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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 907
Hads: 1,995
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 71
Gots: 230 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 907 | Hads: 1,995
Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is a borderline imperial IPA. You get the big hop character in the nose, and in the first sip. The resin/pine taste turns into a toffee, sweet candy taste.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

My first barley wine. Different for sure. Not much head but what's there is beige and light. Aroma is Carmel and fruit and yeast. Chocolate, caramel, some fruit. Chewy. Nice bitterness afterwards. Back of the throat pow. Not my last barley wine.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: dark amber and clear, thick head as big as you want of tan foam

S: piney and bright hops percolate through rich caramel malts

T: following the nose, the hops are aggressive and keep things crisp, bringing pine and resin bitterness to the malty toffees and barley grain

M: medium-full bodied feel, ample carbonation; chewy but tight - nice balance to the feel

O: an American barleywine that borders on the DIPA - hop action is strong enough to meet the malts midway - some chew, but mostly on the finish - otherwise maintains a nice bitterness that cuts through the sugars of the malts. I really dug it. Think of it as a malty DIPA or a hoppy American barleywine. Real nice drinking.

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Photo of Sinfull
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Haze brown color , medium creamy head. Beauty aroma of hops and fruits. Hops in taste , sweet on the start and good bitterness in the middle and finish. Great full-bodied beer

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Big dry hop nose with citrus, grapefruit, floral and pine over dark yeast driven dried fruit and malt spice.
Pours brilliantly clear red to copper tinted amber under a 1" lightly copper tinted off-white foam cap that quickly dissipates but produces rich lace.
Palate: Sweet caramel malt and dried fruits (fig and dates), balanced by an assertive hop bitterness and big alcohol. The hops, malt and yeast flavors mask the big alcohol. The components are big but well balanced. Has gin and tonic level bitterness.
Chewy with gentle carbonation - a very fine bead. Warming.

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Photo of jellikit
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: deep autumn-copper. Thin head that clings to side of glass. Thin lacing. Clear.

S: sweet caramel. Juicy-fruit. My wife says tangerine. Small alcohol hint at the back end.

T: Dark caramel. Pine tar. Alcohol.

M: medium carbonation. Big body like Kate Upton.

O: decent barley wine. Drier than I anticipated. Good flavor. Big bitterness. Would have rated higher but the bitter lingers too long turning into an almost unpleasant flavor. Not to shy away, though.

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Photo of JG-90
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hog Heaven pours a moderate sized, thick and creamy, tan colored head that has great retention and leaves heavy lacing. Body is a pretty clear brown/peach color. Smells of earthy hops, caramel and toasty malt, and musty citrus rind.

Taste starts with sweet malt, then orange rind with a touch a grapefruit, next is piney hops with burnt caramel malts. Has a grapefruit and dank hop finish which both linger in the aftertaste along with more citrus rind. Feel is average with high carbonation for the style, a little creamy and pretty chewy.

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Photo of Hex92
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If I had read the small print on the side of the bottle about it maybe should have been called 'hop heaven' I wouldn't have bought it. I am not a hop fan, malty is what I look for in a beer.

BUT....this beer is does have some malt to balance out the hops a bit. I don't think it tastes much like a barley wine at all.

It smells like an IPA and tastes very similar to one.

Overall an interesting beer, but since I have 500 beers to choose from at my local store I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hog Heaven Avery

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint at about cellar temp.

Does not look the part of a Barleywine. Looks more like a West Coast hoppy red. Clear red, nice frothy offwhite color. Nice looking beer, even considering my glass choice... but definitely doesn't look on style.

Scent is a little off style too. Candied fruit, but hops far outweigh malts.

Taste isn't initially as off as I expected. First few sips bring a strong presence of sweet malt character. However. The back end is over hopped. I wonder if this would be better chilled?

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium to full bodied. Appropriate carbonation. 3.75

Overall, a serious bummer. Not bad, but not good on the style.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Color is a dark honey-red. Almost two fingers of head, which dissipates only after some minutes have gone by. Excellent lacing. My half-empty glass looks very attractive :)

There's a whiskeyness to the smell, very wooden, very dry.

