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Hog Heaven Barley Wine by Avery Brewing Company
American Barleywine
9.20 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2009
22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

100 IBUs. I could smell the citrus the second I opened the bottle. Hog Heaven poured a dark ruby red that shown bright red in my palm when held to the light. Fairly clear. The color is really nice. There was a one finger slightly off-white craggy head that fades to a half finger but stops there.

The nose makes my mouth water uncontrollably.There is a big sweet caramel backbone. As big as the caramel is the citrus hops just blow it away. There is bitter orange peel and fresh squeezed orange juice. A few pine needles in there as well. Slight alcohol as the beer warms. The smell is excellent. I can't remember smelling so much orange in any beer I've had in the past.

The taste isn't as bitter as I anticipated. It's nicely balanced but I was expecting a hop bomb. A solid caramel backbone hits hard first and is followed by a hop wave by mid-palate. There's a more pine in the flavor than the nose. The pine pushes through the malt and really shows itself in the finish where things dry out. A moderate bitterness lingers till the next drink. Very nicely balanced. Big malt and big hops hold each other in check.

Feels viscous as it crosses my lips but when in my mouth and on the swallow it's really not. It's on the heavier side of medium and slick. There's a good amount of carbonation that pushes everything through. Finishes dry and lets the bitterness come through.

Drinkability for a big beer is superb. Everything balances out so nicely that it would be extremely easy to drink this way to fast without realizing what you've been doing.

I think back to Bigfoot and as I drink Hog Heaven I actually think I enjoy this a little more. It's not as intense which is something I really like but the drinkability is where it's at with this barleywine. Avery Brewing did an excellent job.

Reviewed: 11/24/06

Price: $4.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2009
Color is a glowing deep and clear ruby-brown with a thin light tannish fluffy head, very thin, intricately whisped curtains and ink blot lacing surrounds the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued with an overall malty sweetness of caramel and some nice pine sap and dry hop wood-like variants. Taste withstands some nice sweet tones in its malts touching on some caramel with some very light and dulled dried citrus. Finishes with a good hop dryness of wood and pine, very easy on the bittering scraping up some grassy notes late. Feel is a smidgon under medium bodied lacking some girth, creamyness, smoothness, and nearly everything I desire out of a BW. Hops make for a nice finish, but I needed more out of it. For me, this stuff needs a boost, its missing a thicker volume in both flavor and body; length too. Not bad, more of a mediochre-close-to-good BW. Seems more like a very good Red ale like Bear Republic's Red Rocket then a BW. I do like the flying pigs on the label though.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2008
When pigs fly. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with reddish orange hues throughout. A good foam when poured that lasted during the entire tasting. Decent lacing as well.

The smell was strong with sweet caramel malt backings. Some piney hop presences followed by citrus and a touch of grapefruit backing. Some esters are noticeable but light for style. Good presence overall all.

The taste is not as present as the nose, but still ample taste then most. A good malt flavor upfront with some lighter caramel and toasted strings mix in. Somewhat of a spicey taste but more noticeable near the end. The hops are well represented. Mostly on the bittering side with some grapefruit and earthy tone mix. The finishing hops are lighter with a citrus mix but trails of the grapefruit tastes are there as well. The finish is a little wispy, not exactly watery, but would have liked more body/dextrin feel.

The body is mid and carbonation is ok. Overall this is a good Barelywine but little things could be improved. Now if we could just get the pigs to land.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Review from 02/01/07

A - Nice amber colored body that is clean and clear. Pours a one finger tan head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Sweet fruity malts working hand in hand with some nice, floral hops. Mmmm...citrusy hops, and lots of them. Hop aroma bursting all over this one. I think I got a hop cone stuck in my nose.

T - Much like the smell, except with a bigger focus on the malt than the hops. Sweet malty base is the center of this beer with citrusy hops poking through here and there. Alcohol is definitley present, but not distracting. This is one of those beers where I think DIPA and Barleywine can be very similar.

M - Medium bodied with sticky hops. Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is easy going.

D - This is a easy drinker for a barleywine. Nothing over the top here and not overly complex, but definitely enjoyable.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
brew, and it is good. Really big hops in the nose, with some light caramel, citrus. However, this is a hop nose first and foremost. tastes like it smelled. HOPS! The citrus really comes out when drinking this. Not very complex, but man this is tasty. Really nice smooth finish for the hops in this brew. Slight alcohol warmth as it goes down. brew has a great balance of hops and malt.


Served In: Pint Glass

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