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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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1,679 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 876
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 127 | 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 Hoppington

New York

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking a slew of IPAs I wasn't sure what to get. My server recommend Hog Heaven. Malty, chewy, piney notes with brown sugar overtones. A very nice barley wine with a lighter than usual color. This beer had nice character with an excellent palate finish. Not overly sweet - sort of a cross between a heavy barley wine and an ale. Kind of like dessert!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 02:31:27 | More by Hoppington
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Hog Heaven pours a clear dark brown and red with a lot of head of course. The nose is fairly muted with what seems like a mild pineapple skin smell. The flavor is smooth with a fruity edge...maybe raspberry and oranges together....but just a little bit. Overall it is a smooth and even brew with little going against it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 04:09:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dfillius


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 10/1/07
A: When opened, foam came out of the top. In glass, the beer appears cloudy orange-red with a quickly subsiding head. A layer of foam sticks around.
S: Baked apple crisp, vegetal smell as well.
T: Quite bitter up front, upon closer inspection, I found this beer has 110 IBUs! Amazing! More of a DIPA in my opinion. The hoppiness is not well balanced with the maltiness.
M: Bracingly bitter.
D: Alcohol felt in my head, a little in my mouth at the last sip due to warmth.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 00:31:14 | More by dfillius
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass,

A: A cloudy amber ruby brown with a inch and a half quiet sandy head that buubles down a bit and leaves nice lacing as it goes, it is interesting to see that the head lasts without some kind of carbonation holding it up

S: You could have told me this was a DIPA when you handed it to me and I would have believed you, big greasy piny hops hit the nose, mellon, not bad just not what I was expecting, smells quite fresh as well so bonus points

T/MF: Open like a DIPA as well, but after some time in the mouth the beer begins to distinguish itself. Like I said before it opens much like a DIPA with a strong sticky hit of mellon and pine but as it warms a bit something interesting happens and the beer beings to attach itself to a different part of the tongue, on the first sip it was the back hammering home a tingly bitterness but then it moves off toward the sides and center of the tongue and I'm not going to call it bready because it certainly isnt, but it is a very distictive herbal or floral spicy note that I cannot quite put my finger on, very interesting. After a few sips the tongue is left feeling like sandpaper.

D: I really wasn't expecting this from a barleywine I was expecting something a bit sweeter and barleyier, but really this is a highly drinkable beer nonetheless and very fresh to boot, so I have no complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 07:02:23 | More by bluemoonswoon
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. 100 IBU's.

Clear, deep amber color. Medium sized, light tan, creamy head. Lively looking liquid (say that 3 times fast). Good legs & lacing.

Aroma was fruity, citrus and cherries, and herbal. Some earthiness. Surprisingly mild overall.

Taste was very big - big hops supported by a strong malt backbone. Surprisingly balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Sweetness comes across as cherries, oranges and some caramel. Hops were citrus in quality. Overall, more bitter than sweet. Nice, lingering, aspirin-like bitterness.

Medium+ body. Medium - carbonation. More sweet than dry. Alcohol warming hits quickly.

Very drinkable, scarily so for ABV. Probably the hoppiest barleywine I've ever had, are we sure this isn't a DIPA? I liked it a lot, a barleywine for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 18:25:10 | More by
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a straight southern english pint, thank you jasonjlewis for your most generous trade!

Pours deep orange with a incredible head, just poping the cap my nose was hit with delicious hops!! Aroma of american grown hops and a sweet caramely malt, very intense smell, I could dip my nose in the glass all night. Taste is very hop oriented with a sweet malt background to help it out. Very bitter but incredibly well balanced. A little more viscosity than usual in the mouthfell, I'd guess final gravity might be on the high side, but I'm digin' it.

I need a recipe like this, its freaking good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:01:44 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of ksbrainard


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange, maybe a bit toward brown, including ruby and home-made caramel colors. The head is decent and enduring.

Smell: Milk chocolate first hits me. Then I get a whiff of steely black cherries and raisins. There's a bit of alcohol in there. Then the hops come out. At first, it is a bit of citrus aroma, followed by other spicy hops, with piney scents, too. Cascade grapefruit aroma emerges as the beer warms.

