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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2007
12oz. bottle - 2005 vintage. Powerfully malty and sweet aroma with overriding suggestions of freshly-baked pecan pie, tobacco, dried flowers, earthiness and a tinge of medicinal alcohol lurking in the background. Deep, dark copper color with brighter amber highlights, mostly clear with a fully subsiding head, subsequently lacks any sort of lacing. Flavor profile is fairly strongly laced with alcohol throughout, and features a blend of richly sweet, sugary caramel malts, faintly raisin-like fruitiness and a spicy, sharp, citric bitterness that appears about midpoint, melds with the warming alcoholic presence and fades away. Low in effervescence, smooth, perhaps even a little thin on the palate with a substantial body. Certainly a strong British-style interpretation but does lack a certain degree of depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 12oz bottle 2006 just a few months old, this was my second BW today during the great blizzard of Colorado ’06. pours a rather dark brown with reddish hue and a nice head. aroma is rather weak, hints of maple syrup, alcohol, and slight hops. flavor has some mild baker’s chocolate notes that gets annoying as i drink, brown sugar, maple syrup, solid malty base, with slight alcohol coming through but not much for 11.25%. overall nothing special but a drinkable BW. i’m aging a few so we’ll see how it ages. 3.2.

4/19/09, 2006 vintage aged 3 years. pours hazy prune with khaki head. nose of maple syrup, port, caramel, and raisins. flavors of rasins, caramel, chocolate, with a dry woody finish. med body. low carbonation. still not very oxidized at all. i’d say this improved quite a bit but still nothing special. thin mouth feel. 3.6.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with BeerandBlues2. 2005. Aroma: Strong sweet malt, bread, light ginger, rich caramel, raisins. A bit of alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting. Appearance: Very dark orange in color and murky. No head. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet malt with a strong caramel presence. Bread, chocolate, raisins. Some pine and grass hop notes. Bitterness was nice, but lingered just a touch too long. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Despite having no head, there was a good level of carbonation on the tongue. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A very nice barleywine. Well balanced and drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Just what I needed after a long day at work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a hazy amber with a small, off-white head. Soft caramel aroma. Very full body and sweet with distinct caramel and a very aromatic hopping. A very smooth and pleasant Barley Wine. 211006

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Bottled 2005. Hazy amber coloured with a small head. Sharp and alcoholic with notes of cardboard, malts and dark fruits. Sweet and slightly perfumed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle 2005. Orange amber colour with a small tan head. Sweet caramel malty, fruity, sugar, hops aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread, fruity, light alcoholic taste. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (31473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
Vintage 2005. A hazy amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet hoppy - Cascade giving it notes of grapefruit, but also with strong notes of alcohol and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with lots of caramel notes, but also a strong alcohol note, which lends the beer a metallic tinge. Toward the end the alcohol leaves a slight burn on the tongue and in the top of the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Santa Fe Spirits. Drank on 8/22/06. 2005 vintage. Clear, dark copper to light amber. Very thin layer of foam - can hardly call it a head - off white to light tan. Disappears immidiately to a ring of foam. Aroma - decent sized aroma - lots of sweet malts, some fruity hops - apricot, cherries. Almost candy-like sweetness. Flavor - some average up front bitterness that disappears on the tongue. Really smooth, well balanced, and sweet in the middle. The sweet, fruity, malty flavors come out in the finish. Cherries. Palate - pretty full bodied. Carb is on the low side, but good for a BW. Oddly it kind of thins out in the swallow. Overall - Pretty good BW. Nice aroma, good flavor, good mouthfeel. No head, which is somewhat typical for the style. I guess it could be a tad thicker and stronger, but there is no lack of flavor or complexity. No alcohol flavor or warmth. Will definitely be stocking up on the ’06.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2965) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2006
2005 bottle thanks to B&B2. Poured into small Koningshoeven goblet glass. I could smell creaminess as I poured it, interesting. Pours very dark amber with no head and barely some lacing. Aroma is strong - a very subdued and creamy plum raison BW aroma. Very nice and much lower on the alcohol than expected. Taste is sweet syrupy fruits and again raison/plum BW. Very subdued for somethign this strong. Medium body but very smooth and really no sense of alcohol. Very low on bitterness. A very nice example, I will age a few of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Thanks to BeerandBlues2. Hazy orange color with a solid white head. The aroma was very sweet, and you definitely could tell the alcohol was there. The taste was heavy--plenty of malts, and some definite syrupy fruit tastes (like the syrup from a can of peaches or something). This one was too syrupy and heavy handed for my liking.

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