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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 ZoomanCru
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

App: Deep copper brown appearance with a two finger off white head with good retention and significant lacing. No visible bubble stream, but the head maintains.

Smell: Nose almost entirely hops, which is odd for a barleywine style. Subtle notes of grapefruit and pine. Some alcoholic volatility in the background. Deep, almost unidentifiable bitter smell lurking.

Taste: Tastes almost like a double IPA but without the overbearing bitterness that frequently accompanies them. Cannabis like pungency in the hops accompanied by a slight passion fruit sweetness. Combative malt sweetness, with deep caramel notes and pleasant hops bitterness. Tastes very much like an incredibly strong and well balanced APA.

Mouth: Mild carbonation makes for a round mouthfeel with a slight alcoholic heat that is present, but not persistent.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip.

A: Pours a deep copper color with one to two finger off white head. Lots of nice sticky lacing.

S: Sweet biscuits, caramel, piney resin, bitter hops.

T: Caramel, brown sugar up front mixed with hop assaulting the back. Very nice blend between the sweetness and hops.

M: Full bodied. Coats the tongue nicely. Almost a syrup quality to the body.

O: A nice twist on a barley wine. Enough hops to make it original but enough sweetness to keep it squarely in the barley wine camp. Nice job guys!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in a tulip glass.

A: Garnet colored with a sticky, off-white head. Noticeable carbonation in the head.

S: Fruity esters, brown sugar, potent hops and smoke.

T: Biscuity sweetness and then a heavy dose of piney and acidic hop resin. The hop flavor is immense, but the sweetness returns and rounds out the experience. There is a cured meat saltiness as well that also benefits from the high level of malts which contribute sweetness.

M: A syrupy texture that doesn't over-dry your tongue and lingers on the roof of your mouth.

O: A beast (pun intended) of a beer! The complexity of this beer is hard to beat as you traverse a full flavor spectrum. It's a lot to take in and best enjoyed in sips rather than gulps. While the alcohol is not over powering, it does catch up with you. Overall, one of the best examples of the style and there are few that match its intensity.

Note: If you're looking for a real kick in the teeth, Avery will produce from time to time a Double Hopped Barleywine known as the Überschwein. It is only available directly at the brewery, but jump I encourage Barleywine fans to try it. The smoky, meat flavors come alive even more in that version.

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Photo of kennymule
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a tulip:

A: deep copper with ½ finger head with little lacing.
S: malt, brown sugar and alcohol with faint hops
T: caramel on the front, quickly followed by huge hop bitterness. Alcohol is present but finish is warm and hoppy.
M: medium mouth feel with a dry finish that keeps you wanting another sip.
O: does not taste like any barleywine that I’ve tasted before. Actually more of a DIPA, but at $7.00 a bomber is well worth a try. I definitely will by this again.
Serving type: 22oz bomber.

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Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A- Brownish red, with the red really coming out in direct light. Yellow-tan head. Retention is okay, but lacing and legs are very nice.

S- Resin in the forefront, and big. Caramel backbone lurks in the back, though. Sting of hop and booze come up in the nose as well. Is there such thing as nosefeel?

T- Malt comes up more in the taste, with more of a citrus peel hop flavor. Pretty big hop for a barleywine, but apparently this was brewed before the era of the term: double IPA.

M- A pretty creamy body, with a bitter bite of a finish.

O- Great beer. I was looking for a barleywine, at least one with more of a balance, but I couldn't consider this a double IPA. Tasty.

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Photo of kell50
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled picked up at Total Wine for $8.99. Poured bomber to Closed for Business snifter.

A - It pours a robust orange orange color that appears to literally attach to the glass. Not much of a head to speak of, but many tiny bubbles floating on the top.

S - Hog Heaven is a huge beer with caramel/toffee malt notes and a strong punch of American hops. I notice some citrus; grapefruit, orange, etc.

T - Huge caramel notes hit first, slightly sweet and slightly floral. Quite a sticky, viscous brew that slowly slides across my entire palette and down the hatch. Alcohol isn't super noticeable, but you undoubtedly know you're drinking a huge beer.

