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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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Ratings: 1,882
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 59
Gots: 179 | FT: 6
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002

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 JackWeizen
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MMM, I like this beer. Presented in a 22, with foil around the cap. Flying pig art and pinkish label are very cool.

The beer pours into my taster glass clear, and orange with a bit of red depending on the back lighting. An agitated pour gave this a nice 1 finger head which slowly backed off to a thin well laced top.

The smell of this beer is the high point for me. Being a homebrewer, I love when I can really identify a single ingredient, and this beer shows me what the Columbus hop is all about. The nose is really just fantastic. I feel like I just walked into a hop garden in late summer.

The taste lives up to the aroma. Alcohol lets you know you are drinking a barley wine. Hops are strong, but bitterness is appropriate. Maltiness is complex. Hard to nail down. I get hints of citrus, pine, resin, caramel, raisin, hay, and even a little toffee. Smooth...

Mouthfeel is inline with style, and my expectations. Good carbonation. strong body, but no sugary aftertaste.

I'll finish this and need a mid afternoon snack. One is enough, but only because I don't want to be drunk with half a day ahead of me.

All and all, a really good barley wine. I wish it had a date of some sort. I also wish I had a case in my basement. I recommend this beer to people who like American barley wines. The dry hopping does so much for aroma, but its really not a bitterness bomb. Bitter, yes, but not over the top.

Photo of bort11
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Tight finger width head that leaves a spider web of thin lacing. Color is a clear, but dark copper red.

Smell is a blast of Cascade hops and honey sweet malt. Taste is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops. Mild caramel malts balances it out.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily with a medium/light body. Mild carbonation. A very approachable barleywine. Not over the top.

Photo of whynot44
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice clear chestnut colored brew with a big creamy off-white head that retains well and produces lots of nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is big, lots of pine needles, citrus and caramel with hints of fresh bread, raisins, vanilla and alcohol.

The taste is along the same lines, a blast of pine and grapefruit up front, quickly moderated by a rich caramel malt with some hints of raisins, apples, cherries, scorched wood, and chocolate. Finishes dry with another lasting kick of pine needles and alcohol warmth.

Full bodied, but smooth rather than chewy. almost too easy to drink, try to take your time and enjoy. Definitely a barleywine for hop-heads, very nice, like a malty DIPA. This is one that might mellow and improve even more with age, if you can put some away for next winter.

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

Beer #35 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/4. This is supposed to be a super heavily hopped barley wine. Let's see...

A: Ruby-amber body into a snifter. A dense, light-tan head retains really well. Good clarity. Good lookin brew.

S: Awesomely big, rich aroma. Hops are certainly there but don't scream out. Huge toffee and caramel notes wlong w/ raisin, cherry and vanilla that meld. Hops are citrusy w/ some wood. This is actually not nearly as hoppy as SN's Bigfoot.

M: Med.-full body, low carbonation. Very full M.F., chewy and viscous.

T: The flavor is intense and quite complex, I like it. Big, fat toffee malts along w/ dark, boozy fruits and just a kick of alcohol make its way in. The hops hit initially and in the finish w/ an assertive, rounded bitterness and some wood and resinous notes.

D: A great example of the style, it's huge in every way. A year has done a LOT for this one, as the hops are at a good level which balances the beer much better. Good drinkability for the style. Go pick this one up, but be careful in fresh examples, those hops can kill.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a bright and clean reddish-orange with a thin, foamy, off-white head.

I actually had to smell this beer twice because I thought I was mistaken. I smell sauerkraut. Not overwhelming - but definitely present. Also note some hop, malts, and chocolate.

Luckily, there was no kraut goodness in the taste. Very hoppy with citrus and grass yet also has a nice malt balance to it.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, warming, and moderately carbonated.

I'm so glad that Avery started distributing to Missouri. This is a really nice barleywine that I'll be having again.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty transparent oak brown. Nice big, cream colored, dense head. The head stayed for almost 5 and lots of lacing.

S: I can smell this across the room. Nice and hoppy! Lots of sweet smells; raisins, malts, apples and vanilla. Pretty good smell of alcohol as well.

T: Delicious. Really nice and bitter. Bitter on the front, then sweet, then finishes bitter. Very balanced. No taste of alcohol. Little bit of raisins and earthy/wood. Also yummy caramel.

M: Great carbonation. Not all that thick, but it is chewy. It is also creamy. Very complex.

