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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 55
Gots: 173 | FT: 4
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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 geexploitation
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of AlesRTasty
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of unclederby
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of charlesw
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
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!

Photo of Neehan
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of boulevard2
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of phisig137
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Stone barleywine glass it forms a rather respectable head considering the style. Has an IPA type appearance, copper to orange in color, medium carbonation, eggshell white head leaves behind sliding DNA.

Hoppy, Citrus and raw all at the same time dominate the nose. This strikes me up front as a beer that may do well with some time laying down. I have no experience with this brew but it comes across rather raw up front and maybe that would settle a bit. Malt profile is on the soft side. Licorice seems to be the them of the malts, darker fruits creep in but mostly Licorice. You get a bit of that syrupy, sticky, mouthfeel then it cleans up with a hop splasher towards the finish.

Notes: Reasonably priced and dynamic enough to warrant the purchase...at least in this household.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pale cloudy amber in color, with a brownish hue. Not much of a head, but what's there has incredible retention.

S - Hops/Malt, melded together in quite perfect harmony.

T - Taste upfront hits a massive hop spike, quite lovely and really grabs you. After the initial hop rush, citric waves of sweet malts pronouncly grapefruit and ripe cherries plow the palate. Inviting you to take another sip. Piney tones also cross the palate about halfway through, that fade slowly and linger for quite some time. Aftertaste(well-balanced bitter) does not linger long, and finishes extremely clean and dry. Alcohol warming is present, yet alcohol presence in taste is almost non existant, very well disguised.

M - Full bodied, crisp, and finishes dry.

D - Excellent for 9.20%abv.

An excellent Barley Wine, and one of my favorites from Avery thus far. If you can get your hands on these, definitely pick one up.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flesh-pink colored label adorned with winged Suidae gracefully floating over a background of white clouds and blue sky. The neck of the bottle is embellished with silver foil, the peeling away of which adds to the anticipation for what lays inside.

The liquid escapes its 22 ounce brown glass resting place seeking new adventures as it slips into a Spiegelau Crystal snifter.

The view is of cloudy peaches with both red and orange in the bloodline. This fluid stained glass is capped with an enticing two-finger head of the softest billowy white. Clinging to the glass is thick lacing of Victorian proportions.

Sweet southern tea pummels the nose just before Columbus hops arrive and claim this olfactory world as their own. Alcohol and earthy/herbal spiciness also contend for the nostrils' attention.

This beer is dominated by strong American-style hops that have never heard the word "moderation" whether in reference to aroma, flavor or levels of bitterness. The fulcrum is tipped to a wringing high-alpha bitter leaving the intensely sweet malt backbone with its feet dangling, high in the air.

Black tea carries on the herbal tradition of this beer into the realm of flavor. Here a strong sweet graininess comes to life. But again the heavily citrus (read: grapefruit) lupulin troops occupy this territory making their presence no secret.

Alcohol is elevated and chooses not to be meek. The hops offer no resistance to this powerful player. Alcohol roams free leaving a numbing warmth in its wake.

This beer is a personal ad reader's dream come true: sexy, sweet and strong. But beware the unbridled bitterness. And know this: at 100 IBUs and 9.2% ABV, Hog Heaven truly wears the pants.

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

Initial aroma really hop driven, grassy, fresh and then a nice sweetness of fruitiness (orange?, cherry?). The malt character builds somewhat and balances the hop qualities. This is nice.
Attractive creamy head with a thick smear marking the spots it's been. Clear dark amber of orange-brown-gold.
Hops are balanced better in flavor. Malt is pleasant and somewhat sweet with a light fruity qualtiy (very, very tasty). Hops present with a solid bitterness mid-way that remains throguh a very long finish. Hops taste qualtities are piney and grapefruit. Alcohol is there but light.
Very nice feel. Soft in feel and carbonation. Moderate to highly heavy but not thick. Significant warmth.
This is really nice and not such an assault on the senses as others can be. Goes down thick, yet smooth. I wonder what an aged bottle might develop into, but this is truly one beer I'd have a hard time waiting for (and I'm very patient). I'd like to see how the oxidation flavors might develop. No data on the bottle that I can see about the date. I love the sweet (but not excessive) fruitly malt character.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle.

Dark auburn in apperance with a nice head. Smell is strong of sweet malt and citrus hops. Taste is big and sweet with a hoppy, citrusy finish and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thick or carbonated. Drinkability suffers just a touch for the strength and noticeable alcohol. A very good beer.

Photo of EStreet20
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomer poured into a snifter glass.

A - A nice chestnut brown color with a bit of a red tint. Approaches orange when held to light. Nice sized light tan head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing rings. Very nice.

S - Nice hoppy punch with sweet malts as well. Good balance I can tell with slight alcohol aromas.

T - A nice hoppy taste with some alcohol flavors. Not a whole lot in the way of fruits here which I usually find in barleywines. A bit of sweetness. Pretty good.

M - Pretty nice smooth feel. Medium bodied

D - Pretty good overall but nothing to write home about compared to some of the great American BWs out there

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

This beer pours a crystal clear golden amber with some subtle hints of red. When out of the light, it takes on some far more cherry colors. The tall, vanilla, irregular head stayed around for awhile but dissipated into a collar half way through, leaving behind some sporadic lace.

At first smell, I was immediately reminded of a 2IPA. There are some big mandarin orange, pineapple and cedar hops here with a gooey caramel and oat backbone.

The flavor starts with a shot of dry, woody pine with a little golden raisin beneath. This then fades into red licorice and creamy oat along the sides of my tongue with a crisp, dry, chalky oak and white flour on top. Finishes with a crisp sappy pine. From beginning to end, there are slight overtones of cherry and a light alcohol hiding off in the distance.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a huge, frothy, small bubbled carbonation that fills my mouth up.

This is an exquisite blend of flavors with a great change up. What really caught my attention was how drinkable this was. For a Barley Wine, I was really impressed that after I finished the bomber off, I still wasn’t overcome by it. Most BWs are so thick, or sweet that a glass will normally sate the palate, but with Avery, I wanted to crack another bomber! I think that’s a pretty good testament to its drinkability.

Photo of skybluewater
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Smells of grapefruit, along with pine sap. Very hoppy, but with quite bit of malt. Mouthfeel is full, but not syrupy so. I find this to be a very drinkable barleywine.

Certainly this isn't a beer you'd slam in 20 minutes after just getting home after a long day at work. Rather, I'm savoring it at 3 AM, long after getting home from a long day at work. I think Iike this one the most out of Avery's lineup.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.