jgb9348 (5322) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown coloured body, very cloudy, with a bright ruby glow when held up to the light and a thinnish, single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, toffee, nuts, caramel, alcohol and bunches and loads of pit fruits. Medium to Full-bodied; Very strong alcohol and metallic burn up front with a more sedate chocolate, raisin, fig, earth, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light hops in the flavour. Aftertaste is quite complex with the alcohol burn and malt by far the strongest flavours. But, some vanilla and especially the sweetness from the pit fruits starts to overlap on the burn, but the palate and flavour are less than ideal, especially with my aging of the bottle. Overall, a decent barley wine at best; Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much, but even after the aging of the bottle and getting it from a nice brewery way up North, this didnít turn out the way I had hoped. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2013 for US$14,50 sampled at home in Washington as it starts to get slightly chilly here on 06-December-2015.
Date on Bottle: 19-February-2013 // Purchased Date: 04-October-2013 // Sampled Date: 06-December-2015, Listed on Bottle at 2013 Vintage at 13,0% ABV
Iphonephan (5283) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear brownish amber with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and some tropical fruit. Medium to heavy bodied and moderate carbonation. Hides the alcohol well. Smooth and well balanced.
maxwelldeux (4270) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose has some toasting and caramel notes to it, though it seems to smell a bit stale. Taste is toasty up front with a slightly sweet finish to it. Very meh to me.
SHIG (4210) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jsquire (3981) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the í08 GABBF. Dense brown orange color with a foamy beige head. Not much in the nose but a light caramel sweetness. Lots of melted caramel sweetness in this beer with hoppy pine resin and noticable alcohol. It tastes every bit of the claimed 10.2% ABV. Big hoppy barley wine.
jbruner (3547) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to trade with AKandy! Pours a cloudy golden brown from the bomber with bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big sweet caramel malt and earthy notes. Taste follows, bit more towards the malt, big boozy notes. Really nice for the style, well done.
SpringsLicker (3320) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a muddy dark brown with a very generous head for a barleywine.
Sweet nutty caramel aroma.
The flavor is sweet with little hop flavor. Pretty simple Barleywine.
Hides itís alcohol well.
Bulk_Carrier (3166) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz-er poured into a snifter. Bottling date: "02192013," little old, but hey I found this in Skagway and not Juneau.
The appearance was a dark brown/black color with a semi-thick two finger white to off white head. That damn head must last at least for a good 3 minutes before it dissipated and once it did, the lacing was adequately lacing the glass really nicely.
The smell had a super rich sweet candied sugared fruits over top of some sweet raisin bread.
The taste has a very nice, sweet fruit, candi sugar-ed toastiness.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with more of a sipper aspect to it, but thatís okay since this is a Barleywine. The carbonation was there but subdued a bit and the way this came across my tongue had a decent sharpness but also allowed a nice sweet dark fruitiness to run over it.
Overall, good barleywine, its nice to see it held up since the date it was manufactured - not sure why this one canít come to Juneau and I had to go to Skagway to find it, still if it held up to this long and came across with these marks - Kassikís must be doing something right, way to go boys!
OldGrowth (3058) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!