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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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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 59
Gots: 179 | FT: 6
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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 badbeer
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber color with an off-white head leaving sticky lacing all around the glass. The smell of this one is awesome, it has some caramel in the background, but mostly consists of citrus fruits, and a very strong smell of pineapple. Taste starts out hoppy with combinations of pine and citrus fruits, then hits you with a subtle maltiness, finished with pineapple. Mouthfeel is full bodied and just the right amount of carbonation, truly feels wonderful on the palate. Would I have another, oh hell yes. Definately worth picking up, I will be getting more as soon as I can.

Photo of amstelcat
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow- this one is a hop bomb! Hard to overstate how hoppy this one is, from the aroma to the aftertaste, this beer has got some bite. Aroma is super grassy with a piney aftertaste. No floral hop character that I could discern but you do know this is a higher alcohol beer as you drink it. A different barley wine...you could claim it was a DIPA or call it a TIPA for god's sake. Since I like double IPAs, I liked this beer.

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

A nice copper color that is cloudy in the glass, a white head formed slightly and laced nicely. The first scent is immense hop aromas, with citrus scents being the strongest. A touch of malty sweetness comes in there as well. The taste is almost a reverse of the scent, the malt hits the palate and then the hops begin to smash through, bringing a wonderful hop flavor that stands out. The mouthfeel is slightly heavy, maybe a little chewy, but leaves a dry finish in the mouth. This barleywine is solid, the strong flavor anf the alchol content make this sipping beer. It most resembles a comfy food, it makes feel relaxed, warm, and peaceful inside while drinking this wonderful beer.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heaven... I'm in heaven... and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak...

The fresh hop aromas of grapefruit and orange zest fairly leap out of the brilliantly clear amber body of this glorious Barleywine. Some medium-dark malt notes combine with a good dose of alcohol in the nose. I must say the aroma of this big bad boy really knocks my socks off. Wait, did I just use the phrase "knocks my socks off"? I think I did...

The lupulin onslaught continues unflagged on the palate, with fantastic fresh citrus hops all the way. Wow. Is there malt in there somewhere too? Well sure, it's there, taking the form of soft caramel ... and there's some alcohol lurking around as well... but HOPS!

This beer, big as it is, seems to slide right down the throat. As a BW this is almost refreshing. Hog Heaven is one of my favorites.

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

A - Pours a cloudy orange/amberish color, some carbonation, thin head, nice lacing through out the drink.

S - Scents of hops aplenty, sweet malts, and under tones of citrus.

T - The taste is very hoppy, with a nice bit of sweetness/tangyness. The finish is clean.

M - Medium body. Not much carbonation, very hoppy.

D - Very drinkable. I like this Barleywine and would buy again. Yes, it also reminds me of a Double IPA.

Photo of johnniemarg
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a nice fat frothy ivory head. Crazy amount of beautiful lacing.

I wasn't expecting this, but the aroma is almost all hops. Piney. Maybe a little sweet citrus malt underneath. Smells like an IPA. Just looked at the label - 100 IBUs.

Taste is mostly piney hops too. There's something too astringent about it. I'm surprised this is called a barleywine. It's a double IPA to me, and not a fantastic one. The astringency is fading away as this warms, making it more palatable.

Mouthfeel is spicy and creamy; medium-bodied.

I'm not too crazy about this stuff. Too astringent, but like I said, the astringency fades somewhat as the beer warms. I'm confused how anyone could call this brew a barleywine. At 9% and with this level of hopping, there's very little about it that is in any way similar to any barleywine I've ever had. This is a Double IPA. Period.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber color with a thick and creamy half-inch+ of tan head. The head looked as if it was going to be around for a few minutes as it slowly crept down the glass. There were only a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it stayed and left some significant lacing on the way down. Thick beer!

Aroma: Through the foam I get a bunch of hops and some sweet and slightly toasty malt. There is a noticeable peppery spiciness here that you can tell is from the alcohol. The hops are a huge player in the aroma profile, and start to turn really citrusy as the beer sits for a little bit.

Taste: It starts out with some assertive sweetness in the beginning, but this doesn't last long as the hops swoop in to take over the show. There are some fruity flavors that make an appearance that seem to be derived from a combination of hops and fermentation by-products. There is some really assertive bitterness that shines its head pretty early on in the sample, and they play a big role in the finish. The finish is mostly balanced with a slight tip toward the bittering. After the sweetness goes away a little bit you get a small blast of the hops again to linger long into the finish with some noticeably warming alcohol. There is quite a bit of carbonation for such a big beer.

Opinion: I really enjoy this Barley Wine. It's not JUST because it is a Barley Wine in a 22oz bomber bottle, but it really is a pretty tasty brew. The hops are a little big in the finish for my taste, but I imagine that this comes from the 100IBU's printed on the side of the bottle. Old Ruffian is about 85IBU's, and I believe that is a little closer to what my palate prefers. This is still an excellent beer, and one that I look forward to drinking again.

