jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2004
Quite some roses in the nose.
Brown amber, low head.
Fruit, orangepeel, earth and spice.
A bit harsh - not completely harmonious IMO. invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Pours a ruby and suprisingly clear beer. Small white head. Smells of alcohol and strong hops. Not a bad flavor, pretty hoppy. Esters come through but bounces back to alcohol warmness. Yep. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2004
color was a pretty golden amber. nose was full of hops, caramel, mild alcohol, and a bit of grapefruit hiding beneath it all. taste was more carame than i had expeceted, based off the smell. while the hops were definitly there, but less so than i thought they would be. grapefruit also made a good impression in a sweeter then usual barleywine. very enjoybable 22 oz bomber, very excited for the 2 i have stored, heard very good things about this bad boy after some time. 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 isn’t some crazy abv freak creation.
The sweet malt start and the heavy hop finish work beautifully together.
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 doesn’t hurt the beer but doesn’t help either
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 IBU’s 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! DYCSoccer17 (3714) - 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. I’m not a big fan of over the top overhopped brews, so you may not agree with my score. Thanks ecvich for this interesting brew. 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, it’s terrific. 100 IBUs is just ridiculous, but I don’t care! Was the last beer in a great session. (Maybe that wasn’t so smart...) MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festivalante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
Another American sack of hops. Hop-tea and toast and a bit salty aftertaste.
Dark amber, small white head. Big piney and grapefuity aroma with a wonderfull soft notes of dark dried friot and spices. Lot’s 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.