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RATINGS: 499   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1069) - Seattle, Washington, 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 -- Iím impressed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (566) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3178) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Vintage 2011 Pours a dark brown with a finger of latte foam which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Spotty lace. This beer smells chewy, like toffee and bubble gum and sweet caramel. They talk about the hops being added for balance, malarky - this malty with english influence. It smells beautiful for a fresh barley wine IMO. Malt, cola, hints of burnt sugar and stone fruits. This beer has me at first taste. I have had this a few times, almost always with a year or three on it. This beer leaves the shelves in this area, and now I realize why, itís great fresh! Malty and sweet with a slight bitter/dry tone, it hides the alcohol like an opaque condom as it slides down my throat. Off-full bodied with moderate carb, the finish is semi dry and inviting. Really a nice beer. I have a hard time telling folks about this beer, as itís a nice hidden PNW secret. Serving type: bottle 01-31-2012

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (196) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Decent dark cream head over beer the color of dark rum. Aroma apple and lychee, caramel, plum, spruce. Flavor plum, cola, spice, spruce, booze, cherries, apple, bruleed grapefruit. A bit sweet, but big flavors here and decent alcohol kick. Higher than average carbonation, decent viscosity. Finish is bitter sweet. PS; I had to re-rate. This is sweet, but really very good. One of my favorites.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3128) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
On tap at Mountain High Pizza Pie in the little town of Talkeetna, south of Denali National Park. Hazy, dark copper with a decent head. Big fruity aroma with a touch of pineapple and apple. Very malty body with loads of caramel. Sweet, but not cloying. Velvety mouthfeel. It wasnít as harsh as many barleywines, but it also probably has a little age on it given as this is a winter beer and it was tasted in June.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
2006 Vintage, Draft, Uber Tavern. Ruby color with a nice light tan head. Aroma is very malty, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey. Taste is floral with a brown sugar sweetness, with a light hoppy background.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2008
I have to say, probably the only way in hell youíd get me on one of those dog sleds is to send me off with a case of this. This barleywine is full of warmth, soft caramel flavors, plum and raisin, still a bit edgy with the hops and a touch hot, but heck, if you got stuck out on the frozen tundra you wouldnít have to worry about the quality of this beer declining any time soon. Built for those looong cold winter days they have in Alaska, isnít it like 3 years of darkness then 3 years of daylight or something ridiculously unenjoyable? Slightly darker then most barleywines, but this thing is great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9059) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Strong Floral aroma with some hops in the finish. Dark brown to black well carbonated filmy head. Sweet Grass flavor fallowed by a hearty rye bread finish. A little thin but well balanced and smooth.


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