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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2005 bottle, thanks to jjpm74! Cloudy medium/light amber orange pour. Almost no head. Buttery caramel and wet dog on the nose. Earthy and old. Malty. Overripe fruit. Hops have diminished greatly, but this is drinking pretty well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle in trade from BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours a rich, deep opaque maroon with a beige head. Smell is rich, fruity, malt and pretty balanced between hops and malt in the nose. Taste is nutty, pecan like caramel malt and a bit of smooth booze. Light gummy, fruity character. Full mouthfeel, a bit warming and soft carbonation. Pretty tasty barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Draft. Sweet buttery oakiness. Lots of caramelizatin. Great aroma. I don’t think this was barrel aged.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2008
I poured this 2006 bottle into a snifter and was amazed at the color. Ok, maybe not amazed but definitely surprised. It is a dark ruby red and I am used to barleywines being more orange and lighter in color. I guess that shows how much experience I have with barleywines The head was about a 1/2 inch thick and hangs around as it diminishes. The smell is sweet, luscious and inviting with just a hint of alcohol. The flavor is a little subdued and doesn’t do the smell justice. The mouth-feel is nice and I can’t taste or feel the alcohol in my mouth. I had a 2005 about six months ago and I swear it wasn’t this color. This is a pretty decent barleywine and very drinkable but not my favorite. I’ll put the remaining three down in the cellar and check back next year to see if this has improved. -update 11/05/07 this was almost black in appearance, did it get darker with age? Smells like perfumey hops with a little candy sweetness and chocolate showing up. Tastes like strong barleywine and astringent in the mouth but still has a fullness in the mouth. Still pretty tasty but not something I will be building verticals of. I’ll check back on the lone bottle sometime next year. A;4 S:4 T:4 M:3.5 D:3.5 Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-16-2007 01:26:22

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
(Bottle, courtesy of Kevin) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, toasted malt, and toffee. Flavor of toasted malt, cocoa, rye, fruit, and toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 8, 2008
12 oz bottle, 2007, from BeerandBlues2 - thanks Brad! Clear, orange amber with a slight beige head. Nose is maltarded (a phrase coined at RSG08) - lots of sweet, sweet malt with a resiny orange citrus tone and a pinch of alcohol. Very sweet caramel malt flavors, rich and full, light brown sugar and an herbal tone. Silky smooth and rich. A very nice BW - I’m boogered after this! w00t!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle thanks BrianK. Pours a dark ruby brown body with a light head. Aroma is malty, woody, some burnt malt, dark fruit. Flaovr is sweet chocolate malt, some ripe fruit and woodiness. Etoh is very detctable. okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle from trade with BeerandBlues. Mostly clear copper-orange color, bits of soapy white head. General sweet malty character, apricots, kind of an English character. Very sweet taste, bit of a hop tingle on the finish. Pretty mild, but really nothing detracting from this. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle from BlackforestCO. Pretty amber/ruby color with off white pinkish head. Aroam of malt, milk, and light dark fruit. The flavor was the same with chocolate and light cherry notes. Smooth, clean, malty thick mouthful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Thanx to BFC for this.Poured a nice copper color with a pillowy white head.The nose was toasty and nutty.Lots of malt on the flavor along with nuts, peat with a tone of scotch.it was sweet and not at all hoppy.Well balanced.Thanx Jake for this.


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