1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hog Heaven Barley WineHog Heaven Barley Wine

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,863 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,863
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 55
Gots: 173 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,863 | Reviews: 891 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of growler
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours from the bottle the color of rust with a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly, but nice lacing stuck around even before I took my first sip.

S - nice full aroma sweetness, mollases and a hint of fruit (pear, apple?) with a nice hop kick to balance it out.

T - caramel, fruit, piney hops, some malt

M - smooth with a sweetness that offsets the hops. A mellow aftertaste, which is nice in a barleywine.

D - A very tasty barleywine, not the best but it will keep you warm on a cold winter day (like today). If this was on tap, I could probably handle 2 snifters, but in a bomber, much nicer to share.

Photo of Terp96
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As I slowly work my way into more barley wines and being the hophead that I am, I am drawn to anything that says hops and claims more than 100 IBUs. This one was all of that and more.

Appearance was a hazy, deep amber with a huge 1.5 finger thick head that never seemed to quit.

Smell is exceptional. Sweet and hoppy. You know it is a barleywine but then you are hit with the hops. Very floral, piney and pungent. Excellent

Taste is equally as good. Initially you taste the barleywine. Huge malty goodness but the hop follow-up is mind blowing. This beer is so complex and changes as you get further in. I swear the back end of every sip was the exact same hop profile you get from the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Weird.

Mouthfeel is strong too. Alcohol is warming but this beer is thick. Syrupy, malty sweet and drying as you go along. Exceptional.

The alcohol is not overwhelming which keeps me wanting more but my better judgement tells me not to attempt to make this a session beer. Therefore, this beer rate too high on the drinkability scale but it is well worth a try.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber

Pours a hazy dark orange-amber with a thin cream colored head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Very rich aroma of piney hops and a slight aroma of caramel maltiness trying to make a stand.

Flavor is a boatload of hops followed by a slight hint of malt that's quickly whisked away by more hops. I like to see a bit more maltiness shine through in an American barleywine. Tastes more like Maharaja on steroids.

Big, full body on this brew but nothing out of the ordinary. I feel slightly unsatisfied somewhere between the taste and the body.

This is pretty drinkable, but just misses the mark for me. I'd like to see more balance. This is supposed to be a barleywine, but seems more like a "triple IPA". Call me crazy, but I happen to like a little barley flavor in my barleywine.

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared my first bottle of this with my wife, and when she finished she came after my glassfull. Tried it with the second glass as well.

A good looking amber, crystal clear with not much head. Good lace as the level of liquid receeds. Smells and tastes like an IPA, mostly pine hops, slightly fruity. Very smooth, slightly oily with hop oil, full bodied. I enjoyed this one even more the second time around.

Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark mahogany body with a mild off-white head.

Nose has a thick and rich malt smell. Alcohol, caramel, hints of pepper, rotting citrus and fruit. A classic barleywine.

Taste was BIG and very thick. Rich thick malt with a strong undertone of hops. It ends with a strong citrus clearing. Very bitter and very hoppy. There’s a mild toasted malt accompanying the caramel. The alcohol really comes through as this beer warms.

A delicious barelywine.

Photo of goochpunch
2.82/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out a crystal clear rusty amber with an off-white head that settles quickly, leaving behind tight sheets of white lace. Aroma is mostly hoppy: citrusy and resinous. Some alcohol and fruit juice in the nose. The flavor profile of this barleywine is awfully simple when it comes to the malts. Mostly I just get some vague malt sweetness followed by mildly bittering piney hops (note: for a 100 IBU beer, this is surprisingly tame). The mouthfeel...what the hell? This is so thin for a barleywine. Add to this a slightly prickly carbonation and I'm starting to think this is basically just a higher ABV IPA. I will admit that it thickens up SLIGHTLY as it warms and I allowed it to get "flatter." I have no problem finishing a bomber of this, but I would not ask for seconds.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the label design. Pours an amber gold, with frothy head and ok retention, with good lacing.

A rich and floral hop smell up front, citrussy.

Starts with a medium hop front, then hits the back of the tongue with a sour something, a hoppy and malty double whammy. The alcohol is actually masked pretty well with the loads of hop/malt expolsion. But the alcohol comes through in the mouthfeel, very agressive action through and down the throat.

Do'nt really know about this beer. Kind of like it, but not so much.

Photo of ChiSox05
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong but balanced, chewy malt with a 9.2% kick
Tall, effervescent 1 1/2" head quickly dissipated to long lasting slowly thinning 1/3" head, cappucino foam, on pour carbonation bounces off surface down back into the malt packed brew, then heads back up. Brilliant cherry wood amber color. Orange peel smells, room filling hops and walnuts in the background. Malty cake with black cherries. All with the presence of great green rich hops. infused simple syrup. estery. Raisens, currant. Chewy and good. Malt paves the tongue, coats it then the hops tear over it. Just short of thick with a mouthfell that is huge, constantly noticeable. Alcohol warms the entire stomach, and adds to the esters. Whatever the hell it is, barleywine, souped IPA, I'm buying more.

