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RATINGS: 146   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.


4.1
   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, thatís not so bad. Strange that the head retention is poor for such carbonation, but thatís 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3568) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (3492) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"seems more in the english style. hops are very subdued...aroma and flavor are toffee, caramel, and some dark fruit. pretty nice sipper. the aroma tended a bit young, but the flavor did not. medium bodied and richly flavored."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3478) - 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 donít like aged beer until I try one.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3433) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
12oz 2005 Vintage via trade with hopdog. Thanks Steve. Pours a think cloudy cauldron of brownish dirty looking water. Nose is sweet with sherry notes. Taste is sweet almost cloyingly sweet with some strange background notes. Overall I have to say this is good, but a bit strange, and slightly off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3311) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz bottle 4/7/11 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-40į 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3307) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz, 2009 bottle. Pours a rich amber-ruby colored body with a thin, tan head that leaves a light to moderate, delicate lacing. Aroma is sweeter and richer caramels with cherry-dark fruits, brown sugar, and some pleasant piney, flowery hops. A light toasted toffee, earthy pepper, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is nice as well, but just a tad jumbled at times. Sweeter up front with caramels and toffee before some brown sugar and cherry-dark fruits come in. Some toast and a light chocolate that I didnít pick up in the aroma come in with some earthy pepper before this finishes with a good amount of piney hops with a bit of a fresh herb taste, yet remains somewhat sticky from the malt sweetness. A noticable alcohol, but not distracting. Moderate bitterness with a slight resin and residual sweetness that slowly dries leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, creamy body with just a touch of carbonation. Overall, an alright barley wine. Lots of malt flavor with a good amount of hops to balance, but it seemed a bit messy. Despite that, I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3249) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
OK gathering-Mjames apartment-2002 vintage-pours a deep amber hue with minimal head. decent carbonation. aroma of sweet green apples, licorice, fermented cherries. resiny palate that is full bodied. very complex and balanced. I wish i bought a 4 pack instead of one bottle!


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