offering from Avery. Its definitely a nice contrast to something like the Bigfoot.

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

Standard 1 pint 6oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap and silver foil neck.
The label shows a flying hog in a cloudy sky in a pink frame.
Cloudy burnt orange body topped with an orange tinted creamy head with small bubbles. Good lace and retention.
Wet hop scent and barnyard notes with hints of caramel and brown sugar.
Dirty caramel comes to mind when tasting this brew, not in a bad way though, more as caramel with anise and herbs, very interesting and different.
Medium body with low coating, some residual sugars and a nice dry finish.
Great drinkability, good balance, interesting and enjoyable.

-Oelergud

Photo of grayburn
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter at around 50 degrees. Dark orange brew with a white foam a few fingers thick. There is pretty nice amount of lacing going on as well.
The smell is hop forward to say the least. Gotta love us silly americans. Behind the enveloping curtain of cones there is a little malt getting its ass kicked by a gang of alcohol.
The hops are the first things to attack your pallette and then comes...only alcohol. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of a malty thickness in this beer. The body was there, the mouth was there, but the overall effect on the tongue was just missing for me.
Because of the taste and the high alcohol that is a bit hot, this beer gets merely an average for drinkability. I might buy again to age, I just don't want to lose all the lovely hops.

Photo of Spidey13
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Hog Heaven pours a hazy, burnt amber color with a small off-white head that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice and fruity with some orange in there. Some raisin bread shows up with candied hops and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is sweet with lots of dark fruit/prune flavors. There is a bit of earthiness and a good amount of bitterness and some spiciness from the hops. There is also some roastiness lingering in the background. The mouthfeel is full with medium/low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice barleywine and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of naterock
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep red-coperish hue. thick rocky head that is very thick when it laces to the glass.

smell is very citrusy and strong hops. some caramel and a bit of a woody malt in the background.

taste is solid and strong like a barleywine should be. a lot of malt and a lot of hops. I like it but I have to say that I've had better (ex. Bigfoot, Backburner) drinks easy and is quite oily in the mouth. Solid overall and I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dokel

A-Deep clear amber/Copper broken head laces across the top and down the glass. Very good looking beer

S-alcohol, hops and malt all are pretty equal in the nose.

T-Bitter hop flavors seem to be the most noticeable with some bittersweet malt flavors and some spices. Very earth and grassy. Bready finish.

M&D-Nice medium body. Very smooth and easy to drink. Not an overly compex barleywine but very good. Easy to drink and something I'm glad I can get on a regular basis

Photo of wingman14
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with an off white head that fades fast but leaves lacing. The smell is very sweet with some subtle hop notes. The taste is sweet with some nice malt, finishes with a strong flavor. The mouthfeel is very smooth, a nice balance of flavors, not a very power ABV feel for such a high content. This is a nice drinker, not too overpowering, very enjoyable, a great barleywine worth checking out.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.