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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.


3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2005 bottle thanks to Crosling! Poured a hazy, fiery medium orange with just a light ring of white head. The aroma began with a huge blast of medicinal alcohol... had to dig deeper to bring out grapefruit and herbal hoppage... pears and raisiny notes deeper still... this was complex, but the booze factor was a tad too assertive.
Flavor also had a heavy booze factor, but it played a more complimentary role... accenting toasted toffee and darker fruit sweetness... moderate herbal and floral bitterness.
Lower carbonation gave this a tad of a flat feel... dry herbal bitterness and rum-soaked dark fruits at the finish... sticky and quite warming. Grew on me, but not toward the top of my list for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown, copper highlights, moderate to large foamy light beige head, a few rings of lacing.   Husky malt nose, some burnt caramel, a little alcohol, seems slightly astringent.   Some fusels there...   Rich malty start, some of that burnt caramel, husky astringency, warming alcohol but not hot, with a touch of citrus peel.   Very minor hairspray seems to emerge as it warms, both in the nose and on the tongue. &bnsp Doesn’t detract too much, but its there.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Warming finish.   Astringent citrus peel lingers.   A bit young, but also a bit astringent that I can only hope dimishes with age.   Otherwise this one isn’t too bad.   Thanks Brad for sending me these!


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Bottle. Translucent almandine body with a fading ring of bubbles. Nose-sweet, clean, crisp classic American barleywine nose. Taste-moderate sweetness with a very odd garbage juice finish. Spciy pepper, cherry, bitter hops, and alcohol. This beer does not utilize aroma and flavor hops like it should. This unbalance lets the sickly seetness take over and dominate, leaving a very nasty aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle 2005. Orange amber colour with a small tan head. Sweet caramel malty, fruity, sugar, hops aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread, fruity, light alcoholic taste. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks blindeyedbetty) Small off-white head atop hazy light copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some Cognac, grapefruit/floral, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some alcohol/Brandy, light wood. Medium body, low carbonation, thin for what it holds.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
On tap At Euclid Hall in Denver. Pretty standard barley wine. Good hop and malt notes...not too much heat as well, but warming. Good spice character.


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