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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
At Hard Liver 2006. Dark amber color, nice foamy tan head. Good Cascade hop bud smell. Taste is mostly a mild sweetness witth caramel malt and pit fruit flavors.Mild alcohol burn to finish. Nice. 2005 vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k for splitting and order of this stuff from LS - I should have known that a brewer from a place this cold could do a barleywine right - dark ruby beer, with a head that disappears fast, and completely, making the beer look almost still - prune and fig greet the nose first, followed by caramel, black cherry, some mild spices, brandy - sweet, but not cloying, with a mild bitterness and spice character to balance (actually a bit closer to traditional british examples than most american barleywines) - a very mild smokiness makes things very interesting - a bit of brandy flavor is enhanced by an alcohol warmth, but the beer never becomes boozy - caramel and lots of dark fruits - brown sugar - spices become increasingly powerful as it warms, but that only adds to the overall warming character of the beer - and who doesn’t want a barleywine to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Another goodie shared by Crosling. Poured a deep garnet-amber color with a quickly receding beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruity (citrus and slight berries) undertones, and a nice hop character. Crisp malty flavor with sweet caramel undertones meld together with a slight citric fruitiness and moderately bitter hop finish. Slightly oily on the palate, and very smooth. Nicebarleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy, off-white head. Smell: Fruity, dark caramel aroma with notes of sap-covered wood and spice. Taste: Blend of dark fruits (plums, raisins) and dark caramel with a moderate amount of sweetness. Touch of wood and yeasty spiciness. Restrained hop bitterness. There’s some brash booziness in the finish, but nothing a little time in the cellar can’t cure. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Warming alcohol presence. Drinkability: A fine barleywine at the moment that should age quite nicely and only improve with time away in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2-3-08 bottle
Pours a thick reddish brown with no head at all but rather a silky thin film that just lays on top. Smells grassy sweet and a bit hoppy too. The nice barley flavor is there with some nice undertones of hops - well done. Really present sweetness in the flavor that is a nice balance to the hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. A very west coast barleywine. Lots of bitter hops in the aroma. Flavor is balanced with sweet malt and loads of bitter, piney, grapefuity hops. Some sugar in there as well. Nearly indistinguishable from a IIPA, except for the heavy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2008
22 oz Bottle shared with toncatcher. Citrusy aromas told me right off that this was a west coast barely wine. Lots of hoppy aromas and flavors. Lots of nice malty backbone too. Molasses and brown sugar up front with a decent hop finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Received a single 2007 vintage 22-oz bomber from Liquidsolutions.biz and shared with our local Minnesota tasting gang at Cellar’s WIne & Spirits weekly beer tasting in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film with no ring or foam head. Aroma of a tropical fruit, some citrus zest hop character, tangerines, and a little raspberry. Taste is medium bodied, low carbonation with flavors of sweet dark fruit, some light green vegetables, grassy hops and a touch of toffee. Finish is a little complex with some hop character, multi dark fruit and some vegetables. I’ll save the second bottle and add two years of aging to see how this matures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
22oz bottle, 2007. Courtesy of travisd13. Pours a deep dark caramelly brown color. Moderate off-white head with decent retention and a little lace. Smells of spicy hops and alcohol. Tastes of spicy hops with a sweet malt finish. Beautiful. Full bodied but not too thick or syrupy, great carbonation. Its been a while since I had a BW that was this good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2007 Bottle. Dark, ruby red almost brown with medium head. Aroma is sweet malt with a bit of spicy hops. Taste is definitely on the hoppy/bitter side. A little sticky and plenty of alcohol coming through. I enjoy this, but man this is so much better aged. I’ll definitely have to re-rate if I see an old vintage around at a beer fest this spring.

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