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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (798) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bomber. Brownish amber colored with a half-inch of tan foam. Mostly dark fruits, caramel malt and brown sugar in the aroma. Flavor is predominately caramel, dates and malt at the start along with some prune, molasses, raisin and resiny hops bitterness. Also a noticeable bourbon-like alcohol presence in the background. The body is thick and syrupy with naturally soft carbonation and more dark sugars and booze in the finish. Lots of complex flavors to chew on even if it is a bit rough around the edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
pours a clear mahogany with a small light tan-yellowish head, and good lacing. smell is of malt, hops, fruit, and some caramel. taste is a little oily, malt, a little sweeter than most, fruit, and some caramel. ends a little tart and somewhat sweet on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dirty caramel, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet caramel malt nose, a bit bready, little hop character.   Soft hops up front, a bit malty, slight biscuit, but also a little astringent.   Has a little metallic tinge to it.   Seems malty up front, but falls off a bit towards the back.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Somewhat of a salty caramel and bready finish.   A little rough, and not as sweet as it should be.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Hides the 12% well, but still remains warming.   Finishes very bready, some caramel, a bit rich, but also this medicinal/perfume like presense.   Finish is a little rough, otherwise okay.   However, needs to be sweeter, perhaps less alcohol, and with a bit more hop bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3791) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle: Poured a reddish to mahogany color with a think off white colored head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Taste is a bit chewy with loads of malts, some metallic hops, fine chocolate, and dark fruit. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2831) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
at GABBF 2012. Ok aroma, sweet. dried fruit, fig/date, tobacco, little citrus, on the grapefruit side. Clean oange brown color, small head, no lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Meh, not grabbing me, felt aroma clashed, flavor was dull, just my two cents

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14468) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Hazy amber color, thick tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of toasted. Aramel. Taste is boozy butterscotch. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
2011 Great Alaska Beer And Barleywine fest. Murky dark caramel color/ tan head. Spicy pit fruit, toasted caramel aromas. medium bodied. Spicy caramel, earthy molasses, pit fruit flavors. nice alcohol twang to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Growler from the brewery. Deep dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma is dark caramel, dried cherries and some biscuits. Flavor is mostly sweet and malty... caramel, bread and burnt sugar, there is some hop bitterness in there too as well as a warming alcohol presence. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a thick syrupy mouth feel that coats the mouth. Nice barley wine, kind of in between an English and American style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival. Pours clear amber with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma is mild with hints of molasses, dark fruitiness and a background of malts. The taste is rich and delicious with a pulse of both deep dried dark fruitiness and sweet smooth molasses. It remains that way into the finish allowing for independent cherry, plum and sugar stewed raisins to be identified. It approaches being peppery but never actually gets there. Maybe a year or so will improve it from very nice to stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
24-Jan-08 (Draft and growler: Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop in Nikiski, AK) Somehow I missed this at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival, and that’s too bad, because it would have put most of the other barley wines to shame. This is incredibly delicious stuff, and that it didn’t take a medal is disappointing. Exceptionally rich, fruity and malty, it’s intensely caramely, very toasty, and very sweet with some vanilla too, but all this is subtly balanced by moderately bitter hops in the finish. The hops seem to be somewhat piney and the bitterness certainly picks up steam in the finish and stays with you for a long time. This works very well because you’re hit with the delicous malts early, but the hoppy flavor and bitterness slide in and keep the beer from becoming cloying on the palate. Full-bodied, smooth, and fairly syrupy with light, soft carbonation. Rich, sweet-smelling, earthy, and caramely malts in the nose, along with prominent fruitiness and some coconut. Medium-dark ruddy-brown in color and clear enough that I can actually see through the beer and see the logo on the other side of the glass. Tall, foamy, off-white head gradually settles to a filmy layer and wide ring. Just a fantastic barley wine. It is so good, I only gave my buddy one pint and I’m finishing the rest of the growler myself!

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