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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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1,693 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 47
Gots: 129 | FT: 2
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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.

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Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a shiny, hazy amber, ready to embed bugs for all eternity. A finger of off-white head drops to bubbly hillocks in moments. Runes of lacing code the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasty sweet caramel malt dances with dry citrus hops and raisins and cherries glance off a flash of pine. The alcohol is mild but omnipresent.

Upon sipping, the malt is sweet and fruity, with caramel and blueberry joining dried sloe. The hops deliver a frame of grapefruit and pine, nicely crisp and lightly floral. Crusty baked bread comes through in the grain near the close before the IBU's take over and draw to a lingering bitter finish. It's got enough going on, and going for it, to be interesting and enjoyable.

Medium bodied, at least initially, it slides away thinly, though the bitter glow is lasting.

LSU just got screwed out of an interception, but this beer is helping to make it a bit more bearable. It's big, bitter, and brash, but it's also well-done and fun to drink. It's not complex so it's easy in spite of a hot and heavy ABV. So hopefully Notre Dame wins when pigs fly, and if I'm not truly in heaven, at least I'm plenty far from hell.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 15:40:41 | More by Foxman
Photo of jordanmills


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a moderate amount of varying head that laced out as it went down. Smells a tad sharp but not hoppy. Tastes nice and sweet, balanced with moderate hoppiness. There's something complex in there but I can't quite place it. Feels smooth on the tongue with a clean finish. I'd put down a few of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 21:42:09 | More by jordanmills
Photo of mjc410


2.15/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared with Br. Forner in an amazing brother-building event.

The pour into my snifter raises a thin layer of surface bubbles, which are just a tad tan. The legs on the beer are quite nice, very thick and viscous. Lacing is certainly impressive, considering its ABV. Quite hazy, with a golden copper body. The nose is filled with juniper notes, and a strong caramel profile. Almost burns the nostrils - seems to have a high alcohol profile. The first taste does not impress me - despite the IBUs, the beer doesn't showcase much bitterness: the first and foremost taste is alcohol. There is initial hop bite, but the flavor recedes quickly. There's a bit of bisciuty malt, but not much. This is the most watery BW I've had - there's just so little there. The carbonation is adequate for the style, though. A lackluster BW.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 07:05:47 | More by mjc410
Photo of RobertDwight


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

This beer pours a crystal clear reddish congac color with a little white head that fades away. Strong whiffs of lovely citrusy hops and some alcohol though..not harsh in anyway but very welcoming. Tastes of yummy hop flavor and bitterness, balanced by a good malt profile. Mouthfeel is pretty good, and this beer can be consumed quite easily. I would really like to stock up on this brew especially since it is so decently priced.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 06:35:15 | More by RobertDwight
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish mahogony with a pretty large tan foamy head. A nice head for a b/w. The smell is strong with dark fruit and a real "bisquity" aroma. Very bakery like. The taste is also filled with dark fruit and bread yeast,but also has a real hop flavor to it. This reminds me of Bigfoot. A very good beer,but hoppier than most b/w's. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well,although the hops do overpower this abit. A damn good beer that should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 06:41:21 | More by jmz62565
Photo of joe1510


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

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

100 IBUs. I could smell the citrus the second I opened the bottle. Hog Heaven poured a dark ruby red that shown bright red in my palm when held to the light. Fairly clear. The color is really nice. There was a one finger slightly off-white craggy head that fades to a half finger but stops there.

The nose makes my mouth water uncontrollably.There is a big sweet caramel backbone. As big as the caramel is the citrus hops just blow it away. There is bitter orange peel and fresh squeezed orange juice. A few pine needles in there as well. Slight alcohol as the beer warms. The smell is excellent. I can't remember smelling so much orange in any beer I've had in the past.

The taste isn't as bitter as I anticipated. It's nicely balanced but I was expecting a hop bomb. A solid caramel backbone hits hard first and is followed by a hop wave by mid-palate. There's a more pine in the flavor than the nose. The pine pushes through the malt and really shows itself in the finish where things dry out. A moderate bitterness lingers till the next drink. Very nicely balanced. Big malt and big hops hold each other in check.

Feels viscous as it crosses my lips but when in my mouth and on the swallow it's really not. It's on the heavier side of medium and slick. There's a good amount of carbonation that pushes everything through. Finishes dry and lets the bitterness come through.

