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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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1,690 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 129 | 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 NClifestyle

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hate to give such a beer good ratings across the board, but something was a bit strange with this one. tasted more like a double ipa than a barley wine, not that it's a bad thing.

amber/orange with nice head. smells wonderful, spicy fruit before a sugar malt hit. taste is malty and nice at first, then a strong, sweet floral hop enters the mix, and dominates through the rest of the beer. great mouthfeel, medium to full, smooth, but some bite. i dig the beer, just seemed a bit off, although it does say barleywine style ale, so.


Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 02:50:11 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of hero27


4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber. 9.2% abv, 100 lip-smacking IBUs...mmm. Purchased @ Blue Max in Burnsville, MN.

Pours a burnt orange into the glass, and leaves a very respectable, and very resilient head..intricate webs of lacing form with every sip.
Claims on the bottle that it uses 2 ½ lbs of Columbus dry hops per bottle...and after drinking it, I believe them. Somehow, someway, this ridiculous amount of hops works in this brew...I won't ask how.
The grapefruit citrus aroma is absolutely heavenly, right up there with the aromas of big-hitters Dreadnaught & Masala Mama. The taste follows suit, and even with the sweet malt profile and enormous amount of dry-hopping, it is surprisingly smooth. I have to say, I'm a bit surprised this isn't rated higher. I know it's rated well, but in my opinion, this is a standout offering from Avery. More drinkable than any Barleywine I've had to date. A hop-lovers Barleywine all the way, but it should please the tastebuds of any BA. I just wish this nectar were available in my home state.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 00:49:44 | More by hero27
Photo of beertastegood


3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with minimal head. Smells of honey, raisins and resiny hops. Tastes much the same as it smells - nice malty base for the hops to come in and clean house...but the hops are much more subdued than I expected, and certainly does not taste anywhere near 100 IBUs. Not as complex as I would have imagined. Very smooth and drinkable...the 9.2% ABV sneaks up on you. Thinner than usual mouthfeel for a barleywine, low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not quite what I was expecting either.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 02:15:55 | More by beertastegood
Photo of sopor


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish brown copper with a head that takes some coaxing to develop into a tan sticky frothy head that leaves behind a half-moon pile of bubbles. Bready caramely malts and a kiss of hops carress the nose.

Bready and caramel malts again followed by fruity esthers and candy notes. Hops are greasy and resinous, witha bitter bite and aftertaste. Pleasantly thick but not overly heavy body.

Not highly quaffable, and not the best barleywine I've had, but pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 18:51:54 | More by sopor
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/red, medium off white head forms, sticks around and laces real well. Smell is floral hops, alcohol, cherries, raisin and figs, caramel, really nice and balanced. Taste is caramel/toffee, chocolate, floral hops, some raisin and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, very warming and too dry I thought. Not a bad beer at all, but was missing something.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 05:39:29 | More by Viggo
Photo of SteveO1231


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped a 22oz bomber that was sitting in the back of the fridge for a while.

Poured a dark copper color, nice thinck foamy tan head. Very little carbonation.

Nice malt smell, I can smell the high alcohol content,
9.2 "yeah it is" Nice smells of grapes and hops.

Very sweet fruity taste, nice bitter finish that clings. I can feel the alcohol on my tongue and in my belly.

Pretty drinkable but the 9.2 makes this bad boy a sipper.


Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 01:21:47 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of mattcrill


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber pour with a thick, sticky, and sudsy white cap. Hmmm...looks very IPA-like.

Smell: A dry citrus hop aroma. Nothing sweet, no alcohol...all hops, all the time. Not that it's a bad thing for me but not really true to the style.

Taste: Dry bittering hops balanced by some malty carmel sweetness. A nice presence with both of these but the hops are very heavy handed here. A warming alcohol presence is noted after the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a touch creamy.

Drinkability: Definitely cellar material. It would be interesting to try this after the hops have mellowed. Still, I enjoyed the hops. It's just a touch too one dimensional for this style. Had to knock off some points for that. But nothing off or bad about this beer. Just more IPA-like than barleywine. Try one fresh then cellar one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 22:46:32 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Riley's here in Madison. My second barley wine, lets see how it stacks up to my first, New Glarus' new and delicious Tail Wagger.

Pours a dark amber/red with a finger of creamy/foamy yellowish head. Smell is strong on the floral hops with acidic citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel sweetness. Taste starts off with the potent hops, piney but not overwhelming, and transitions nicely into tropical fruits: pineapple, mango and apricots, finishing with a hearty caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is definitely present, but not overwhelming, especially as it warms and gets sweeter. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, with bubbly refreshing carbonation. Not quite as flavorful as New Glarus', but still a tasty barley wine. As my palate becomes more accustomed to hops, I'm finding myself enjoying this style quite a bit. I've got a 2001 Old Crusty in the fridge calling my name.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 20:18:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of unklesyd


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

Aahhh, this is a very smooth moderate sipper. As in, I don't have to take wee sips, nor do I want to pound.

