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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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1,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 50
Gots: 144 | 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 Beaver13


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

22 oz bottle. Pours a copper-orange with a good sized rocky off-white head that stays creamy the whole way down and leaves a wall of lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts and grapefruits and earthy spicy piney hops with some sour woody and leather notes.

The flavor is sweet and fruity (melon) caramel malts with a decent bitter hop finish that lingers in the aftertaste. I remember this being more bitter, but my palate has probably changed quite a bit since I last has this. As is, I find it very nicely balanced. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden. It's medium bodied, a little on the watery side, yet still smooth.

Overall, an excellent brew! I would say it's more of an American Strong (like Arrogant Bastard) than Barleywine. But however it's classified, it is yummy! I'll be coming back to this in the future.

05-17-2005 07:31:19 | More by Beaver13
Photo of isthisme2


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

The beer opened up well. Great color and aroma. The aroma leads the beer well, hops and alcohol present with a hint of fruit. The alcohol really drives the flavor, (bit too much). The beer has a great mouth feel and finishes well. Think of a beer like “Anchor Steam” on Steroids…

I personally won’t be going back to this one, but it does stray way outside the realm of my personal tastes. I would recommend a try for sure… I could see this beer fitting well with some tastes.


04-24-2005 16:31:02 | More by isthisme2
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Grapefruit topped with sugar; a healthy start to the morning

Taste: Toffee malt flavors up front with a blast of grapefruit developing by mid-palate; after the swallow the toffee flavors return to blend into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body with moderate carbonation; significant alcohol warming on the way down

Drinkability: A little closer to a malty Douple IPA than is typical for the style, but nonetheless an exceptional beer

04-22-2005 18:06:59 | More by brentk56
Photo of Shaw


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

This is a beautiful deep cooper colored ale with a short head that reduces to just a thin layer of foam. It smells like a barley wine: floral and hoppy. I see on the bottle that it is dry-hopped with Columbus, one of my favorite hops.

The taste is pure barley wine. Lots of hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness and an overriding warmth from the very noticeable alcohol. This barley wine isn't as aggressive as some others. In fact, it is rather smooth. It doesn't have the burning aftertaste many of its peers have. It is almost more like an American Double IPA than a barley wine, thanks to its smoothness.

The body is silky smooth and glassy, thanks to the higher ABV.

This is a very drinkable barley wine. I am a big fan of the style and this is a great example of it. I highly recommend it.

04-05-2005 05:59:20 | More by Shaw
Photo of quasimoto


2.9/5  rDev -26.6%

It's a real nice amber/ copper color. I like to think that it has more of a red color than copper. But what do I know. First off the smell is really sweet. i can smell the malt balanced out very well by the hops, but only a hint of hops. There are also hints of citrus, caramel, and other scents that I'm not really in tune with. The mouth-feel leaves something to be desired. The high alcohol content gives it a harsh fell that I don't like. Overall, for being my first barleywine, I am now a fan of barleywines. But if they all have this harsh mouth-feel. I dont see myself going out of the way to hunt these down.

03-26-2005 01:44:02 | More by quasimoto
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev 0%

Rutted around in fresh mud with this one on 11/16/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Nice, low froth of initial large-bubbled chilly white foam, and plentiful ciro-cumulus cloud lacing. Vermillion, ruby red hue with just a hint of oozy action in a crystal quiet lake. Closer to an imperial IPA in hop bouquet, but the equally huge malt helps to balance it a little, all adding to an anticipated alcohol crank. Fruit flora hop bunch explodes in mouth, but it magically dissipates in the blink of an eye; craisin sweetness. Lighter on the tongue than many other barleywines in total; far less sticky and alcohol doesn’t run roughshod.

03-05-2005 22:20:18 | More by Truh
Photo of kosmoraios


3.38/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a deep golden color with some ruby glints in the light. Nice-sized white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is definitely of rasins, caramel, hops, and pure-D alcohol. Taste is somewhat nutty, again with the raisins and caramel, and a light sourdough baguette flavor. Hops and malt dominated again by the alcohol. Complexity increases as the ale warms. Hints of plum and citrus begin to become evident. The mouthfeel was peppery and smooth, with a bit of oilyness. Not extremely drinkable, though, as one was almost more than enough for me. I'm not sorry I tried it, but it won't be a frequent purchase for me.

