Review - Avery Brewing Company's Hog Heaven
"This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover's delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.." -- Avery Brewing Company
This beer was delivered under the protection of flying pigs. The Avery Hog Heaven pours a dark caramel color with a hazy body. The mostly diminishing light brown fizzy head leaves a faint watery lacing on the glass. The nose was delighted with a variety of fruit flavors - apples, plums, and peaches. With hints of butter, the 9.2% alcohol bohemoth was well masked. Initially light sweet and slightly sour, the Hog Heaven slowly moved into a light sweet finish for a long duration. Lightly carbonated, the Hog Heaven leaves a light oily film on the pallate which evaporated into a very dry mouthfeel.
Well balanced and fruity, we were impressed with the Hog Heaven. Throw us into the mud and start snorting.
Reviewed on February 17th, 2008.