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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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
A nice tasting barley wine. The cloyingly flat mouthfeel causes a loss of points, as does the thin head and absence of much lace. But overall, this is still a pretty damn good barley wine. 11.25% not noticeable, or else I"m just becoming immune. Smells wonderful too. Bottom line: if I were you, and I saw this beer, I would buy it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
12oz. bottle, notched 2007, and thanks to BlackForestCO for yet another great bonus! Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a choppy one finger off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, with toffee, caramel, candied dark fruits, and some brown sugar. Flavor is more sweetness, with candied fruits and caramel, almost sugary but not quite there. Palate is a bit thin, with the sweetness sticking around. Thanks Jake, you rock!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Cinnamon raisin, buttery, malty aroma with some phenols. Flavors of pineapple, oatmeal and carrot cake. Chewy texture. Semi-dry finish. Alcohol very obvious but overall seemed dumbed down rather than robust for the ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2005
12oz Bottle. A vigorous pour yields a smallish head which settles to a thin layer of film. Beautiful color of reddish amber that is slightly cloudy. Vanilla, caramel and brandy aromas. Hops provide some fruitiness and compliment the malts perfectly. Body is full, chewy, syrupy and softly carbonated. Flavors are both hoppy and malty and really compliment each other which I find very enjoyable. Lasting bitterness in finish. Caramel, fruit and hops add much flavor. Alcohol although not overpowering in flavor is very warming. This is a Barley Wine I can get into. Thanks to Snowtiger for the sample.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (644) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
On tap from brewery poured a clear amber hue w/ small mostly diminishing tan head. Big malty sweet aroma of dark fruit. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and moderate sweet in the finish. Tastes are rum soaked raisins, orange citrus, toffee, plum and brown sugar. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy texture, heavy alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with BeerandBlues2. 2005. Aroma: Strong sweet malt, bread, light ginger, rich caramel, raisins. A bit of alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting. Appearance: Very dark orange in color and murky. No head. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet malt with a strong caramel presence. Bread, chocolate, raisins. Some pine and grass hop notes. Bitterness was nice, but lingered just a touch too long. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Despite having no head, there was a good level of carbonation on the tongue. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A very nice barleywine. Well balanced and drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Just what I needed after a long day at work.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (461) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2009 bottle. Drank from the bottle. Aroma is candied fruits, dates, and raisins. Taste is rich malt, figs, dark fruity esters, and vanilla spice. Quite enjoyable. Good barleywine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kayres (389) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Dark orange to copper with a thin tan head. Very sweet winey nose. Medium to full bodied, sweet raisin flavors followed closely by a dry hop bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
2002 vintage:
Aroma: cinnamon, brown sugar, carmel, yeast
Appearance: muddy brown, no lacing, very small forced white head
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, liquor-like, hops, yeast, and grapefruit flavors
Palate: warming, very robust flavors

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (373) - - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 2012 vintage, cellared about 1 year and 4 months. Sweet dark fruit aroma with caramel malt and just a bit of booze. Pours a cloudy, caramel colored with a thin white head and very little lacing. Starts with sweet caramel malt and finishes with nice dark fruit flavors and just a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth, rich texture and a sticky finish that lingers in the aftertaste. Ages quite nicely. Probably could have used a little more time for the booziness to wear off, but still damn fine.


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