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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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3.8
lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle in trade from BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours a rich, deep opaque maroon with a beige head. Smell is rich, fruity, malt and pretty balanced between hops and malt in the nose. Taste is nutty, pecan like caramel malt and a bit of smooth booze. Light gummy, fruity character. Full mouthfeel, a bit warming and soft carbonation. Pretty tasty barley wine.

3.8
That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Solid barley wine. Excellent. Hoppy, malty, awesomey. Dig it. Want some more. Should be rated higher.

3.8
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
English barleywine nose - raisins, dark fruit, plum, caramel, light fruity bitterness a little floral/perfumey. Auburn pour, light haze, no head. Raisins, caramel, dark fruity sweetness, toasted dark bread, light hops in finish as well as a little alcohol heat. Drinks pretty nicely. Lingering sugary sweetness and light dryness in the finish.

3.8
Geokkjer (7647) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle.Pours amber with a small off-white head.Aroma of bread, yeast, caramel, biscuit and dried fruits.Flavor is sweet, warming and malty with some dates, caramel and malt.Full body, soft carbonation.Nice smooth barley wine.

3.8
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! 2005 vintage. Pours a clear amber-copper color with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malts, tons of fruit, nectar, spices, and booze. Flavor of caramel malts, pine resin, earth, tropical fruits, and sugar. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. Good barleywine that is not doing me many favors this morning.

3.8
Sledutah (7837) - Utah, USA - AUG 11, 2011
12oz bottle (2010) from Supermarket liquors in Fort Collins
Appearance: Pours clear dark amber/brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel and pine
Taste: Sweet malts, dusty caramel, piney, dark fruit and some hot alcohols
Very nice, enjoyable. I would love to get a few more and cellar to see what happens.

3.8
UncleKorm (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
On tap from brewery poured a clear amber hue w/ small mostly diminishing tan head. Big malty sweet aroma of dark fruit. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and moderate sweet in the finish. Tastes are rum soaked raisins, orange citrus, toffee, plum and brown sugar. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy texture, heavy alcoholic warmth in the mouthfeel.

3.8
budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2009 bottle. Drank from the bottle. Aroma is candied fruits, dates, and raisins. Taste is rich malt, figs, dark fruity esters, and vanilla spice. Quite enjoyable. Good barleywine.

3.8
Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Mar 2006 Poured from bottle (room temp) a cloudy dark amber with a small head of foam that... remained throughout my session The smell is very strong of malt sweetness....I'm hoping that this doesn't translate to an overly sweet taste. The taste is very malty up front but in the background, some hop bitterness is noted and prevents this BWSA from being too sweet. As I take more sips, I find that this is one very well balanced and smooth tasting brew of the style and the drinkablity is *very* good considering the abv. Yum!! Bottom line: I'm glad I bought 4 bottles of this stuff (2 are going to Nutbrown as part of a huge trade)cuz I find it to be a wonderful example of the style; my next trip to Ft Collins, I'm buying more if there's any left!!

3.7
joet (2662) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Damn good and a special occasion beer for certain, CRUSTY with hops, piney and rounded herbal back, the hop mix feels broad and softened with some definite bright aromatic elements, creamy, carmelly, beautiful, I want some darker notes.


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