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RATINGS: 153   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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3.9
jsquire (4490) - 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 don’t like aged beer until I try one.

3.4
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle 2006. Heavy malt aroma. Taste a little like at heavy brown ale, with round malty body. A hint of hops too. nice but not that complex.

4
BBB63 (6557) - 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.

2.8
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Old No. 23 Barley Wine 05
Date: 03/17/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy amber, headless, sweet carmel malt aroma with aged hops, rich malt flavor, nice bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.7
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Amber. Small, off white head. Richly sweet strawberry cotton candy, moderately bitter resinous hops, vegetation, rubbing alcohol in the nose. Flavor adds good-n-plenty, toffee, and some cocoa on the finish. Full body, balanced.

3.5
Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, faint banana bread, and alcohol. Overall it’s rather light for a barley wine. It pours a transparent brownish-red with a small off-white head. The flavor starts very fruity and citrusy. There is some light caramel in the background. The finish has some mild citrusy hops and a touch of alcohol.

3.4
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a caramel brown with almost no head. The aromas are somewhat mild. There wwas some dark fruit with a big malt background. Nice smooth caramel in the taste. Huge malt characters. Slightly bitter, especially in the finish. Not a very intense beer, and quite easy drinking. Pretty nice.

3.5
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2006. An oily amalgamation of a creamy head fades to a fat bubbled ring, quickly. Body is a murky dark amber with orange perimeter. Lacing is just a collection of small dots, revealing a watery/oily nature. Sugar coated orange candies and hops(grapefruit, pickles) are projected first in the nose. The hops are very pronounced, followed by tart caramel malts and toast. Overripe citrus fruits round out the aroma. Alcohol is moderate. Flavor is simple. Hops and malt, a few depthless sugars and more of the alcohol noticed earlier. Fruitiness is mostly covered by forthright bitterness. Some sweetness in the initial flavor fades to reveal a mildly dry and very astringent finish. urned tendencies fully reveal themselves in the afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly to moderately carbonated, smooth, rich and very alcoholic. The parts and the sum seem like a dandy beer, very drinkable and well-crafted.

3.7
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Beerand Blues2, thanks Brad. dark brown with a decent size tan head, quickly fading to some lace. strong malty caramel nose and flavors more of the same with some alcohol and dark ripened fruit present as well. medium to full mouthfeel. nothing over the top here, but over all, a nice BW indeed.

3.3
5000 (6862) - 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!



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