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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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1,883 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 59
Gots: 179 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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

From 8/8/12 tasting notes.

Poured from 22 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Dark amber, with 2 fingers of off white head. The head settles to a wispy little cap. Decent lacing too.

S) Nice tropical fruit, light pine, peach syrup, a bit of grass, there's some caramel here too. Nice sweetness on the nose.

T) Pretty close to the nose, but the alcohol is noted, with a little tingle and warmth on the backend. This is a nice balance of sweetness and earthy/grassy hops. Decent aftertaste, slightly warm.

M) Pretty thick, more so as it gets to room temperature, so I'd say it's nearly full bodied. The carbonation is light. Coats the palate with a pine resin alcohol tingle, but not in a negative lingering fashion. Pretty nice...

O) Nice barley wine right here. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, and it maintains an easy drinking feel. The 22 oz bottle definitely helped me ease into the start of a well deserved four day weekend. Glad to recommend.

Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bassmantin
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one fresh, purchased two days ago.

Pours a dark opaque golden brown. Very cloudy. Clumpy tan head.

Smells very woody. Reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Big Foot, which is definitely a good thing.

Taste is very aggressive. Strong woody taste. Very big. Again, reminds me very much of Big Foot. I should get another one of these and age for awhile. One difference is that this one is a little less abrasive. There is a little sweetness coming through, even without any aging. There are some other interesting flavors in there, but I'm not great at picking them out. Maybe bubblegum.

Age it!

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with a nice two finger head that lasts for a while leaving heavy lacing. Strong hop and light malt aroma. Nice creamy body; hops, light malt some citrus. Finishes with hops. Leans towards an Imperial IPA. Could use a bit more malt for balance. A good, but not outstanding barley wine. May be worth aging this to see if it balances out over time.

Photo of kobeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of acevenom
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours dark clear caramel brown with a big white head that dissipates very slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind. The aroma is of resinous piney hops with caramel malts. The aroma is very hop forward. The taste is malty and dank from the hops up front. The malt profile of this beer provides breadiness and some sweetness to this beer. The hop profile is very piney and resinous. It has a nice balance. The alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor. The flavors become much better as the beer warms. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is a very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy brown-red with little head. It is a not the most impressive of beers to behold.

The aroma is strongly of hops. Really piney and resin like.

Beer starts off sweet and finishes with a punch in the face of hops. The hops are a little fruity but rather over powering in the finish. Not very well balanced.

The hops kind of overtake everything else and it is hard to make out any other flavors.

Overall: The thing that I like about Barley wine is that you can sip on it for hours. You can spend time detecting each unique flavor as you begin to pull apart everything that went into the beer. Unfortunately this beer is just a mess of hops and alcohol. It is hard to make out anything distinct and the hops leave such a bitter bite in your mouth that even when you are ready for the next sip they are still on your tongue.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DannyDan
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark reddish orange hue with a foamy whitehead that quickly thins out into a nice lacing and retention. In the aroma i get the caramel, hops, toffee and dark fruits. The taste is a well balanced tastes of hops, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits snd citrus. This beer has a rather dry finish to it and has a thick sticky feel to it and is so far the best tasting barley wine I have tried. Thank you Avery Brewing for this heavenly brew. If there is a heaven and beer is there I know this would be one of them.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of t420o
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine

A- pour produces a bug 2-1/2 finger light tan head resting on a cloudy amber body with ruby red hues. 4

Sm- earthy hops, dark fruits, nice malt profile 4

T- earthy and dank hop taste upfront is excellent. The bild malt profile  balances it out quickly and finishes slightly with a slightly bitter hop taste. Also notes of dark fruits, mainly cherry, as well as some toffee and caramel in the background. 4

M- good body and carbonation 4

O- a well done barleywine. Leaves a little to be desired though. 3.5


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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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