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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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very good

1,835 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 164 | 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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002)
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Photo of SteveO1231
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.


Photo of mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of unklesyd
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of JackStraw22
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Skidz
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of dgallina
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of gbontrag
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of kegerator
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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!!!

Photo of kaszeta
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of phishgator
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer came in a bomber donning a label depicting flying pigs, but no freshness date. The beer poured out nice and dignified, with a deep copper tone body, half inch thick persistent foamy head, and restrained slow rising carbonation. Aromatically, the hops were the primary smell with a rollicking grapefruit, mango, pine straw goodness. The malt was detected as a roasted nut and oak background smell.

The taste was a smooth mix of vanilla, toffee, grapefruit, raisins, peat smoke, and mango. The thick juicy body coated the tongue with each sip, and allowed these flavors to linger. Alcohol was evident, but not overpoweringly so. Warm and soft when sipped gingerly, but a bit stinging if gulped. A beer good enough to be included among the upper echelon of American Barleywines in my opinion. Lacks the intense hop punch of Bigfoot, Old Ruffian, or Old Crustacean, but makes it up with suave mellow demeanor making it more approachable.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App: Head is thick, chunky and clings to the side of the glass exceptionally well. Color is dark brown/amber.

Smell: By far the most enjoyable aspect of this beer. The smell is incredibly complex with a strong prune backbone and hints of everything from lemon to chocolate. Hops barely come through at all.

Taste: Follows the smell closely. Lots of thick prune malt. Flash of chocolate at the end. Hops are present more in the puckering aftertaste. Alcohol is warming in both the mouth and the stomach. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: Very thick and smooth. Slight pleasant burning from the alcohol. Drinkability is average for the style.

I like smelling it more than drinking it.

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

Splitting this bomber with a worthy companion, my glass is filled with a lovely sanguinous ale. This scarlet hue is so damn inviting. Big malts and sweet caramel with some toffee greet my nasal passage and are blessed by citrous and spicy hops. Its 100 IBUs are immediately apparent in the nose. Big alcohol flexes its muscle in the aroma. Flavor is much more balanced than I would have expected based on the smell. Of course, the big malt bill makes itself known with smoothness and sweetness. Sugar and caramel are there and do not go away. Spicy hops attempt to mutiny, but are turned back. Some citrous comes in but is also put down by the malts. Warm alcohol has the last say, but the sweetness carries though into the finish. Interestingly enough, hops have the last say with a citrous aftertaste. Hell of a brew to split with a fellow BA.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

dark amber in a duvel glass.. only with a vigorous pour does some bubbly froth emerge from the liquid. pretty dense, clear but hard to see through. lacing is sparse but sticky.. aroma here is burnt sugar, demented hops and alcohol. slight ginger notes. overwhelming with heat and spicyness in the nose. taste is far too bitter for the conflicting sweet vanilla malt. alcohol bite in the finish mixed with a cedary, chalky hop bitterness really offends after the initial sweetness disappears. warmth brings it a little further into drinkability.. not surprising considering the style, and the fact that it's avery, but for 9.2% i'd expect something a little more developed and well balanced between extremes. barleywines are best when the potency fades into a complex mellow vibe.. not when your mouth is accosted from all sides.

probably much better in a year or two, i'll hold a bottle (when i can get another) and sit on it.

thanks unionmade, ill stick to the storm!

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a killer hop aroma that is really bitter and floral. The taste is good. It has a warm, rich malt base with a very bitter hop flavor and aftertaste. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good barley wine, but I've had better. The aroma is great. It really has quite a hoppy character. The taste is more hops than malts though. This is a good drinking beer.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.