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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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
A nice tasting barley wine. The cloyingly flat mouthfeel causes a loss of points, as does the thin head and absence of much lace. But overall, this is still a pretty damn good barley wine. 11.25% not noticeable, or else I"m just becoming immune. Smells wonderful too. Bottom line: if I were you, and I saw this beer, I would buy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
2006 Bottle given to me by Chris, thanks and served in my Unibroue tulip: A rich deep copper and mahogany hue with a beautiful lasting tan foamy head that left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee, sugar fruit candies, hint of tobacco and herbal hops, with some phenols. The taste starts malty and sweet with fruity undertones throughout. The hops play more towards the finish in the English style. A hint of cocoa bean, clove and peppermint leaf round out the flavor profile. The mouth feel is sticky and smooth with a subdued warming upon the finish. A very nice and should develop with age for 1-3 years to be a good example of the classic barley wines of Britain.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
2006 bottle. Deep amber-garnet pour. The nose is big and figgy with a little bit of rye-like breadiness. The flavour has a little bit of lightly herbal character. Rich mintiness and a touch of soft oxidation. Sherryish and a bit plummy. Itís aging quite elegantly.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (9903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 25, 2011
bottle. amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, caramel. Flavour is sweet, sugar, malt, alcohol, hop, dried fruit, oxidation. full body. Complex beer.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2011 bottle from wchesser, thanks Will! Aroma has notes of sweet caramel, brown sugar, figs, toasted malts, raisin, faded citrus hops and toffee. Hazy dark brown hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left ok lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft with a clean light finish. Overall a well aged Barley Wine that has a great nose and good flavor. Aged very well over the past year. Body is a little light but the alcohol is completely hidden. Very well done Bristol!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3337) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
2009 bottle. Dark brown color with off white moderate to low head. Nice caramel and malty aroma, vanilla. Moderate hop aroma. Very flavorful with nice sweet vanilla and caramel with balanced hops. Medium full body. A great barley wine!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle, this yearís batch - pours a hazy ruby with a soapy lace - sweet nose of port, cherry, toffee, bread pudding, plum, some whiskey-ish notes - low carbonation - very easy drinking for the strength, with extremely well-masked alcohol - starts of somewhat treacly sweet, with plum and toffee being fairly apparent - a bit of date - however, a lovely earthy bitterness develops that balances that beautifully - some earthy, peaty, scotch-like notes and some cherry quality - lingering hop bitterness through the finish - I like it fresh with the hop bitterness to balance, but would be interest to try aged samples - very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12633) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a more or less clear body, brown in color and a small, off-white to light beige head. Alcohol, citrus, pine cones, dried fruits, caramel and alcohol on the nose. Complex and pleasant. The flavor has much the same found in the aroma. Full-bodied, warming and sweet on the palate. Low on carbonation, but thatís pleasant. Complex flavor too, with caramel, citrusy, piney hops, bitterness and a meaty touch. Lasting finish. A tasteful, delightful beer that lasts and pleases. Nice. 110301

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark purple brown appearance with a small tan head. Very sweet, berry, caramel malty, light toffee, light spiciness, mild hoppy nose. Very sweet, smooth caramel malty, red fruity, earthy hoppy flavor. Big sweet caramel malty aftertaste. A surprisingly nice brew.


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