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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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1,696 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 47
Gots: 130 | 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 Bitterbill


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

Poured from the bottle a nice medium gold with a decent head that faded quickly into a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is of sweet carmel but some hoppiness was also present.

The taste is a good mix of malt and hops with the malt being big and bold(lots of caramel) up front and the hops takes over in the middle and dominates the finish to give it a bitterness that I liked.The alcohol is pretty well hidden but at +9%, I don't get that warming feeling that I'm used to in this style.

Overall, it's not the smoothest barleywine style ale I've tried but it's a good one that I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 23:17:01 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Domingo


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A good barleywine, but the hop character is a little strong for the style. It's very much like a sweet/alcoholic IPA to me.
The smell is ALL hops. While not really spot-on for style, it's a GREAT smell actually. One of the best smelling brews ever just because of the fresh hop scent...but it loses points because that's pretty much all there is.
Flavors are a mix of hops and sweet maltiness. I'd actually call the flavor unique just because of the sweetness and hop mix. I'd compare it to a 120 Minute IPA, but much more drinkable.

Drinkability is limited by the hoppiness and alcohol.
In all reality this brew is better than some of the scores it might get just because it's not what you'd typically want or expect in a barleywine. For what it's worth it's a GREAT beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 00:42:56 | More by Domingo
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


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

Highly recommended from a cooler sticker, don't believe everything you read. Although it's a nice beer, personally, I don't recommend it you are planning on spending this type of money.

Deep orange and red color. The head quickly dissipated. I have questions about the beers shelf life. However, the high alcohol content should have aged this beer better.

Syrupy sweet, very malty. Lots of spice, clove and cinnamon. This is a warming beer. I might seek this beer out as the mercury drops.

With so many other barley wines out there it's hard for this one to stand up and be noticed. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 04:26:24 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of jaymirage


3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring reveals an interesting orange-amber-brown hybrid color, with a full, but disappointingly quickly disappearing head. Some lacing on the glass.

This is an interesting interpretation of the barley wine style, but way out of its league. Definitely a Double IPA. The hops struck me as are too bold for a barley wine. To me, the barley wine is big maltiness and subtle hop complexity. Not the other way around.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 01:53:09 | More by jaymirage
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

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

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. The beer had a clear, reddish amber appearance. The first whiff was a blast of hops. Taste was of fresh hops, very floral and resiny. Not much malt to back it up. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a barleywine. This could pass for a dark IPA in my opinion. I don't think I've ever had a barleywine that tasted so much like fresh hops. Maybe this needs a little bit of aging before the brewery releases it. I'm going to buy a couple of bottles of this, drink one fresh and age the other one six months or so to see how it matures.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2005 14:55:15 | More by rodrot
Photo of DrJay


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

Clear reddish orange colour, almost bronze, with a dense beige head that receded quickly to a thin lace. Some stickage to the glass made it look pretty appetizing. US hops were up front in the aroma, pine and citrus, but there was a nice balance of caramel/toffee malt and raisin to round things out. Moderately strong bitterness with plenty of sweetness to start; alcohol, earthiness, and wood/oak came out in the middle. The end showed some sweet fruitiness, caramel, and a bit of citrus, followed by a medium dry, bitter finish. Carbonation was a little on the high side, but it was integrated well and contributed to a creaminess in the texture. There was some astringency though, as well as some residual sugar and stickiness. Pretty good overall, but it was a little too dry/astringent and the alcohol was just a bit too forward in the balance. Thanks Viggo.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 19:02:08 | More by DrJay
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
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.