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Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Hog Heaven Barley WineHog Heaven Barley Wine

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1,841 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,841
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 54
Gots: 166 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2002)
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased in June 2010; into a tulip

A - Pours a hazed amber with two fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves spots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Caramel and toffee. Some citrus hops are still noticeable, despite the age.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee, and some dark fruits coming through. Similar to the nose, there are still some citrus hops present, and a decent bitterness throughout, but probably nothing like it was fresh. I don't like really hoppy barleywines (though I love DIPAs) so I let this one sit intentionally. Two years on this is definitely tasty and still has a surprisingly nice bitterness throughout the taste.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. Some numbing alcohol noticeable on the finish.

O - Pretty tasty barleywine, and I am pretty sure that I enoyed this more with the age than I would have fresh, but I would still like to try this fresh, or with less time on it, to compare. While I prefer English style barleywines, if I am looking for an American style, this is a tasty one at a great price.

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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mostly clear, deep amber tone with ruby highlights and yielding 3/4" foamy beige colored head. retention is moderate; fair amount of lacing. pretty looking barleywine. strong hoppy presence dominates the nose. lot of citrus (notably grapefruit) with a touch of pine and the indication of a caramel malt backbone. going purely by the aroma i might be inclined to guess that this was a DIPA.

taste follows through with more of the same, though here there's no mistaking you're quaffing a barleywine - a good hoppy american barleywine - and a very tasty one at that with citrus and a little pint pulling through to mingle with the malt characters. a strong hoppy bittness persists through the finish - a bit too strong IMO. well hidden 9.2% ABV. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall a very solid BW, quite flavorful and very enjoyable. i do think this is a prime candidate for aging, reminds me a bit of SN bigfoot. will be buying this again.

(originally reviewed: 05-23-2011)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A seriously hoppy strong ale. Wonderful nose of flowers, fresh straw, and warm barley. Hits a high note of fresh aromatic hops. Bubbly and thick bodied. Very tart on the tongue, between the alcohol and the heavy hops. Orangey amber in the wine glass.

This seems surprisingly acidic for a Barleywine. The hops are so powerful they overwhelm the malt, except for a little sweet aftertaste. Lots of sugary tastes, with caramel and toffee. Hops are more on the dank side, woody and intense. A touch of chamomile and canned peaches. Boozy and verging on the harsh.

This used to be one of my favorites years ago, but I have not tried it lately. From the 22 oz bottle.

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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple times in the past. After my first experience with this barley wine, I have decided to pick it up any time I run across it in the future.

Hog Heaven smells great. You get a ton of sweetness immediately. Then you can really smell the hops coming in. This is a hop-heads dream. Of course, there is a lot of venous presence.

The balance is really impressive with that flavor combination. In general, that is why I like barley wines, and Hog Heaven is very high on my list of favorites.

I recommend picking up a bottle, or a dozen. I aged tonights bottle for two years, and I don't regret it. This beer gets better with age.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer ever from Avery.

This pours out a deep amber/ruby color with a nice fluffy off-white head.

The smell is overwhelmingly hoppy and pungent, with notes of citrus and caramel too.

Taste wise this is definitely a hop bomb of a barleywine. Right away the pungent and juicy hops attack your palate followed by citrus notes and caramel/toffee sweetness that ends with miild hints of dark fruits. The finish is very dry and it has a creamy, rich mouthfeel. The dry-hopping did wonders to this.

Overall, a really really tasty barleywine and I'm impressed with Avery. I would have liked a little more dark fruit, but not a big deal for such a great tasting brew.

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

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a clear cherry brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that receded down to a few puddles and a large collar, which did produce excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was mildly sweet of a toasted caramel malt, grassy hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), dark fruit (plums and figs), caramel and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was powerful to say the least, with a strong malty caramel sweetness that lasted only seconds before being overshadowed by an intense hoppy bitterness along with hints of dark fruit, citrus peel and a big alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a decently long time proceeding the swallow with a bold bitter alcohol warming taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a strong dry texture and a tickly carbonation.

Overall a very intensely flavorful brew, sweet yet hoppy, bitter yet smooth, a beer in a class of its own, truly a hop heads dream Barleywine...

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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one during a day full of ticking. Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and onion. The flavor was of sweet malt, onion, onion hop, grass, earth, and subtle citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me with the exception of the onion presence I picked up on. The alcohol on this one was really well hidden which was a nice touch. However, the onion presence was just a little too dominant for my palate and probably covered up a lot of subtle flavors and aromas in this one. Worth trying if you love the style or Gubna...

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month, bef program. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Hog Heaven pours a slightly dull mahogany color, lightening towards burnt orange when better lit. Three fingers of cream colored foam crown the beer, fading quickly at first before eventually showing some staying power. The nose is dominated by dank, resinous hops, with just a little bit of caramel present in the background. The caramel swirl that opens the flavor profile is brief, but firm, before a potent shot of bitterness runs through things mid palate. The finish is decidedly hoppy, with lots of piney hops marking this a clear American version of the style. The sweet beginning becomes a little more lingering as the beer warms some. The body just doesn't quite have the heft or sturdiness of a barleywine, it's a little on the dry side. The carbonation, while present enough to give the hop aromas/flavors a boost, doesn't become distractingly bubbly. Hog Heaven is an all around solid American Barleywine

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.