M - A medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. I appreciate Avery making a big, full flavored American Barleywine and not a dumbed-down/thin version of one.

O - In summation, Avery's Hog Heaven is big, bold, aggressive barleywine that stands up well against its peers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avery no longer distributes to my neck of the woods, and the micropub I frequent hasn't quite noticed the value in their massive stock of Avery brews in their cellar. It seems like they're killing off their stock, because this bad boy was $4.50, and 3 years aged. Woo!

A - Copper hue, bits of yeast floating around, no head, carbonated bubbles streaming slowly.

S - Incredible hop wetness, malty, sweet french toast-like aroma.

T - Insanely drinkable. I mean, insane for 10%. That's what the bottle said anyway, maybe they made it 9.2% recently. But wow, no presence of any sort of booze, but you felt it. Warming, sweet caramel and maple syrup toast, with a tropical hop flavor with absolutely no bitterness (killed off with age, I guess). Slightly spiced, but nothing compared to your average pumpkin or something like that. Complex with a strong, delicious flavor.

M - Sticky, warming, oily.

O - Insane for $4.50. Next time I'm back, I'm getting 2 more bottles. Just wow. One of the best Barleywine experiences I've had, and I've had plenty. I am positive the age had something to do with it.

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Photo of kmkcol
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from 2013 poured in a snifter.

Appearance: deep copper red

Smell: floral hops

Taste: the hops dominate, but there is a malty sweetness that is typical of the barleywine style

Mouthfeel: medium body with soft carbonation. Creamy.

Overall: A great beer that I will buy again. The hop-forward aroma is a nice addition to the barleywine style.

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Photo of uhcougar
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

January 2013 bottle consumed late Sept 2013 at 50 degrees

Aroma - Hops and malt sweetness, a nice balance. Hops have faded a bit due to the age

Appearance - Copper, nice off white head

taste - here again a good balance between the american hops and malt, some bitterness but also some toffee caramel going on too

Mouthfeel - medium body, I felt it could use a hair more body, but it does coat the tongue nicely

This is a great bargain at $6 a bottle and is always available. I need to age one for longer. I have heard rumors that this was really just a DIPA made before there was that category. Tasty nonetheless, and widely available here in TX at Specs.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter. I believe this is from 2010 or 2011.

A: Pours a hazy, almost murky amber color with two fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Caramel malts and dark fruit mix with a surprising amount of citrus and pine hops given the age, which I believe is around 3 years. Smells fairly dry.

T: Very well balanced. Medium to high bitterness balances with caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Hops flavor is also quite present with grapefruit and pine.

M: Medium thickness with good carbonation.

O: A great Barleywine - very well balanced with a complex malt and hop profile. There are a surprising amount of hops left in such an old beer.

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Photo of minterro
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought from Little's Wine and Liquor

Poured into a snifter and paired with spaghetti and salad

A&S: Translucent amber colored beer. Not much head, but a pretty decent amount of off-white lacing. Tropical hops and sweet malts pull through the most in the aroma. Hints of alcohol (maybe white wine pinot grigio) is present, but not as much as in the taste.

T&M: Powerful hop profile (borderlining a double ipa), including tropical and citrus components. Bitter, clean finish. Low-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not always a fan of the hoppy barleywine varieties but this one is done very well. Maybe a tad too much hops, but as for a my palate is concerned I could care less about a lot of hops. Another well done beer by Avery.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from Lil Roberts in Concord. Unable to determine the age. It only lasted a week in the fridge. Poured into a tulip glass

A- Deep ruby (cloudy) with a one finger head that moves to thin lace that hangs on the side of the glass

S - a smattering of hops and sugar

T - whoa...there is a burst of hops, grapefruit, then some toffy and saltiness, then a vanilla ice cream like finish . As it warms, the bitterness takes the finish back over. It almost begins to resemble a red IPA.

M - carbonation is sharp on the mid tongue, medium to slightly below medium heft, a tinge of wateriness. Check.

O - recommended for the finish alone. The beginning sweetness, then later when the hops and bitterness dominate. Worth a try. Unless overly hoppy bitter beers scare you.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Cellared for one year.

