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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1258) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom CellarFest 2013. 2008 vintage. Smooth yet hoppy. Sweet and caramely but with a bitter alcohol kick. What a barleywine should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Nice crimson, scarlet, and garnet highlights along with a hint of mahogany and latte head. Loads of toffee, caramel, brown sugar and brittle accompanied by raisin, plum, and dark cherry skin. Can feel the ABV but can’t taste it. Pretty solid!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2010 bottle. Deep mahogany red body; thin head. Sweet malty caramel aroma. Flavor - same. Not bad, a bit on the simple side, maybe a little over sweet, just not a standout barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bomber. 2011 batch. A dark amber brew with a rich nose of plums, alcohol, leather, and something earthy. Everything about this is delicious...rich and boozy, sweet without being cloying, hoppy but only as an accent, and finishes like a warm bath. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a FW tulip. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to mfavoino for sending this to me a while back. A: Pours a very dark ruby color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It dissipates to thick ringing leaving behind tons of sticky lace. Beautiful looking beer. S: There’s a lot going on here. Some bitter green hops are still present up front with an underlying fig scent with some caramel malts. Brown sugar and raisins as well. Malty sweetness. There is a little alcohol present in the nose. T: Some bitter hops and sweet caramel and biscuit malts. Raisins and toffee with a definite grilled fig fruitiness. As it warms there are some leathery notes that come out. A little booze as well. The finish is sweet. M: Medium bodied with a little chew to it. Medium low carbonation with a slick and oily mouthfeel. O: Very delicious barleywine that has aged nicely. Still a little hop bite to it from the dry hopping, but the dark fruit and malts really steal the show. Wish I had another to age... Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (628) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2010 Bottle. Malt! What a delight this was! Shared it with my Alaskan friend. Poured a very dark brown-amber color; nearly black. Thin but resilient off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, vanilla, some dark fruits, earthiness. Taste is similar; big and malty, not at all bitter. Vanilla, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar. Some nice lacing. Really good. Shouldn’t drink too many too quickly, but considering the drinkability, I could certainly see that happening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (730) - Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2009 bottle pours slightly cloudy medium brown with thin beige head. Aroma dominated by hops. Taste a nice caramel malt sweetness with hops moving in for a good balance. Palate full. Finish powerful but not overbearing hops. Alcohol apparent.

American (hoppy) barleywine which is well balanced. This is 3 years old and I’m guessing will be a lot hoppier fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (860) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2009 bottle. Pours a dark brownish-red with a nice cream colored head. Big spicy aroma, of malt, dark fruits, wood, ginger, sugar. Taste is rich and sweet, of malt, figs, wood, spices, and a lot of alcohol. Lingering booziness. Tasty, but will probably better after it mellows a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2010 vintage. Great rich malt up front with massive hops earth and resin Copper and clear with a tab head. Bitterness more pronounced than grainy thick malt. Velvety finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
22 ounce bottle, 2011. Pours a clear dark amberish brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head with some decent lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, ripened berries and an earthy hop. The taste is toffee, ripened fruits, and smooth hops. Not overly sweet. Medium body. I have a feeling this would age very nicely. Mediuml bodied. Nice barleywine.

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