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Bristol Old No. 23 Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
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Our biggest beer by far, Old No. 23 revives an English farmhouse brewery tradition of making a strong ale to set aside for special occasions. Our version, while tedious and time-consuming to brew, rewards the connoisseur with an ale that has the depth and complexity of a good brandy or single malt scotch. Massive quantities of malt and hops, a long aging time and limited availability make this a special ale worthy of its reputation.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Definitely an English style barley wine. Hops do not add complexity to the beer, but there is a nice caramelly flavor. Alcohol is not present as many other beers of this style. It’s a good beer by itself. Would like to try a barrel aged version of this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3259) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bouteille de 330ml. Une belle robe orange sans mousse. Un nez de fruit, de gâteau aux fruits, ce nez semble sucré. La bouche est mince avec des saveurs sucrées de gâteau aux épices avec des fruits confits.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
33 cl. Robe presque rouge sans tête mais avec ce qui m’apparaît être des jambes. Nez très fruité (fruits secs et macérés, figues, oranges confites) rendu doux par de généreuses céréales. Saveurs réconfortantes et franchement liquoreuses. Notes douces et amères. Corps gras sans bulles significatives. Finale modérément chaude avec un goût franc de malts grillés. Intéressant vin d’orge partagé avec rodenbach99.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"seems more in the english style. hops are very subdued...aroma and flavor are toffee, caramel, and some dark fruit. pretty nice sipper. the aroma tended a bit young, but the flavor did not. medium bodied and richly flavored."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1535) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Pour is a dark hazed copper with red edges and tan thin head. Nose is fairy sweet with heavy malt component. A hint dusty and a faint green/herbal hop. Taste is strong berry, candied sugar, brown sugar, faint chocolate malt and a touch of toasted nut. Full bodied and solid carbonation, a bit chalky in the finish. Green hops and a light hop bitterness linger through the back end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2539) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at Freshcraft. Dark orange/amber appearance with minimal head and light lacing. Aroma and flavor of caramel, fruity esters, earthy hops, toffee and light alcohol. Medium sweetness and light bitterness. One of their better offerings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5067) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Not sure where it came from. Dark red brown and mostly clear. A beige layer of foam leaves some lacing. Dark fruit, rich malts, and some spices in the aroma. I read the ABV but don’t taste alcohol. But by the 4th or 5th sip it could be felt. I do taste raisins, very sweet malts, and bright hops. Mid glass the fruit is bigger and some harshness arrives. This is a tasty sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Medium/dark orange in color with a white head, this barleywine has a nice, malty nose and a sour complexity of pit fruits and maybe some bourbon and raisins. It’s neat, complex, and mature. This is why I love barleywines. It’s chewy, malty, and serious. It’s soft and smooth in the mouth, with a nice balance of alcohol and malts with a touch of earthy, resinous hops. I have to say that I’m more impressed by this beer than I thought I would be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
theothermatt (206) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2013
1999 bottle! Holy shit! Sweet aroma. A bit of maple. Smooth with a little oxidation. Held up really well for such an old beer. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kayres (518) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Dark orange to copper with a thin tan head. Very sweet winey nose. Medium to full bodied, sweet raisin flavors followed closely by a dry hop bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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