Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +3%
Pours dark amber with red/purple highlights. A huge fluffy ecru head forms to leave more lacing than should be legal.
Smell is sweet caramel and bread roasted malt. An undertone of pine and booze are present as well.
Taste is bitter up front, with toasted rich sweet bread in the middle. A piney finish/aftertaste rounds the beer out.
Texture is smooth and nice, a hint of burn on the back of my throat reminded of the booze, but otherwise(and literally) not as strong as most BWs.
Good taste with not as much hop makes me lean toward this bottle being aged by the shop. While some hops are there, not as much as most WC BWs I have tried so far.
02-13-2012 10:36:43 | More by Drinkerofales
4.59/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No readable freshness date.
A- Pours a copper color with a 3/4 inch head that's short-lived and relieves into a thin ring around the edge of the glass and moderate surface foam. Good lacing.
S- Very sweet and floral hop aroma. Almost perfumey.
T- Strong hop bitterness that bites and bites before finally releasing its hold on the palate to let in the malt. Flowery sweetness continues bringing to mind lavender and hibiscus.
M- Juicy and snappy. Medium-high carbonation.
O- If you haven't had this yet, it is a must-try.
02-06-2012 01:21:38 | More by Immortale25
4/5 rDev +1%
A: 1.5 finger head with good retention and lacing on a crimson, murky body.
S: Floral, pine and red apple. Caramel malt in the background and a touch of alcohol.
T: Definitively hoppier than your average barleywine. Fruity and hoppy. Spicey with a subtle vanilla note.
M: moderate carbonation and medium body. fairly smooth for a barleywine.
Overall a fairly unique barleywine. Not too boozy but still more than I like.
02-05-2012 03:22:53 | More by kylehay2004
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
A - poured bomber to snifter. 'Barley' any head, with a robust orange orange color. No bottling date but I assume it's a 2011.
S - Huge caramel/toffee notes and a strong arrangement of hops.
T - Huge caramel notes hit first, slightly sweet. Then the hops follow after a few seconds. Very interesting contrast to the way malty IPA's are put together.
M - A bit thin but good for the style. Alch comes through a bit but it's not overpowering. It's how barleywine should be!
O - I like barleywines, it's just hard to find a really enjoyable one where I am. This is a good one I will revisit sooner than later. Recommended.
02-03-2012 03:01:33 | More by gregy55902
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottle to tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color with an off-white fluffy head. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass.
S: Herbal/citrus hops balanced pretty evenly with sweet bready malts, but not entirely satisfying for some reason. Something a little off-putting about it...
T: Initial hops, and then very brief but nondescript sweetness. Lingering and bitter grapefruit hop finish. A touch of the alcohol as well.
M: Pleasurably smooth, with just enough carbonation (initially) to keep it lively. A little light.
Not quite complex enough for me in either aroma or taste. Since the hop bitterness leaves the longest-lasting impression, I'd probably opt to drink a beer that does more with its hops throughout. And that wouldn't normally be a barelywine...
01-29-2012 05:36:57 | More by jpbebeau
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured a deep but clear orange-amber with two fingers of fluffy eggshell head. Big grapefruit and pine aroma with some strong caramel sweetness and hints of orange.
Moderate carbonation and a medium-bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Grapefruit up front followed by biscuity carmel with a slow-emerging sweetness. Strong, astringent pine kick on the tail end that lingers quite a while.
Not the most complex barleywine, but I'm enjoying the big hop profile and the booze is well-hidden.
01-27-2012 04:10:48 | More by grittybrews
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass. First Barleywine I've ever tried so it should be interesting!
Appearance - Surprisingly Filtered with a Dark Ruby Red Color. I can see right through it. Not too much carbonation and the head retention is pretty good at a 2 finger width with some good sticky lacing. Overall, it's got a very clean look to it!
Smell - Sweet Floral and Piney hops with some sweet (not sour) citrus notes along with some sweet caramel and a pretty solid malty scent. It's a very sweet smelling beer (if you haven't picked up on that yet)
Taste - Wow, the hops just hit you like a truck! And the hops manage to be both piney, very sweet and powerful at the same time! The caramel taste is also very strong here as well, which may be why the hops taste sweet. Much like the smell, the citrus The malts here, while not strong, provide enough backbone to add flavor.
Mouthfeel - Despite it's filtered look, it's a pretty hefty ale which gives it an almost creamy feel but it's light on carbonation. It's still a pretty easy drinker, even with it's intense flavor
Overall - Hopheads will enjoy this beer simply because of the sheer hop intensity. Since this is my first Barleywine, I can easily say that I'm impressed with this style (At least the American Style to) and I can that this was a very enjoyable beer and I look forward to trying out more barleywine-style ales in the future
01-26-2012 05:44:53 | More by NuclearDolphin
4/5 rDev +1%
barleywine? could've foooled me, i would say dipa. liked this one much better than their dugana, not as good as great divide hercules though. yea its colorado beer week.
big citrusy american hops on a huge caramel malt background. very sweet with a nice bitterness that comes along for the ride. very drinkable, bomeber disappeared in no time. reasonable @$5.50 per would certainly get this again.
01-24-2012 14:08:05 | More by B33R501
Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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