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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz, 2009 bottle. Pours a rich amber-ruby colored body with a thin, tan head that leaves a light to moderate, delicate lacing. Aroma is sweeter and richer caramels with cherry-dark fruits, brown sugar, and some pleasant piney, flowery hops. A light toasted toffee, earthy pepper, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is nice as well, but just a tad jumbled at times. Sweeter up front with caramels and toffee before some brown sugar and cherry-dark fruits come in. Some toast and a light chocolate that I didnít pick up in the aroma come in with some earthy pepper before this finishes with a good amount of piney hops with a bit of a fresh herb taste, yet remains somewhat sticky from the malt sweetness. A noticable alcohol, but not distracting. Moderate bitterness with a slight resin and residual sweetness that slowly dries leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, creamy body with just a touch of carbonation. Overall, an alright barley wine. Lots of malt flavor with a good amount of hops to balance, but it seemed a bit messy. Despite that, I enjoyed it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BritAlesRule (213) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Deep rich mohogany. Malt, Cordials. Booze, Chocolate and some woody aspect. Head doesnít last but lacing is nice. Taste is deep dark overripe fruits, chocolate, caramel, and christmas cherry cordials. Brandy-ish. Mouthfeel is perfect. Easily Bristolís best beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Bottled. Amber and headless. Aroma is sweet caramel and sticky hop sweetness. Flavor is similar with richer malt presence and booze awesome and everywhere with also great sticky bitter hop presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6032) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2010
bottle, via trade with jbye4334, muddy amber color with no head, aroma has a lot of maple syrup and some malt,, flavor is more maple, smoke, some meatiness, finish is somewhat flat

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1085) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2728) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1238) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - 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.


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