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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
Bill Becker (1809) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Mar 2006 Poured from bottle (room temp) a cloudy dark amber with a small head of foam that... remained throughout my session The smell is very strong of malt sweetness....I'm hoping that this doesn't translate to an overly sweet taste. The taste is very malty up front but in the background, some hop bitterness is noted and prevents this BWSA from being too sweet. As I take more sips, I find that this is one very well balanced and smooth tasting brew of the style and the drinkablity is *very* good considering the abv. Yum!! Bottom line: I'm glad I bought 4 bottles of this stuff (2 are going to Nutbrown as part of a huge trade)cuz I find it to be a wonderful example of the style; my next trip to Ft Collins, I'm buying more if there's any left!!

4
williamstome (1996) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Mahogany pour, small whitehead. Aroma of red wine and bourbon. Flavor of red wine, bourbon, chocolate, nuts and toffee.

3.4
Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Enjoyed a 12oz glass of this beer at the brewpub in the Ivy Wild school in Colorado Springs. The beer had a somewhat cloudy red-amber color with a dark hue and an average-sized off-white creamy head with modest retention, cling, and lacing. Its aroma featured a blend of malty notes, including caramel, toffee, and spices, along with some scotch and brandy scents, and a bit of fruit. The taste was lightly sweet with some caramel malt and toffee flavors, along with some sour and bitter fruit and liquor components. It was a fairly wet, but thicker beer with average carbonation and a good mouth presence, including a somewhat noticeable alcohol bite.

3.3
GTAEgeek (2426) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Opaque brown, with a medium, tan head. The nose is caramel, earth, pine, and light licorice. Fairly sweet and malty, with a lot of bitterness. Heavy body, lightly astringent, syrupy, with a clean finish. This is pretty nice barley wine. Overly bitter, and a little thin, but not bad.

3.4
snoworsummer (6086) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Draft at the brewpub. Pours opaque murky brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet raisin, dry booze, roasted malt, and some sweet caramel. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like raisin, rum, woody, boozy, and toffee.

3.5
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Definitely an English style barley wine. Hops do not add complexity to the beer, but there is a nice caramelly flavor. Alcohol is not present as many other beers of this style. It’s a good beer by itself. Would like to try a barrel aged version of this.

3.3
rodenbach99 (4678) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bouteille de 330ml. Une belle robe orange sans mousse. Un nez de fruit, de gâteau aux fruits, ce nez semble sucré. La bouche est mince avec des saveurs sucrées de gâteau aux épices avec des fruits confits.

3.4
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
33 cl. Robe presque rouge sans tête mais avec ce qui m’apparaît être des jambes. Nez très fruité (fruits secs et macérés, figues, oranges confites) rendu doux par de généreuses céréales. Saveurs réconfortantes et franchement liquoreuses. Notes douces et amères. Corps gras sans bulles significatives. Finale modérément chaude avec un goût franc de malts grillés. Intéressant vin d’orge partagé avec rodenbach99.

3.5
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"seems more in the english style. hops are very subdued...aroma and flavor are toffee, caramel, and some dark fruit. pretty nice sipper. the aroma tended a bit young, but the flavor did not. medium bodied and richly flavored."

3.3
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Pour is a dark hazed copper with red edges and tan thin head. Nose is fairy sweet with heavy malt component. A hint dusty and a faint green/herbal hop. Taste is strong berry, candied sugar, brown sugar, faint chocolate malt and a touch of toasted nut. Full bodied and solid carbonation, a bit chalky in the finish. Green hops and a light hop bitterness linger through the back end.


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