Drinkability for a big beer is superb. Everything balances out so nicely that it would be extremely easy to drink this way to fast without realizing what you've been doing.

I think back to Bigfoot and as I drink Hog Heaven I actually think I enjoy this a little more. It's not as intense which is something I really like but the drinkability is where it's at with this barleywine. Avery Brewing did an excellent job.


Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 01:44:56 | More by joe1510
Photo of SchaefMan


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

I got a couple of 22oz bombers of this, just to try the variety.

It poured a dark reddish brown, with a thick cascading light tan head that hung around to lace the sides of the glass as I drank.

The smell was malty, with a hint if what may have been black pepper, but I am not sure.

Taste was also malty, with a definie hoppy finish. I am not so much a fan of the bitter finish, but the taste was rich and full.

Mouthfeel was sort of viscous, and smooth, with decent carbonation. Very pleasant.

Drinkability was lower because it was sort of filling, and I couldn't see myself drinking more than 1 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 15:05:51 | More by SchaefMan
Photo of BeerSox


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into snifter.

Clear ruby-red amber color with a light tan head that reduces to a frothy cap at a medium pace. Strong lacing along the glass.

Strong piney and citrusy hops are the dominating aroma with bits of alcohol in the background. Light sweet fruit flavors become available as the beer warms.

Citrusy bittering hops are in the forefront with a touch of sweeter breadlike malts. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. The warming alcohol is well hidden behind the hops. The finish consists of acidic hops that linger for a while and some drying alcohol.

This thing is a major alpha oil bomb. According to the label, it rings in at about 100IBUs. This one is along the lines of an American Double IPA as far as hop bitterness goes, however it has a little stronger malt presence. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 03:51:44 | More by BeerSox
Photo of geexploitation


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark, honeyed amber, bordering on brown, with an impressively tenacious off-white head. At lower temperatures, huge grapefruit aromas; as it warms, the malts come out, so those grapefruits mix with grahamy sweet notes from the malt. The taste is very fruity initially, but some rather tight doughy notes come out next. For a barleywine in this style, its pretty balanced between hops and malt, but it's very bitter. Mouthfeel features low carbonation, slippery, thick malts, and harsh hop oils. Overall, this is a big, well-made barleywine in the American high-hopped tradition. Well done, but I don't see how any human could drink 22 ounces of it in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 05:46:42 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Vancer


2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one aged for almost a year, so I can’t believe it wasn’t a smoother brew. The pour started out nice – bourbon cola brown, only a thin, but lacey tan head.

The aroma was also promising with notes of a sweet molasses and bourbon combination.. But wow, the taste was a real let down – harsh woody and grassy flavors. The brew was more IPA than BW – it really needed tons more malt. Popped me with a dry and alcoholic punch.

Maybe I had too high expectations with Avery – I’ve really enjoyed their other offerings. This one goes to the retry pile – someday, someday.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 12:42:58 | More by Vancer
Photo of Osiris9588


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

This reveiw is based on a 3oz sample poured by brewmaster/president Adam Avery himself at the Spagio Cellar's October Beer Social.

It pours a rusty copper color witha frothy white head. The smell is typically barleywine--plum, a variety of spices, and some hops. The taste is strongly hoppy, with pepper and corriander, grain, plum, grapefruit and other citrus notes, and a flourish of alcohol.

The mouth is big and complex, some fruit and sugar in the middle, and finishes drier and hoppy on the back palate. One of the more enjoyable barleywines I have sampled--will revisit for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 03:17:39 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of AlesRTasty


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

A - amber, white head with minimal lacing
S - hops. little alcohol aroma
T - hoppy (of course), also little alcohol flavor. nice long lasting hop bitterness. powerful brew.
M - thick mouthfeel, low carbonation, tingle of alcohol

good brew. this is a bw that i'll probably buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 03:12:00 | More by AlesRTasty
Photo of BlackJeremiah


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A: Deep copper in color, this lives up to its gluttonous name with a decadently thick, foamy head that laces against all it touches.

S: An IPA-ish hop presence--pine tar and hop oil, mixes with biscuity malt scents. Malt is not as present in the nose as in other barleywines I've tried.