D: Add it too the list of: "not a bad barleywine at all". Liked it very much!

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber and cloudy. Superior lace on the side of the glass. Great head that long lasting power.

There's a surprising amount of hop bite to the smell. Of course, there is a heavy malt base and the alcohol is noticable.

The flavor matches the aromas very closely. With the high level of floral hop, I might have thought this to be a double IPA. Lots of the cream and lactose sugars. Full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Nearly an extreme beer, but still very drinkable.

Photo of srobertson59
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber:

Note: This is my first Barleywine...

A - Pours a beautiful dark chestnut with plenty of ruby/garnet highlights. Generous foam form at the top of the glass with tight-knit bubbles leaving the top surface looking like a meringue. Small bubbles slowly rise to the top of the glass. Lacing is abundant!

S - Citrusy hops hit the nose followed closely by some caramel malt. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate follow.

T - Follows the nose fairly closely. Not a very sweet brew; nice blend of hops and malt. Can really taste the dark fruitiness. Like biting into a chocolate covered cherry with caramel inside as well. Little citrus makes it to the tongue.

M - Smooth. Carbonation and alcohol are barely present. Thinner than I had expected, but not weak. Post swallow, I could swear I tasted a burnt wood note which reminded me of a campfire.

D - Very good. Seems that the flavor blend was better at colder temperatures. Had to chill it back down at the 40 minute mark (yeah...I'm a slow drinker; I like the journey).

With this being my first venture into Barleywines, I'm quite pleased with the outcome. I'm a very solid DIPA kind of guy, so I was pretty scared of the overly sweet possibility of Barleywines. This one didn't hit that. Instead, it seemed a well balanced brew not too dissimilar from a good DIPA.

Photo of ChazMania
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled. Pours a nice cantalope/amber color. Very little head. Aroma is sweet and crisp. The flavor is big, bold, very thorough on the tongue. There is a big hop/pine flavor with a metallic like tinge on the backside. It does not seem as overly sweet as one of the other barleywines that I'm familiar with. A good winner of a beer here.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- nice uniform 1in tan yellowish warm gray creamy milkshake consistency head. brew is slightly hazy maraschino cherry with orange highs and some rising bubbles. head has good retention and makes lots of sticky lace rings that dry up like snot.

S- super toasty caramel toffee, malty sweet biscuit, hearty bread, toasted marshmallow, a bit of floral mildly citric hops and some creamy yeast aromas, but the malt dominates here. also dark fruit, aromatic wood, and roasted nuts like pecan and cashew.

seems much like a DIPA...

T- crisply bitter and pungent w a sherry grapefruit twang then a caramel apple pineapple sourness, limestone, mineral water then a thick layer of toasted malt sweetness to balance things out. hops are herbal and perfume, dripping with resin. despite all this, i expected more bitter, but when i curl my tongue the full bitterness hits and makes me jump hahha. very clean burnt orange bitterness in the dry finish.

MF & D- velvety smooth and medium carbonation, still like a DIPA. puckering solvent-like astringent finish. gets syrupy when it warms. a great brew but like all things with this much flavor and alcohol the D gets a little low...

Photo of chefnash51
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head, with a Carmel Brown body. Sticky lacing all the way down.

Sweet hoppy nose, raisins come to mind.

Strong malty body, balenced with a citrus, fruity punch.

Love the mouthfeel, feels thick and wholesome, almost bready. Creamy.

I drank half the bomber and had to leave to pick up Chinese. 40 minutes later, Carbonation stayed the whole time.

Went well with seaseme chicken.

This bomber was in my cellar 5 months. Had everything I look for in an American BW.
At the price, this will be a regular Barleywine to keep on hand.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with orange tints and a tan head. Good lace.

Big hop presence followed by sweet fruityt malts. Caramel and toffee with a touch of alcohol.

A big caramel malt presence and ripe fruits are followed by sharp citrus hops.

Nice creamy body with good carbonation. An extreme version of the style, but well balanced and very good.

Photo of Tilley4
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One beautiful looking barleywine here. It almost glows a nice dark amber color. Smells both hoppy and malty with that familiar barleywine aroma of sweet malts and fruit as well. Bigtime grapefruit on the front end with a nice smooth parlay into a sweet malt on the finish.

I loved this barleywine a lot. I actually think it's every bit as good as Old Ruffian and Bigfoot. It's widely available to me too. Awesome...

