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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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3.5
sonnycheeba (6439) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a trace of fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, cereal, and cookie malts, figs, dates, floral hops, and light booze. Flavor is lightly sweet malts forward with dark fruit esters, booze, and faint hops; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.8
UncleKorm (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
On tap from brewery poured a clear amber hue w/ small mostly diminishing tan head. Big malty sweet aroma of dark fruit. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and moderate sweet in the finish. Tastes are rum soaked raisins, orange citrus, toffee, plum and brown sugar. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy texture, heavy alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel.

3.7
douglas88 (9698) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Drank in Denver for GABF 2012. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is dusty dry malts, some caramel. A nice English style BW with dry caramel and sweet malts, dry palate. Dusty. Earthy. Very good.

3.5
gnoff (11100) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
12 fl oz bottle from the Bristol stand at the Coloorao rare beer tasting, Rackhouse, on October 10, 2012
Clear dark brown color, tan to light brown head. Malty, grainy, sweet, alcohol taste. Dry, citrus, fruity, bitter aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Fruity, sweet, alcohol scent.

3.4
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
From bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a mollasses taste and ETOH burn. Full, thick , rich body. A little too sweet for me but a decent winter beer.


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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!

3.7
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2012
Poured a murky brown, almost cola-like color with little to no head. Smells of caramel, toffee, alcohol, vanilla, and wood. Taste starts out malty/sweet, some vanilla & toffee in there and finishes with medium bitterness. Aftertaste is kind of hoppy but also on the boozy side. Pretty good.

3.7
Camons (13408) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Pours dark brown with a creamy offwhite head, nice sized for the style and the ABV. Aroma of malt, caramel, toast, sweet fruit, raisins, hops. Taste brady malt, caramel, nuts, raisins, fruit, bitter pinelike hops, some booze. Medium body soft carbonation, light warming alcohol in the finish. Nice brew, easy drinking. 030312

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onceblind (10704) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Sampled from a cask at the 2012 Firkin Rendezvous @ Bristol. Dark burnt copper with very little head. Has a big rich aroma of figs, raisin, brown sugar, and plum. Very rich aroma. Flavor isn’t as smooth--kinda harsh with a little soapy tone, but has a rich dark taste of raisins, dark sweet malts, and figs with a slight cherry tone, but the off-flavor of soap is just too much for me to finish.

3.5
Dogbrick (14009) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Sample shared at Jackie O’s. This Barley Wine is a brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Short stringy lacing. Aroma of bready malt, caramel and hops. Rich body with flavors of bready malt, caramel and resiny hops. The finish is sweet and malty at first, resolving to a moderately bitter piney hops aftertaste. Decent overall.


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