Tastes like an oak-aged DIPA. Some caramel in there, but overwhelmed by hop bitterness, especially in the finish.

Not much of a barley wine, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A slightly hazy, ruddy amber, with a smallish white head in a tulip glass.

A terrific aroma. The dry hopping is plainly evident in the nose, citrusy and bright, though a sweet malt overlay is what I'm mostly responding to. White gumball + grapefruit = yum!

On first sip, the hops barge in as a white-grapefruit bitterness. As the beer warms, a round tone of vaguely sweet malt follows. I'm struck by the resemblance to Bell's Third Coast Old Ale.

This is a serious accomplishment. Exceptional balance and smoothness. The only drawback for me is the relentlessness of the grapefruit on the back end. It just won't quit, which becomes a bit astringent.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/25/2012. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and caramel/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, bread, light pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, bread, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of citrus/floral hop and caramel/bready malt flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barelywine. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at ca 45F.
A - Pours an amber color with a single finger of head that slowly gives way to a light lacing.
S - Smells mostly of hops, with a slight amount of ester overtone.
T - Very hop forward with a slight amount of apple/ester in the background.
M - Light bodied for a barley wine with the typical modest amount of carbonation.
O - Not really a barley wine but more of a very hoppy double/triple IPA. Fairly unidimensional, hops and lots of it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. No obvious bottle dating, but since just released I'll guess vintage 2013.

A nice glowing orange to red ruby hue, and nearly crystal clear. Head is off tan to white and super creamy in appearance. Not much retention but also a nice creamy thick collar and bright shiny top on the glass. Good looking beer.

Great smelling nose to go with the appearance. Large aromas of hop dank qualities. Juiced fleshy orange rind, earthy soil to match as well. Very controlled but large, virtually no sweetness sensing.

For it's surprising large aromas it's quite light bodied. Slightly wet mouthfeel but with a good malt coating that still manages to pass the flavors along. Hopped dank earth, and mellow sweetness. Finishes very clean and light surprisingly, with a hint of orange/grapefruit hop finish. Very long hop aromas of pine bitterness round out.

Overall it's just a pretty solid barleywine.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a Belgian tulip.

A- Finger and a half thick head, pale, creamy and frothy. There's lots of lace. The beer's a dark copper color with blonde hues.

S- Sweet, creamy and vanilla-like with heavy hops kicking off some slight citrus, pine and spice. It's a pungent, potent aroma I'm getting.

T- Piney and grassy hops, hop spice, some sweet malt with vanilla and caramel, slight coppery taste. The malt presence is mellow but sweetens the beer considerably.

M- Bitter and dry at the finish, sweet and creamy at the middle, and the hop presence is noticeable with a tinge of spice.

O- Good, like many Avery offerings, but there's a slight offtaste and more bitterness than I desire.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby, hint of orange with a big fluffy light creamy head that fades quickly leaving tons of lacing.
Smells of caramel malt with tons of hops; lots of citrus rind and pine, huge hop aroma.
Taste is huge...big sweet bready malt, caramel and cracker, with a punch of hops. Pine and citrus rind, bitterness to the end destroying the malt. Well-balanced but bold.
Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied and crisp for the style.
Overall, a very American barleywine. Huge hops, crisp mouthfeel, same high alcohol and malt backbone. Awesome!

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Photo of jpro
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz from the Northbridge Pig blowout sale...

A: Pours a crystal-clear garnet / red; light beige, one-finger head dies down to a thin sheen of retention, leaving a few dots of lace.

S: Rich caramel malt; brown sugar; punch of resin; nostril burn.

T: A doozy... Huge hop bitterness - pine resin and pith; sugary malt; some toast and caramel towards the end.

M: A bit harsh / rough around the edges; tonsil puckering bitter; full-bodied; high carbonation.

O: A bit too much for me; a sipper... no other way to drink this; gets a little smoother as it warms.

