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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5691) - 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 (11893) - 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 (3030) - 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 its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2010
2009 bottle, pours a clear, dark red with a soapy tan head. Nose is pretty sugary, with nice rich malt, cake, and dark fruit elements. Maybe the tiniest bit of leather. A bit thin in the mouth, bitterness is a tad high. Some nice rich flavors coming through, but its quite young. This one is probably best aged at least 1-2 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
2008 Bottle. Poured dark copper and clear with a minimal off-white head and not much lacing. The aroma was alcohol, caramel, pine and citrus. The flavor was toffee and citrus with a bit of unchecked alcohol and some remaining hops. Medium in body and almost oily. Tasted like a fairly standard example of a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3594) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
Deep brown, small beige head. Nose of alcohol, molasses. More of same in palate,big bodied, medium alcohol heat, but seems well blended

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1993) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bomber into snifter. 2009 vintage. Pours a mostly clear pretty reddish-orange hue with just a slight haze. Has a medium beige head that recedes fairly quick, leaving a collar of foam and some big bubbles floating on the surface. Aroma is pungent, mossy, citrusy, spicy...very big and in your face. Caramel, plum, baked apples and raisin scents come out as it warms. Taste is sweet with a bittersweet finish. Fruity, alcoholic, and malty. Carbonation is medium-high, body is very full. A complex, big beer that I admire more than I enjoy.

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