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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
Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz bottle 4/7/11 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-40° in Snifter-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head which emits an aroma of dried fruit, malt, caramel, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol coming thru. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

3.5
theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
12 oz bottle purchased at Dillon Ridge Liquors in Dillon, Colorado. 2010 notched on the side of the label. Pour is quite dark golden brown, with a small and loose tan head. Dissipates almost right away. Aroma is darkly toasted malt, along with a floral sweetness and a less pronounced dried fruit. Hint of iodine as well. Taste is the floral, though it is a spiced dry floral rather than sweet, along with the mildly salty dried fruit. The malt is present, but is a touch thin and dry, opening up to a pretty hot finish. Palate is medium bodied, nice un filtered mouth feel, a bit oily, though that clears up with the hot dry finish. I have not had a Barley Wine in awhile, so I enjoyed drinking this. Nice beer, glad I grabbed it.

3.5
JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear copper/brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel, chocolate, crisp hop and some fruit. Chocolate and caramel malt flavor with some graininess and a bit of fruit in the finish.

3.5
Dogbrick (14319) - 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.

3.5
gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
12 fl oz bottle from the Bristol stand at the Coloorao rare beer tasting, Rackhouse, on October 10, 2012
Clear dark brown color, tan to light brown head. Malty, grainy, sweet, alcohol taste. Dry, citrus, fruity, bitter aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Fruity, sweet, alcohol scent.

3.5
sonnycheeba (6561) - 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.

3.5
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"seems more in the english style. hops are very subdued...aroma and flavor are toffee, caramel, and some dark fruit. pretty nice sipper. the aroma tended a bit young, but the flavor did not. medium bodied and richly flavored."

3.5
kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Definitely an English style barley wine. Hops do not add complexity to the beer, but there is a nice caramelly flavor. Alcohol is not present as many other beers of this style. It’s a good beer by itself. Would like to try a barrel aged version of this.

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.

3.4
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle, from trade with snowtiger. Good nose, sweet. Lots of fruit, fig,raisin, plum, orange, grapefruit. Hints of peanut. Hazy orangy brown color, no head, minor lacing. Bitter flavor, sour. Like aroma with grapefruit, burnt grain flavor being the most prominant. Medium body, creamy oily litely fizzy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. ABV bites on finish. Ok, but brash right now. Some mellowing is needed, IMO. Lack of head and somewhat lifeless mouthfeel knocked it down for me.


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