Taste: Hops forward, middle, and back. Alcohol is a steady, but unobtrusive visitor for the entire process. I get hints of DMS throughout - maybe it is a misinterpretation of some hops combination? The hops early on have citrus, which thins it out a bit. I associate this with a Magnum bittering/Cascade flavor and aroma combination, and it fits in great here. I get a flavor of the medium dark roast malts, like Crystal 60. It's great - the alcohol is well masked by the absurd hops, which somehow manage to stand out among the rest of the Barley Wine style of flavors. This is balanced - actually perhaps a bit towards the hops side. I thought that was impossible. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel: It sticks around, no doubt about that. There are lots of hops and a bit of booze that make it last in your mouth. Of course, a Barley Wine should stick to everything it touches, but that can at times get to be a bit much. It is thin for a Barley Wine, but heavy for average beer - a combination that pairs with the flavor very well.

Drinkability: Awesome. This is an IPA Barley Wine. It is excellent and heavenly for enjoyable sipping. At the same time, it goes down easy, so you could mistakenly drink it fast. I only wish it came in 12-oz bottles so I could more precisely dose myself with this nectar. I did nibble on some Clawson Blue Stilton at times in this beer, which was nice, but it also held its own without the cheese.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 00:50:53 | More by ksbrainard
Photo of jakon


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased for $5.99 on 12-2-7 at Orenco New Seasons.

Pours amberish-orange with a cream colored head that stands tall and dissipates very slowly, leaving webs of sticky lacing in its wake.

The aroma is huge with citrus hop character such as tangerine and lime. The malt struggles to fight past this tremendous hop presence, but does reveal itself in the taste. But make no mistake about it, this beer is all about the hops. There is a faint candy-like sweetness that helps to balance out the pronounced bitterness, but the highlight of this beer is the citrus character. It'll be interesting to see how well this does with a bit of age behind it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 05:50:54 | More by jakon
Photo of letsgopens


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

Poured on-tap at Vintage, this interesting Barley Wine shines a bright amber copper with some golden highlights. The light beige head is thick, frothy and holds well. Nice lace results.

The aroma is hoppy with sweet fruit; citrus, apricot, and cherry. Malty with just a hint of a floral note. Appetizing and pronounced.

Nice and bitter; dry but still floral hoppiness. Some sweet citrus and good depth and additional light malt. Clean but heavy. Really big hops, especially for the style. The booze is present but not overpowering.

Heavy in texture with a velvety smoothness. Some good warmth, characteristic of the style. Very nice. Flavorful and complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 21:37:02 | More by letsgopens
Photo of mattster


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle was a gift. Thanks!

Poured into Snifter. Nice dark brown almost chocolate color. Amazing Bubbles and good 3/4 inch head that dies down to light lacy layer over top of brew. Somewhat hazy.

Very nice aroma. Not like hogs, hopefully like Heaven. I get hints of copper, dark fruit and barley. Suddenly, I want breakfast.

Taste is probably one of the best barley wines I've had. Not so bitter that it drinks slow. A good balance of sweetness that made it quite palatable.. Taste buds kind of off tonight, but in general, a good is earned after some lesser barleywines earlier in the week. Actually, I tried to streach this one out over a movie, and it just didn't happen. It was that good. The 9.2% is not detectable, but I know its there.

Right now, I wish I had a good steak to go with this brew. Maybe some spicy fajitas would be a good choice because of the slight yet present sweetness. I did try a tad of well aged sharp cheddar, but I think it was to late into the beer to have a noticable effect.

I have had Avery selections before, and this makes me wonder why I don't try them more often.

Thank you much to the friend who turned me on to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 07:44:12 | More by mattster
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Apperance: Brown/amber color with a great initial head and good retention.

Smell: Caramel malts and pale malts that are undertones to a strong cascade hoppiness.

Taste: caramel and pale malt sweetness followed by a nice cascade hop bitterness to balance. Nice huge sweetness from the malts and the hop bitterness is a nice compliment to the sweetness. Crazy sweetness and bitterness. Nice.

Nice carbonation and the oils from the hops aren't overbearing on the palate.

A good barleywine. One I will definetly try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 07:38:26 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of mcallister


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wicked looking barley wine that I could see next too Trent Reznor in an old NIN video. Ruby highlights, bright and clean amber with a large thick head that fades into some trace lacing but hold up very well considering the ABV.

