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RATINGS: 502   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAXSON (530) - 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 (3394) - 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 (1767) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2555) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
22oz bottle, Vintage 2007. Thanks KP. Medium brown color. Sweet aroma, hints of well balanced Winter Warmer. Hints of new tires. Flavor is sweet. Bitterness in the finish but still flows with residual sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
2007. Courtesy of kmweaver. Clear dark amber with a small tan head, fades to a cover. Sweet and fruity nose with caramel, toffee, dark fruits, some golden fruits and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with toffee, berry, prunes, light pine and citrus. Full body is soft and sticky with light carbonation. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle from bockyhorsey. The pour was a deep reddish brown color, small off-colored head. The aroma was fruity dark raisins and brown sugar, caramel, no hops. The flavor followed the aroma, fruity, metallic, raisins, brown sugar, tobacco, in need of some hops to make it outstanding, but within an English-style BWine, decent. Thanks, Bill, a fun one!


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