overall
98
95
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 1614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lovers delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Poured like molten amber with a dollop of honey infused within. Looked so great in the snifter and smelled of hop inviting alcohol and a sweetness that stopped well short of being cloying. Taste: WOW. This is a great brew in my opinion. Avery did with this beer what they failed miserably at with The Beast Grand Cru, but then this isnt some crazy abv freak creation. The sweet malt start and the heavy hop finish work beautifully together.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Beer pours dark amber with very slight head. Smells hoppy and sweet. Gives you the sweet barleywine type start but seems to finish with more hops than other barleywines. You can taste the warmth given off by the higher abv, it doesnt hurt the beer but doesnt help either

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
This definately hit the spot after a night full of obnoxious Keystone Light drinkers. I have had a few sessions with hog heaven before and decided to make sure what I got was tasty. I was stressed out and wanted to put a detonator on the side of that Keystone Light barrel and set it for 10 seconds. tick tock tick tock. I just sat on the couch with my 22 Oz of Hog Heaven and let all my stresses melt away. Hog heaven poured a light copper with a dense heavy white head that lasted long and then layed the top of the liquid evenly and freely. Nice lacing left down the glass. The nose was poor. Alcohol was the most dominant scent in the nose. Hops and Tropical fruits rose up as well. I enjoyed the flavor of Hog Heaven but it could be improved. Being over 100 IBUs I was expecting it to be really hoppy, which it was but there was not enough malt presense to balance it out. Some grapefruit up front on the palate as well as some woodiness on the mid-palate and then just straight bitterness on the finish. It was pretty tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3668) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Aroma actually reminds me of an IPA. Lots of C-hops going on in the nose. Myabe a touch of roasted malts too. Transparent ruby copper color with an off white head. Holy crap this is weird. Good, but weird. Tons of grapefruit bitter hops to start lending way to some more traditional vinous fruity barleywine notes. Bitter hoppy finish. By far the hoppiest barleywine Ive ever had and probably ever will have. Im not a big fan of over the top overhopped brews, so you may not agree with my score. Thanks ecvich for this interesting brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 28, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Not sure how I feel about this as a barley wine. As a beer though, its terrific. 100 IBUs is just ridiculous, but I dont care! Was the last beer in a great session. (Maybe that wasnt so smart...)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival
Another American sack of hops. Hop-tea and toast and a bit salty aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
Dark amber, small white head. Big piney and grapefuity aroma with a wonderfull soft notes of dark dried friot and spices. Lots of american hops in flavour, mostly grapefruit with notes of dark plums, sweeet raisin and honey. Citrousy and piney finish with a good alcoholic kick.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Identical to a IPA for sure. Beautiful leather brown and a head that gets decapitated in a matter of minutes. Hoppy aroma and extremely bitter. Tangerine flavor with some fruit citrus in the background. Maybe some Caramel or syrup? Dry finish leaving a strong odor of booze on me and my breath

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
calicool (16) - Keller, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Strong brew, but it really does remind me more of an IPA. Its not your typical extreme hopped beer, but its not your typical barleywine either. Overall, its very pleasing, kind of salty tasting, and the taste lingers. I likes!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Hops, hops and more hops. A great beer for hopheads looking for a big rich brew, however not exactly a typical barleywine. It doesnt have the ripe dark fruit presence that I find in most BWs, but since this isnt a rating to style, high marks across the board!


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