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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
Alaskan Barley Wine has been produced in limited edition vintages each year since its introduction in 2003. A big beer for big winters, this brew has garnered a steady following in Alaska. Bottled for the first time in 2007, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops, malt and high alcohol showcases the barley wine style, winning first place at the 2007 Toronado Barley Wine Festival and bronze at the 2008 World Beer Cup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Sampled from 2007 bottle courtesy Beerlando. Mostly clear ruby-coper color with a thin white layer of head. Sweet dark fruity aroma, hop background. Slightly sweet, mix of malt and hops is tilted slightly towards the hops, a hop character is mild, considering its a fresh bottle. Nice thick hearty palate. A satisfying BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Fresh 2007 vintage. Pours a very dark caramelized brown body with slight translucency. This is one of the darkest barleywines I’ve ever seen. A thin, cream colored head settles to a wispy film and leaves behind sheet-like, syrupy legs with no lacing. The aroma shows rich, dark caramel, chocolate malts, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruity notes. Flavors are mainly rich, concentrated caramel, woodsy notes, malty dark fruits, and a touch of earthy, peppery hops. The body is smooth and full, but slightly sticky. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Solid brew that will improve with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
07 Bottle generously shared by jarspag at the Whistler pad. Very still pour, with barely any carbonation or head. Dark amber color that leaves some slight alcohol legs on the glass. Robust fruity and malty aroma with aspects of cherry, red wine, sweet grapes and a touch of cinnamon. Enjoyable flavor that I compared to a strange sherry wine with plum, cherry and pine sap bitterness on top of the simple caramel malts. Some hot alcohol in the finish with hops. Not mind blowing, give it at least 2 more years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
2007 vintage shared with J in Whistler. Initial impression was a bit of a "sigh". Nothing to rave about. The nose boasted straight forward sweet caramel malt and a bit of booze. The flavor improved immensely after settling to room temp. Somewhat straight forward and simple, but it delivered with unique notes of orange and piney hops amongst hefty malts. A nice sipping beer that should get real tasty after a few years. My other bottle is going into hibernation...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
t4h2c0 (96) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Draft 08’, on the darker side of barley wines, hella malty and quite thick, gets more so once you allow it to warm up. I’m aging sum bottles of it in bottle but $8.99 is a little steep but i’ve seen worse. My expextations out did my actual experience. good but a little too malty for me. Tried an 04 or 05 and hardliver 2007 and I thought the past years were better than this years. They were not as dark and malty, aged very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours a dark maroon red with small tan head. Very rich and smooth, but not too much, just right. Dark fruits on the nose. A very tasty Barley Wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2007 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark ruby amber with a small beige head. Aroma of candied malts, dark fruit and piney hops. Taste of dark fruit, candied malt, and piney hops. Excellent overall !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Name: Barley Wine
Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with lots of fruity character
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of dark caramel sweetness, light earthy hops keep it balanced, lasting bitterness along with the fruity sweetness
Overall: will age really well

Name: Barley Wine
Date: September 06, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007
earthyness is fading a bit to allow the rich fruit to bloom

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

Name: Barley Wine
Date: May 05, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, brown sugar sweetness, lots of earthyness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthy bitterness, touch of hot caramel, light fruityness
Overall: still needs a couple of years

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2008
pours a clear copper with mild head. sweet hop aroma, sweet spritzy front mild finish, hop backtground, good and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10613) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle... VBWT2008... Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits and chocolate malt intertwine nicely with a vinous depth, complexity and fragility resembling pinot noir. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Bitter-sweet caramel and chocolate stand alongside blended red wines. Medium sweet, moderately bitter, caramelly finish. Thanks go out to Beerlando for sharing this excellent beer!

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