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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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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 12-01-2010)
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-15-2011 14:22:48 | More by burnheartsMKE
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megamass

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

06-07-2013 05:13:12 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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

02-04-2012 03:20:13 | More by Billolick
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-13-2014 21:23:54 | More by reitzbrewing
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%

(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.

03-28-2013 14:17:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2013 15:41:12 | More by richkrull
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-18-2013 01:28:58 | More by whatname
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-06-2013 03:41:53 | More by let8it8grow
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-08-2013 23:47:15 | More by Omensetter
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-27-2013 01:10:50 | More by jdkitchi
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-09-2014 00:54:59 | More by tourdot
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

01-31-2011 00:49:35 | More by emerge077
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-14-2013 21:59:04 | More by bigbeers84
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-05-2014 20:36:51 | More by Canada_Dan
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

05-17-2013 22:56:02 | More by JohneHoodlum
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CHickman

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-10-2012 04:44:11 | More by CHickman
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-02-2013 20:11:12 | More by ssimpson89
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-31-2013 17:42:58 | More by JohnK17
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

08-11-2012 15:03:35 | More by atone315
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-22-2013 17:09:01 | More by smartassboiler
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Another (temporary) gift from Chaz as I still need to send him some East Coast CANs, but he was gracious enough to slip some bottles into the mix, a la tone77, who routinely hooks me up with bottles to keep my numbers in alignment.

Y'know, this is my second English-Style Barley Wine in recent memory and I begin to think that maybe (just maybe) I should start in on some Monsters or Hog Heavens from when I was buying indiscriminately. I like AmeriCAN IPAs, so they have ample time to age.

From the bottle: "Deep and luxurious[,] this classic English Style Barley Wine Ale pours smooth with rich burgundy highlights. Handcrafted using a savory blend of English aromatic and crystal malts combined with a touch of Northdown hops[,] this luscious delicacy leaves behind a warm velvety sensation." Ho!

Wot?!? A screw-top cap?!? Some breweries cannot leave their roots, apparently. My pour created two dense fingers of deep-tan head with excellent retention. Frankly, it looked as though it might require a jackhammer to break through all of it. Color was what I might have referred to as deep-brown with ruby or garnet highlights, but I will defer to burgundy highlights with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty with an upfront presence of caramel. I did not note much in the way of bitterness, but that is to be expected in the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a reasonable amount of heat on the tongue along with a lot of toffee-like flavor. Finish was mildly hot with a continuation of the toffee/caramel flavors as noted earlier. Whew! One was enough for this self-avowed hophead.

06-10-2011 00:29:32 | More by woodychandler
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-05-2013 02:07:10 | More by Hallertau
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dcellis

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-15-2012 13:01:56 | More by dcellis
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SicemWT

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-05-2014 04:36:15 | More by SicemWT
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -24.1%

12 ounce bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Slightly hazy mahogany in color with just a collar of foam.

Rich toffee and banana nut bread are prominent in the nose. Huge brown sugar sweetness with a touch of taffy in the finish. The banana bread is swept aside by the sweetness and, to a lesser degree, a blast of bitterness that seems a bit out of place. Kind of rough around the edges , really, hot and spicy with the alcohol. I suspect some cellar time would smooth this out and make for a more enjoyable brew.

05-29-2012 00:10:50 | More by PDXHops
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Whole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.