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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is full of oxidation, dark malt, and some hints if hops. Flavor is strong malt, fruit, light oxidation. Have had better pours of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons Cafe, Eugene. 2011 vintage. Pours a medium brownish red. Aroma huge figs, booze, raisins, caramel. Body smooth, booziness very muted, finish subtle and brief.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a clear ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has dark and candied fruits, mild bitterness, and almost an oaky note. Flavor follows suit and adds a very mild vanilla and a hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a fruity/earthy bitter robust and warming finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zebra (1775) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2013
on tap @ the hanger on the wharf. described by the waitress as "like an ipa". like neither an ipa nor a barley wine. / average, butterscotch, smoke, floral, salty, cereal, vanilla, woody, astringent, clear

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3488) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2010 bottle from trade with crajun. Thanks! Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper color with a small bubbly head that collects at the edges. Nice strong aroma, lots of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Taste is moderately sweet and has a light bitterness. Nice mix of caramel, toffee, figs, dates, cherries, and brown sugar. Smooth finish, light booziness, dark fruit taste lingers. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel, lightly sticky. Overall, a very nice mix of flavors and very smooth but I wish the mouthfeel was better. Would love to try to more recent vintage sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 20, 2013
2008 bottle. Medium copper, clear, thin off-white head. Aroma: toffee, toasty malt, some dark fruit, a little leathery age on this several year old bottle. Flavor is deeply malty with caramel, toffee, nutty notes, dark fruit, raisins, again some leather, light note of higher alcohols. Full bodied and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
This rating is for the 2009 vintage at 10.4% ABV. Sweet, malty, caramel barleywine aroma. Deep copper with a slight reddish tinge and a thin ring of off-white bubbles around the sides. Caramel, vanilla, sweet cherries, plums and a hint of butterscotch. The sugary sweetness is well balanced by a dry, earthy hop bitterness that has some vegetal flavor in the background. For such a big beer, the body is surprising light and the 10.4% ABV seems far higher than the flavor suggests. Finishes relatively clear and dry for a barleywine with some residual caramel sweetness and a little alcohol vapor. I should have tried this fresh when I bought this so I’d have a comparison to 4 years of age now. I have a feeling I let it go a little too long and it would have been better a year or two ago.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown with a cream colored head of foam. Aroma is candied figs, dates, and dark fruity malt. Taste is deep malty goodness. Dates, figs, and dark fruit dominate the palate with caramel and oak nuances. Light carbonation and easy drinkability. Very nice barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2008 bottle, picked up at Bottleworks this morning when the line to get into Hard Liver was too long for me to accept. Beautiful dark fruit -- figs, dates -- and caramel on the aroma. Soft, mellow, and sexy. Pours dark, murky tamarind brown with a finger of off-white head that dissipates to a ring. Sweet, fruity, some oxidation. Caramel notes come through more as it warms, but everything is very harmonious. Soft, silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation, full body. This is a delight to sip -- I’m impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
22oz bomber, 2011 release. Dark ruby color with virtually no head. Sweet, boozy aroma with notes of pitted fruit and molasses. Taste is similar. Pretty good.

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