One of those that from the nose I'm wondering is this a DIPA or a Barley wine? The thick toffee and caramel malt notes mixed with the fig and dates helps the realization of a BW. Very floral citrusy hops are juicy in the nose.

Good body, not overly big but no slouch. Alcohol shows through in the mouth with a bit of a straight whiskey feel to it. Defintely a sipper. The fig and tofee in this really help keep the hops at bay yet the hops overpower this young BW. This will age wonderfully and I'd much enjoy a year old bottle. A golden raisin quality with slight mollasses. Not hugely complex but sometimes they don't need to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 22:24:16 | More by mcallister
Photo of Kegatron


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz foil capped bottle into my Brewer's Art goblet.

Pours a hazy (that eventually clears out) medium dark amber with a medium sized off-white head that eventually settled down and left some great lacing. Aroma is straight up the nose thick with the huge grainy sweetness of caramel. Another deep whiff unveils fresh piney hots and some alcohol in the background.

Taste is a hugely smooth yet chewey malt background of caramel and oats. That is outset nicely by an extremely intense hop blast of citrus and resin. Bitterness lasts well into the finish and helps smooth out some rather noticable heat causing both to linger prominently on the palatte. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and viscous with a moderate alcohol presence that I think adds to it's beefy nature.

This is a great example of a big American Barleywine. A large and flavorful malt background balanced nicely by a equally huge hop profile and it isn't afraid to wear a little alcohol on it's sleave. A steady sipper for sure, that's quick to consume and one that I'm quite glad to have enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 21:08:02 | More by Kegatron
Photo of BeerManDan


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

When poured, the color was of a hazy medium amber with a reddish hue that pourd medium thick. The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose, also a hint of candy was evident. The taste was of a well balance of bitter and sweetness. The flavor was of roasted malts, hops, caramel and some sort of fruit. Can't put my hands on it, but it could be figs of a nature. Overall, the balance of sweetness and bitterness didn't over power the flavors. Another winner from Avery Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 22:59:43 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of genog


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an evening of pairing delicious food with two beers at each course. Great food, and great beer!

On this beer, Adam explained that they started making this over ten years ago which was before the double IPA style really came into popularity. He admitted that today this beer could be lumped into the double IPA. Another cool background story.

This one pours a copper color with a thick, and foamy off white head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass. Smell is piney hops, grape, thick malt. It definitely smells strong like a barleywine. The first sip reminds me of a barleywine, but the finish is not as strong. Reminds me of a Double IPA in the finish, and the mouth feeling. Not as harsh as a barleywine and almost as smooth as some double IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 03:11:22 | More by genog
Photo of NitroGen


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

P: 1 Pint 6 oz. Brown Bottle 9.2% by Volume with no date stamp.

A: slightly thick darl amber with a touch of red Robust three fingers of foam that quieted to a cover and huge lacing.

S: Delicious rich tones of caramel and brown sugar, raisins and figs. Deep and full smells that fill the nose. I could smell this one all night.

T: Starts with a hint of sour and bitter on the tongue and then blooms into a slightly sweet malt and smooth grainy finish that the mouth is trying to decipher long after it’s gone.

M: This is a great sipper so that needs to be savored. While it is huge in taste for all of the mouth, I find it a refreshing and complex as it changes notes as it warms

D: I like it a lot and will have again. A great way to end the day or after a great dinner. Damn, now I need to go out and by a smoking jacket, a dog and a fireplace!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 06:22:36 | More by NitroGen
Photo of akorsak


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL foil capped bottle.

A: The ale has a dark red, almost brown color, a deep ruby that is brilliantly clear when held to light. The head is two plus fingers of foamy mess that clings desparately to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is equal parts thick malts, grainy and fruity, and hops, bold and biting. Great aroma that fits in well with the boldest of American barleywines.

T: The malt body is not afraid to face off against hops. The end result is a bloody massacre in which there are no survivors. The malts are thick and grainy, like a mushy mouthfull of cereal. That graininess is quite strong, strong enough to stand alone without the hops. Luckily the hops aren't content to let this beer pass by. They are big and bold, even after sitting in my cellar for a few months. The citrus notes are pungent, strong and thick with resiny qualities. Pine notes add a tree-like (as my wife would say) profile that further softens up the malts.

