Height Of Civilization
Wild Heaven Beer

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Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #37
Ranked #1,561
4.33 | pDev: 8.78%
Jul 12, 2020
Apr 01, 2015
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Notes: Brewed with Prussian lemons, hibiscus, tart cherries, cranberries and cocoa nibs. Finished in Dulce Vida tequila barrels.
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4.31 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Jul 12, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured the color of dark rust water with a head that was off-white in color.

Smell - A huge wave of tequila dominated the nose with agave meshing into lime.

Taste - Tequila dominated tge initial taste. Notes of lime, oak, dark fruits, and banana. As it warms the barleywine emerged with sweet cherry notes. The aftertaste was pleasantly warm, but not hot.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was modest, leaving the body with nice staying power.

Overall - Initially, I could not identify the base beer. But as the beer warmed, the barleywine started to shine. This is a sipper.

Feb 03, 2019
4.5 by Mastercamo from Georgia on Jan 30, 2018
4.31 by sd123 from Georgia on Dec 22, 2017
4.46 by ColSanders123 from Georgia on Aug 22, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this kind of thing isnt for everyone, but it sure is the most interesting beer i have had so far this year, or close to it anyway, a big strong ale sort of built like a barleywine with lemons, cherries, cranberries, cocoa, and aged in tequila barrels, its insane. where to begin... it pours a rich mahogany color with a fine off white layer of head and intricate lacing as it drinks, well carbonated for a strong ale like this, and emitting a crazy aroma of concentrated citrus, funky yeast, dried red berries, sweet bready malts, and an absurd amount of tequila, which, even with everything else going on, becomes the defining element of this one, at least for me. the cocoa is the weirdest additive in here, something we almost never see in beer thats not stout or porter, but it adds a cool dark bitterness to this, a neat counterpoint to the fruit, but also standing up enough of in its own, and really neat with the malt, which to me is cakey and sweet at first, and almost savory later on. i get the cranberry and its tartness, which i think brings out a little bit of a wild yeast element, not sour or anything, but funky like a sourdough bread or something, and the cranberry accentuates that. the tequila comes on about midway through the taste and its insanely strong, doing its best to dominate all the other elements, and it comes close, really barrel heavy too, either a long ageing process or an extra anejo type barrel, this is as woody as it is tequila forward, slightly spicy as it finishes, not overly sweet, and a bit boozy as they go. citrus and perfume in the finish, must be the hibiscus with the lemons here, strong enough to cut through the grain and the tequila. this is a wild beer, totally weird mix of bold flavors that on paper just shouldnt work. it took me most of a glass to start to really get it, but i totally appreciate this now as well balanced, well made, and super original. heaps of tequila, but a really fine mix of flavors underneath it, hard to classify, and sort of hard to appreciate at first, but this is killer beer. huge thanks to my friend for schlepping some back from georgia and sharing it with me!

Apr 07, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by The_Snow_Bird from Florida

Pours a very dark brown color with hardly a head in sight. Has a very strong smell of the tequila barrel. Also has a small sweet smell as well. Had a sweet honey taste along with caramel. Goes down very smooth.

Mar 28, 2017
4.31 by Eziel from Ohio on Mar 22, 2017
3.94 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2016
3.67 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 12, 2016
3.09 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2016
4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Sep 08, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by T_Hass from Georgia

I picked this beer up at Maltitude in Columbus GA. It had been sitting there a while so I'm guessing it had some age on it. I cracked the bottle open and immediately you could smell the dark fruit aroma. The taste was much of the same sweet dark dark fruits. Perfectly balanced maybe a little thin but overall this is a real winner.

Aug 15, 2016
4.58 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania on Aug 14, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"We brew our Civilization ale with dried Prussian lemons, hibiscus, tart cherries and cranberries and finish it with cocoa nibs. We couldn't resist the idea of taking all that complexity a step further and aged some of it in Dulce Vida tequila barrels. The result may just be the Height of Civilization." Brewed in the style of an English Barleywine aged in Dulce Vida Tequila Barrels. Annual release.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a light tan tone over a deep ruby-amber body with high clarity and abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Lightly caramelized bread malts with stone fruit undertones, traces of cocoa nibs and citrus, very unusual aroma. Slight warming alcohol of tequila comes through very clearly. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Caramelized sugars, bread malts, dark fruit sugars, light molasses, a fairly expected malt build for the style. Many of the subtleties did not carry over as well to this point, notably the Prussian lemons and hibiscus, which bring some slight acidity and bitterness, but not as vividly as in the aroma, and the cherries and cranberries do contribute some tanginess and delicate fruit qualities. The cocoa nibs and tequila offer a slight, smooth finish. It's actually a fairly enjoyable flavor but not defined far from pedestrian expectations. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, smooth, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy bitter, grainy and tart. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A fairly enjoyable barleywine, although I wish I had noticed it contained ingredients including hibiscus and dried lemon, as these may have prompted me to enjoy this beer sooner and experience the fuller glory of these fragile additions. What remained was very solid and the tequila barrel aging evident but a nice and unusual compliment to the style. Looking forward to revisiting this Barleywine at a later date, one of the better-brewed Georgia examples and there are not many barrel-aged beers out there to begin with. 4

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Height of Civilization

Jul 22, 2016
4 by ConradKenney from Maryland on Jun 23, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

A: 1/2 head on gentle pour; reddish Amber color.

