Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Hog Heaven Barley WineHog Heaven Barley Wine

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 164 | 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:
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 Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Photo of Fatduck
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of BarleyMine
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.97/5  rDev +25.8%
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

Photo of bheilman
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of bhalter8
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of SirSketch
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of JBuff41413
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Roeters
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of changeup45
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of drxandy
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of UA8
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of donaldchapman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
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..

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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