02-28-2005 03:17:16 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a brilliantly clear, amber color that shows a beautiful copper hue when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy cream to tan colored head that has been generated by the low level of carbonation in this beer. The aroma is thick and concentrated with aromas of candied citrus fruits, alcohol, strawberries, and lightly toasted biscuits. This beer has a light sweet with definite notes of caramel and citrus. It is fairly light on the palate, especially for a Barlywine. This beer has a fair amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish as well as a bit of astringent earthy woody hops. This is not quite as explosively hoppy as I was hopping and the alcohol is a bit too hot and evident in the finish. There is a fair amount of malt presence here, the sweet caramel malt notes help to accentuate the citrus hop notes. In the end though, I am once again a bit disappointed in another Avery big beer.

02-26-2005 06:22:41 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy, iced-tea amber with bright cherry highlights. Spotty head, mostly just a ring. Immediate smells of huge grapefruit mixed with strong pine notes and some sweet caramel malt that intensified as it came up to room temperature. Taste was a whopper, as its smell forecast. Huge hop flavors dominated. Big, citrus flavors, mainly grapefruit coupled with the massive taste of pine. Also quite spicy. Not as malty as I would've expected at first but as it warmed, big sweet caramel flavors began to show through. This stuff really tasted more like a super IPA than a barleywine but nonetheless, still a solid beer. Overall, it tasted like an over-the-top Celebration. ABV creeps up on you and can begin to be tasted and felt as it warms but it's hidden pretty well. Mouth is thick, rich and full. Big and chewy. Heavy duty. A fine example of an American barleywine with that West Coast taste.

02-11-2005 20:06:07 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of mgdeth


4.03/5  rDev +2%

Appearance - This beer is a medium copper-gold color. Excellent clarity. Large creamy head.

Smell - The initial smell on this one is all about the hops, man. Excellent floral hop aroma.

Taste - Fruity and estery. Hops tend to hit hardest on the aftertaste. Something about the beer makes me think "double IPA." The malt aspect of the beer is played down. The flavor is complex and warming.

Mouthfeel - This is a full-bodied beer, and it feels smooth despite the hoppiness.

Drinkability - This is one bitter beer . . . so much so that it detracts a bit from the drinkability. Since it is a barleywine, this is not such a bad thing.

Comments - If you dislike hops, look elsewhere. Hopheads rejoice!

02-09-2005 03:20:24 | More by mgdeth
Photo of warriorsoul


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Thanks to Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville for keeping these on hand.

Pours a copper color w/ a pillowy tan head that fades quickly.
First smell is all hop...a fruity scent w/ orange and grapefruit mixed in. Reminds me more of an IPA at this point...the taste better change my mind real quick.

Nope...the taste is real hoppy too, but I have to admit...I like it alot.
I may have to dock it a half a point in taste because it is not hitting me like a Barleywine...we'll see once it warms up a bit.

The mouthfeel is pleasant and I am now getting a bit of the alcohol...warming me up nicely. It becomes fairly bitter in its aftertaste, but again...at this point, it is not what I expected.

I could have two of these 22oz. bombers tops...drinkability is a bit low at this point.

This is my first experience w/ Avery...a bit of a surprise, but I will buy this and their others in the future.

02-06-2005 22:21:13 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2%

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber with a tan frothy tall head which fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty and aromatic with American hop aroma (Columbus on label). The aroma was strong with caramel and fruitiness.

The flavor was malty with American hop flavor and bittering. The bittering and maltiness were well achieved and the balance kept the beer from being overy hoppy or overly malty. The bittering was well done for the style. The label listed the IBU as 100, but it somehow seemed to be less.

The finish was dry with lasting caramel, fruit and hop flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was full and viscous.

22 ounce bottle. No dating on label. Some alcohol was present in the aroma and some in the flavor, but for the most part it was restrained in the beer.

