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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4129) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 12oz bottle 2006 just a few months old, this was my second BW today during the great blizzard of Colorado ’06. pours a rather dark brown with reddish hue and a nice head. aroma is rather weak, hints of maple syrup, alcohol, and slight hops. flavor has some mild baker’s chocolate notes that gets annoying as i drink, brown sugar, maple syrup, solid malty base, with slight alcohol coming through but not much for 11.25%. overall nothing special but a drinkable BW. i’m aging a few so we’ll see how it ages. 3.2.

4/19/09, 2006 vintage aged 3 years. pours hazy prune with khaki head. nose of maple syrup, port, caramel, and raisins. flavors of rasins, caramel, chocolate, with a dry woody finish. med body. low carbonation. still not very oxidized at all. i’d say this improved quite a bit but still nothing special. thin mouth feel. 3.6.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3709) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
33 cl. Robe presque rouge sans tête mais avec ce qui m’apparaît être des jambes. Nez très fruité (fruits secs et macérés, figues, oranges confites) rendu doux par de généreuses céréales. Saveurs réconfortantes et franchement liquoreuses. Notes douces et amères. Corps gras sans bulles significatives. Finale modérément chaude avec un goût franc de malts grillés. Intéressant vin d’orge partagé avec rodenbach99.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2007
This appears to be a 2002 bottle. Deep copper/brown color with a thin tan head. The nose reminds me of Flintstone chewable vitamins coated in dark toffee. Boy, it does have that aged patina on it. Vanilla, oak, cherries, pennies, sherry, some chocolate, toffee, blood, and a little funk. There is still a lot of hops in the finish, with grass and moldy grapefruit rinds under the malty sweetness. I always think I don’t like aged beer until I try one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 2002. From my own Barleywine tasting party in May of 2004. A garnet-copper color upon pour. Quite the hoppy aroma on this puppy. A little more carbonated than I like in my barleywine, but hey, that’s not so bad. Strange that the head retention is poor for such carbonation, but that’s also not a need in this style. Malt body is not so sweet, but has a strong hop character. Back of the tongue finishes roasted malt. The palate might be a little thin.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2009
This was very enjoyable. Pours a clear deep ruby red with a small head that sticks around and leaves no lace. The aroma is mildly hoppy with some good sweet malty and spicy notes. The flavor follows this has a very good sweet flavor of cherries and licorice but is balanced out well with spicy and piney hops, Pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3501) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz bottle 4/7/11 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-40° in Snifter-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head which emits an aroma of dried fruit, malt, caramel, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol coming thru. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3494) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bouteille de 330ml. Une belle robe orange sans mousse. Un nez de fruit, de gâteau aux fruits, ce nez semble sucré. La bouche est mince avec des saveurs sucrées de gâteau aux épices avec des fruits confits.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hazy amber-apricot colored. Foamy head. Intense nose! Flavors were complexly odd and curious though: malty-sweet, alcoholic, milky and fruity. Smooth and soft palate, almost watery, with a very low carbonation level. Alcohol hidden incredibly well! Seemingly subdued in flavor, not in alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
12 oz bottle purchased at Dillon Ridge Liquors in Dillon, Colorado. 2010 notched on the side of the label. Pour is quite dark golden brown, with a small and loose tan head. Dissipates almost right away. Aroma is darkly toasted malt, along with a floral sweetness and a less pronounced dried fruit. Hint of iodine as well. Taste is the floral, though it is a spiced dry floral rather than sweet, along with the mildly salty dried fruit. The malt is present, but is a touch thin and dry, opening up to a pretty hot finish. Palate is medium bodied, nice un filtered mouth feel, a bit oily, though that clears up with the hot dry finish. I have not had a Barley Wine in awhile, so I enjoyed drinking this. Nice beer, glad I grabbed it.


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