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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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MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
hazy brown color tall white well laced head. Smells of pine and lemon rind w/ a touch of vanilla. Fairly avg palate. Flavor was an artificial malt some dark fruit and hitns of vanilla. A pretty blah barley wine.

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jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
(bottle). Pours a dark brownish red color. Medium size tan color head. Minimal lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor of malt and alcohol. Smooth finish, with lasting alcohol taste. Soft carbonation.

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avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottled. Pours a rich brown with frothy, but not too thick head. Abounding grape/raisin and bread pudding aromas here. First draw was silky smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Tastes of the same flavors and very sweet. Would be a good dessert beer. Quite the unique brew.

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kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Dark orange to copper with a thin tan head. Very sweet winey nose. Medium to full bodied, sweet raisin flavors followed closely by a dry hop bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
Ernest (7788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 2002 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin), moderately malty (molasses, cookie), hint of smoke. Flavor is moderately heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Too citric for me (but otherwise acceptably balanced), and the aroma strikes me as primitive and crude.

3
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
dark iced tea pour with a short yellow head. aroma of bacon, lemon, yeast, and syrup. dark fruit flavor that is more grape than anything else. really strong alcohol flavor that melds with a dough character. finish is saffron raisin and smooth burbon. i know there is no burbon here, but that comes to mind. the sffron aroma comes out with the flavor as it warms here. syrupy chocolate come out with some temp to it. not a bad barleywine, but the finish is way to veggie for my tastes.

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thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Thanks to BeerandBlues2. Hazy orange color with a solid white head. The aroma was very sweet, and you definitely could tell the alcohol was there. The taste was heavy--plenty of malts, and some definite syrupy fruit tastes (like the syrup from a can of peaches or something). This one was too syrupy and heavy handed for my liking.

3
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Bottled 2005. Hazy amber coloured with a small head. Sharp and alcoholic with notes of cardboard, malts and dark fruits. Sweet and slightly perfumed.

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madmitch76 (25321) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Sourish malt. The hops are there but don’t dominate. Aromatic tasty barleywine but not outstanding.

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onceblind (10297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Sampled from a cask at the 2012 Firkin Rendezvous @ Bristol. Dark burnt copper with very little head. Has a big rich aroma of figs, raisin, brown sugar, and plum. Very rich aroma. Flavor isn’t as smooth--kinda harsh with a little soapy tone, but has a rich dark taste of raisins, dark sweet malts, and figs with a slight cherry tone, but the off-flavor of soap is just too much for me to finish.


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