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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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SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 2002. From my own Barleywine tasting party in May of 2004. A garnet-copper color upon pour. Quite the hoppy aroma on this puppy. A little more carbonated than I like in my barleywine, but hey, that’s not so bad. Strange that the head retention is poor for such carbonation, but that’s also not a need in this style. Malt body is not so sweet, but has a strong hop character. Back of the tongue finishes roasted malt. The palate might be a little thin.

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BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2005
12oz Bottle. A vigorous pour yields a smallish head which settles to a thin layer of film. Beautiful color of reddish amber that is slightly cloudy. Vanilla, caramel and brandy aromas. Hops provide some fruitiness and compliment the malts perfectly. Body is full, chewy, syrupy and softly carbonated. Flavors are both hoppy and malty and really compliment each other which I find very enjoyable. Lasting bitterness in finish. Caramel, fruit and hops add much flavor. Alcohol although not overpowering in flavor is very warming. This is a Barley Wine I can get into. Thanks to Snowtiger for the sample.

4
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
A nice tasting barley wine. The cloyingly flat mouthfeel causes a loss of points, as does the thin head and absence of much lace. But overall, this is still a pretty damn good barley wine. 11.25% not noticeable, or else I"m just becoming immune. Smells wonderful too. Bottom line: if I were you, and I saw this beer, I would buy it.

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BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
2006 Bottle given to me by Chris, thanks and served in my Unibroue tulip: A rich deep copper and mahogany hue with a beautiful lasting tan foamy head that left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee, sugar fruit candies, hint of tobacco and herbal hops, with some phenols. The taste starts malty and sweet with fruity undertones throughout. The hops play more towards the finish in the English style. A hint of cocoa bean, clove and peppermint leaf round out the flavor profile. The mouth feel is sticky and smooth with a subdued warming upon the finish. A very nice and should develop with age for 1-3 years to be a good example of the classic barley wines of Britain.

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JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
2006 bottle. Deep amber-garnet pour. The nose is big and figgy with a little bit of rye-like breadiness. The flavour has a little bit of lightly herbal character. Rich mintiness and a touch of soft oxidation. Sherryish and a bit plummy. It’s aging quite elegantly.

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gunnfryd (15483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 25, 2011
bottle. amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, caramel. Flavour is sweet, sugar, malt, alcohol, hop, dried fruit, oxidation. full body. Complex beer.

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polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2011 bottle from wchesser, thanks Will! Aroma has notes of sweet caramel, brown sugar, figs, toasted malts, raisin, faded citrus hops and toffee. Hazy dark brown hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left ok lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft with a clean light finish. Overall a well aged Barley Wine that has a great nose and good flavor. Aged very well over the past year. Body is a little light but the alcohol is completely hidden. Very well done Bristol!

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williamstome (2038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Mahogany pour, small whitehead. Aroma of red wine and bourbon. Flavor of red wine, bourbon, chocolate, nuts and toffee.


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