*from notes: 01.26.14

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Photo of msquared36
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper tint bordering on pink. Thin head with moderate lacing.

Smells primarily of roasted malt with chocolate and alcohol notes.

Initial taste of bread and honey. Follows with a resiny hop bitterness that lingers.

Moderate carbonation that works well with the beer. Very thick feel, almost chewy. Left a coating in my mouth.

Not a big barley wine drinker so can't really to compare to the style. Nevertheless, it's a tasty beer that is perfect for the single digits and snow outside.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent copper brown with a foamy tan head.

S: Orange, mango, nectarine, peach in the nose.

T: Somewhat tart, lemon, grapefruit, citrus peel, grass, pine and floral notes.

M: Medium full bodied with a somewhat smoother than IPA mouthfeel.

O: Definitely an American-style barleywine. Not the best, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My girl brought this bottle back from Binny's in Chicago, no bottled on date. Purchased only a week ago. Poured from a bomber at a cellared 51*

A - Pours a deep garnet / ruby color with a dense finger of light tan colored head. A nice collar of lacing holds to the sides when the foam faeds.

S - The aroma is overflowing with rich caramel malts, with notes of earthy, piney hops.

T/M - The taste is a great combination of sweet caramel malts and more of a fruity, citrusey hop. The aftertaste yields to notes of vanilla, some oaky-woodseyness, and a citrus peel bitterness. Mouthfeel is rather viscous, maybe even slightly syrupy (but I kinda like that in my barleywines). Perfect carbonation.

O - This barleywine hits all the right notes for me. Big caramel malt backbone, an even bigger hop profile that can stand up to the sweetness, great dense/full mouthfeel, and a slight warmth of alcohol that I want in a barleywine. Not an alcohol burn, but a nice inner warmth. Huge difference. Very easy to drink, and if Avery ever started to distro to Las Vegas, I'd be stocked up on this.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up sometime in 2012. Cool label with some foil and Avery logo over the cap. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting it warm up for a bit. Some sediment was clearly visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Poured down the middle the produced about a finger of khaki head which quickly faded away to a thick cap. The body was a clear brown with red highlights and impressive lacing for a beer of this style.

Smell: Nutty chocolate, sweet malts, prunes, raisins, and faded spice-piney hops.

Taste: Follows the nose with nuts/chocolate, raisins, sweet candy sugar, a stronger woody-herbal hoppyness and finishes with a drying heat.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Warming and drying.

Overall: A very solid American barleywine. In this bottle the hops have faded but retain an herbal, bitter presence. A nice nutty chocolate bar note was present (which I enjoy in barleywines) along with some very sweet, candy type malts. The mouthfeel was spot on; smooth, creamy, and warming. Overall, a recommend American style barleywine that is progressing nicely with age. Would love to try some variations of this beer like double dry hopping, barrel ageing, etc.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 27, 2013... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter...OCCASION: post-Christmas Les Mis viewing... APPEARANCE: red amber body; opaque. as twilight; white, opulent head; lacing is more than substantial.. AROMA: robust, bold hops; a candid, malty, grape-driven undercurrent hoists an intensely fragrant mass of East Coast pinecone... PALATE: a Javert-sized presence, proud and overbearing; strong, rum-like burn on the tongue; in time, the effect numbs and comforts, removing its bite as stronger spirits do...TASTE: malty--caramel immediately and often (chestnut too?), heavy at the throat; the 104 IBUs are tamped down but cloy enough to keep; same astringency in the exhale detracts slightly from an otherwise powerful flavor ... OVERALL: Admittedly, the wine drinking in the film played slightly with my perspective, but tasting this malty wine of a beer also made the film even more vibrant...BIG is the word this beer warrants--a handsome, dangerous fist in a snifter, resilient as Valjean .

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Photo of utopiajane
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours hazy orange copper with a fat stream of bubbles rising up from the murky bottom. The beer has a nice blush on it and a fat head of tan foam that is tinged with orange and fell slowly and left good lace.

