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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 900
Hads: 1,946
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 66
Gots: 218 | 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 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. (356 characters)

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. (660 characters)

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. (678 characters)

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. (747 characters)

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. (770 characters)

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. (972 characters)

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. (458 characters)

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! (845 characters)

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. (801 characters)

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 (557 characters)

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. (716 characters)

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. (564 characters)

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. (648 characters)

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. (1,133 characters)

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. (1,039 characters)

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. (960 characters)

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 (710 characters)

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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown appearance, with an average beige foam.
In the smell a good maltiness, and biscuit, with american hop notes, citric, and a good amount of candy orange.
A good citric hop, perceptible bitterness, but not too intense.
Biscuity malt, hop, again candy orange in the taste. Then hop, with a resinous touch.
The bitterness is here, but very well balanced by the malt sweetness. Some ripe apricot note.
Hoppy aftertaste, resinous and piney, long, but still balanced and plesant. (483 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area in Fall-Winter 2012-3, likely 2012 vintage but no birth date, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/29/13 over ~one-two hours (big time sipper!).

A: 4.5 - beautiful mahogany brown coloration, minimal clarity with hop haze, white-tan frothy two finger head lingered the entire session and regenerated with each swirl, huge alcohol legs

S: 3.75 - pine, resiny, grapefruit mixed with big time booze, bready, toffee and tobacco flavors become more substantial as it warms; I'd be curious to see just how big the hop aroma can be with a fresh bottle but my bottle was dominated by booze!

T: 3.5 - heavy bitterness on the anterior tongue with grapefruit and pineapple flavors that don't really impress me; once it settles into the taste buds, however, it's the alcohol that hits, sticks and lingers; again, some caramel and toffee flavors are detectable too but are mostly overwhelmed by the booze

M: 4 - big body, chewy, high carbonation for style --> a definite sipper from a snifer around a fireplace with a good book

O: 4 - above-average American barleywine that set the temper for the American example for style with Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot; Bigfoot is definitely a better beer up-front and probably ages better too; unfortunately, Hog Heaven is one of those beers that would have been considered world class 10-15 years ago but has been pushed to the back of the bus by better American examples like Firestone Walker's Scucaba or 3Fs's Behemoth; I wouldn't buy this one again unless superfresh for the big hop presence (1,599 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from Wegmans for $6.99. Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper color with a little over a fingers worth of beige head that has decent retention. Wisps of lace.

A lot of caramel in the nose, complimented by an earthy, floral hop note. Slight booze, slight toffee.

Definitely unlike any barleywine I've had before, and that's not a bad thing. Lots of sweet caramel malt with a really unique, almost sweet floral hop profile that meshes really well with the abundance of caramel and toffee. Not a lot of complexity, but damn tasty.

Full bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly slick. Some definite warmth going down from the alcohol, at times it feels a little too hot. A great sipping BW though.

Overall, I'm super hyped that my Wegmans finally started carrying Avery bombers. This is a really delicious dry-hopped barleywine, and at $6.99, it's a helluva deal. A little hot and not the most complex brew out there, but I'll definitely be picking up some more of this. (985 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

A - Crisp, deep garnet hue with a sizable ivory head. Nice retention with average lacing.

S - Hops, light sweetness from malts and some vanilla. Quite mild.

T - Lots of hops for a barleywine. Some caramel sweetness. Bitterness is big, accenting the beer nicely.

M - Moderate+ carbonation atop a medium body. A bit thin for what I prefer in this style.

O - Light boozy warmth is paired with some simple characteristics. Not in love with this one, but not bad if you are looking for a different way to appease a hop head. (545 characters)

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

Appearance: dusty caramel body with a light beige head that leaves some sheets of lacing on the glass. The lacing clings to the glass though-out the whole bottle.

Aroma: aromatic hops with a nice floral touch and light red grapefruit; sweet caramel malt; lightly toasted grains; overall very nice bouquet

Flavors: sweet red grapefruit with a hint of orange and a touch of floral hops, nice earthy yeast, lightly toasted grains, faint caramel, marble bread – wheat and rye,

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, light rye spice and toasted grains linger on the palate, somewhat sweet with the dry hops adding a good balance, smooth feel, the alcohol was not a big factor – maybe adding some spice but, it was not boozy. Full-medium

To the Point: a very tasty Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale if that is what you want to call it. This is easy to drink – I need to slow up

This Ale would be nice to pair with a nice earthy style cigar, which I did on the second half of the bottle. (982 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Frothy, foamy, white-ish head, brew is crisp brown with nice clarity. Lacing is near spot on.

Tons of dark, roasty, fruit. Coconut, grapefruit, banana, pine...

Not a sugar bomb. Very nice, smooth, roasted almonds, well blended, thoughtful, Vanilla, pine, nutty, caramel. A bit on the thin side, but well (light) carbonated with elegant sweetness and near to no harsh bite. Yet, nice smooth bitterness.

Highly recommended, plus this one ages with the best of them... Try it if you got it! Hop Heaven... (512 characters)

Photo of dsmcva00
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red into my snifter. Mediocre head quickly thins to lacing. Smell of hops and earth, average carbonation. Yeasty taste overpowers the hops but the thick mouthfeel belies the subtle maltiness. Honey and caramel round out the taste sensations because the alcohol is quite hidden. At 104 IBUs (according to the label), I expected much more hop forwardness but the hops are very balanced against the malt and yeast, which lingers on the back of the tongue/roof of the mouth.

Overall I was quite unimpressed, expecting a real thick hop bomb and instead getting a heavy heavy yeast taste followed by some hoppy bitterness. (624 characters)

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.