slowrunner77 (9428) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"had Alaskan and Avery Hog Heaven side by side. Neither was a letdown, even though they were opposite ends of the spectrum. Both poured a deep ruby/amber. Alaskan was a touch darker, and both had great frothy head with a vigorous pour, awesome retention. Avery’s aroma was definitely hop-heavy, but balanced just enough and was freakin incredible. took a giant inhale before every sip. Ditto for the Alaskan, but this one was all malty sweetness, and a touch of hops. At first, in the aroma and taste, it begged for more time in the cellar, but by the time I got to the end, I just wanted to keep breathing it in. The aromas were the high point for both beers, but the flavor was enjoyable as well...Avery similar to Bigfoot, but better balanced, and Alaskan like a slightly sweeter/less hoppy Old Stock. Alaskan won the battle of the body as it was thick and full, Avery was weaker (9.4) & thinner, but incredibly drinkable for a barleywine. Those who are not hop heads may not like it as much, but while both were great examples of American & English Barleywines respectively, I’ll give a tiny nod to Avery in the head to head, but imagine Alaskan would win in a year as it seemed like the type of beer that would age incredibly well. Fun, fun, fun!"
deyholla (9826) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours a cloudy deep brown with a slight amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of grain and bread with a bit of caramel, toffee and booze underlying. Flavor has lots of toffee and sweet grains with a bit of bread and underlying caramel and a touch of booze.
erickok (5108) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown body and small head. Fierce malty aroma, English, biscuit, some raisin but drier and less rich than I somehow expected. Alcohol pretty well hidden behind the dusty malts, but it misses either the concentrated sweetness or a more fresh hop addition to shine, for me. I’d be happy if my barley wine turned out like this, but I still feel there’s room for improvement. (Bomber brought from Austin, shared with Alba and Darren on brew day)
BRiddoch (11) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 22 oz. Bottle poured into a snifter. Fruity aroma with a nice dark mahogany pour. Not much of a head. Sweet and fruity with a very nice follow through. My first time with these Alaska brews but certainly not my last. Very nice!
thebsmitty (138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
2010 bottle. Pours a rich deep mahogany brown with a cherry hue. Amazing head retention, great lacing, huge thick collar. Aroma is molasses, toffee, leather and earthy wood. Taste is bitter molasses, stale tobacco, vanilla and wet paper. Nice rich body and low carbonation. I believe this beer must have been left on the shelf in a high light area since 2010. It looked great, but the paper and tobacco really ruined the flavor.
nuplastikk (5682) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Picked up 4 of them at 4.99 each..can’t beat that. Deep mahogany brown body, looks filtered. Foamy beige heads fades into a thin oily layer. Woody alcohol soaked amber malt. Rich and rugged, thick old school US Barleywine. Overbearing. Not really that drinkable, more of a slow sipper. OK.
AWISLguy (2331) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Bomber from Woodmans in the Falls poured into my New Holland tulip. Cellar aged for 3 months, but likely much closer to a year in age. Pours a clear brownish orange with an off-white head around the rim leaving nice spots of lace. Aroma has dark fruits, sweet stone fruits, pine and citrus. Heavily hopped without a definitive smell. Taste is of sweet dark fruits (plums, raisins, grapes), some citrus (oranges and grapefruit), tangy pine and some earthiness. Medium to full bodied with some alcohol presence. Finishes heavily sweet with some bitterness underneath. Very hoppy without much definition.
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Via trade with Crajun. The aroma is sweet, dark fruits, bready. The appearance is deep red brown, opaque, off white head. The flavor is sweet, dark ripe fruit. The booze is well hidden. The finish is sweet, light booze. Medium in body. Nice barley wine. Doesn’t kill with hops.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: pours a dark amber color. Small off white head.
Smell: smells dark sweet fruits
Taste: dark cherries. Malty notes
Feel: heavy beer highly carbonated.
Overall: good flavor. Heavy malt notes
First drank: April 20, 2014
jehoesefat (359) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice toasty malt aromas. Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy head. Very sweet for a barleywine, masks the alcohol content and doesn’t assault you with hops.