A: Burnt orange/brown color. Murky. Khaki colored head settles to an eighth of an inch but holds there. Thin, broken rings of lacing remain.

S: Sweet malt scents of caramel, bread pudding, and treacle. Grassy and citrusy hops have mellowed and faded into the background.

T: Lots of caramel. Treacle, bread crust, bread pudding. Figgy, berry esters. Hops are much more emphatic than they were on the nose. Very earthy, herbal and spicy, oily and green. Flashes of citrus peels. Spike of alcohol toward the back end. Bitter, spicy and oily hops finish.

M: Thick, hefty body. Very full and chewy. Low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. A 'meal in a glass' type of beer,

O: Even after a year in the cellar, the hops still command a great deal of attention. This is an American-style barleywine through and through. Very smooth and drinkable despite its size. This is a beer that grows on you with each sip.

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Photo of Thezapper
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy dark copper with a nice head.

Smell: Earthy hops and some booze.

Taste: Lots of hops in this barley wine. I get a hint of sweetness off the bat which gives way immediately to big hops. Warming booze kicks in momentarily and then ends with earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nice carbonation.

Overall: A little on the dry side for a barley wine, I wouldn't mind a touch more sweetness. Still a good brew though very enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a clear dark amber color with about a finger of head, decent retention and some nice splotches of lacing.

Smell is nice- like a cross between a DIPA and a barleywine. Strong malt characteristics with a definite punch of piney hops. A touch of booze in there as well but pretty mild.

Tastes pretty great- definitely lots of really nice hops throughout the sip. Starts of with some earthy, piney hops, then gets into just a ton of caramel malts, followed and finished by a nice clean bitterness. Finish is long and earthy.

Mouthfeel is very nice as well- medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and not too sticky considering the style. Folks this is an excellent barleywine- I'm drinking it in the 90+ degree heat of the manhattan summer and it's still really great so get it if you can!

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer comes in a clear dark copper color.

The aroma has a more flat aroma. The beer unfortunately does not have a bottle date. However, it has tons of sweet resiny woody pine. Again, not huge, but you also get some fruity aroma in there.

The flavor follows has it does taste more like a big triple malty IPA. It has tons of caramel sweetness, but still crisp. Then the flavor follows with a huge pine, earthy, grass, deep bitter tea, soil bitterness. The alcohol isn’t too big on this though it’s bit a there.

In the end, this is quite an enjoyable beer. It’s pretty drinkable for a barleywine, though a bit flat on the aroma and flavor, the deep bitter aftertaste is quite good. I would like to see how this beer is fresh, because I do think I'm getting that flat oxidized aroma on this.

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

A: Dark copper with little head retention.

S: Sweet caramel with a punch of hops. Citrus and earthy hop aromas hitting you on all sides. Cherry and strawberry with pine and resin. Very hoppy aroma but it is delicious!

T: Lots of toffee and melted caramel up front. Sweet. Pine and resin on the end. Very earthy and hoppy. A touch of tobacco and orange. Musky.

M: Like syrup, heavy and no carbonation. full bodied.

O: Very enjoyable. An extremely hoppy American Barleywine. Lots of cool fruity and earthy flavors going on here. Another? Yes please. /88

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not certain how long this has been cellared - at least a couple of years - but the barley wine character has definitely been maintained. Boozier flavours than I would choose, but appropriate for the style.

Bottle pours a beautiful golden amber colour, albeit with limited head or carbonation. Malt-forward aroma includes definite barrel tannins. Hops have faded in the body despite the decently bitter finish, albeit not as dry as I'd expected with the 104 IBU listing on the bottle. Caramelized malt start transitions to caramelized tropical fruit and that nice bitterness, with a good malt backbone and the alcohol burn in the finish.

