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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2145) - 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.

3.4
   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 didn’t 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
machfive55 (355) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Poured cloudy brown, the beer has a sweet aroma with caramel and boozey notes. The beer tastes sweet, boozey, complex malt and hop flavors. The palate has a light fizz and medium body. Overall a typical barleywine, not over the top but solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6415) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle 355ml @ yngwie
Pours brown with a off-white head, Aroma has notes of barley, molasses, malt, brown sugar and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
From bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a mollasses taste and ETOH burn. Full, thick , rich body. A little too sweet for me but a decent winter beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pour out of bottle at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, dark brownish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight fruity notes, hints of cocoa powder, slight grain and spicy tones as well. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, earth, slight cocoa, hints of spice, finishing with a slightly fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1674) - 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.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This a barleywine that I could drink a few of, but is too sweet and characterless to drink many of. Most barleywines are too sweet for me, but I can drink them because of the hops or a distinctive flavor of the malts. This one is fig type sweet, but not that distinctive. I like it, I think it will age well, but for now, its a pretty good barleywine. Thanks go to Crosling for this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
2005 12oz. bottle from Aubrey. Pours out a light brown color with just a bit of opacity to it. A scant off-white head forms and fades out quickly leaving spotty lacing behind. Aroma is reminiscent of caramel, a hint of brown sugar. Hops don’t really hit the olfactory. Medium bodied, a bit thin at times with a fairly forward alcohol presence. Towards the finish a moderate hop bitterness appears to balance the malt flavors initially present. Fair BW. Just lacking in some areas that make me take notice.


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