Hog Heaven Barley Wine - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 898
Hads: 1,936
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 63
Gots: 213 | 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 granger10
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a murky copper color with a head that fit it perfectly. The smell is strong on the hops dept. which seemed odd for a barleywine. The taste starts out with a syrupy sweetness but that soon fades to a citric flavor that's not quite tart. Hops are there the whole time and are really strong in the finish. The body seems a little thin but it is well carbonated at the same time. This one was quite good and definitely a must buy for hop heads who want to try a barleywine. (486 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.02/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orange body with almost no head. I make an effort to pour straight and a small head quickly disappears to let a sticky ring surround the glass. Big and intense hop aroma. I don't know if that's typical to Columbus hops, but it pretty much reminded me of sweat which the first sip confirmed. In mouth, I'm very disappointed with the weak palate. I expect more from a beer with that much ingredients (although the hop flavors' intensity are just overpowered and remove from the complexity). On the other hand, the malts are there to calm down those 100 IBUs and ensure a good drinkability, but WHERE IS THE BODY! Overall, very tasty, but with some glitches I couldn't really tolerate, especially in a barley wine, this seemed more of a double IPA. Enjoy hopheads. Thanks Mr Crvich. (779 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This definately hit the spot after a night full of obnoxious Keystone Light drinkers. I have had a few sessions with hog heaven before and decided to make sure what I got was tasty. I was stressed out and wanted to put a detonator on the side of that Keystone Light barrel and set it for 10 seconds. tick tock tick tock.

I just sat on the couch with my 22 Oz of Hog Heaven and let all my stresses melt away.

Hog heaven poured a light copper with a dense heavy white head that lasted long and then layed the top of the liquid evenly and freely. Nice lacing left down the glass.

The nose was poor. Alcohol was the most dominant scent in the nose. Hops and Tropical fruits rose up as well.

I enjoyed the flavor of Hog Heaven but it could be improved. Being over 100 IBU's I was expecting it to be really hoppy, which it was but there was not enough malt presense to balance it out. Some grapefruit up front on the palate as well as some woodiness on the mid-palate and then just straight bitterness on the finish. It was pretty tasty!

A very solid offering from Avery. I love barley wines! (1,102 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep ruby almost takes on a plum amber color with a nice tan head creamy textured at that leaving nice bands of lacing with each sip. Aroma: Honey caramel mixture of malt blended with a nice dose of pine cone scented hops, with fruit undertones coming out and a biscuit malt character as well as the semi bready notes of the yeast used appear as well. Taste: Alcohol isn't hidden very well at all with piney hops and sweet malt definitely more bitterness than malt sweetness going on there is somewhat of an off tone from yeast sediment that turns the flavor in the wrong direction. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied smooth carbonation nothing spectacular here. Drinkability: One thing is for sure of the big beers from Avery I haven't been too impressed they just don't pull it off very well I am equally disappointed in this one as I was the Salvation triple, cloyingly unbalanced in my opinion. (900 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a medium tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with malts and some grassy hints. The flavor is surprisingly smooth for the high alcohol content. The hops don't carry through as strongly into the flavor, but the taste starts sweet and ends with a bitter/dry taste. I really enjoyed this barleywine. (389 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper in color with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma consists of hops (grapefruit) and sweet malt. Soft, thick full-bodied mouthfeel. Full of flavors of piney hops and fruit. Taste is very juicy, yet the bitterness leaves a dry finish. Hop flavors bury the alcohol completely. This barley wine is less malty than I expected. The dominant hop characteristics do more than just reveal that just is a West Coast influenced barely wine. Good, but just not great. (471 characters)

Photo of skar
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC 10/22/03 2nd Annual VSK

Appearance/Head: Rich red color, light head.

Aroma: Subtle hops and malt. Notes of pine needles, resin, and a hint of aromatic oils.

Taste: It starts with a massive malt backbone that provides a wonderful fruityness. Then the intense hops come in and provide a welcome balance and a flavorful, long finish. The complexity here is astounding with toffee, fruit, and sour flavors plus others that are more difficult to pin down. Both the malt and the hops are very powerful and the brewers deserve a lot of credit for making them play so well together.

Bottom line: For me and others in attendance, this beer was the highlight in a night of incredible beer. One of the very best barleywines in the world. Tasting this makes me long dearly for availability of Avery products I had in Minnesota. (858 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper/red color with low effervescence, and a golden/yellow head (with very low retention). Lacing is sticky and moves slow. The aroma is of hops!, with a fruity background and a hint of caramel. The taste has a slightly sweet start, with a quick dry middle and lasting hop bitterness at the finish. The Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start with low CO2 and a residual hop bite that remains on the palate.