Photo of falloutsnow
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours from the bottle as a dark brown or amber color; when held to the light, it showcases a light amber with orange tint. Produces a dense two-finger head with larger bubbles on the top of the foam. This declines in a few minutes, leaving excellent lacing along the sides of the glass. Murky, but able to be penetrated by light, revealing scattered, sluggish carbonation. A bit light in color for a barleywine, but an impressive appearance nonetheless.
S: The hops were bursting out of the bottle as it was poured. As would be expected, citrus and grapefruit smells abound with a light bit of malt in the background. It's strange to experience this near-total lack of malt essence in a barleywine, and the style name seems to be loosely applied.
T: Similar to the smell, the overpowering characteristic is of grapefruit-rich, citrus-y hops that ever-so-slightly gives way to tastes of brown sugar, ginger, and cloves. Domination over the "barleywine" portion of the beer again, almost totally masking the fact that this is a grain-based beverage. Even for an American barleywine, the bitterness seems high.
M: Wonderfully thick, chewy mouthfeel that is somewhat surprising considering the amount of hop-references contained in the beer (as opposed to malt). Nearly nonexistent carbonation leaves the beer feel lacking vigor, though, just sitting in the mouth; if there was a slight bit more carbonation, it would do wonders for the mouthfeel. Expectedly dry finish practically forces one to take another sip.
D: This reminds me of an ESB or double IPA more than a barleywine. With the amount of hops used, the malt aspect seems like an afterthought or a feeling from the brewer that "we have to do this for the style." The notion of balance is unfortunately nonexistent here, as a bit of it would help this beer be much more palatable as a barleywine.

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

One of my favorite barley wine. Somewhat of a orange/brown color with a thin tan head that has some nice lacing. This beer smells and taste of hops and lot's of it. I pick up some grapefruit a little grassy and left with the taste of hops and some alcohol. Goes down easy. One or two of this bad boy is all thats needed...on most nights

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - In low light it appears almost ruby colored, in front of a light it looks cloudy orange-copper. Rich creamy head at first that diminishes to thick layer over the top (as if it might be somewhere other than on top!) Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma of pine/grapefruit American hops. There is also a sweet malty alcohol aroma.

T - If you sip it without inhaling there is a very predominant sweetness but once the aroma hits your nose the taste is hops all the way. Admittedly I am not familiar with barley wines (yet) but it reminds me a lot of an IPA, same grapefruit and pine hops and enough alcohol to call it an Imperial IPA.

M - Good carbonation for a high alcohol brew. Medium viscous feeling in the mouth.

D - This is a good beer. I enjoyed it start to finish and I will certainly buy it again.

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

22 oz. bomber pored into a snifter. this beer pours a nice ruby red with a little bit of orange highlights. a nice white head the fades away quickly with moderate lacing. candy to my eyes. the smell has a strong alcohol scent. also has some cherry and hops in the background. the taste is piney. has a little alcoholic taste as well with some hops. this is my first barleywine so i'm new to this style but i'm very interested in trying more barleywines. this was a nice introduction.

Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, Sadhanna probably 3 months ago...been in cellar fridge since then

appearance: a dark and clear golden amber pour, a nice fluffy white head forms but recedes quickly and leaves only light lacing behind...looks quite juicy

smell: sweet fresh darker fruit...plum, cherry, apple....toasted sweet malt, juicy citrus hop - mostly grapefruity, strong pine aromas, sweet alcohol, molasses, caramel

taste: pretty decent barley wine but nothing really sticks out. tis a hop monster, very bitter pine hops...potent grapefruit and other citrus hop flavours, alcohol is certainly evident but since when does avery try and tone down the alcohol anyway? sweet caramel, plum, date, raisin, apple cider, slightly woody.

mouthfeel: very bitter, alcohol warming, syrupy, medium-full body, very strong

drinkability: 22oz will be a challenge, but i am up to it

Photo of cubedbee
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip. Pours a dark mahogany amber, a finger of off-white head, moderate amount of scattered lacing. Aroma is a strong grapefruit and citrus hops over a slightly sweet malt. Taste is lots more hops, strong, resinous, grapefruity, all over a sweet malt backbone with some slight fruitiness. Medium bodied with a smooth slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty solid barleywine, kind of like a toned down Bigfoot, nice and drinkable, but maybe a little overpriced.

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

01/24/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark amber colored pour. Nice streaming carbonation. 3/4 inch white head with average lace left behind.

Smell- A fairly overwhelming hop scent hits you at first. After you get past that, a sweet malt scent comes into play. Hops are very grapefruit in nature with some lemon aspects as well. The malt has a lightly roasted nose to it.