Photo of CortexBomb
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour is deep orange with a very thick white head on top. Nose is big and floral, exceptionally hoppy, easily up there with the aggressive American style barley wines in that category.

Tastes starts out heavy on the ruby red grapefruit, pine, resin, with sweet malts balancing it back out in the middle. Alcohol on the finish, some warming. Long aftertaste. Slightly above average but not exceptional for the style.

Mouthfeel is decent, but against other beers in this style it is sub-average, it actually feels thin in the mouth relatively speaking. Drinkability is good but not remarkable. It's a tasty, drinkable barley wine, but there are a number of others that I would buy before it.

The bottom line: If you're looking for an American style Barley Wine you can do a lot worse than Hog Heaven. It has a big grapefruit presence, and a long bitter aftertaste which fans of the style will likely enjoy.

Photo of medic25
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Nice orange color with a good-sized foamy head. Strong hoppy aroma, more than I expected from a barleywine. Taste was enjoyable; again, more hops than I expected for the style. Nice aspects of malt and pine; very smooth drinking. This beer seemed more like an IPA than a traditional barleywine. This was not what I was expecting given the style, but a very pleasant drink.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a duvel chalice.

Pours a clear, bright copper body with orange & amber highlights. A fair amount of carbonation persists, fueling a well-retained, almond head. The aroma smells more like a double IPA than a barleywine, but that is quite alright with me...bring on the hops! Piney & resinous, the hops are, balanced by a crisp, sweet malty backbone. A faint touch of alcohol peeks through.

The flavor is mostly hops with a decent blend of peppery spice, caramel malts, and a warming alcohol bite that complements the hop notes (not inhibiting them like some ABWines tend to do). The mouthfeel, like the aroma, is very IIPA in style: bubbly, crisp, with a steady hoppiness and a warming, boozy aftertaste. Despite the hefty ABV, this was a joy to drink, and I had no trouble finishing the bomber all by myself (aren't you proud, mom??). Definitely one I'll pick up again.

[EDIT: ages incredibly well--at 2 years, it was a beautiful blend of rich caramel & toffee malts with a nice hop flavor. Bitterness had faded a bit, but still good. Reminiscent of a nicely aged Bigfoot Barleywine]

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Troegenator pint glass

A quick examination of the bottle reminds me of the moe. song, Buster, which I happen to just throw in (6-15-03, disc 2), it only seems fitting. Also written on the side of the bottle, 100 IBU's. That makes for an interesting barleywine. Silver foil on top, absolutely useless.

A very aggressive pour yielded a huge yellowish-cream colored head, very rocky and pillowy in nature. Body is an orange amber, crystal clear with very light carbonation.

Big hop nose. Smells of ripe ruby red grapefruit and tangerine. Usually you smell the warmth of the alcohol, not in this case. Not your typical barleywine smell at all.

Taste mimics the smell for the most part except the warming effects of the alcohol show up and leave a very light sensation on the tongue and throat for a good while.

The mouthfeel is probably the best thing this beer does. It is very cool and easy on the palate, lifts away effortlessly. Which leads into the drinkability...a good barleywine hides the alcohol, this one does just that pretty damn well.

This is way hoppier than I like my barleywines. But I really can't complain about this guy. It's pretty good.

"Up so high not an oink could be heard
Pig can fly..."

Photo of chefboy812
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I want to say that this IS my favorite Barley Wine Ale. so far and I have tried a lot.

Poured 22 oz into old scool blue collar beer glass. 45-50 degrees

orange brown with a milky blue haze and an almond head that rises 2 fingers and fade slowly to a swiling cream that leave huge foamy sip marks.

Big Madiera scent mixed with tart apple and citrus with nice caramel notes. maybe a little pine and mint.

big grapefruit hops with tart fruit esthers abound. Nice caramel back bone hold up to the ABV. not too hot or Rummy.My upmost favorite AMERICAN barley wine style.

Nice full chewy Mouthfeel. I love the hang on my tounge fruit and resin.

A solid ameriv

Photo of DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There has been one bottle of this sitting at my local liqour store for some time now. The bottle has some marks on it. Putting those factors together, I'm guessing the bottle is at least one year old (given it's a winter release). On to the beer:

Into an Old Guardian glass it goes, the beer is a hazed copper-orange color with an everleasting cream head with a dash of orange color. From the aroma, bitter hops and piney notes rise with a touch of grapefruit.