Beautiful pour with creamy head (1"), and moderate lacing.Standard copper-amber color, nicely translucent.

Extremely well balanced. Sweetness/bitterness/alcohol are all complementary. Textured rather than layered. Makes me want to know more about Columbus hops.

Well done in all respects. Halfway through the bomber, I'm catching the buzz, but I feel like I could drink these down two at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 21:18:28 | More by unklesyd
Photo of paterlodie


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Minimal head that's snowwhite and leaving some laces and a amberbrown quiet clear but opalising beer. Very fruity nose giving lots of pineapple, sweet fowers, greenhops and somesweet candy and caramellic malts in the back.Taste is full and tasty, lots of bitter pine, sweetness, multifruitjuice in whodka and and dark candy bathing in full and tasty malts. Too bad of IMO to low carbonisation but still full and good mouthfeel. Ltle too much raisin but IMO overall very enjoyable good brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 18:10:53 | More by paterlodie
Photo of RBorsato


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky copper color with a low beige head. Carmelized malt and bitter hop aromas and flavors; alcohol is noticeable in both. Full-medium bodied and creamy smooth with a malty dry finish including some alcohol burn.

This is a bitter Malt Monster when aged. I probably aged it a bit too long - maybe 4 years.

Try fresh !

Per bottle: "2 1/2 lbs per barrel of Columbus dry hops" & "100 IBUs"

Per ABC website:
Hop Variety: Columbus
2004 GABF - Silver - Imperial Red Ale

'01' embossed on bottle bottom (Aged)
Tasted: 09/10/05

($ / 22 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:28:55 | More by RBorsato
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber with orangish tints, and a thin tan head that doesnt stick around. Aroma is citrusy, floral, piney and resiny with caramel and toasted bread undertones...slightly one dimensional but good nonetheless. Taste begins with a nice hop assault that is reminiscent of their IPA (but slightly amplified) with citrus (specifically orange and grapefruit) and resiny pine sap hops flavors, followed by toasted bread and caramel malt flavors that balance the bitterness with sweetness. The finish is bitter, but not overwhelming and prevents the sweetness from overpowering the beer. Mouthfeel is medium with a thick body but too much carbonation for a barleywine. Drinkability is pretty good (for an american barleywine) but this brew is somewhat one-dimensional in taste and doesnt have enough of a malt balance or a a complexity of a hop profile

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 05:09:50 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of JackStraw22


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber, no date
Pours a cloudy, dark amber. Not a lot of head, but some foam does stick around. Huge sweet aroma, apples, plums, along with some buiscuty smells. Hops are there, but they don't rip your nose off. I'm really liking the beers I've had lately with Columbus hops, both commercial and homebrew.
Taste is quite balanced. I tend not to like barleywines when they've gone/aged too sweet. This has just enough bitterness to balance that, but it is still tastes like a sweeter barleywine. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Finishes pretty dry. I'd definately buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 01:03:53 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of Skidz


4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out amber brown and sits crimson brown in the glass with a good sized, creamy off-white head. Resiliant in form, holds it's own on top, leaving a thick lacings all around the glass.

Smells rich and malty, big citric hop influence dishing out ripe oranges, grapefruit and lemon with a dusting of pine. Sappy caramel pudding and toasty malts. Vibrant spruce up and down.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, malts come through, pushing caramel and light toffee. Mellow hop flavors of orange and grapefruit rind. Piney to the core, spicing the tongue with oily residue. Alcoholic glow in the background, shining all the way down. Aggressive bitter finish.

Smooth, creamy, silky fine carbonation and a full body.

Very inviting on all ends. I've been sitting on this bottle for about a year now, and it's still got got enough to it to impress. It's character is perfect for a spicy food pairing, curried chicken and rice all the way. Throw down for it, you won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 03:57:53 | More by Skidz
Photo of dgallina


3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Poured a clear orange-brown with minimal head and lace. Smells strongly hoppy; lots of pine and grapefruit. Straight-forward American hop flavors. Sweet, sticky, pine and grapefruits with a mellow alcohol spice. Sticky, medium-thick body with understated carbonation.

An average American barley wine. Flavors are honest but uncomplicated. Not worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 15:29:43 | More by dgallina
Photo of BEERchitect


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. Smooth for a BW. Nice redish coper color with a firm foamstand that laced all day. Big malt and fruit aromas. Even bigger hop character--spicy and earthy. Sweet caramel malt and fresh fruit flavors up front. Everywhere from brown sugar and honey to grapefruit and berries. Hop character never overwhelms, but continues to deliver more flavors and complexity. I get a lot of toffee, nuts, and spices into the body. Finishes firm and warm. Alcohol sweetness is always present, but never harsh. Never grainy or astringent. Melow and silky from start to finish. This one will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 15:08:09 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of TastyTaste


4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown body, big creamy tan head, really good retention. Smell is extremely hoppy, and has a good shot of alcohol in it, floral and slightly bready. Taste is sweet, with big hops, but hops that do not dominate. This is a maltcentric Barleywine, very good with the style. Nice brown sugar, alcohol, and rum flavors, works well. Mouthfeel is smooth, and carbonated less than averagfe, but still it is not a detriment. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 02:39:31 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of gbontrag


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-orange, oily, nice yellowish froth laces up and down the glass.

holy cow, smells of bright fresh ranier cherries with vanilla, ripe strwberries, marigold leaves.

