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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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3.5
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2010
06’ Bottle from barleypops. Brilliant mahogany, ring of film for head. Oily, growing legs. Aroma dominated by alcohol, hints of fruit and caramel. Flavor on par, hot/warming, faint fruit and caramel. Mouthfeel, very oily, no carbonation.

4
JoeMcPhee (9448) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
2006 bottle. Deep amber-garnet pour. The nose is big and figgy with a little bit of rye-like breadiness. The flavour has a little bit of lightly herbal character. Rich mintiness and a touch of soft oxidation. Sherryish and a bit plummy. It’s aging quite elegantly.

3.5
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2010
arouma is doughy and yeasty. Brown pour. Pine and citrus hop profile, a bit creamy and boozey. Malt profile is sugary sweet and toffee. Pretty good.

3.8
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
English barleywine nose - raisins, dark fruit, plum, caramel, light fruity bitterness a little floral/perfumey. Auburn pour, light haze, no head. Raisins, caramel, dark fruity sweetness, toasted dark bread, light hops in finish as well as a little alcohol heat. Drinks pretty nicely. Lingering sugary sweetness and light dryness in the finish.

3.4
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz, 2009 bottle. Pours a rich amber-ruby colored body with a thin, tan head that leaves a light to moderate, delicate lacing. Aroma is sweeter and richer caramels with cherry-dark fruits, brown sugar, and some pleasant piney, flowery hops. A light toasted toffee, earthy pepper, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is nice as well, but just a tad jumbled at times. Sweeter up front with caramels and toffee before some brown sugar and cherry-dark fruits come in. Some toast and a light chocolate that I didn’t pick up in the aroma come in with some earthy pepper before this finishes with a good amount of piney hops with a bit of a fresh herb taste, yet remains somewhat sticky from the malt sweetness. A noticable alcohol, but not distracting. Moderate bitterness with a slight resin and residual sweetness that slowly dries leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, creamy body with just a touch of carbonation. Overall, an alright barley wine. Lots of malt flavor with a good amount of hops to balance, but it seemed a bit messy. Despite that, I enjoyed it.

4.2
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Deep rich mohogany. Malt, Cordials. Booze, Chocolate and some woody aspect. Head doesn’t last but lacing is nice. Taste is deep dark overripe fruits, chocolate, caramel, and christmas cherry cordials. Brandy-ish. Mouthfeel is perfect. Easily Bristol’s best beer.

4.4
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Bottled. Amber and headless. Aroma is sweet caramel and sticky hop sweetness. Flavor is similar with richer malt presence and booze awesome and everywhere with also great sticky bitter hop presence.

3.5
blutt59 (6572) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2010
bottle, via trade with jbye4334, muddy amber color with no head, aroma has a lot of maple syrup and some malt,, flavor is more maple, smoke, some meatiness, finish is somewhat flat

3.5
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle from forever ago courtesy of BlackForestCO. Pours a hazy ruby red with brown notes, little carb leading to a filmy, 1/8 inch head. Boozy caramel nose with brown sugar. Caramel and vanilla, brown sugar and molasses, mild bitter and reasonably dry. Everything is rather muted, but I’m sure that’s come with the aging. Mild alcohol, moderately watery mouthfeel, a touch creamy. Pretty OK.

2.5
User37895 (3042) - - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle from a 1/08 trade with BeerandBlues2. Pour was brown with a burgundy color, no head, flat looking. The aroma was maple, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, caramel. The flavor followed, flat as all get-out (notch on bottle said 2010, though, and this was well-cellared, even refrigerated for a good bit), caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, metallic, astringent almost with some acidity, earthiness, but very well-concealed alcohol level of 11%. Mouthfeel was flat. Thanks, Brad!


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