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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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3.5
Pailhead (6543) - 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.

3.5
coldbrewky (1731) - 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.

3.5
bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
(Bottle, courtesy of Kevin) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, toasted malt, and toffee. Flavor of toasted malt, cocoa, rye, fruit, and toffee.

3.5
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2005 bottle, thanks to jjpm74! Cloudy medium/light amber orange pour. Almost no head. Buttery caramel and wet dog on the nose. Earthy and old. Malty. Overripe fruit. Hops have diminished greatly, but this is drinking pretty well.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
750ml bottle-pours an off white bubbly head and murky orange/amber color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/molasses/brown sugar, pine hops. Taste is medium malt-caramel/molasses/brown sugar, pine/resin hops and some lemon, some alcohol. Nice sipping. Thanks bitterbill & jwc215 for trading this.

3.5
mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
12oz. bottle, notched 2007, and thanks to BlackForestCO for yet another great bonus! Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a choppy one finger off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, with toffee, caramel, candied dark fruits, and some brown sugar. Flavor is more sweetness, with candied fruits and caramel, almost sugary but not quite there. Palate is a bit thin, with the sweetness sticking around. Thanks Jake, you rock!

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.

3.5
blutt59 (6624) - 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
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.

3.5
Styles (2016) - 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.


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