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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Thanks to skyview for this. dMassive hops on the nose of this cloudy brown beer. Sweet carmel malt flavor with plenty of hops. A little warm right now so could use some time in a cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2008
2007. Pours a very thin, transparent hue of chocolate brown, glinted red, topped with a resilient, tightly packed head of slightly brown cream. Reserved aroma offers a dual structure of orange marmalade and baked butter cookies; malt forward, while hops are vibrant and punchy in pine-laden accentuating quality. Sugary, dried pit fruits, golden tropical fruits, brown sugar, caramel; many layers of sweetness land quite thickly but with a uniform, bonded complexity. Definitely more a polished malty example thatís very youthful, but it really intimates a hop-forward example with a couple years on it. Pristine, clean malt flavor with a dry, sprucy hop oiliness beneath; burnt toffee, tannic fruit, baked rum cookies, dried fruit. Obviously young now. Lots of gin and zest character powering through in the mid palate with a sterilizing two punch of alcohol and hops. Raisin, savory brown sugar, honey, and plum lend a lot of depth to the sweetness and itís never uninteresting, but it consistently seems stripped down for yeast presence or for any kind of rustic, spontaneous authenticity. Full body is glassy, and sugary; barely carbonated, showing molten spirit texture throughout. Filtration seems to dumb it down significantly, and itís hard to project what benefit aging would produce. Finishes sticky and sweet with pine resin and dry fruity heat, and some raw alcohol flavor. While a bit synethic, the quality is there. Thanks Andre!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
The heaviness and lack of carbonation here is a little bit of a killer. Quite heavy body, with extreme amounts of caramel and sugar, almost tropical fruitiness, with waves of piney (and other) hops. Aroma is pretty hoppy (pine and grapefruit). Alcohol is 2.9% less (!) than the Pelican I had last night but this is way more boozy, strangely. Good, nbut not like the beer last night! Thanks to Jon for the bottle...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
Thank you After4ever/Tom for this one! Itís a vintage 2007. The color is mahogany red and the head is huge, nice and creamy. The aroma has sweetness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, hops and light citrus. The flavour has sweetness, citrus hops, oranges, raisin, dark fruit, burnt sugar and the finish has light citrus. Itís nice, but there are even better ones out there...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
22-oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, bread, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dates, alcohol, and cola. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; ends with a spicy alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber in color with a thin beige head. Floral malt aroma with lots of sweetness. Malty flavor with some hop balance and more sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
I sampled this at the RBSG 2009 grand tasting. Thanks to whomever brought it. Hoppy, malty, with a nice feel, this was a tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12921) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
Red brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is fruity with lots of vineous alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavour with caramel malt. I found it rather simple, although well brewed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle: Deep copper pour with good clarity and a strong tan film of head. Sweet yet cohesive aroma. Sherry, caramelized brown sugar, spicy hop notes giving off a spearmint character. Slick body with a similar flavor. Thick yet not cloying with a huge crystal malt body, evident residual caramelized sugars yet itís balanced by a huge resiny and minty hop presence. A balanced giant- yet lacking subtlety. Perhaps age will do this well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2008 release, draught at the Toronado Barley Wine Festival 2010. Brown with a small head. malty brown sugar aroma with some dark bread and light fruity touch. Sweet and malty flavor with brown sugar and caramel. Modest on the hops with just enough to get some balance in there, but still leaning more-so towards the malt end. Full bodied but not too thick wit lower carbonation. Pleasing malt character all around, but not a terribly interesting beer.

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