S: rum sweetness.

T: I got more rum sweetness than tequila; I can't say I got any lemon, cranberries, hibiscus ( although in fairness, not sure what hibiscus would taste like), maybe a little tart cherry, no cocoa nibs.

O: I liked it but didn't love it.

Jun 19, 2016
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4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by acmurphy696 from Georgia

This is an excellent beer that packs a wallop. It's not my favorite simply because if I had too much of this I'd be stumbling in an alley somewhere with no idea of how to make it back home.

May 08, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jason_cs from Florida

Pours amber brown with a thin head. Has a great aroma of tequila mixed with cherries and a hint of chocolate. Tastes much like it smells with a great balance. Has a great feel with appropriate carbonation. Overall a great beer.

Mar 28, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cjgator3 from Florida

Enjoyed this beer at Cigar City's Hunahpu's Day 2016 in Tampa, FL. This is the first beer I've tried from Wild Heaven and I was excited to try with the unique combination of ingredients. Overall, I really enjoyed this barleywine and would love to try this again in the future.

Mar 20, 2016
3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Mar 07, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dr-Baltar from Indiana

Look - amber to brown. Not very clear, but not murky. Creamy white to gold head

Smell - Cocoa, tequila, and dark fruit. No hints of lemon, cherries or cranberries, however.

Taste- Well balanced tequila flavor. Caramel notes and dark fruit. Alcohol is not overpowering considering the AVB and tequila barrel.

Feel - Full bodied as advertised, well carbonated.

Feb 14, 2016
4.51 by shivtim from Georgia on Feb 06, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by jopezu from Georgia

pours a cloudy red mahogany with a medium head. slight agitation produces huge amounts of dense carbonation release that form an immediate froth. nose; big boozy oak, & alcohol-soaked dark fruit. not a super gentle nose, but everything else is well-reigned. taste; sweet toasted caramel malt, dried dates, cherry, lemon zest, earthy hops, & oak. big chocolate (almost fudge), tequila notes, & oak emerge on the aftertaste. almost feels like a wine port with the richness on the end. heavy, dense carbonation & medium+ mouthfeel. the 12% abv is hidden at wizard-level; remarkably quaffable at those numbers. bitters, sweets, esters, & ethanol are all perfectly balanced to me - especially the hops. this style can wax & wane with hop presence (usually they are choked out by the sweets), but they are ever-present and complimentary here throughout. a real standout in wild heaven's lineup. english barleywines, bring 'em on!

Feb 03, 2016
4.99 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina on Jan 30, 2016
4.26 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jan 18, 2016
3.84 by StoutSnob40 from California on Dec 18, 2015
4.12 by blacknyellow20 from Ohio on Dec 15, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AgentMunky from New York

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Triple Digit Teku glass. 2015 edition.
A: Murky, icky brown. Nearly clear, but not at all. Light head. Bubbly super-light head.
S: It smells like dead yeast and sweet malt and booze. Very old ale.
T/M: Rich and incredibly decadent. It's layers of white cake and brandied grapes and beerified, boozy malt beverage. Truly incredible. Aftertaste of vague pineapple upside cake.
O: This is decadent. "The height of civilization" might be overselling it...more like the Decline of the Empire. It calls to mind vomitoriums and decadence and pleasure over prudence.

Nov 23, 2015
3.59 by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia on Nov 23, 2015
4.23 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Nov 15, 2015
4.47 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Nov 12, 2015
3.25 by kylemckinnis from Colorado on Nov 04, 2015
4.28 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Nov 01, 2015
4.09 by robgage from Pennsylvania on Nov 01, 2015
4.56 by alwaysplayin from Ohio on Oct 03, 2015
4 by GABrew from Georgia on Oct 02, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dactrius from Wisconsin

Looks nice enough. Smell is very complex as is the flavor. The tequila barrel add just the right amount of flavor, not overpowering or underwhelming. The other adjuncts are hard to discern, you can tell they're there but picking out the individual components is a challenge, but that's fine because as a whole it all melds together wonderfully with an awesome caramel flavor. Almost tastes more like a scotch ale than a barleywine. I easily would've believed this was 6-7% ABV; it in no way tastes like 12%.

Sep 29, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AndyEdgar from Illinois

There is a whole lot going on with this one. Big tequila and dried fruit nose. Taste follows with lots of caramel and just a touch of citrus. Definitely better once it warmed. Outstanding offering from Wild Heaven

Sep 15, 2015
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4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Houser from Pennsylvania

really good beer here. i love the look, a murky, burnt amber. how i like my barleywines to look. the smell is complex, if not confusing. a lot going on. caramel maltiness is apparent and slight tequila, and can smell the lemons, but not the berries. taste is much of the same, sweet with ever so slight sourness from the lemons. impressive.

edit: ok, really get the berries as it warms up. im really liking this. definitely worth seeking out.

Sep 04, 2015
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