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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1579) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a malty roasty burn on the end. Full, thick , rich body. Granted not my favorite style but this is a decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Amber. Small, off white head. Richly sweet strawberry cotton candy, moderately bitter resinous hops, vegetation, rubbing alcohol in the nose. Flavor adds good-n-plenty, toffee, and some cocoa on the finish. Full body, balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Medium/dark orange in color with a white head, this barleywine has a nice, malty nose and a sour complexity of pit fruits and maybe some bourbon and raisins. Itís neat, complex, and mature. This is why I love barleywines. Itís chewy, malty, and serious. Itís soft and smooth in the mouth, with a nice balance of alcohol and malts with a touch of earthy, resinous hops. I have to say that Iím more impressed by this beer than I thought I would be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1499) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle in trade with Beerandblues2. Nose is intsens malts, and some whispy floral hops.No head or carbonation although bottle did have a bit. A deep amber in tulip. Nealy looks of new motoil from a distance. An intermingled tartness weaves thru the full seeetness of body and fades quickly to center of tounge. The 11.5% is elusive and seems to be looking at you from around the corner. Nose lingers near glass as if it does not wish to leave the vicinity of the beer. Surprisingly light in body for all the ingredients involved.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1458) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2007
12 oz bottle, dated 2007. Pours a murky brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruits, molasses, melon, pine, and some spicy alcohol.

The flavor is surprisingly subdued - sweet cola and vanilla with some bitter burnt medicinal alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is is fairly full with a washed out watery texture.

Overall, itís not bad, but the lack of flavor and watery texture was disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours murky looking brown with a thin, offwhite head, specks of lace. Smells big and sweet malty with a bit of alcohol and a hint of spicy hops. Slightly fruity. Tastes big and malty sweet, with some alcohol and a touch of hops. Warming alcohol on the finish. Syrupy body, ok carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2003
This takes me back to the amount one uses for rating. Had it the other day at a tasting and thought it was "just good". This time I had an entire bottle (12 oz.) and really, really enjoyed it. From the same friend and trip, so I imagine it is the same age. Bottle has four years written on one edge, but I couldn't detect a marking that idicated which year - ?? Not that it matters other than thinking at the tasting it was more hop dominate and this time that it was just fabulous in being so rich and ful and malty and NOT too sweet or excesively hoppy. Okay, if it DID have just a teensy bit more bitterness I sure wouldn't complain, but don't want to suggest messing with what I like. Balanced to my liking. Loads of rich dark fruit. Could drink this one until I pass out, which at 11.25% doesn't seem all that hard.

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.

3.8
   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.

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 doesnít do the smell justice. The mouth-feel is nice and I canít taste or feel the alcohol in my mouth. I had a 2005 about six months ago and I swear it wasnít this color. This is a pretty decent barleywine and very drinkable but not my favorite. Iíll 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


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