T: A unified taste, whose flavors are initially difficult to discern. Definite hop flavors, but not as oily as they smelled. Malt center is bitter, toasted lightly but not burnt. Biscuits, potato bread. Alcohol is definitely present, kicking peppery noted all throughout. A very interesting, hop-bombed take on barleywine.

M: Slick, light compared to some other American Barleywines--a bit more English in this respect. The mouthfeel is perfectly suited to the 100 IBU, massive-hop nature of this one.

D: The light feel and crisp hops make this one deceptively quick-drinking. Doesn't play close to the vest with the style, incorporating serious DIPA elements. Takes some chances, but succeeds admirably.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 15:34:46 | More by BlackJeremiah
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great copper coloring and an excellent head that commits itself to the whole consumption. A standout in this category.

Smell: Has a surprisingly mellow woody smell with a little citrus, honey, and & a liberal dose of hops.

Taste: Sweet & sour, wonderfully blended. All the stuff I mentioned above, with a touch of apple towards the end. Great finish leaves me dry & thirsty for more.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warming the tongue at the end of a nice malty massage.

Drinkability: One will be enough for now, but this won't be my last one of these babies.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 05:07:50 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of hoppymeal


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper to murky brown in color with a cream colored small head. Some rich caramel maltiness in there, but the hops are king in the aroma with some vitamin c orange citrus. Als a little of the alcohol presence is discernible in the aroma. The alcohol comes in bigger in the taste as do the orange vit c hops. The sweet malts are there but subdued in the background. I do like a hoppy barleywine but was hoping for some rich malts tonite, maybe they would show a little better with some age in this beer. A nice am barleywine, the alcohol was a little over the top in the flavor for me at first but it mellowed/ I numbed to it part way in.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 02:51:42 | More by hoppymeal
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District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been impressed with other offerings from Avery, hopefully his will continue that trend. This beer pours a hazy dark-amber color with a moderate head. The smell is much like other barlywines, with a large malt presence and a kiss of hops throughout the nose. The taste is big, but nothing that really blows you away. There is excellent carbonation which lets the tastes dance on the tongue without getting to tired or overdeveloped. There is a distinct malt taste, but before it gets too sweet the bitterness of the hops comes in. In terms of barlywines this is on the lighter side, but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 22:23:14 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of kirok1999


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear dark amber with a small head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S- Very sweet malts and a nice dose of hops thrown in. Smells fruity and citrusy.

T- Sweet malts up front followed by nice hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Almost too balanced for a Barleywine, which I expect to favor the malts. Still a great taste, citrusy, sweet, caramel.

M- Thick and smooth.

D- Very delicious and easy to drink. Dry enough to leave you wanting another sip real soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 01:30:58 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Hibernator


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

Hog Heaven Barley Wine
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a brandy snifter

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Pours a hazy amber brown with a rocky head on top. The fluffy head eventually turns to a thin lace. Random trails of sticky lacings cling all over the snifter.

Intense aroma with an emphasis on hops galore. Whiffs of citrus fruits and pine.

Thick and juicy malt backbone with hints of sweet caramel swirls and dark fruits. Zesty citrus quality rings through with strong hints of orange and lemon. Earthy pine and dry wooden flavors are finished with a massive hop punch on the finish.

Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink for a barleywine of this strength. Becomes more enjoyable and complex as it warms. A pleasant sipper and nicely crafted by Avery.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 18:47:39 | More by Hibernator
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a not quite opaque dark amber into my piraat glass and smelled of caramel malts and piney and spicy hops. It left about a one-finger head and plenty of spotty lacing as i proceeded to drink it down. Some tiny bubbles of cabonation where noticeable. It taste a little less hoppy than what i would of thought from the nose and what i remember from having tried this beer before... on second thought however, i guess it is pretty hoppy, but just shrouded in a nice malty blanket. You might find some cherry and plum flavors in there too... kinda drinks like a DIPA. The mouthfeel is nice; thick, full and creamy with enough carbonation. This brew could turn into some heady stuff if you wanted to drink a few... most definitely worth a try, at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 02:09:10 | More by unclederby
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North Carolina

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

Pours a clear ruddy color with active carbonation and a half inch head of creamy foam. The head retains as a beautiful sticky, frothy covering and leaves thin bubbley lace on the glass until the last drop is gone. Aroma is strikingly hoppy at first; pungent and almost DIPA-like. The hops are floral and a bit citrusy along with some dark fruits. Under it all, a rich-ish bready maltiness with some caramel and spicy alcohol - very nicely complex nose. Taste is fairly well balanced - as suggested by the smell, the hops are huge. Floral notes transition into candied malts...a hefty bitterness tries to cover up the bright alcoholic warmth. Rather than a big maltiness, I seem to get a toasty impression afterwards. Mouthfeel is a-ok.

