DarkElf (3013) - 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!
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
CampesinoTino (712) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber color, thick tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of toasted. Aramel. Taste is boozy butterscotch. Nice.
SHIG (3402) - 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.
Iphonephan (2575) - 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.
jsquire (3293) - 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 ’08 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.
AmEricanbrew (5512) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.