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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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3.2
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Bottle. Translucent almandine body with a fading ring of bubbles. Nose-sweet, clean, crisp classic American barleywine nose. Taste-moderate sweetness with a very odd garbage juice finish. Spciy pepper, cherry, bitter hops, and alcohol. This beer does not utilize aroma and flavor hops like it should. This unbalance lets the sickly seetness take over and dominate, leaving a very nasty aftertaste.

3.5
Beaver (1799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2007
12 oz bottle, dated 2007. Pours a murky brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruits, molasses, melon, pine, and some spicy alcohol.

The flavor is surprisingly subdued - sweet cola and vanilla with some bitter burnt medicinal alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is is fairly full with a washed out watery texture.

Overall, it’s not bad, but the lack of flavor and watery texture was disappointing.

3.3
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
2005 12oz. bottle from Aubrey. Pours out a light brown color with just a bit of opacity to it. A scant off-white head forms and fades out quickly leaving spotty lacing behind. Aroma is reminiscent of caramel, a hint of brown sugar. Hops don’t really hit the olfactory. Medium bodied, a bit thin at times with a fairly forward alcohol presence. Towards the finish a moderate hop bitterness appears to balance the malt flavors initially present. Fair BW. Just lacking in some areas that make me take notice.

3.4
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2005
No head, clear brown with minimal bubbles. Aroma is spicy, doughy, and sweet. Taste is malty, sweet, and with a big alcohol punch. Hops appear in the finish for a little bit. The beer was a little too hot for me, and somewhat one diminsional. Well made though.

3.5
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle in trade with Beerandblues2. Nose is intsens malts, and some whispy floral hops.No head or carbonation although bottle did have a bit. A deep amber in tulip. Nealy looks of new motoil from a distance. An intermingled tartness weaves thru the full seeetness of body and fades quickly to center of tounge. The 11.5% is elusive and seems to be looking at you from around the corner. Nose lingers near glass as if it does not wish to leave the vicinity of the beer. Surprisingly light in body for all the ingredients involved.

3.2
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2011
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a malty roasty burn on the end. Full, thick , rich body. Granted not my favorite style but this is a decent beer.

3.1
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
(bottle). Pours a dark brownish red color. Medium size tan color head. Minimal lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor of malt and alcohol. Smooth finish, with lasting alcohol taste. Soft carbonation.

3.4
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle from trade with BeerandBlues. Mostly clear copper-orange color, bits of soapy white head. General sweet malty character, apricots, kind of an English character. Very sweet taste, bit of a hop tingle on the finish. Pretty mild, but really nothing detracting from this. Nice.

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.

4.2
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Medium/dark orange in color with a white head, this barleywine has a nice, malty nose and a sour complexity of pit fruits and maybe some bourbon and raisins. It’s neat, complex, and mature. This is why I love barleywines. It’s chewy, malty, and serious. It’s soft and smooth in the mouth, with a nice balance of alcohol and malts with a touch of earthy, resinous hops. I have to say that I’m more impressed by this beer than I thought I would be.


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