02-06-2005 02:20:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance - a foggy colored, carefully decanted pour, somewhere between plum and sunset reddish-purple. No visible sediment but you cannot see into the beer. A packed layer of sediment rests in the bottom of the bottle. Small head and light lacing on this one.

Aroma - heavy sweetness with a tell tale fruity citrus bend. Very pleasing, very playful like a baby pig with wings... Good persistence of aroma.

Taste - big fruit-punch sweetness combined with a hop profile that has smoothed out some but still has an edgy bitterness.. It's a quick 1-2 punch, the malt and sweetness hit ya' in the gut right before the hops smack yer head. Plenty to taste, sometimes after a larger mouthful, I get a licorice after-impression. This beer has the extremeness of the barleywine style and the extremeness of a high-IBU beer at the same time. The aftertaste is somewhat of a blend of the two.

Mouthfeel - carbonation has held up well after a year to 18 months in the cellar. The weight is decidedly thin and below par however.

Drinkability - a very interesting barleywine, worth the try for posterity's sake, I'd have it again beyond that.

02-04-2005 17:31:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Dmann


4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

I really dug this brew from Avery. It porued a medium amber color with a very thick frothy head that left nice lacing down the glass. The smell was very nice and sweet with alot of malt, citrus and woody scents. The flavor was quite nice with a touch of malt sweetness in the beginning, then it opened up with a nice hop bitterness followed by a fruity finnish and aftertaste that tasted like alchoholic pinapple. This was a very enjoyable beer and one I would definantly buy again.

02-03-2005 10:12:33 | More by Dmann
Photo of Suds


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

From a twenty-two ounce bottle with cute little flying pigs on the label: pours a clear, deep, earth color. Moderate, but respectable cream-colored head and simple lacing. The aroma is forceful mashing of alcohol, hops, raisins, plums, toasted grains, citrus, and malt. Smells just like a barleywine should…and a hoppy one at that. A rich, thick sweetness is in the front of the taste, with a powerful bitterness to back it up. Warming is present immediately. Fruit qualities continue through the taste, along with a fleeting yeastiness. This is an enjoyable, decidedly West-coast barleywine. Very nice!

01-30-2005 20:19:12 | More by Suds
Photo of ypsifly


4.55/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Dark ruby in color with a fat tan head. Lots of lacing when it finally started to settle.

The smell is the best attribute of this brew. Starts off fruity with a piney/hoppy finish. I could sniff this mug all day.

The taste mirrors the aromas with a good dose of malt thrown into the mix. Nice hoppy finish that doesn't paralyze the tongue like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot.

This is one of the best balanced and most drinkable examples of this style.

01-27-2005 04:35:28 | More by ypsifly
Photo of WanderingFool


4.03/5  rDev +2%

Hog Heaven pours a clear copper color with a frothy off white head that slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface. A lot of lace covers the glass as the head fades away. The strong hoppy aroma is filled with orange rind, pine and grass.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth on the palate. The strong hop flavor is full of pine, orange rind, and grapefruit. Notes of grass, peach/apricot and dry malt are present. It finishes with some sweet malty flavor.

I love barleywines and found this one delicious. However, I think it could use some more malt to balance out all the hops.

01-16-2005 20:53:08 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of FormatKid


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

From what I'm reading on the bottle this sounds to be right up my alley, 100 IBUs, 9.2% ABV, and 2 1/2 pounds of Columbus dry hops in every barrel. I went with a standard shaker pint on this one, and it poured out beautifully. The body is a perfectly translucent ruby-brown. I don't get much of a head out of it, but what is there does stick stoicly both to the top of the beer but as well as to the glass creating rings of lace. Moving the glass around wafts the hop aromas right up my nose, and the glass isn't even close. Closer inspection of the nose reveals the sweet caramelly malt as well as a great hop aroma. They portray pine, citrus rind, and I'm also picking up some woody/tannic notes on the nose. The beer feels a bit light on the palate as I begin to drink it. The malts do register staunchly with notes of toffee, and caramel as well as a simple sugary sweetness. The bitterness is the concrete foundation for the hop flavors that emerge later. The hops come across predominately as grapefruit and citrus rind. I'm also picking up some more of those tannic notes in the flavor and I wonder if this beer is spending any time in wooden barrels. The alcohol presence is very light for it's large ABV. In all honesty this beer reminds me quite a bit of Arrogant Bastard but it has it's own characteristics as well. Definately a good beer, pick it up when you see it.

