Height Of Civilization
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British Barleywine
Ranked #31
Ranked #1,870
4.35 | pDev: 8.74%
Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States
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Notes: Brewed with Prussian lemons, hibiscus, tart cherries, cranberries and cocoa nibs. Finished in Dulce Vida tequila barrels.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 71 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dr-Baltar
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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%.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Houser
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, murky-ish, russet-hued body with a smallish, filmy, off-white head.

Smell: Well-toasted malts, cocoa, gooey caramel and brown sugar with macerated berries soaked in alcohol, fruity/floral hibiscus helps lift the tequila barrel notes, notes of spice and snappy citrus detected.

Taste: Caramel-coated toasted malts dosed with some chocolaty accents and a few spoonfuls of dark brown sugar. Moderately sweet throughout. Beyond the esters and such, you do get elements of the added citrusy lemon, fruity hibiscus and berries with a ripple of tartness. Restrained spicy bitterness and subtle tannins. Latent tequila barrel quality, growing alcohol presence. Semi-dry, malty finish with some heat of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Fullish body. Medium carbonation. A little creamy, a little sticky.

Overall: A decent slow sipper.

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Photo of MaxGreen
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Note: this is my first experience with a barleywine, although I have had other strong ales (mainly Belgian).

Appearance: medium brown. Is fairly carbonated, has a thin head, and phenomenal lacing.
Nose: powerful scent of cherries, along with cranberries, citrus, dates, and toasted almond.
Body: full, yet crisp.
Taste: first greeted by a mix of cranberry and cherry, gets lost in the middle with some roasted nut flavors and some citrus notes, then finishes with tequila and oak.
Finish: rich, long, warming as it goes down your throat.

Is this really 12%? Does not taste like it in the slightest. So smooth. In the end, while I enjoyed the taste highly, it wasn’t as complex as I was hoping for. Does change flavor with warming which is nice touch.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a tremendous brew! Can this really be a barley wine? Labeled as a full bodied ale. Tremendous warm brown color and rich body with layers of dark fruit, cocoa, oak, vanilla and floral spices and a bit of a tequila bite. Super interesting every sip and changed as the temperature warmed up. Very nice!

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Photo of Big_BEARD87
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing Barleywine style ale dark rich amber color aromas or dark fruit and rich caramel tastes sweet upfront with a nice smooth finish just the right amount of alcohol essence that one should expect from a barleywine way to go Wild Heaven

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark mahogany. Full tan head on the pour that sticks around.
smell: Rich cocoa that must be the nibs rehydrated in 4 Roses. Fruit presence I suppose courtesy of the dried Prussian lemons, cherry's and cranberries. A hint of booze that must be the Dulce Vida Tequila barrel treatment. Quite a nose i mean.
taste: Not quite as rich as the nose. Similar profile but the flavors are more blended and subtle.
overall: Interesting well crafted beer. Surprisingly drinkable. Would never guess this is 12%.

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Photo of Zach136
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Hazy deep, deep amber. Big tan head and excellent lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Rich, caramelized sugar, nutty. Reminiscent of river street pralines. Touch of oak. Some agave and lemon "fruitiness" is the only way I can describe it. On the palate the are some nice chocolate notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, and luscious. No booze. incredible for 12-13% ABV.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 14.99. 2015 edition, released 5/15. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours a deep ruby chestnut with two full fingers of frothy biege head. The foam is slow to settle to a wide collar, depositing occasional swaths of lace.

Full aromas of dried fruit, tequila, lemons, vanilla and faint cocoa. Nice blend of barrelling with the base.

Wow! I was skeptical about what tequila barrels would do to Civilization but it turns out that was baseless. The tequila doesn't overpower as it has in many other tequila barreled brews I've tried. Instead the more subtle aspects like agave sweetness and oak wrap around the other flavors like a warm hug. Tequila, tart cranberry, lemon peel, cocoa, agave, toffee, oak, caramel, floral spice, faint char, earth, cherries and a warming booze precense. The barrels work in concert with the base to really elevate it, creating delicious layers of bold, rich flavor. The alcohol is a tad hot in some sips but for the most part blends into the other huge flavors.

Full body, bordering heavy, with supple carbonation. The finish is lingering and complex with layers of toffee, dried fruit, tequila and burnt oak.

I'm very happy with Wild Heaven's first special large-format release. I've enjoyed Civilization several times in growlers so it is fantastic to have Height of Civilization in a bottle. Arguably the best use of tequila barrels for a beer that I've tried. This one is worthy and I plan to buy and enjoy several more.

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