Review: Bristol Brewing Old #23 | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
Bristol Brewing Old #23
92 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
Bristol Brewing Old #23

Style: American Barleywine

ABV: 9.5 IBU: 22

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Bristol Brewing Old #23

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What the brewers say

"2010 winner of the Silver in the Barley Wine-style Ale category at GABF. Old No. 23 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.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Moderate banana and plum, light apple, a bit nutty, and a very strong caramelized sugar sweetness accom- pany a light lemony hops aroma. Some bubblegum, orange, and earthy notes couple with a light malt sweetness.”

Flavor: “Big caramel and toffee, moderate banana and citrus, and a touch of grapefruit and plum that lead to an aftertaste of crisp bitterness and moderate sweetness. Flavorful earthy lemony hops with moderate bitterness allow the sweet malt to carry. Alcohol avor is present through the nish and leaves a slight astringency.”

Overall: “The hops bitterness at the end is a delightfully crisp nale to the nice sweet malt complexity and creaminess. More of a malt-forward beer than hops-forward. Don’t drink a ton or you’ll be hurting tomorrow.”

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