Very smooth hop caress tickles and tickles the roof all the way down. Delicious fresh strawberry puree. Grapefruit steams the mouth. Toasted barley boiled and chewy. This is a delicious brew. Muy delicioso.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 19:16:06 | More by gbontrag
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Deep chestnut pour with strong crimson highlights. Sports a surprisingly thick and rich head the color of wheat. Retention is good for such a strong beer and it leaves lacey patchwork as a reminder.

Aromas are presided over by chewy caramel and dark roasted malts, candied citrus peel, sticky pine, crushed grapefruit skin, tofee, and creamy scorched creme brule. There's an attractive and well integrated whiff of the alcohol hiding within.

The flavor is a well balanced medley with roasted malt, caramel, burnt tofee, light cocoa, molasses, and complex fruits, followed by candied tangerine and grapefruit peels drenched in sticky pine sap, with a touch of spice. It's plenty hoppy, but doesn't seem close to the 90+ IBU's boasted of on the label. Nicely balanced, more so than some of the other BIG beers I've had from Avery. The high ABV is artfully concealed rendering this beer dangerously drinkable.

Body is medium and could use a little fattening up, mouthfeel is chewy and creamy regardless. As stated, this barleywine is ridiculously drinkable. I could session with this (but probably not for long). Worth seeking out.

Thanks Gabe!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 21:46:16 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Shultzerdugen


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

22 oz. brown bottle.

Massive cumulo-nimbus shaped head on top of a great ruby colored brew.

Nice hop aroma, pungent and herbal, piney and citric, fruity and wicked.

Medium body with a surprising lightness for the style. Columbus hops are very good, adding an ambiguous citrus taste along with a piney and grassy vibes. Malts were there but not as much there as expected.

This beer had none of the thickness or stickiness I was expecting, and I am having a hard time considering it a barley wine. That said, even if I were to call it a DIPA, I would still have to say it was damned good.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 03:27:19 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of blitheringidiot


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

Cloudy dark amber hued pour topped off with a slick of khaki spotty craggy cap. Zero visible carbonation to speak of, but leaving spotty lace.

Slightly sweet molasses scents and Earthy.

First swigs: Dry malty biscuit. Intriguing yet ephemeral flavors lingering towards a sandy dry finish.

Short miniscule carbonation.

Last swigs: Nearly an English Barley Wine.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 05:43:45 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of kegerator


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown with copper tones and ruby tints when held to the light. A nice big fairly fizzy head appears and sticks around leaving nice lacing.
smell is malty, apple pie like aromas and definte hop aromas.
tast started a little to bitter from the hops but as the beer warmed up the balance shiined through. weird the bottle states to keep it refridgerated. Its better when it warms. Big Malt flavors, hints of brown sugar, cherry, apples and pears then the hops follow that up and leave a nice bittering aftertaste on the tongue. Finishes smooth and warming.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:14:23 | More by kegerator
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Citrusy. Piney. Not overly done in strength. Maltiness remains. Balanced.

It pours a clear, ruby-accented dark auburn body beneath a 1/4" head of rocky yellowed-ivory foam. The head retention is quite good, and it drops but maintains a thin surface covering and leaves nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity, citrusy, gently piney, and subtly woody with a touch of sweetly caramelish & biscuity malt sneaking through here and there.

It's dextrinous and full-bodied in the mouth with a very-fine-bubbled and restrained carbonation that lends a gentle caress to the tongue. It never becomes creamy, but it is superbly smooth.

The flavor starts malty and fruity (berries, appple), but soon allows it's citrusy (tangerine, sweet grapefruit, pineapple) and piney flavors to break through mid-palate. Its solid bitterness steps in to balance it; and it finishes dry with some light, residual, honey-glazed biscuity maltiness and lingering notes of citrusy/piney hops.

Quite nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 23:29:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the American Beer Fest '05 in Boston.

Pouring with a coppery-red body, this barley win has a thin wispy head. The smell is mostly a very sweet malt, with an edge of alcohol, and some subtle hops creeping in about the edges. Taste was very similar, smooth and malty, but with the alcohol a lot more noticeable than in the aroma. A subtle hops bitterness without much of the rest of the hops flavor, leaving a slight dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated for a barley wine, but not unpleasant. Fairly drinkable, and a good barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 17:31:55 | More by kaszeta
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great blend of juicy, citrus hop flavor and aroma mixed with malty alcohol. The dark ruby color gives a slight rose tint to the frothy head. The alcohol is strong but mixed in with the flavor profile. True West Coast style Barleywine! One of the best out there. It will leave our taste buds numb for about half a day, so don't plan on drinking anything exciting later on.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 20:17:16 | More by phishgator
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.