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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
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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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3.7
joet (2682) - 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.

3.7
Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
2002 bottle. Deep red, somewhat hazy, a thin ring of head with faint lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with some pine - kind of liquer-ish. Body is thick and smooth; just a little carbonation bite at the end. Dark chocolate, caramel - very sticky sweet. Luckilly, it ends with a long piney hop bitterness and some bitter dark chocolate notes.

3.7
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
12oz bottle via trade with Crosling! - Thanks! - Pours dark amber with a fair tan head that fades back to a ring but leaves some lace. Good aromas of caramel, raisin,and some slight grapefruit. Flavor is caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, some slight pine and grapefruit notes as well. Palate is lively with carbonation with a nice soft mouthfeel and some good alcohol warmth on the back of each sip. Sticky sweet. Very nice barleywine. Quite enjoyable..

3.7
barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2007
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Beerand Blues2, thanks Brad. dark brown with a decent size tan head, quickly fading to some lace. strong malty caramel nose and flavors more of the same with some alcohol and dark ripened fruit present as well. medium to full mouthfeel. nothing over the top here, but over all, a nice BW indeed.

3.7
SoLan (1551) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Amber. Small, off white head. Richly sweet strawberry cotton candy, moderately bitter resinous hops, vegetation, rubbing alcohol in the nose. Flavor adds good-n-plenty, toffee, and some cocoa on the finish. Full body, balanced.

3.7
Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle from BlackforestCO. Pretty amber/ruby color with off white pinkish head. Aroam of malt, milk, and light dark fruit. The flavor was the same with chocolate and light cherry notes. Smooth, clean, malty thick mouthful.

3.7
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2008
I poured this 2006 bottle into a snifter and was amazed at the color. Ok, maybe not amazed but definitely surprised. It is a dark ruby red and I am used to barleywines being more orange and lighter in color. I guess that shows how much experience I have with barleywines The head was about a 1/2 inch thick and hangs around as it diminishes. The smell is sweet, luscious and inviting with just a hint of alcohol. The flavor is a little subdued and doesn’t do the smell justice. The mouth-feel is nice and I can’t taste or feel the alcohol in my mouth. I had a 2005 about six months ago and I swear it wasn’t this color. This is a pretty decent barleywine and very drinkable but not my favorite. I’ll put the remaining three down in the cellar and check back next year to see if this has improved. -update 11/05/07 this was almost black in appearance, did it get darker with age? Smells like perfumey hops with a little candy sweetness and chocolate showing up. Tastes like strong barleywine and astringent in the mouth but still has a fullness in the mouth. Still pretty tasty but not something I will be building verticals of. I’ll check back on the lone bottle sometime next year. A;4 S:4 T:4 M:3.5 D:3.5 Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-16-2007 01:26:22

3.7
CanIHave4Beers (4291) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2009
This was very enjoyable. Pours a clear deep ruby red with a small head that sticks around and leaves no lace. The aroma is mildly hoppy with some good sweet malty and spicy notes. The flavor follows this has a very good sweet flavor of cherries and licorice but is balanced out well with spicy and piney hops, Pretty nice.

3.7
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2009 bottle thanks to jbye4334. Pours with a small and fading tan head over a very deep mahogany to ruby body. Aroma is quite pungent with dark fruits, raisins, toffee, port, sherry, cocoa, chocolate, plums, rum cake. Some oatmeal raisin cookie. Alcohol, dark fruits, sherry and a bit of soggy malts (wet dog) on the flavor. Decently sweet and decadent up front. Long duration, slightly bitter finish. Some bitter dark fruit and bitterness from tannin extraction from the grain. Full bodied. Alcohol is noticeable, but has mellowed enough so that it is not burning or presents itself as fusel. Full weighted mouthfeel, light bubbles and syrupy.

3.7
ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel brandy-like body with a microscopic, off-white head, just enough to bear evidence of carbonation. Nose is licorice, spruce, hints of toffee and caramel. Taste is similar to the nose, with strong caramel notes being the most prominent. Full-bodied and smooth. Another typical American barley wine, which I do enjoy a lot.


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