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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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3.6
drjay44 (3891) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short lived, beige head, over a clear, coppery amber (SRM 15) body....nose is molasses, brown sugar, toffee/caramel.....taste is sweet throughout, with raisin, dried cherry, finishing slightly hot, with a mild bitterness....mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a lightly hopped Barley Wine, well balanced, with the alcohol nicely hidden. In many ways as it warms it drifts toward a Belgian Strong, in that the malt/yeast end of the spectrum begins to dominate the hops. BJCP 8/3/14/5/7

3.6
bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Fort Collins, CO. Pours dark amber with a foamy 1 finger beige/tan head. Sort of a date aroma. Near full bodied with carbonation I am at a loss to describe. Flavor is dark brown fruit and dark brown malt. Finishes a bit more sweet than not. Goes down all too well.

3.6
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. Nose with honied malt and spicy hops. Thick on the tongue with a start of smooth lightly toasted hops. Moves into a fruity and grassy hop finish. No hint of alcohol over the sweet malts. Not a bad little beer.

3.5
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle, enjoyed with some hard manchego cheese and black olives.Light chestnut with small diminishing head. When the bottle is opened I picked up a whiff of wet socks worn in sneakers for several hours - however as the aroma evolved it got more pleasant with hints of esters and some alcohol. Flavor is rather balanced to wards a classic English Barleywine, with the hops playing in the background, providing mostly bitterness. Smooth syrupy mouth feel with light carbonation.

3.5
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this at the January gathering. Poured a dark clouydy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bubble gum. Flavor is light yeasty bubble gum with a hint of pine hops. Not as rich as their IIPA.

3.5
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s NJ January gathering. reddish orangey cloudy color, tannish foamy head. slightly syrupy malt aroma. low carbonation. malty/syrupy flavor. dryish finish but still malty sweet.

3.5
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
12oz. bottle dated 2005. Hazy orange/amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and citrus hops. Flavor was mildly sweet with lots of caramel malt and a bitter hop finish. Alcohol started to really come on as the beer warmed.

3.5
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2007
12oz. bottle - 2005 vintage. Powerfully malty and sweet aroma with overriding suggestions of freshly-baked pecan pie, tobacco, dried flowers, earthiness and a tinge of medicinal alcohol lurking in the background. Deep, dark copper color with brighter amber highlights, mostly clear with a fully subsiding head, subsequently lacks any sort of lacing. Flavor profile is fairly strongly laced with alcohol throughout, and features a blend of richly sweet, sugary caramel malts, faintly raisin-like fruitiness and a spicy, sharp, citric bitterness that appears about midpoint, melds with the warming alcoholic presence and fades away. Low in effervescence, smooth, perhaps even a little thin on the palate with a substantial body. Certainly a strong British-style interpretation but does lack a certain degree of depth.

3.5
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2006. An oily amalgamation of a creamy head fades to a fat bubbled ring, quickly. Body is a murky dark amber with orange perimeter. Lacing is just a collection of small dots, revealing a watery/oily nature. Sugar coated orange candies and hops(grapefruit, pickles) are projected first in the nose. The hops are very pronounced, followed by tart caramel malts and toast. Overripe citrus fruits round out the aroma. Alcohol is moderate. Flavor is simple. Hops and malt, a few depthless sugars and more of the alcohol noticed earlier. Fruitiness is mostly covered by forthright bitterness. Some sweetness in the initial flavor fades to reveal a mildly dry and very astringent finish. urned tendencies fully reveal themselves in the afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly to moderately carbonated, smooth, rich and very alcoholic. The parts and the sum seem like a dandy beer, very drinkable and well-crafted.

3.5
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2007
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Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, faint banana bread, and alcohol. Overall it’s rather light for a barley wine. It pours a transparent brownish-red with a small off-white head. The flavor starts very fruity and citrusy. There is some light caramel in the background. The finish has some mild citrusy hops and a touch of alcohol.


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