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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5912) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear copper/brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel, chocolate, crisp hop and some fruit. Chocolate and caramel malt flavor with some graininess and a bit of fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5899) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Not sure where it came from. Dark red brown and mostly clear. A beige layer of foam leaves some lacing. Dark fruit, rich malts, and some spices in the aroma. I read the ABV but don’t taste alcohol. But by the 4th or 5th sip it could be felt. I do taste raisins, very sweet malts, and bright hops. Mid glass the fruit is bigger and some harshness arrives. This is a tasty sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
English barleywine nose - raisins, dark fruit, plum, caramel, light fruity bitterness a little floral/perfumey. Auburn pour, light haze, no head. Raisins, caramel, dark fruity sweetness, toasted dark bread, light hops in finish as well as a little alcohol heat. Drinks pretty nicely. Lingering sugary sweetness and light dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle, this year’s batch - pours a hazy ruby with a soapy lace - sweet nose of port, cherry, toffee, bread pudding, plum, some whiskey-ish notes - low carbonation - very easy drinking for the strength, with extremely well-masked alcohol - starts of somewhat treacly sweet, with plum and toffee being fairly apparent - a bit of date - however, a lovely earthy bitterness develops that balances that beautifully - some earthy, peaty, scotch-like notes and some cherry quality - lingering hop bitterness through the finish - I like it fresh with the hop bitterness to balance, but would be interest to try aged samples - very tasty.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark hazy amber color ale with a nice medium foamy head with average retention and good lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy with some citrus notes but is well balance with some sweet malt. Taste is less hoppy then the aroma was suggesting with a good presence of sweet malt. Light presence of dry fruits such as figs and prunes could be accentuated in a bit more. Body was above average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, I thought this was a good barleywine tending more toward the English style then the American overly hoppy style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5316) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. Dim, reddish orange body with a diminishing tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, raisins, spices and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit, spices, caramel, balanced bitter and warming alcohol. Nice body, fine balance, a solid barley wine closer to the American style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Smells like molasses, which is always a good start. Honey, piney, thick, and a little sweet like a doppelbock. Different, but too sweet to be a top notch barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4900) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel brandy-like body with a microscopic, off-white head, just enough to bear evidence of carbonation. Nose is licorice, spruce, hints of toffee and caramel. Taste is similar to the nose, with strong caramel notes being the most prominent. Full-bodied and smooth. Another typical American barley wine, which I do enjoy a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4508) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a trace of fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, cereal, and cookie malts, figs, dates, floral hops, and light booze. Flavor is lightly sweet malts forward with dark fruit esters, booze, and faint hops; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

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