Hops, hops, hops. This brewing company boasts of having a beer with 100IBU's. Dude! I just don't get the attraction to such an overdose. (562 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber color with white head and great head retention.

The aroma is sweet, citrus and pine, and alcohol.

The flavor reflects that balance of malt, hops, and alcohol. The malt and hops are both equally big and neither really dominates. The malt is sweet and potent like a barleywine should but the hops play a huge part in making this beautifully balanced. The alcohol plays its role without getting in the way.

This is a beer that is fantastic when it is served at the proper temperature and actually resembles Three Floyds Dreadnaught a great deal. Truly a fantastic brew (594 characters)

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

Pours a deep cloudy dark amber-copper color with a small creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, sweet fruity aromas of apples and pears. Sweet and malty like a good barleywine, sweet and sticky finish, very smooth and full bodied with a full and syrupy, creamy mouthfeel, very complex and very smooth, nice. (331 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper color with a good amount of foam that settles to a thin collar. Fairly big citric hop and malt aroma that fades rather quickly. Spicy start gets spicier towards the finish, which is a mix of caramel malt flavors, spicy and bitter hops mixed with alcohol. Mouthfeel seems to be a bit thin for a barleywine. This beer's strength and bitterness is very evident. Almost more of a double or Imperial IPA than a barleywine. Could use more malt, or a different name, but otherwise a fine strong, hoppy ale. (517 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, clear, orangish-brown body with a gigantic head that somehow laced the glass with a 9.2 ABV. The head pitted well, leaving an artful display on my Ruination glass.

Smell – This one is big on the hops. There seems to be a complex mix, which lots of pine, rind, and grass aromas. I can pick up a little malt for balanced (lightly-toasted) but the hop mix carries the day here.

Taste – All of the scents blend quite well at the tongue. The hops lose their edge and mix well with a light sugar sweetness. This is terrific.

Mouthfeel – Flat and to the point. Full-bodied and very dry. Not a hint of the astronomical ABV.

Drinkability – I’m embarrassed to say how quickly I drained this bottle. This is a personal favorite of mine. (762 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium sienna color, hazy. Better-than-expected 1/4 inch pale ochre head of mixed bubble sizes and good duration. Laces like thick shimmering toothpaste. Slightly vinous nose, allspice and malt with some hop prickle. Medium body, malt is similar to lemon and sweetened ice tea, with repectable but not overwhelming IBUs taking over the citrus rind duties later in the mouth. Nicely balanced in my mind, good alcohol but more drinkable and maltier than Bigfoot and Old Horizontal. Seems fresher and tastier than some other American hop monster Barleywines.

Source: Liquid Solutions (584 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle sporting some flying pigs. The label claims 100 IBUs.

Appearance: This beer poured a stained cherrywood color with a dense, light-tan head. It thinned out very quickly, but was pretty sticky, leaving quite a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: A potent hops aroma dominated the nose of this brew. It was combined with smells of light caramel, roasted malts and cracker, dark fruit, and wild grass. As the beer warmed, the alcohol started to emerge, but not very strongly.

Mouthfeel: The feel is very smooth, slightly coating, with just a hint of tingle on the sides of the tongue.

Taste: Sweet malt and a sharp cherry tartness hit the tastebuds immediately. Then, in the middle, some caramel and a floral bitterness arose. The finish was a combination of bitter hops, residual sweetness, and a touch of alcohol.

This was a decent barley wine that hid its alcohol content very well. It definitely did not seem to have the 100 IBUs that the label claims. While good, there are many other beers of this style that I would choose over this one. There was nothing special about this one to help it stand out in the crowd. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Hog is mahogany hued, with a bit of bright bronze shimmering within. Has a slight touch of haze to it, with a frothy, mocha colored topping. The head thins a bit, yet still lasts well, leaving decent lacing. Nose was not as robust as most barleys. Yet it was still a pleasing combo of semi-sweet malt and a healthy, somewhat citrussy hop-hit. I rather enjoyed the mouthfeel, being a bit more than medium bodied and possessing a smooth, creamy feel on the tongue. The Hog leads off with a rich, malty-sweet, caramel flavor. Hops are fairly strong, though the malt, to me, dominates the flavor despite the 100 IBU's supposedly present. The hops have a citrussy lean, with almost a suggestion of orange as opposed to grapefruit. Aftertaste (of hops) sticks nicely in the back of the throat, though. Pretty good overall, but lacking the big hop "ooomph" and complexity I was expecting.

