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Whole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cdkrenz on 12-01-2010

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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by jpro:
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3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz from a 4-pack picked up at the James Island Pig when everything was 50% off. Poured into a snifter...

A: Dark, plum-hued brown; light khaki, 1mm ring of foam that forms on the pour leaves no lace.

S: A LOT of malt; fruit cake; rich breadiness; sugary; raisins; brown sugar.

T: Well, there are hops in this beer... more bitter than aroma implies; still, layers of rich and toasted malt; caramel; toffee; nutty.

M: Full feel; low carbonation; viscous; sticky.

O: A nice English barley wine; will let a couple of these age for awhile and see what happens; no hint of 10% abv.

*from notes 11.14.13

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Photo of megamass
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of turntable1973
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

great earthy flavor

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of robert2189
1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Its taste is a little thin

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of zac16125
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of aubzachsyd
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Whole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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