Avery Brewing Hog Heaven Dry-Hopped Barleywine, by Avery Brewing, poured a lightly cloudy amber hue into the glass, with very mild carbonation slowly working through the thick body to a small, short-lived sticky cream head. Grapefruit and pine stood out over a sweet caramel candy malt.
Avery Brewing Hog Heaven Barleywine opened with a thick and peppery start and followed through with caramel smoothness and a slight rising bitterness. The ale showed its heat in the belly and ears more than in the mouth, and faded on a clean, earthy note.
Avery Brewing Hog Heaven Dry-Hopped Barleywine is complex and dangerously drinkable. It manages to avoid the thickness in body, cloying dried-fruit sweetness, and general heaviness associated with a barleywine-style ale and gives the experienced drinker a lot to chew over.