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RATINGS: 147   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. Dim, reddish orange body with a diminishing tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, raisins, spices and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit, spices, caramel, balanced bitter and warming alcohol. Nice body, fine balance, a solid barley wine closer to the American style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1855) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 47°. Color is a deep dark amber with mellow carbonation and a small off white head. Aroma is sweet with a toasted caramel scent and a faint note of fruit. Its full body goes down with a light smooth mouth feel. Flavor is lighter then I was expecting from the aroma. It has some mild dried fruits and toffee, then a little oak and vanilla ending with an even hop bitterness. In the after taste the bitterness stands out a little more with a nice roasted malt taste in the back. Overall I feel its very good, yet lighter then most Barley Wines.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! 2005 vintage. Pours a clear amber-copper color with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malts, tons of fruit, nectar, spices, and booze. Flavor of caramel malts, pine resin, earth, tropical fruits, and sugar. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. Good barleywine that is not doing me many favors this morning.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle 355ml @ yngwie
Pours brown with a off-white head, Aroma has notes of barley, molasses, malt, brown sugar and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4108) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel brandy-like body with a microscopic, off-white head, just enough to bear evidence of carbonation. Nose is licorice, spruce, hints of toffee and caramel. Taste is similar to the nose, with strong caramel notes being the most prominent. Full-bodied and smooth. Another typical American barley wine, which I do enjoy a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a more or less clear body, brown in color and a small, off-white to light beige head. Alcohol, citrus, pine cones, dried fruits, caramel and alcohol on the nose. Complex and pleasant. The flavor has much the same found in the aroma. Full-bodied, warming and sweet on the palate. Low on carbonation, but that’s pleasant. Complex flavor too, with caramel, citrusy, piney hops, bitterness and a meaty touch. Lasting finish. A tasteful, delightful beer that lasts and pleases. Nice. 110301

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle.Pours amber with a small off-white head.Aroma of bread, yeast, caramel, biscuit and dried fruits.Flavor is sweet, warming and malty with some dates, caramel and malt.Full body, soft carbonation.Nice smooth barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. Nose with honied malt and spicy hops. Thick on the tongue with a start of smooth lightly toasted hops. Moves into a fruity and grassy hop finish. No hint of alcohol over the sweet malts. Not a bad little beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
On tap At Euclid Hall in Denver. Pretty standard barley wine. Good hop and malt notes...not too much heat as well, but warming. Good spice character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle, this year’s batch - pours a hazy ruby with a soapy lace - sweet nose of port, cherry, toffee, bread pudding, plum, some whiskey-ish notes - low carbonation - very easy drinking for the strength, with extremely well-masked alcohol - starts of somewhat treacly sweet, with plum and toffee being fairly apparent - a bit of date - however, a lovely earthy bitterness develops that balances that beautifully - some earthy, peaty, scotch-like notes and some cherry quality - lingering hop bitterness through the finish - I like it fresh with the hop bitterness to balance, but would be interest to try aged samples - very tasty.


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