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RATINGS: 511   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.


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11784) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - 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 it’s balanced by a huge resiny and minty hop presence. A balanced giant- yet lacking subtlety. Perhaps age will do this well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2451) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3561) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1951) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1667) - , 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2612) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2011
22 ounce bottle thanks to Mike. Hot alcohol notes dominate, dark stone fruits, malty, caramel, fruity oxidized flavor. A good barley wine, a touch hot for me.


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