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Avery "Hog Heaven"
Avery Brewing Company - Boulder, Colorado USA
Barleywine (ABV 9.2%) (IBU 100)

[Best served in a Snifter]

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

The pour was a clear cherry brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that receded down to a few puddles and a large collar, which did produce excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was mildly sweet of a toasted caramel malt, grassy hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), dark fruit (plums and figs), caramel and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was powerful to say the least, with a strong malty caramel sweetness that lasted only seconds before being overshadowed by an intense hoppy bitterness along with hints of dark fruit, citrus peel and a big alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a decently long time proceeding the swallow with a bold bitter alcohol warming taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a strong dry texture and a tickly carbonation.

Overall a very intensely flavorful brew, sweet yet hoppy, bitter yet smooth, a beer in a class of its own, truly a hop heads dream Barleywine...

Sampled: 5/26/2012

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