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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1058) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle from forever ago courtesy of BlackForestCO. Pours a hazy ruby red with brown notes, little carb leading to a filmy, 1/8 inch head. Boozy caramel nose with brown sugar. Caramel and vanilla, brown sugar and molasses, mild bitter and reasonably dry. Everything is rather muted, but Iím sure thatís come with the aging. Mild alcohol, moderately watery mouthfeel, a touch creamy. Pretty OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle from a 1/08 trade with BeerandBlues2. Pour was brown with a burgundy color, no head, flat looking. The aroma was maple, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, caramel. The flavor followed, flat as all get-out (notch on bottle said 2010, though, and this was well-cellared, even refrigerated for a good bit), caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, metallic, astringent almost with some acidity, earthiness, but very well-concealed alcohol level of 11%. Mouthfeel was flat. Thanks, Brad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2641) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short lived, beige head, over a clear, coppery amber (SRM 15) body....nose is molasses, brown sugar, toffee/caramel.....taste is sweet throughout, with raisin, dried cherry, finishing slightly hot, with a mild bitterness....mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a lightly hopped Barley Wine, well balanced, with the alcohol nicely hidden. In many ways as it warms it drifts toward a Belgian Strong, in that the malt/yeast end of the spectrum begins to dominate the hops. BJCP 8/3/14/5/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Had a bottle of this last night thanks to "hannont". Colour... clear, golden orange with no head. Nose... hoppy toffee, if there is such a thing! Palate... more hoppy toffee, slightly musty, golden sirop, dried stone fruits, medium length finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redeyeloon (21) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2010
12oz --> trappist glass. smells like biscuits, maple sugar, and banana. pours amber brown with light tan head. tastes malty sweet but not cloy then boldly bitter. there are also slight metalic and pleasant boozy flavors. palate is thick and syrupy with a gritty finish. i enjoy having easy access to this barleywine - one of my favorites of the style. i consider it noob friendly and would recommend this one to any person who is new to barleywines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2009 bottle thanks to jbye4334. Pours with a small and fading tan head over a very deep mahogany to ruby body. Aroma is quite pungent with dark fruits, raisins, toffee, port, sherry, cocoa, chocolate, plums, rum cake. Some oatmeal raisin cookie. Alcohol, dark fruits, sherry and a bit of soggy malts (wet dog) on the flavor. Decently sweet and decadent up front. Long duration, slightly bitter finish. Some bitter dark fruit and bitterness from tannin extraction from the grain. Full bodied. Alcohol is noticeable, but has mellowed enough so that it is not burning or presents itself as fusel. Full weighted mouthfeel, light bubbles and syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Sourish malt. The hops are there but donít dominate. Aromatic tasty barleywine but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2258) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Moderate notes of dark bread, cookie and orange for the malt and hops, light leather and earth for the yeast, and hints of medicine and a faint boozy note. Head is small, off white, almost no lacing, has good legs and is fully diminishing. Color is a flat hazy pale brown, with small dark particles. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start, and is lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter in the long finish. Palate is medium to full, almost syrupy, has a lively carbonation and finishes astringent and chewy/sticky. A decent Barley Wine but a bit out of balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
(bottle). Pours a dark brownish red color. Medium size tan color head. Minimal lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor of malt and alcohol. Smooth finish, with lasting alcohol taste. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Solid barley wine. Excellent. Hoppy, malty, awesomey. Dig it. Want some more. Should be rated higher.

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