The aging seems to have smoothed out the beer. The ABV is high, but it is felt minimally in the beer. The journey starts with some semi-sweet chocolate and caramel, then the hops kick in to provide soft grapefruit and more piney notes. The body is smooth and not over the top. Airy biscuits leaves a light touch in the aftertaste.

This is the kind of strong ale which you can consume at a faster rate than sipping mode. It's not over the top, which makes this a winner for most days.

Photo of dsa7783
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not even a particular fan of Barleywines, but I really loved this one... an outstanding sample from Avery, bursting with flavor, richness, and character... Appearance is a very appealing copper-bronze, slightly ruby-red color with decent head that soon dissipated... Smell is unbelievably complex, with a thick, rich aroma bursting with malts, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet candy... Flavor strongly complements the smell, with thick maltiness, vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel notes... incredibly heavy and thick flavor lingers on the tongue, with a good mouthfeel and surprisingly easy drinkability for a hefty 9.2% ABV... malty sweetness cancels out the alcohol and you are left with an all-around outstanding brew... Recommended...

Photo of AndySR15
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Walked into BevMo and was so happy to see some Avery beer I grabbed one of everything they had and two of the Hogs.

A - A amazing dark redish copper color that you can barely see through. No sediment of any sort.

S - Very malty sweet withs nice hop notes, nicely balanced.

T - Nice crisp malty start with a lingering hop finish.

M - Not as thick as I was expecting it to be. Nice light feel for a Barleywine.

D - Awesome!! You can easily drink two of them.

Extremely happy with this purchase. Highly reccomended.

Photo of reeder
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board, this was a good beer. Everything about it screamed "Barleywine" to me. It smelled, looked, tasted, and felt exactly the way I would expect from a barleywine. I'm pleased because I have recently tried several offerings from Avery that have been somewhat disappointing. There was nothing exceptional about this beer. Unfortunately, this review is probably not very helpful if you do not know what I expect from a barleywine. But, if you want to find out, try this beer.

Photo of diamondc
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second bottle I've had of HOG HEAVEN. No freshness mark of any kind .. just an 07 etching on the bottom of the glass. High in alcohol and hops so I have no worries about this beer going bad.

Appearance - A pretty bronze with red tint .. lots of bubbles and some head that fades too quickily. Lots of sticky laceness already showing up.

Smell - Oh man.. I can sniff this beer all night. The aroma reminds me squeezed orange skin. Hints of fusel alcohol .. maybe some pineapple. I really love this aroma.

Taste - Started out at 55º .. a harsh bitterness not unlike DFH 90 Min IPA .. leaving the tongue a bit dry. Some sweetness underneath that hop punch. Definetly fruity but hasn't developed into something I can recognize.

Going back to smell.... this one is tops. Citrusy hop .. fresh pine trees... and yes more fusel alcohol. Usually this is a negative, but this combination makes me want to sniff even more before taking a gulp.

More Taste - warmed up I get hints of lemon, melon, pineapple ... and finally cherries. These tastes are so noticeable, every gulp is meant to be savored. The bitterness is masked so well, this one almost goes into Double IPA territory. Granted I've only had one barleywine before (Bigfoot) and from what I can remember that was harsh bitterness with not so much sweetness. This is the perfect marriage between DIPA & Barleywine.

Mouthfeel - Warming up this one is so smooth and silky. The carbonation settles down on the bottom 1/3 of the bomber.

Drinkability - well, one bomber is good enough for one day. I'm getting a nice buzz already. To have a second bottle would be to cheapen the experience in my book.

This beer is a great value .. $4.99 for a bomber at the local liquor store. It's not something I would have everyday, but on a cool night like this one, this one fits the bill.

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

Poured from an Avery 22 oz. bottle as a reddish brown brew with a fluffy light brown head. I bought this about a month ago - there is no freshness or bottled date so I don't know its age. The aroma shows malt sweetness and hoppiness, which carries through to the taste that also includes a degree of spice and carbonation. The alcohol becomes more warming at the finish. I don't feel like I am in heaven, but the warmth and spice is welcome on a cold winter evening.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a orange red caramel color with a small head that fell in a minute. It smelled of strong hops and sweet caramel. the taste was great it had of course a strong hoppy flavor (duh its a barleywine) but it also had some citrus, malt and caramel flavors. The bitterness was pretty strong because of the hops but quickly mellows out in the after taste but it causes a bit of dryness in the mouth during that time. I doubt I could take down two of these in a row but it was good for one bottle.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,882 ratings.