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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Cloudy copper with aromas of dried fruits and caramel, a lot of caramel. Still some hops are alive to balance out flavors of toast and crystal malts. Sticky sweet with a full body.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle from a 1/08 trade with BeerandBlues2. Pour was brown with a burgundy color, no head, flat looking. The aroma was maple, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, caramel. The flavor followed, flat as all get-out (notch on bottle said 2010, though, and this was well-cellared, even refrigerated for a good bit), caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, metallic, astringent almost with some acidity, earthiness, but very well-concealed alcohol level of 11%. Mouthfeel was flat. Thanks, Brad!

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Wonderful aroma, full of chocolate, nuts, spice, cocoa, rich brandy wine, madeira and alcohol. Appearance is a murky dark brown with just a light ring of bubbly foam. Rich chocolate and cherries dominate this barleywine. The taste is full of chocolate and has a strange alchohol bite that has an almost corriander spiciness but thin and almost syrupy sweet. Not quite cloying but close. Also not overly complex, but balanced between flavor and aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2651) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle, from trade with snowtiger. Good nose, sweet. Lots of fruit, fig,raisin, plum, orange, grapefruit. Hints of peanut. Hazy orangy brown color, no head, minor lacing. Bitter flavor, sour. Like aroma with grapefruit, burnt grain flavor being the most prominant. Medium body, creamy oily litely fizzy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. ABV bites on finish. Ok, but brash right now. Some mellowing is needed, IMO. Lack of head and somewhat lifeless mouthfeel knocked it down for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2616) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short lived, beige head, over a clear, coppery amber (SRM 15) body....nose is molasses, brown sugar, toffee/caramel.....taste is sweet throughout, with raisin, dried cherry, finishing slightly hot, with a mild bitterness....mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a lightly hopped Barley Wine, well balanced, with the alcohol nicely hidden. In many ways as it warms it drifts toward a Belgian Strong, in that the malt/yeast end of the spectrum begins to dominate the hops. BJCP 8/3/14/5/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2608) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2007
12oz. bottle - 2005 vintage. Powerfully malty and sweet aroma with overriding suggestions of freshly-baked pecan pie, tobacco, dried flowers, earthiness and a tinge of medicinal alcohol lurking in the background. Deep, dark copper color with brighter amber highlights, mostly clear with a fully subsiding head, subsequently lacks any sort of lacing. Flavor profile is fairly strongly laced with alcohol throughout, and features a blend of richly sweet, sugary caramel malts, faintly raisin-like fruitiness and a spicy, sharp, citric bitterness that appears about midpoint, melds with the warming alcoholic presence and fades away. Low in effervescence, smooth, perhaps even a little thin on the palate with a substantial body. Certainly a strong British-style interpretation but does lack a certain degree of depth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2602) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2012
Poured a murky brown, almost cola-like color with little to no head. Smells of caramel, toffee, alcohol, vanilla, and wood. Taste starts out malty/sweet, some vanilla & toffee in there and finishes with medium bitterness. Aftertaste is kind of hoppy but also on the boozy side. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
hazy brown color tall white well laced head. Smells of pine and lemon rind w/ a touch of vanilla. Fairly avg palate. Flavor was an artificial malt some dark fruit and hitns of vanilla. A pretty blah barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2531) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle in trade from BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours a rich, deep opaque maroon with a beige head. Smell is rich, fruity, malt and pretty balanced between hops and malt in the nose. Taste is nutty, pecan like caramel malt and a bit of smooth booze. Light gummy, fruity character. Full mouthfeel, a bit warming and soft carbonation. Pretty tasty barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2005 bottle, thanks to jjpm74! Cloudy medium/light amber orange pour. Almost no head. Buttery caramel and wet dog on the nose. Earthy and old. Malty. Overripe fruit. Hops have diminished greatly, but this is drinking pretty well.


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