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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2002: Cloudy amber/ruby, small head which fades quickly to nothing. Caramel and maple nose, overall quite sweet smelling. Burnt caramel malt shares the palate with dry floral hops. Lasting dry bitterness in finish, no sign of alcohol here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2005
12oz Bottle. A vigorous pour yields a smallish head which settles to a thin layer of film. Beautiful color of reddish amber that is slightly cloudy. Vanilla, caramel and brandy aromas. Hops provide some fruitiness and compliment the malts perfectly. Body is full, chewy, syrupy and softly carbonated. Flavors are both hoppy and malty and really compliment each other which I find very enjoyable. Lasting bitterness in finish. Caramel, fruit and hops add much flavor. Alcohol although not overpowering in flavor is very warming. This is a Barley Wine I can get into. Thanks to Snowtiger for the sample.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 On cask @ Falling Rock 2004 vintage aged in a port barrel poured a cloudy amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, dried fruit,and a hint of wood. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of dark cherries, apple, vinous, and notes of wood with a dry bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
(gabf 2003) Pours a cloudy brown with a sweet aroma. Very smooth taste with a flavor that combines all of the great elements of a barleywine - plums, chocolate, cherries and caramel. Catches on the roof of the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3283) - 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 (8228) - 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, that’s not so bad. Strange that the head retention is poor for such carbonation, but that’s 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.


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