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RATINGS: 505   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10075) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2008 vintage. Dark red appearance with a fluffy, light brown head. Potent caramel malty, sweet, fruity, fairly earthy hoppy, light woody nose. Potent sweet, somewhat fruity, woody, toffee, earthy hoppy flavor. Incredibly smooth, flavorful brew. Spectacular!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9897) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Clear red-brown color, average sized off-white to beige head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, sweetish, liquor, a hint of liquorice somehow. Taste malts, a hint of sweetness, lightly a hint of bitter, lightly alcohol, liquor. Medium to full body and carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Ratebeer rating #3,900. 22oz bottle, 2007 Vintage. Poured a deep and muddy mahogany color wtih an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of pine, citrus rinds, caramel, dark fruits, and a little earthy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, wood, toffee, and citrus. Sticky. Has a nice balance. Light to medium alcohol in the finish. Iím glad I have a few bottles to test out through the next few years!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours dark with nice bubbly head. Great for a young barleywine, with citrus and lots of barley in the aroma, and in the taste. Above-average mouthfeel. Good satisfying aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9320) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
This brew pours a deep brownish-amber color with a medium foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, overripe fruit and hops. Rich body with flavors of toasted malt, dark fruit, hops and toffee. The finish is full and malty with a lingering toasted bread and fruit aftertaste. Solid Barley Wine from start to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
651mL 2007 ed. Clear ruby cola pour- darker for style. Medium, tan head forms with nice, webby lace. Big orange mint nose typical for style with big raisins and dark fruits. Taste is brown sugar, bitter chocolate, red fruits, big sugar character. Spicy bitterness attempts to balance a behemoth of a sweet beer. Good stuff. Has to be sipped.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (9173) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours orangey amber with a tiny head. Fantastic aroma of toffee, caramel and some subtle dark fruit notes. Flavour follows accordingly with the toffee / caramel dominating, and featuring quite a sweet palate (but not too much). Slight alcohol kick at the end, but the ABV is well-worked. A most excellent barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9061) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
650ml bottle. 2011 Vintage. It pours a deep mahogany with reddish/purple notes. The head is fluffy and off white and takes a while to recede. The smell is great. You can tell it is an assertively hopped northwestern-style barleywine. The hops have a definite citrusy vibe and seamlessly blend into the sugary scented malt bill. There is also a hint of banana which is odd but it works. The flavor is big on the sweetness. It also seems yeastier than the average barleywine. Nice alcoholic punch but not too much, slight bitterness which is sad after smelling the aroma but it still is a nice barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Bottle 2008 vintage. Deep amber pour. The nose is pretty intense. Rich sweet nose and a bit of sweet malt and light chewy caramel. A nice toffeeish character toward the back, but also with a pretty assertive fruity hoppiness. A kiss of chocolate adds another touch of malt complexity to the brew. Itís got a lot of fruity hoppiness but it doesnít really come across as being all that bitter. Intense mix of flavour that are still nicely balanced. Sort of a dark, toasted barleywine, but itís pretty nice really. Tap at the 2006 Hard Liver Festival. Vintage 2004. Gorgeous amber-garnet colour, nice fine-laced dark tan head. Sticky lace as well. Aroma is fairly herbal and minty. Sweet malts, well balanced. Flavour is malty but also very fruity with cherry and blackberry esters throughout. Lingering peppery finish. 8 4 7 4 15


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