01-16-2005 03:37:06 | More by FormatKid
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Unfortunately the year this was bottled isn't dated, I'm guessing it was bottled fairly recently though. Hog Heaven is ruby red in color with an really thin off-white head. The aroma is very strong of west coast hops, citrusy mainly. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. The flavor seemed really hopped for a barley wine, at least compared to the handfull that I've had. This tastes strongly of citrusy hops. Winey, malty flavor is primarily noted in the beginning of a sip, vanilla flavor is noted. Just a slight taste of alcohol is also present. This is very complex; the different tastes mix well together and the high hoppiness makes this beer stand out. I guess this is a barley wine for hopheads.

01-16-2005 02:45:37 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of twelvsies


4/5  rDev +1.3%

A great barleywine. Served on tap in a little 12oz goblet tulip glass at the Moan and Dove, my fav place. Appears a nice rusty russet amber brown color with a bit of bubbly head. Smell is a huge boquet of fruityness, piney hops, and malty sweetness. The taste is definately more hops than malt, which I find to be refreshing in a barleywine. Nice move. Piney bitterness, yet there's that juicy fruity ripeness that makes this style so awesome. Fruity malts are the backbone of this beer but they take a back seat to the expressive hops. Dry finish and great smooth mouthfeel. Overall a great barleywine that's not overpowering at all. Oink Oink. Ok, that was lame...

01-14-2005 04:07:25 | More by twelvsies
Photo of Boto


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

22oz. bomber: I’ve had this one hanging around for about 10 months now, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. There is somewhat of a ruby tint to the amber color. It is a touch hazy. Mine had a large off-white head that subsided quickly. The aroma is nice. There is the typical malty sweetness, but there are definitely notes of hops here. Mainly grapefruit to the nose, but also some grassiness. Tastes good. A rich malty sweet body, but the sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops. Slight taste of grapefruit and a hint of bitterness too. Very nice!

01-08-2005 18:58:02 | More by Boto
Photo of gimmehead


3.08/5  rDev -22%

Appearance: Deep russet with minimal beige head

Smell: Mostly Citrus with floral undertones

Taste: Piney hops with the promised citrus finish. Not much malt to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, what I fell is correct for the style

Drinkability: High ABV and not enough malty balance make this an easy " one and done". Seems to be too hoppy for the style.

01-04-2005 01:43:47 | More by gimmehead
Photo of FranklinPCombs


3.83/5  rDev -3%

Nice honey ruby color with a bit of head and no lace. Smell is a very sweet natural brown sugar smell with a ton of hops and some malts behind, no yeast smells apparent. The taste is initially very sweet, even a bit too sweet but it really evens out when the hops comes in. There is tons of hop bitterness with very little else besides the overriding sweetness on the top. The taste is more natural tasting that some beers, like it had raw cane sugar or something of the like. The mouthfeel feels thicker than it is because of the sweetness, but the dryness and bitterness of the beer takes this down a bit. Pretty good barleywine I would say, although the flavors are a bit harsh and could use a bit of cellaring to mellow perhaps

12-28-2004 23:33:09 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a nice mahogony red color with an almost yellow head. The smell was boozy and hoppy with notes of rich mollassas alcohol and malts. The taste was almost like a double IPA with huge juicey hop notes and a warming alcohol presence. This was certainly a quality barleywine and I would have no misgivings about drinking a couple of these.

12-28-2004 23:21:50 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

OK, I'm not much of a barleywine fan to begin with, but this stuff is AOK. It pours a musty dark ameber with a minimal whitish head. The aroma is sweet and malty, and I was concerned that that would translate into a taste that was too alcoholic. But I was surprised; there's a bit od hop balance in this bw. Yes, there is a syrupy undertone, bit the taste generally is balanced and smooth. Some prunes and pines there too. Medium body and drinkable, for a heavy content ale.

12-28-2004 23:17:09 | More by longpondbeerman
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.