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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
2005 12oz. bottle from Aubrey. Pours out a light brown color with just a bit of opacity to it. A scant off-white head forms and fades out quickly leaving spotty lacing behind. Aroma is reminiscent of caramel, a hint of brown sugar. Hops donít really hit the olfactory. Medium bodied, a bit thin at times with a fairly forward alcohol presence. Towards the finish a moderate hop bitterness appears to balance the malt flavors initially present. Fair BW. Just lacking in some areas that make me take notice.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Smells like molasses, which is always a good start. Honey, piney, thick, and a little sweet like a doppelbock. Different, but too sweet to be a top notch barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
tap. Amber coloring with frothy creamy egg colored head. Oak barrel, port scent. Very smooth taste port, oak, hops. I picked up some orange. Bitter bite with dry aftertaste. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Sampled at Dickinsonbeerís NJ January gathering. reddish orangey cloudy color, tannish foamy head. slightly syrupy malt aroma. low carbonation. malty/syrupy flavor. dryish finish but still malty sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this at the January gathering. Poured a dark clouydy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bubble gum. Flavor is light yeasty bubble gum with a hint of pine hops. Not as rich as their IIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2651) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle, from trade with snowtiger. Good nose, sweet. Lots of fruit, fig,raisin, plum, orange, grapefruit. Hints of peanut. Hazy orangy brown color, no head, minor lacing. Bitter flavor, sour. Like aroma with grapefruit, burnt grain flavor being the most prominant. Medium body, creamy oily litely fizzy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. ABV bites on finish. Ok, but brash right now. Some mellowing is needed, IMO. Lack of head and somewhat lifeless mouthfeel knocked it down for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Little head, and medium red/brown color for a barley wine. Has characteristics of a double IPA. Meaning the rich maltiness with a grapefruit flavor. Along with that, it had a soft balanced hop content and a sweet rasain accent. I like this English interpretation of a barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2005
No head, clear brown with minimal bubbles. Aroma is spicy, doughy, and sweet. Taste is malty, sweet, and with a big alcohol punch. Hops appear in the finish for a little bit. The beer was a little too hot for me, and somewhat one diminsional. Well made though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This a barleywine that I could drink a few of, but is too sweet and characterless to drink many of. Most barleywines are too sweet for me, but I can drink them because of the hops or a distinctive flavor of the malts. This one is fig type sweet, but not that distinctive. I like it, I think it will age well, but for now, its a pretty good barleywine. Thanks go to Crosling for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Copper color. Brown sugar, dried fruit and caramel in the aroma. I find the flavor to be very rich and well balanced, although it isnít as expressive as you would think it would be, considering itís an 11% barley wine. It has a very nice and well balanced vanilla, mocha and caramel flavor and the hops are pretty subdued, for the ibuís and hops used. The body is creamy and provides a nice mouth experience. Gotta say I like this beer. Wish another store besides Liquor Max stocked it, so I could stock up the cellar.


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