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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle 651ml. @ post Borefts BF 09 hotel tasting
Clear dark amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, grapefruit, citrus - orange peel, moderate yeasty. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091031]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 From bottle #28 at sk8vikings American blind tasting. Pours hazy brown with alacing off-white head. Mild spiced and roasted malt aroma. Sweet initial flavour with a light alcohol presence and a solid wooden hops flavour. Lingering caramel and hoppy flavour. Dry and fruity yet followingly sweet caramel malty flavour. Lingering hoppy and spiced flavour.8-4-8-4-16=4.0

From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010 as Alaskan Rough Draft 2008. Pours dark amber with a huge off-white and tan head. Aroma is overripe fruity and dense hoppy. Dry caramelish, subdued sweet and fruity dense into the finish. Bitter and lasting dry impression. Smooth fruity and lovely.8-4-8-4-16=4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 [At GABF 2004, Vintage 2003] A hazy copper colored beer with a lasting orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy. The flavor sweet malty with distinct notes of hops - as well as notes of oranges slices dipped in sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden - it can only be felt on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at Sune. Clear red brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles with notes of rye bread. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of MaltOMeal. Pours a clear reddish colour with a beige head. Aroma of wood, dried fruit and alcohol. Quite full-bodied with sweetish burned caramel, dried fruit and a hoppy finish with some sweetness prevailing. 260708

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small tan head. Has a slighlty roasted malty hoppy aroma with some spicy hints. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter caramel finish with some spicy hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22460) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
10th October 2008. Falling Rock. Clear red beer. Sweet malt and those very agreeable porty and brandy tones. A rich barleywine. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting after a very bad drunk Borefts festival ... Nice deep red brown ... sweet fruity malty rich nose ... rich smoooth slightly sweet cherry ... rich toffee..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
2007 bottle. Very dark and hazy chestnut color, medium tan head with good retention. Aroma of sweet caramel syrup. Taste is sweet butterscotch and light spice. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
Vintage 2007, 2 years old; got it through a generous trade
It pours a dark color, almost black, with a creamy head. Intense malt aroma, caramel, chestnut honey, a bit nutty, and finally hops; perfumy, there is also very light vanilla and very light tobacco. Full bodied, it has a rich malt flavor, very sweet, almost syrupy, with sticky caramel and sweet nuts; perfect bitterness level, with some hidden hop qualities. The final is well balanced, with some warmth deriving from the alcohol, still sweet but with a darker shade of caramel.
Mature, bold; it has the malt intensity of a Thomas Hardy, more bitter, even if not extreme as other West Coast Barley Wines. Lovely.

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