Nose is fruity and malty with plenty of sweetness. Caramel malt, brown sugar. Bold citrus. Orange, lemon and the bright citrus peel. Little pine for good measure and is this a DIPA? Taste follows the nose all the way. A rich and silky mouthfeel brings a perfectly sweet orange, and tangerine fruit across the palate. it even has a bit of pith. The lemon peel falls to the background but keeps things bright and uplifted. The malt is endless and while it is sweet it isn't too heavy. There is a nice finish to this with a touch of sticky resin and bright fruit that lingers int eh aftertaste. the caramel is smooth as silk and there's a touch of warmth from alcohol. This is crisp and tastes like candied oranges.

Beer candy. The dry hopping gives it a lightness that's almost unbearable and the orange is ripe and juicy perfection. You might think this is DIPA but it's a big barley wine. Delicious.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to have equally good retention. The head is a light beige with hints of tan while the body is a dark amber that appears medium to dark amber when held up to the light. Lacing which tends toward sheeting.

Nose- The dry-hopping of this beer definitely shows- it shows so much that I just experienced my first cat piss aroma (at least from a beer). Additional citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit, with a good amount of mustiness. The glass shows some caramel and a slight whiff of alcohol. Swirling accentuates the cat piss smell which is mostly enjoyable.

Taste- Starts with caramel then moves into bitter hops- lots of grapefruit, pine, resin, matchstick, and earwax. Some heat as well. Much more subdued than Flat Tail was but not really my kind of barleywine. Some brighter, sweeter citrus makes this more bearable than my last barleywine. Fresh orange and lemon with touch a honey. Slight oak, slight brown bread keeps this from drinking just like a tame IIPA. Surprisingly restrained for 104 IBUs. Pretty good balance and integration for a young barleywine. It's a little brash but that's mostly from the strong presence of the hops. Above average to good. I could see this being a solid good after some aging. It's mostly good at this point. Some tropical fruits (papaya), melon, and spice on the finish are pushing this toward a solid good right now. Heat had a tiny presence but seems to have faded.

Mouthfeel- A little more than heavy bodied with some syrup to the texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability- The bitter hops are a bit much at first but will make a hophead happy. Slight instances of heat but nothing that detracts. Fair price at 8 bucks a bomber but a little too bitter for me to buy again. Maybe I would buy one to age.

Overall- Mostly good beer with some tendencies toward above average. Very much an American Barleywine as displayed by its vigorous hopping. I would give it a try. Might even buy another bottle to see what aging will do but probably not

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Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired at a local bottle shop a year ago and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip/wine glass hybrid glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its current rating and the brewery. Reviewed as a barleywine because the label clearly identifies it as such. 9.2% ABV confirmed. 104 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 6+ minutes. Decent consistency.

Body colour is a glowing translucent light amber. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing if standard appearance for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Floral hop character, pale malts, cream, caramel, marshmallow, bread crust, and caramalt.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant but non-ideal aroma of moderate strength.

T: Marshmallow, floral hop character, caramalt, heavy caramel, bread crust, bready malts, and some amber malts. Rotten orange. Stale/overripe grapefruit. Pithy. Way too bitter and horribly imbalanced. Build is neither cohesive nor gestalt. Very unimpressive. Too hoppy for the style - which should be malt-dominant. Lacks sufficient sweetness. Still, it has some subpar candi sugar notes. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Lacks complexity; it's pretty simple. Not nuanced, intricate, or subtle.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Has some alcohol warmth. Has an unbecoming coarseness. The smoothness/dryness is also off. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile really at all. Bad presence on the palate. That said, it doesn't have the weight of most barleywines.

Not oily, astringent, or gushed.

Dr: Downable but very unremarkable. Far from Avery's strongest work. I certainly wouldn't get it again. Age hasn't done it any favours either. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. It's a pretty mediocre barleywine. I expected far better. It'll get you drunk, but it won't please the discerning drinker. Quite poor for a barleywine, all around. Badly executed.


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Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.