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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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3.6
Ungstrup (38243) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
Vintage 2005. A hazy amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet hoppy - Cascade giving it notes of grapefruit, but also with strong notes of alcohol and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with lots of caramel notes, but also a strong alcohol note, which lends the beer a metallic tinge. Toward the end the alcohol leaves a slight burn on the tongue and in the top of the throat.

3
madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Sourish malt. The hops are there but don’t dominate. Aromatic tasty barleywine but not outstanding.

3.8
Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a hazy amber with a small, off-white head. Soft caramel aroma. Very full body and sweet with distinct caramel and a very aromatic hopping. A very smooth and pleasant Barley Wine. 211006

3.9
yngwie (17176) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a more or less clear body, brown in color and a small, off-white to light beige head. Alcohol, citrus, pine cones, dried fruits, caramel and alcohol on the nose. Complex and pleasant. The flavor has much the same found in the aroma. Full-bodied, warming and sweet on the palate. Low on carbonation, but that’s pleasant. Complex flavor too, with caramel, citrusy, piney hops, bitterness and a meaty touch. Lasting finish. A tasteful, delightful beer that lasts and pleases. Nice. 110301

3.6
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Fort Collins, CO. Pours dark amber with a foamy 1 finger beige/tan head. Sort of a date aroma. Near full bodied with carbonation I am at a loss to describe. Flavor is dark brown fruit and dark brown malt. Finishes a bit more sweet than not. Goes down all too well.

4.4
Ratman197 (15216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 On cask @ Falling Rock 2004 vintage aged in a port barrel poured a cloudy amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, dried fruit,and a hint of wood. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of dark cherries, apple, vinous, and notes of wood with a dry bitter finish.

4
gunnfryd (15175) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 25, 2011
bottle. amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, caramel. Flavour is sweet, sugar, malt, alcohol, hop, dried fruit, oxidation. full body. Complex beer.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks blindeyedbetty) Small off-white head atop hazy light copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some Cognac, grapefruit/floral, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some alcohol/Brandy, light wood. Medium body, low carbonation, thin for what it holds.

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Tap. Pours orange to copper with a small tan head. Floral hop aroma with caramel malt notes. Hoppy, dry pine and a sugary malt end. Medium bodied and dry.

3.5
Dogbrick (13547) - 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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