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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
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Courtesy of Styles

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

3.7
Beer5000 (6487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. Dim, reddish orange body with a diminishing tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, raisins, spices and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit, spices, caramel, balanced bitter and warming alcohol. Nice body, fine balance, a solid barley wine closer to the American style.

3.8
Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark hazy amber color ale with a nice medium foamy head with average retention and good lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy with some citrus notes but is well balance with some sweet malt. Taste is less hoppy then the aroma was suggesting with a good presence of sweet malt. Light presence of dry fruits such as figs and prunes could be accentuated in a bit more. Body was above average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, I thought this was a good barleywine tending more toward the English style then the American overly hoppy style.

3.4
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit, some spice. Tastes very syruppy sweet with some dark fruit on the finish.

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.

4.2
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Smells like molasses, which is always a good start. Honey, piney, thick, and a little sweet like a doppelbock. Different, but too sweet to be a top notch barleywine.

3.2
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle 2005. Orange amber colour with a small tan head. Sweet caramel malty, fruity, sugar, hops aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread, fruity, light alcoholic taste. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.

3.5
sonnycheeba (5988) - 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.

3.9
notalush (5876) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle, this year’s batch - pours a hazy ruby with a soapy lace - sweet nose of port, cherry, toffee, bread pudding, plum, some whiskey-ish notes - low carbonation - very easy drinking for the strength, with extremely well-masked alcohol - starts of somewhat treacly sweet, with plum and toffee being fairly apparent - a bit of date - however, a lovely earthy bitterness develops that balances that beautifully - some earthy, peaty, scotch-like notes and some cherry quality - lingering hop bitterness through the finish - I like it fresh with the hop bitterness to balance, but would be interest to try aged samples - very tasty.

3.4
snoworsummer (5696) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Draft at the brewpub. Pours opaque murky brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet raisin, dry booze, roasted malt, and some sweet caramel. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like raisin, rum, woody, boozy, and toffee.


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