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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
OK gathering-Mjames apartment-2002 vintage-pours a deep amber hue with minimal head. decent carbonation. aroma of sweet green apples, licorice, fermented cherries. resiny palate that is full bodied. very complex and balanced. I wish i bought a 4 pack instead of one bottle!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
2002 vintage:
Aroma: cinnamon, brown sugar, carmel, yeast
Appearance: muddy brown, no lacing, very small forced white head
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, liquor-like, hops, yeast, and grapefruit flavors
Palate: warming, very robust flavors

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7978) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
2002 - Small ring or head with some small patches of bubbles in the middle of the dark burgundy and brown body. Syrupy, spicy nose of apples, maple and wood. As it swirls it leaves a thick coating on the glass, slowyly dripping down like molasses. Starchy and strong flavors initially, scotch like malts and some very bitter and dry hops... very interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Wonderful aroma, full of chocolate, nuts, spice, cocoa, rich brandy wine, madeira and alcohol. Appearance is a murky dark brown with just a light ring of bubbly foam. Rich chocolate and cherries dominate this barleywine. The taste is full of chocolate and has a strange alchohol bite that has an almost corriander spiciness but thin and almost syrupy sweet. Not quite cloying but close. Also not overly complex, but balanced between flavor and aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
2002 bottle. Deep red, somewhat hazy, a thin ring of head with faint lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with some pine - kind of liquer-ish. Body is thick and smooth; just a little carbonation bite at the end. Dark chocolate, caramel - very sticky sweet. Luckilly, it ends with a long piney hop bitterness and some bitter dark chocolate notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 2002. From my own Barleywine tasting party in May of 2004. A garnet-copper color upon pour. Quite the hoppy aroma on this puppy. A little more carbonated than I like in my barleywine, but hey, thatís not so bad. Strange that the head retention is poor for such carbonation, but thatís also not a need in this style. Malt body is not so sweet, but has a strong hop character. Back of the tongue finishes roasted malt. The palate might be a little thin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Hazy, burnt orange colored ale with a very small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is of caramel, chocolate and red apple. Woodsy and nutty. The flavor is sweet and malty and a bit astringent with an abundance of hops for balance. Chocolate notes. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, chocolatey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Cinnamon raisin, buttery, malty aroma with some phenols. Flavors of pineapple, oatmeal and carrot cake. Chewy texture. Semi-dry finish. Alcohol very obvious but overall seemed dumbed down rather than robust for the ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2469) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2004
2002 vintage: Cloudy crimson. Cakey light tan ring. Chewy toffeed malt aroma with punctual alcohol. Slight oxidation brings out the sherry notes amidst the fig sweetness. Touches of wax, dried plums, beets, and sugared malts. Vague tropical fruit esters help deter the alcohol. Velvety carbonation. Liquid leather mouthfeel. Brief black cherry flavors and Crystal richness are outmatched by the alcoholic warmth. The alcohol continues to heat up and pretty much ruins this lovely malt combo and overemphasizes the bushy hop bitterness. Rich sugared malts assist the light Munich tang. Pine needle bitterness continues to push through with ease while accompanying the woody, leathery malts and medicinal underpinnings. Spiny hops and sugared malts punish the palate long after the swallow. Alcohol tries to dry it out and reduce some of the sweetness, but the medicinal notes return and coat the throat alongside the piney hops and sugar-doused plums. Not bad, but itís a bit of a trainwreck in the mouth, due the malty, medicinal sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 10, 2003
This takes me back to the amount one uses for rating. Had it the other day at a tasting and thought it was "just good". This time I had an entire bottle (12 oz.) and really, really enjoyed it. From the same friend and trip, so I imagine it is the same age. Bottle has four years written on one edge, but I couldn't detect a marking that idicated which year - ?? Not that it matters other than thinking at the tasting it was more hop dominate and this time that it was just fabulous in being so rich and ful and malty and NOT too sweet or excesively hoppy. Okay, if it DID have just a teensy bit more bitterness I sure wouldn't complain, but don't want to suggest messing with what I like. Balanced to my liking. Loads of rich dark fruit. Could drink this one until I pass out, which at 11.25% doesn't seem all that hard.


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