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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.


3.3
   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 don’t 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.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3/18/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO 9/30/05. Rated blind. Muddy brown-orange with a rocky, soapy head of cream froth, strangely lasting. Very little lacing. Aroma steers towards the berry end of barleywines, rich with juniper and prevalent higher alcohols, sweetly resinous with a tangy, zesty sappiness. Some aged piney hops but somewhat little caramel depth, masked mostly by the sweet fruitiness. Like berries tossed in a few teaspoons of melted brown sugar. Flavor strikes immediately with oxidation, a sweet papery taste, even in this relatively young age (though, to be fair, it HAS been 6 months). Also lots of sticky berry skins and a light earthiness. Soggy-dusty hop resins mingle with the malt. Pretty good balance, actually, and I’m not overtly offended with the oxidation. Medium body with an interesting cooling sensation and prickly, sappy finish. Quite dry and stiff, alcohol blending with a puckering twiggy earthiness and still the ever-present berries. Like licking sweet sap from a smooth piece of tree bark. Warms the belly within the first few gulps. A solid barleywine for those lazy winter weekends of three days’ growth on the facial hair when a feeling like your tongue being tickled with light sandpaper doesn’t seem so bizarre.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1360) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Pried from the tight grips of Thebeercellar2’s cellar. Poured a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was sweet and fruity that was dominated by apricots. Sweet malty flavor. Fruity with some notes of bubble gum. Pretty warming with a medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2752) - the Containment Area, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by TheBeerCellar2: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin lightly-lacing off-white head. Soft sweet caramel and fresh noble hoppy aroma. Body starts with a somewhat syrupy caramel malty flavor and some fresh green lingering bittering hops in the finish. Fairly-well balanced but could use some aging.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4640) - 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.

3.5
   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 Dickinsonbeer’s 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
12oz. bottle dated 2005. Hazy orange/amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and citrus hops. Flavor was mildly sweet with lots of caramel malt and a bitter hop finish. Alcohol started to really come on as the beer warmed.


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