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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7880) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2005 bottle thanks to Crosling! Poured a hazy, fiery medium orange with just a light ring of white head. The aroma began with a huge blast of medicinal alcohol... had to dig deeper to bring out grapefruit and herbal hoppage... pears and raisiny notes deeper still... this was complex, but the booze factor was a tad too assertive.
Flavor also had a heavy booze factor, but it played a more complimentary role... accenting toasted toffee and darker fruit sweetness... moderate herbal and floral bitterness.
Lower carbonation gave this a tad of a flat feel... dry herbal bitterness and rum-soaked dark fruits at the finish... sticky and quite warming. Grew on me, but not toward the top of my list for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2005 vintage from Degarth, thanks buddy. Pours a slightly hazy dull copper, brown orange with thin white head. The aroma is full with a load up front of citrus hop flavor such as over ripe orange wedges and cantaloupe mixed with an alcohol note. There is also a more classic barleywine nose of dark fruit hidden behind the ripe citrus and melon along with a faint undertone of caramel. I’m drinking this in the 60F range. The flavors start off smooth and seemingly neutral. Then some mild sweet caramel malt notes start things going along with blunted citrus hop flavor and glimpses of hop bitterness. As the taste progresses the hop component becomes both hard orange candy like as well as over ripe oranges. Toward the finish the malts creep up and add some balanced to the citrus with caramel, toffee and a hint of bread. The alcohol flavor becomes noticeable as the taste ends. I get grapefruit hop bitterness, sweet orange hard candy and mild malt sweetness into the after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by TheBeerCellar2: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin lightly-lacing off-white head. Soft sweet caramel and fresh noble hoppy aroma. Body starts with a somewhat syrupy caramel malty flavor and some fresh green lingering bittering hops in the finish. Fairly-well balanced but could use some aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! 2005 vintage. Pours a clear amber-copper color with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malts, tons of fruit, nectar, spices, and booze. Flavor of caramel malts, pine resin, earth, tropical fruits, and sugar. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. Good barleywine that is not doing me many favors this morning.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pour out of bottle at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, dark brownish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight fruity notes, hints of cocoa powder, slight grain and spicy tones as well. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, earth, slight cocoa, hints of spice, finishing with a slightly fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6491) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Drank in Denver for GABF 2012. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is dusty dry malts, some caramel. A nice English style BW with dry caramel and sweet malts, dry palate. Dusty. Earthy. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (6484) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Pours dark brown with a creamy offwhite head, nice sized for the style and the ABV. Aroma of malt, caramel, toast, sweet fruit, raisins, hops. Taste brady malt, caramel, nuts, raisins, fruit, bitter pinelike hops, some booze. Medium body soft carbonation, light warming alcohol in the finish. Nice brew, easy drinking. 030312

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6423) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 2002 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin), moderately malty (molasses, cookie), hint of smoke. Flavor is moderately heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Too citric for me (but otherwise acceptably balanced), and the aroma strikes me as primitive and crude.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit, some spice. Tastes very syruppy sweet with some dark fruit on the finish.


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