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

from the bottle. poured a deep mahogany with a big off white head. aroma wow the graefruit just jumps out there than a nice caramel maltness comes thru. flavor the grapefruit is not as strong as in the aroma but it is there up front than the malt and alcohol. got to get more of this

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Avery hopped-up beer. Piney aroma. Good retaining head and lace. Looks like an IPA. Citrus, carmel malted down bitterness, easy drink. More IPA than barleywine but a forced marriage of the two, that allows one to consume the 100 IBUs. Thanks Tupalev.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am trying to decide how to approach this. Many people have said it is really more of a DIPA than a barleywine. I think for me it is too warming of a beer to be a DIPA, and too hoppy for a barleywine. So i guess it doesn't fit neatly into either category. In any sense, it is an insanely hopped, high alcohol, fruity beer that is just perfect for the first snow of the year (like today).

A: Beautiful brew. Medium brown with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small ring around my Corsendonk glass. Lacing is incredible. The beer residue stays on the side of the glass through the session, which was quite drawn out.

S: Floral hops and citrus.

T: Very very fruity. It's unfortunate, however, that the fruitiness and the hops don't offset each other. They seem to be mutually exclusive. I think if the two disparate flavors somehow penetrated into one another, this would be a tremendous brew.

M: Nothing special here. Light and warming.

D: I killed the bomber pretty easily (well, aside from getting a bit drunk).

Photo of benito
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer. It pours a clear tangerine and ruby with good head and lacing. The bouquet is filled with hints of raisin, cotton candy, and citrus.

What I like best about this barleywine is the hop presence. The initial taste of dry bitterness caught me off guard though it was a wonderful set up for the malty, sweet finish, with its taste of prune and chocolate. I especially like this balance given that beers in this style so often take on the texture of cough syrup. The hops also help to hide the alcohol, making this rather (dangerously) drinkable.

A nice treat. I plan on buying at least two bottles for my cellar; at roughly five bucks a bomber, this is very well-priced for the quality of barleywine!

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby Amber with a nice deep head.

Smell is very floral of hops, even to the point of ressembling dandilions.
Big hoppy smell I must say to my rejoince like Goldorak said in his review.

Appearance: Translucent ruby amber, with a nice long head.

Smell: A big bag of grapefruits, with a touch of smokyness and sweet like strawberries.

Very unbalanced for a "Barley wine" very hoppy, very malty, a bomb of every ingredient, of course the hops takes over the whole. The beer is followed by malt, fruityness.

This beer taste more like an Imperial Pale Ale than a BW!

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

appearance: The white head is thin and short lived, only a thin sheet of bubbles on the surface of the beer remain. A head is easily roused by swirling the snifter. The beer is a very clear copper in color.

smell: Big hop aromas here. Wonderful, green, piney, grapefruit-y, fresh hops...and just the right amount. Notes of tropical fruits abound, over the underlying dark, sweet fruitiness provided by the malt. Imperial IPA meets barleywine here. Maybe some peach flavors. Wonderfully complex, sweet, and hoppy.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the higher end of the low range, and the body is medium.

taste: Wonderful hop/malt balance going on. Beautiful, sweet fruitiness tempered by a fresh, green hop bitterness. Plenty of hop flavor, too. Not cloying in any respect. I don't want to say too much, just try it.

drinkability: A bomber is enough, but shouldn't it be?

This beer was just awesome at cellar temperature on this 47 degree, rainy late-November night. The ethanol was wonderfully hidden. Probably a slight departure from the style constraints. Purchased at Whole Foods as one of the first barleywines available in NC.

Photo of tatterdash
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with a tan head which is quite bubbly and lively. Aroma was quit vineous and musty, with very strong malt character. Taste was highly hopped (of course), and bittersweet, with a one two punch of malt and hop, and a long finish. This is very smooth and velvety, definitely the barleywine's strong point. This a very drinkable barleywine and highly enjoyable. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Goldorak
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent ruby amber, with a nice long head.

Smell: A big bag of grapefruits, with a touch of smokyness and sweet like strawberries.

Taste: Plenty of malt and hops, giving it a bittersweet flavor. The booze is quite well hidden behing that bitchslap of hops, making it pretty unbalanced. Hop fans sharing this one with me rejoiced, those who look for equanimity and harmony winced. We did all agree however that this one was more IIPA than Barleywine.

Photo of jhscarborough
2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this garnet colored beverage at 50 F into a 20 oz tumbler fully expecting a barleywine. What I got was an Imperial IPA. In fact it was entered in the GABF as such and got a silver medal for it in 2004. I doubt they would have gotten a medal had it been entered as a barleywine. FYI: Imperial and Double IPAs are one and the same in the mouths of a certified judge. Soooo... as a barleywine I was not impressed with the taste or the mouthfeel. As a double or imperial IPA this is one fine example.

The aroma first strikes me as the citrusy character of Cascade hops but the flavor has the more subtle characteristics of Columbus hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the barleywine style but there again this is more appropriately an IPA and from a marketing standpoint might better be labeled as the Imperial IPA it is.

If you are looking for a barleywine look elsewhere. If you want an Double IPA this would be a 'good' choice.

I gave it high marks in appearance because of the clarity, and in drinkability because if I didn't know it was a barleywine I would have been content believing it was an IPA. My lower scores in the other categories were because it failed to meet the style standards.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Domingo
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of jaymirage
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of rodrot
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of NClifestyle
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.


Photo of hero27
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.