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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2493) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2444) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2004
2002 vintage: Cloudy crimson. Cakey light tan ring. Chewy toffeed malt aroma with punctual alcohol. Slight oxidation brings out the sherry notes amidst the fig sweetness. Touches of wax, dried plums, beets, and sugared malts. Vague tropical fruit esters help deter the alcohol. Velvety carbonation. Liquid leather mouthfeel. Brief black cherry flavors and Crystal richness are outmatched by the alcoholic warmth. The alcohol continues to heat up and pretty much ruins this lovely malt combo and overemphasizes the bushy hop bitterness. Rich sugared malts assist the light Munich tang. Pine needle bitterness continues to push through with ease while accompanying the woody, leathery malts and medicinal underpinnings. Spiny hops and sugared malts punish the palate long after the swallow. Alcohol tries to dry it out and reduce some of the sweetness, but the medicinal notes return and coat the throat alongside the piney hops and sugar-doused plums. Not bad, but it’s a bit of a trainwreck in the mouth, due the malty, medicinal sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
2002 bottle. Deep red, somewhat hazy, a thin ring of head with faint lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with some pine - kind of liquer-ish. Body is thick and smooth; just a little carbonation bite at the end. Dark chocolate, caramel - very sticky sweet. Luckilly, it ends with a long piney hop bitterness and some bitter dark chocolate notes.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2006
2005 bottle thanks to B&B2. Poured into small Koningshoeven goblet glass. I could smell creaminess as I poured it, interesting. Pours very dark amber with no head and barely some lacing. Aroma is strong - a very subdued and creamy plum raison BW aroma. Very nice and much lower on the alcohol than expected. Taste is sweet syrupy fruits and again raison/plum BW. Very subdued for somethign this strong. Medium body but very smooth and really no sense of alcohol. Very low on bitterness. A very nice example, I will age a few of these.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2226) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Moderate notes of dark bread, cookie and orange for the malt and hops, light leather and earth for the yeast, and hints of medicine and a faint boozy note. Head is small, off white, almost no lacing, has good legs and is fully diminishing. Color is a flat hazy pale brown, with small dark particles. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start, and is lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter in the long finish. Palate is medium to full, almost syrupy, has a lively carbonation and finishes astringent and chewy/sticky. A decent Barley Wine but a bit out of balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Damn good and a special occasion beer for certain, CRUSTY with hops, piney and rounded herbal back, the hop mix feels broad and softened with some definite bright aromatic elements, creamy, carmelly, beautiful, I want some darker notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Bottled 2005. Hazy amber coloured with a small head. Sharp and alcoholic with notes of cardboard, malts and dark fruits. Sweet and slightly perfumed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2059) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2005
dark iced tea pour with a short yellow head. aroma of bacon, lemon, yeast, and syrup. dark fruit flavor that is more grape than anything else. really strong alcohol flavor that melds with a dough character. finish is saffron raisin and smooth burbon. i know there is no burbon here, but that comes to mind. the sffron aroma comes out with the flavor as it warms here. syrupy chocolate come out with some temp to it. not a bad barleywine, but the finish is way to veggie for my tastes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2010
06’ Bottle from barleypops. Brilliant mahogany, ring of film for head. Oily, growing legs. Aroma dominated by alcohol, hints of fruit and caramel. Flavor on par, hot/warming, faint fruit and caramel. Mouthfeel, very oily, no carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1998) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at Freshcraft. Dark orange/amber appearance with minimal head and light lacing. Aroma and flavor of caramel, fruity esters, earthy hops, toffee and light alcohol. Medium sweetness and light bitterness. One of their better offerings.


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