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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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3.4
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hazy amber-apricot colored. Foamy head. Intense nose! Flavors were complexly odd and curious though: malty-sweet, alcoholic, milky and fruity. Smooth and soft palate, almost watery, with a very low carbonation level. Alcohol hidden incredibly well! Seemingly subdued in flavor, not in alcohol.

3.4
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a caramel brown with almost no head. The aromas are somewhat mild. There wwas some dark fruit with a big malt background. Nice smooth caramel in the taste. Huge malt characters. Slightly bitter, especially in the finish. Not a very intense beer, and quite easy drinking. Pretty nice.

3.4
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle 2006. Heavy malt aroma. Taste a little like at heavy brown ale, with round malty body. A hint of hops too. nice but not that complex.

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.

3.4
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours murky looking brown with a thin, offwhite head, specks of lace. Smells big and sweet malty with a bit of alcohol and a hint of spicy hops. Slightly fruity. Tastes big and malty sweet, with some alcohol and a touch of hops. Warming alcohol on the finish. Syrupy body, ok carbonation.

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.

3.4
glennmastrange (2870) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Moderate notes of dark bread, cookie and orange for the malt and hops, light leather and earth for the yeast, and hints of medicine and a faint boozy note. Head is small, off white, almost no lacing, has good legs and is fully diminishing. Color is a flat hazy pale brown, with small dark particles. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start, and is lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter in the long finish. Palate is medium to full, almost syrupy, has a lively carbonation and finishes astringent and chewy/sticky. A decent Barley Wine but a bit out of balance.

3.4
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz, 2009 bottle. Pours a rich amber-ruby colored body with a thin, tan head that leaves a light to moderate, delicate lacing. Aroma is sweeter and richer caramels with cherry-dark fruits, brown sugar, and some pleasant piney, flowery hops. A light toasted toffee, earthy pepper, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is nice as well, but just a tad jumbled at times. Sweeter up front with caramels and toffee before some brown sugar and cherry-dark fruits come in. Some toast and a light chocolate that I didn’t pick up in the aroma come in with some earthy pepper before this finishes with a good amount of piney hops with a bit of a fresh herb taste, yet remains somewhat sticky from the malt sweetness. A noticable alcohol, but not distracting. Moderate bitterness with a slight resin and residual sweetness that slowly dries leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, creamy body with just a touch of carbonation. Overall, an alright barley wine. Lots of malt flavor with a good amount of hops to balance, but it seemed a bit messy. Despite that, I enjoyed it.

3.4
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Poured cloudy brown, the beer has a sweet aroma with caramel and boozey notes. The beer tastes sweet, boozey, complex malt and hop flavors. The palate has a light fizz and medium body. Overall a typical barleywine, not over the top but solid.

3.4
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle 355ml @ yngwie
Pours brown with a off-white head, Aroma has notes of barley, molasses, malt, brown sugar and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.


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