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Whole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Barley Wine Style AleWhole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 12-01-2010

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 96
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a very reasonably priced 4-pack, the first sip has me totally psyched. It's not a great looking pour into a tulip glass, with barely a half-finger of white head atop the opaque red-tinged, brown murk. Sticky lacing, with legs.

Very little in the aroma, probably just too cold. But bready, mildly floral, and of course malty in the nose, plus a grape-like, mildly acid wine character. Even after it warms, the nose remains reserved.

But in the mouth, now this is a provocative surprise. Stevens Point Brewery, for those of you not from Wisconsin, is an old-time AAL outfit, one of the oldest breweries in the US. I've never heard any of my Midwest beer friends say anything nice about SPB, so I wasn't expecting a lot from this brew. But this is right up my alley. Very sweet, like my other ENglish barley wine favorites: JW Lees Harvest Ale and Weyerbacher Insanity. The grainy biscuit flavor is what backstops the sugar-sweetness, not any bitterness. Some will call this cloying. I love it. The sweetness rounds out with an estery mossy oak. The butter/caramel is of the burnt variety. There's milk and coconut, too.

The mild to moderate carbonation is a welcome cleanser and leavener of the oily syrup feel.

I've gone back to Riley's Wines and snatched up the last two 4-packs. I'm putting them in the cellar!
UPDATE 1/13/2015
Sadly, a year of cellar aging has not turned out well. Aargh! I'm so disappointed. This was one of my Top 10 beers of 2014, and now it's too sweet.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler pour, dark murky auburn, darker tan head, quickly departing. Goes to a faint film, thin collar and just a few bits of lace.

Nose is faintly of sweet fruits and bready malts.

Malt loaded Brit style BW, has a hint of minty/alcohol spice, bananas, nutmeg, smooth and dense malts carrying through into a long finish.

Quality job here, with alcohol well woven into the heady and mostly malty mix. Nice to try this one via a keg/growler pour

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a slight dense deep copper body with a thin cream of light tan.

S- The clean soft dark toffee aroma has some cream notes at the finish but starts to take on a wet dog aroma as it opens.

T- The dry caramel flavor turns more syrupy as it opens with a soft dry finish. There is a hop bitterness and roasted bitter hint that lingers after each sip. The malt takes on some woody notes as it opens aswell.

M- It has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol warmth and a tight fizz in the finish.

O- The light flavor has caramel malt and alcohol hints but it is pretty thin and doesn’t have any of the richness that I love in barleywines. The bitterness grows as it opens where as the malt only seems to fade.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, this barleywine pours nicely, generating a billowing head of tan foam that almost approaches the rim. A thick finger of foam remains, with sticky arcs of lace all around the glass.

Pleasant sweet aroma of banana walnut bread, brown sugar, allspice and cloves.

Lightly bitter, not as sweet as the nose might let on. Rich and full of traditional toffee flavor, cocoa, estery fruit, with some herbal tea-like bitterness from the ample hops. Finishes dry with a long lingering bitterness. There was a metallic note at first that seemed to dissipate in time. Spicy with nutmeg, allspice, clove. Light bodied for 10%+.

Would seek this out again, it's the best beer from Point i've had, far better than the last couple Whole Hog beers: Raspberry Saison and RIS. Glad to see them going in an experimental direction from their regular lineup.

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Photo of turntable1973
4.75/5  rDev +27%

great earthy flavor

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz., no bottle date. Pours a light mahogany, with a nice head that quickly dissipates; looks nice when swirled, as there is a thin amount of head around the rim. Aroma of dark fruit, and alcohol. taste is sweet, with plenty of malt flavor. Mouth-feel is medium, with a definite heat.

This is an enjoyable barley-wine as it is, but my guess is it will mellow with more time.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of robert2189
1.98/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Its taste is a little thin

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours blood red color with a small creamy tan head that faded quickly; decent spotty lacing after each sip.

Smells of dark fruit, molasses, syrup, caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, very light hops; very sweet and fruity, yet none of the fruit comes through on its own.

Tastes of molasses, syrup, caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, grains, toffee, coffee grinds, dark fruit like plum, raisin and black cherry, light floral hops, some herbs and booze like rum; very sweet flavor with alcohol heat throughout that doesn't mellow and borders on rough, but it trails off with dark sweet fruit in the finish and just enough caramel to salvage it. The aftertaste is on the dry side, like there is a brown sugar or even a cocoa residue left in your mouth.

Warming, this put me at ease more and more after each sip - perfect for a snowy night. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with close to no carbonation, a heavy chewy body and an overall sweet flavor that slides down nice. A real nice slow sipper that got better as it warmed.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of zac16125
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

A: Dark mahogany, ruby hues when held to light, 1 fingers width tan colored head dissipates fairly quickly, leaves essentially zero lacing. 3.75

S: Dark fruits, licorice, a cherry/red licorice type aroma, candied sugar, caramel/tofee. Very nice. 4.25

T: Follows the nose. Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, caramel/toffee, sugar/syrupy sweetness, a bit of cocoa, herbaceous oak. 4

M/D: Medium body, on the thinner side for a style and ABV, carbonation appropriately low, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Overall, quite good, much better than I anticipated. The price was right too. 4

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Whole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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