Taste- Is this Bigfoot Jr? Really reminds me of Bigfoot, except maybe a touch smoother. Gobs and gobs of grapefruit and pine resin flavored hops. A truly lovely sweet malt backbone as well. They play off each other very well. Maybe even a few dark fruits floating around also. Alcohol is present and makes itself known in a hurry.

Mouthfeel- Lighty creamy with an average carbonation for a barleywine. Super warming and hits you harder than you would expect as I am finding out this morning.

Drinkability- In the mold of Bigfoot, I find this beer to be one of the better barleywines out there. That is, if you don't mind a truckload of hops.

Photo of kingjames1
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, with a beautiful white, fluffy head settling to a very satisfying lace. The smell is grapefruit citrus mixed with caramel, rum and honey. Very nice. The taste a little disappointing, but only a little. I wish the malts came through a little more potently. THe bitter hops definitely dominates the palate. But I likes it.

Solid carbonaiton and mouthfeel, and very drinkable for a strong barelywine. Worth checking out imo.

Photo of nvsblman
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with minimal head and a little light lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt with piney hops and a slight hint of vanilla. It is an interesting aroma, although it's a little on the light side. The taste echoes the sweet malt and piney hops, but the vanilla and a little oak is also more present. The hops are strong but not overpowering. This was a little thinner than I expected, but not too thin. Pretty drinkable, but it seems a little more like a DIPA than a barleywine.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.49/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out with a deep red hue, capped by an ivory head with moderate retention, though no lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit amidst a surging scent of hops and alcohol.

Taste: Astringent bitterness (without ever being flavorful) from start to finish, even harshly so, and with little to no malt base to balance it back out. The finish is caustically acidic and develops into a rather stinging aftertaste. I did not detect the "explosion of sweet malts" mentioned on the label. This brew is simply *crawling* with bitterness.

Listen, the denizens of the beer world won't beg for balance, we're above that. But look at what's happening here, folks! I, for one, long for the Salad Days that balanced beers provided.

Hint: this beer is really a Double IPA.

Avery Brewing Co. thought they could pull the wool over my eyes by calling this a barleywine, but I've shown them that they need to get up a *little* earlier in the morning if they wanna think about tricking me!

Mouthfeel: Medium, though a tad bit thin for a barleywine. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhere, one of the multitude of hopheads out there is nodding with satisfaction. "A job well done!" they may say.

However, I found this singularly one-dimensional beer to be unpleasantly unbalanced and disappointing for a barleywine (which I feel should display at least a modicum of balance and harmony within the fabulous potency of it's flavors).

This beer is a step in the wrong direction for Avery Brewing Co.

Photo of nickss
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper-orange hue with a sizeable cream colored rocky head. Huge chunky lace clings to the side of the glass throughout the drink.

Huge hoppy aroma.... like a DIPA, except with some rich malt backbone... however the aroma is definitely overwhelmed by hops... a telling sign of an imbalanced brew, as the 100 UBUs would suggest. A certain amount of caramel and bourbon is present as well.

Crushing hop profile.... I LOVE IT!... this brew is unabashedly unbalanced.... aggressively hopped, and wonderfully bitter, while still maintaining a certain depth and richness one would expect from a barleywine. However, definitely of the American variety. Not quite as well done as Great Divide's brew in my mind, but still quite a satisfying barleywine. A certain amount of bourbon is present in the flavor as well... quite nice.

The mouthfeel is dominated by the hoppy bite, yet maintains the consistency of a DIPA... I would like it to be a bit thicker, but a small complaint.

Quite drinkable for me considering the 9.2 abv... but I could imagine many others finding this one difficult to drink. I, however, find the overwhelming hoppines to be a welcome respite from other boring barleywines I have tried of late. Nice.... and while not a session beer, I find myself having to force myself to slow down. Definitely worth a try at a very reasonable price tag. Enjoy!

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will first note that this tasting was done at a club meeting and it was barley wine night so this did tatse a little "watery".

poured a copper with a off white head that fell into a buitiful lace.
the aroma was citrus, malty, hopsack.
the flavor was malt, hopsack, carmel, bitter.
the mouthfeel was as described before watery, but i have had this before and i remember it having a to style mouthfeel. on the light end of the style.

Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a wide mouthed pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing murky amber / ruby coloration. The head was an off white coloration and was two fingers thick. Sparse lacing lines the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very nice spicy berry combination.

Taste: The beer leads in with a taste of berries going over into citrus and pine combination. The hop assault is very pleasing in its bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is meduim to full bodied. There is an unbalanced quality to the beer that is not unpleasant. The 100 IBUs dont really taste all that bitter. The alcohol is definately present but I think this adds to the flavor. Over all a good strong ale; however, I am not certain about calling this a barley wine.

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.

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.