This is one crazily hopped barley wine. A very tasty strong ale that's actually not too hard to handle. Seems like its worth cellaring a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 04:28:19 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooo. The brilliant orange golden, auburn color lights up under a lamp. I can clearly see all the little carbonation streams rising up to the cream tinted soapy layer residing at the surface of the brew. The head is small yet tight bits of lace begin to form without hesitation. Aroma is giant and fresh. A punch of hops, sweet malt, bits of barley and a mild spicy alcohol all merge together to form a delightfully balanced barley wine. The large hops are great. Tastes like the citrus, pine and floral hops are weaving throughout honey soaked bread malts. Texture is extensively smooth and softly viscous with a bitterness that extends beyond the finish. Delicate alcohol tingles the tongue and throat as I find myself deeper in the glass. This is one of the most drinkable barley wines I’ve had. It is far from an assault on my senses but it has definitely taken them over.

This is up there on my barley wine list, along with the trusty Old Ruffian.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 04:27:26 | More by tastybeer
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, very clear, medium height head of off-cream color. Beautifully tight bubbles with great lasting power! Doesn't smell like a BW. Weird. I mean, it's very light, airy, fruity. Weird. Ah, right, 'cause it doesn't taste like a BW. It's not bad, or anything, but they could have just called it a DIPA, you know? I mean, really. It's pretty darned light on the malts, light on flavor, and heavy enough on hops. Ok, yeah, most of those hops are just bitter, but you still get a taste of citrus in there (especially in the nasty aftertaste). The body, like the flavor, is way light for a BW. Weird. What were they thinking? But, hey, drinkable? Sure. As a summer beer and definitely not as a BW!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 21:07:39 | More by charlesw
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, light amber with a very thin yet foamy head that is consistant throughout the enjoyment of this beer. The aroma is very sweet. The nose is a nice mix of fruit and floral elements. I was very impressed with the taste of this beer as it has a large range, taking you from from quite sweet to bitter in a very smooth transition, with the aftertaste maitaining this bitterness. The mouthfeel is of crisp, strong carbonation but it is not dominant or overpowering-- it still allows you to enjoy the ale's sweetness. The presence of the alcohol is also present in the taste, but ever so slightly. This beer is drinkable, but I couldn't make it a session ale. However, this takes nothing away from how enjoyalbe this is. A great of example of just how damn good beer can be. Buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 02:52:29 | More by Neehan
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no freshness date

Pours an amber brownish ale with iced tea like foamness with no head that klings to the glass with dear life. Scent of floral hops and rich cascades pulminate my oversized tulip glass. Very similar to an IMP ipa. I detect barley in the nose aswell. Full of flavour and a lot more body in the finish than other barley wines I've had.Lots of hops and citrus in the flavour very much like an ipa so this does well with me. A true beer for any hop head and my fav so far for this style . The only downfall for this is the 9% abv so I can pretty much just drink one. Props to Avery who has nailed it again!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 20:19:55 | More by boulevard2
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darker amber color, with a one finger head. Large sheets of lacing are left behind as you drink, and a blanket of foam remains on top of the glass throughout. Quite surprising considering the ABV.

The aroma is delightfully filled with citrusy hops, and a bit of caramel. Reminds me of many imperial IPA's, but with a touch more malt character. No alcohol present on the nose. The flavor is incredibly round and balanced. Malty and sweet up front, hoppy (citrus) and slightly bitter on the finish. Flavor lingers for quite a few minutes. Mouthfeel is heavy and full, and doesn't beg for another sip.... this one lets you savor the flavors. Despite the ABV, this one is dangerously drinkable, and hides the alcohol well. Towards the end of the bottle, you do begin to feel a bit of warming in your mouth, but only a little.

Once again, Avery amazes me. I simply love every single beer of thiers that I have ever had. This one does not disappoint. Although it doesn't NEED it, I would be curious what would happen to this in the cellar for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 02:09:09 | More by phisig137
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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