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking red amber beer with a minimal off white head. The residual head provided an exceptional amount of lace. A full malt nose with lots of hops greets the drinker and the hoppy malt flavor follows with lots of alcohol warmth. This is a lovely thick and heavy beer that would be quite warming on a cold winter's night, but was a bit over the top on this 90 degree day. This is slow sipping beer that needs to be served with due regard for its ABV as it quite smooth and easy going down. (500 characters)

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

This is one of the best barleywines I have ever had. This stuff comes in a very cool 22oz 'bomber' bottle and it has a lovely dark red appearance with a small, white head. The aromas are heavily hoppy, very citrus-y and fruity with some very faint malt undertones in the back. The taste is a veritable hop explosion which assualts your tongue, nose, and other senses as well! The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy or cloying at all and the drinkability is amazing for a huge barleywine of this nature...A real winner from Avery!

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep red/brown color with light but rocky head,the aroma was suprisingly hoppy.The head was pretty creamy and sticky.This is a uncompromising beer here,nutty and somewhat medicinal with a hugely dry finish.Quite a beer here maybe a little overwhelming.Never heard of Avery even when living in Denver for awhile had never seen it,man this is a big beer. (361 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 13 October 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Flavor: Hog Heaven is quite hoppy for a barley wine, but the maltiness comes through nicely. In comparison with other barley wines, it's good, but nothing special.
Appearance: Reddish brown, almost mahogany. It is quite nice looking. (315 characters)

Photo of Darkale
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light cherry-wood colored body with a thick tan head. Wonderful lacing. Aroma is slight -- a bit nutty.

Chewy and rich in the mouth, then turns thin, sweet and malty, with just a hair of burning alcohol. Slightly sour aftertaste. Overall, sweet and a touch of candy.

Very easy to drink for a strong barleywine. (323 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color. Large head. Aroma is malty and a touch grapefruity. A medium bodied Barley wine. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. Big bold barley wine. Touch of orange oils. There is a high alcohol oiliness to this beer. Otherwise a very smooth and no other discernable alcohol bite. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (415 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was intimidated when I saw this 1pt 6oz bottle. I cracked it open and gave it a pour and it looked great. It was a dark red color with a nice off white head that lasted a little bit. This was the best part of this beer. I took a wiff and was turned off by the hoppiness. It tated pretty much like it smelled. However, at 9.2% it tasted better as the 1pt6oz went down. It was easier to consume the farther into the beer you got. I would not get another one however. not my kind of brew. (487 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 6 oz. bottle. No date, but lists 100 IBUs with 9.2% alc/vol. A silly pink label featuring flying pigs.
Aroma: The smell has some grapefruit to it, interesting. I’m guessing it’s the Columbus hops. No malt detected in the aroma. A very strong bouquet.
Appearance: Very clear, and a reddish color. Very light color for “barley wine” style ale. Small bubble head that dissipated quickly, but left a nice lace.
Flavor: The grapefruit like flavor is up front, but some malt comes in to help balance it out. There is some spice to it I can’t identify. This is too bitter for my taste.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, syrupy. The head fades really quickly, but it holds a lot of carbonation. Very little warming given the alcohol level. It’s so hoppy, it makes me pucker a bit.
Overall Impression: A heavy, hoppy, beer. If you like Columbus hops, this is it. If you like complex, malty barley wines, keep looking. The Drinkability is pretty good though. While heavy hops, the over all impression isn’t bad, but doesn’t enter into the good category in my humble opinion. (1,110 characters)

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

The pigs are flying high on the label of this barleywine, and so is my pleasure in enjoying this beer!
Appearance: a bright, ruby-red grapefruit color, with a fine, brownish head.
Aroma: lifts right out of the bottle on first cracking the crown, and wafts into the nostrils from afar when poured into the glass. The perfect barleywine aroma: a bit musty, earthy, woody, but moreover, full of deep, rich, dark, burnished fruit, cherry, grape, plum, rich and sweet, very lively, delicious, uplifting.
On the palate, a nice blitz of hops, but the malt is massive here, imparting rich, thick, sensuous sweetness everywhere. Full, lush, tasty, bright, and ever-lasting in flavor. Long, generous finish, continuous taste. Very warming, especially near the end.
A very good barleywine, in a generous 22 0z. bottle. Now, that's a nightcap!
Thanks go to kbub6f! (858 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a modest cream-colored head over clear deep amber liquid. The nose is of deep maltiness, heavy and sweet, with a super funky fruitiness too...followed by some, but not a lot of hoppiness. Taste is a firm malt base with a restrained ( for a stated 100 I.B.U's) hoppiness...neither flowery nor fresh, just plain bitterness on the palate...then some alcohol turns up the heat. finishes up semi-sweet, drying slightly. Tastes like Bigfoot's poor relative. Okay, but not "all that".

Thanks for the bottle Gusler. (521 characters)

Hog Heaven Barley Wine from Avery Brewing Company
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