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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.

   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 it’s 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 (3534) - 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 (1931) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1616) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
(tap) hazy dark brown colour with small tan head; light aromas of pine, fruit; balanced flavour, bit chemical, creamy palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Ruddy orange-red-brown body, thin clumping beige head. Deep, robust caramely nose with notes of brown sugar, prune, and alcohol, warming, rich and prickly. Caramely body with prune and raisin in addition to dusty, earthy, faded hops and hints of alcohol, a tad oxidized but not terribly so. Overall, it’s a pretty good rendition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2012
(bottle) Pours a dark reddish-brown with a yellowish tan head and some sparse lacing. Aroma of booze-soaked raisins, caramels, strawberry jam, fruit roll-up, and bread dough. Flavor is of booze-soaked prunes, candied orange zest, caramels, and some assam tea. Little bit of peanut brittle creeps in with some warming along with lemon iced tea. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is still, and the booze comes crashing in quite strongly. Overall this is just ok as the alcohol is too much, but I could see it improving with some age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
2004 Vintage - A very pretty garnet color, with a light hoppy soapy aroma, floral and non descript, very light on the palate, floral and fragrant, sweet and husky with a somewhat lighter malt backbone, lots of rich brown sugar and bittersweet fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours rich maroon with a slight hazed look and a thin beige head. Smell is very fresh with dark malty sweetness comin in along with balancing hops in the form of grassy and vegetal notes, almost. Taste is moderately sweet but not syrupy at all, and balanced by the grassy hop flavor and a touch of alcohol. Something in this beer seemed a bit odd to me, and once I got "vegetal" in my mind, I couldn’t shake that and enjoy it as much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4595) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2007 Vintage. Thanks to Skyview for the share. Dark red color with no head. Aroma is slightly orangy. Sweet malt is the prevailing taste, but very vegetal and grassy overall. A little hoppiness. Might benefit from a year or two.

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