M: Strong malts quickly yielding to thick, wet hops. Can you ask for anything more? This is a powerful beer, a solid creation from Avery.

D: If one is not careful, this bottle could be consumed in an hour or so, the flavors are that intense and enjoyable. This is a great way to end my night.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 00:42:41 | More by akorsak
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Bomber boured into RR Damnation tulip. Nice looking beer- hazy dark marmalade colour with surprising amount of head. Nose is super sweet- frankly scared me a little. I was hoping this wasn't sickley sweet. Taste- it is sweet, but not too bad. Sweet doughy malt, with piney woody hop overtones. There's a little earthy tobacoo as well. Finishes dry. Creamy mouthfeel, really creamy. Slides right down. The big IBU's really play well in this beer. Its worthy competition to its instate rival GD Old Ruffian. Close, but no cigar. Nice barleywine all and all.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 21:54:03 | More by oakbluff
Photo of 1759Girl


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

The bottle drew me to this beer, yes, I admit it. And having had a good barley wine from Stone recently, I was ready for another American Barley Wine...
Appearance> Opaque with a dark rusty color. The beer appeared a bit lackluster bubble-wise, and had a light ivory head with excellent retention and lots of lace.

Smell> Hop-o-rama

Taste> More complex than I expected given the smell. It had a very smooth start, light sweetness, BURST of hops, pause of resiny taste and then finally a very delicate finish. It seemed very characteristic of an American barley wine in that it was not as balanced as an English version, and had a good hop-intensity.

Mouthfeel> thinner than I like for the style, but still with small carbonation that was most enjoyable.

Drinkability> Hop lovers will dig it. I'm probably good for a couple glasses, but no more. If you love the style, you will find it probably too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 02:01:09 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Flying Saucer in proper glassware.

I usually write a lot of details on these reviews, but I am just going to say for sure one of, if not the best barleywine I have sampled to date (also a fan of Duck Rabbit's). I had to really try not to just drink it all up right away. Just give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 00:07:23 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

although this one looks, smells and tastes more like an iipa than a barleywine to me, what counts is that it is an awesome beer. slightly hazy dark amber color with a huge light tan head that has decent retention and tons of lace. Smells hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Piney, citrusy, yummy. Hint of caramelly malt in the background. Taste... the hoppiest barleywine I've ever had, and this one is fresh, so maybe it needs to mellow a bit. The hop taste is divine though, and there is definitely a sweet, caramelly, bready malt backbone. Full body. Strong drink. Easily and pleasurably quaffed by me, but this is a big big beer, and may be a challenge for some.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 14:40:09 | More by timtim
Photo of Tballz420


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper colored, medium khaki head. Fair amount of lace. Big caramel malt nose. Malt front backed up with some bitter hops in the back. This could fall into an IPA but for the advanced level of malt. Some lemony notes, a bit a nuttiness. Alcohol makes its way into the picture. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 05:52:25 | More by Tballz420
Photo of alexmpino

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good barley wine. Uncommonly smooth and great carbonation. just right.I have drank lots of different barley wines and this one is great. one of my favorites for sure. Also an important feature; for me at least, is how consistent this ale is. It's recipe is right on every time I've had it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 21:28:35 | More by alexmpino
Photo of Tolann


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cute label. The foil on the bottle cap was pretty, but annoying...

I usually shy away from barley wines, but I was assured this one had a good hop influence and wasn't going to be overly sweet. I'll agree to that.

Appearance - Reddish in color. Nice head, not too much. leaves a lace as it dissipates. Clear in appearance with few cascading bubbles
Smell - Sweet, but less hoppy. lemony/floral smell?
Taste- big kick of hops, yet still a little sweet. hops outlasts the sweet. not bitter
Mouthfeel - smooth feel. not a lot of carbonation, caramelly, not light
Drinkability - very easy to drink. Very enjoyable. Almost scary easy to drink knowing the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 03:27:52 | More by Tolann
Photo of biggmike


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with good head that stayed forever. Nice hoppy aroma with hint of citrus, grapefruit. Taste is hoppy and citrusy with a malty finish. Pretty well balanced. Tastes very much like an English IPA, but stronger. I wish I had some more of this that I could let age, but I live in Mississippi so unavailable here. Lacing was decent. Good, but to me, not great. Still, I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 00:30:04 | More by biggmike
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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