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RATINGS: 152   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle.Pours amber with a small off-white head.Aroma of bread, yeast, caramel, biscuit and dried fruits.Flavor is sweet, warming and malty with some dates, caramel and malt.Full body, soft carbonation.Nice smooth barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2005 bottle thanks to Crosling! Poured a hazy, fiery medium orange with just a light ring of white head. The aroma began with a huge blast of medicinal alcohol... had to dig deeper to bring out grapefruit and herbal hoppage... pears and raisiny notes deeper still... this was complex, but the booze factor was a tad too assertive.
Flavor also had a heavy booze factor, but it played a more complimentary role... accenting toasted toffee and darker fruit sweetness... moderate herbal and floral bitterness.
Lower carbonation gave this a tad of a flat feel... dry herbal bitterness and rum-soaked dark fruits at the finish... sticky and quite warming. Grew on me, but not toward the top of my list for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7381) - Utah, USA - AUG 11, 2011
12oz bottle (2010) from Supermarket liquors in Fort Collins
Appearance: Pours clear dark amber/brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel and pine
Taste: Sweet malts, dusty caramel, piney, dark fruit and some hot alcohols
Very nice, enjoyable. I would love to get a few more and cellar to see what happens.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7193) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Not sure where it came from. Dark red brown and mostly clear. A beige layer of foam leaves some lacing. Dark fruit, rich malts, and some spices in the aroma. I read the ABV but dont taste alcohol. But by the 4th or 5th sip it could be felt. I do taste raisins, very sweet malts, and bright hops. Mid glass the fruit is bigger and some harshness arrives. This is a tasty sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by TheBeerCellar2: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin lightly-lacing off-white head. Soft sweet caramel and fresh noble hoppy aroma. Body starts with a somewhat syrupy caramel malty flavor and some fresh green lingering bittering hops in the finish. Fairly-well balanced but could use some aging.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2008
2005 bottling.Hazy amber with a tan head. Mild smell of caramel and boozy alcohol. Nice taste of pit fruits caramel, and boozy alcohol. A nice belly warmer here. Very smooth and easy drinking. Oct31/06

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 Doesnt 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 isnt too bad.   Thanks Brad for sending me these!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6558) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, faint banana bread, and alcohol. Overall its 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.


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