Barley wine is not my favourite style, but believe this to be a good example.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color, off white head. Leaves plenty of lace down the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, light fruits, citrus, earth, wood. In the flavor, lofty sweetness balanced by a dry earthy bitterness. Too substantially malty to be considered a big double IPA, which is what I first was thinking, It fits the bill of American Barleywine. Full bodied, syrupy feel. Alcohol is present in the taste and feel. Drinkable, though it manages to be rather bitter and quite sweet at the same time, not perfectly balanced. Overall definitely a good hopped up Barleywine.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel malts arepresentbin the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of warming from the alcohol is also noticeable.
O: This barleywine isn't too difficult to drink given its strength and that the alcohol doesn't stand out in the taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are moderate amounts of sweetness likely from candi or brown sugar and the malts. There is a light to moderate aroma of pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some light toffee and more moderate brown + candi sugar sweetness. Moderate flavors of pine hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Light amounts of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: Kind of feels somewhere between a very malty DIPA and an American Barleywine - more hoppy flavors than expected for a barleywine and a little too malty for a DIPA. Interesting and complex but maybe not one that I would run out to get again.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into my trusty old snifter.

Hog Heaven's got a frothy, one-finger head (with pretty good retention) and kind of a hazy mahogany body. Looks like a barleywine, all right.

It smells like dank, grassy hops, caramel malts, lemon, and orange. Also a subtle hint of prunes. A fantastic, complex aroma.

The taste delivers lots of what's in the aroma. There's a little bit of the caramel-like sweetness when it first hits my tongue, but then the "zing" of intense, bitter hops and lemon takes over. 104 IBUs. I believe it. I taste it. I love it. Outstanding bitterness permeates a single sip, from beginning to end. It's kind of like a real malty DIPA. Such substantial hops here... it's one of those beers that makes my mouth water between each sip. Succulent.

It's got kinda lazy carbonation and a thick body. I'm diggin' it.

This has to be one of the hoppiest barleywines out there. It goes beyond the bitter hops limit of the average barleywine, and beyond pleasant. This beer is ultra-pleasant.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 1pt. 6 oz. brown bottle into a snifter

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine Style Ale poured a hazy dark auburn color that formed a nice [3/4 finger] bubbly khaki head that had good staying power while producing nice lacing. The nose was first hit with dry hops and a lot of them - citrus, grapefruit dominates with very little malt detected. The taste, like the nose is dominated by bitter hops that are of pine and grapefruit with a [very] slight caramel malt sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is to the full and smooth side, a little oily with alcohol lightly tingling the tongue and a lingering hop bitterness.

I purchased Hog Heaven in March 2011 making it an estimated 2-years old. I am surprised at how much hops are still present in the nose and flavor.

I should mention that I am not a big hophead so this lowered the drinkability for me. However, if you are a hop lover, then you will love Hog Heaven - especially if you drink it fresh.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated 12?53

A: pours a deep reddish brown with a quarter inch of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells of caramel, toffee pine and citrus
T: caramel up front with some piney and earthy hops, slight citrus rind and a bit of toffee toward the back end. decent sweetness throughout and the hops aren't over the top. swallow brings some oily earthy and piney hops with a sweet citrus finish
M: full in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation, finish is oily hops but a little drying
O: A very solid American Barleywine from Avery. good hop flavor and a good bit of malt backbone to balance. could have used another 6-12 months imo but still very good

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Photo of AmitC
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is deep amber with ruby hues. Over three fingers thick off white colored head with excellent retention power. Awesome lacing on the sides. Very beautiful looking. Calm. Translucent.

Aroma is just beyond awesome. Strong hop flavors. Pine and resin hop character. Heavy malts. A lot of warmth and some alcohol is apparent. Strength is strong and powerful. Fills the nose with overwhelming intensity.

Taste is brilliant as well. Very good amount of bitterness provided by intense hops. Malt does a balancing act and provides the old ale flavor. Earthy and ground hop character. Piney and resiny feel is present in abundance as well. Finish is bitter. Bitterness is strong. One of the most bitter Barleywines or any ale for that matter, I have had.

Mouth feel is medium to full bodied. Oily character but with a much fuller body due to heavy malt content. Nice texture. Strong and powerful. A bit astringent.

One hell of a beer. This is a gem. Find it and drink it. You will love it if you like DIPAs, barleywines or hop forward beers.

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