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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Dark amber red color with a beige head. The head receded to a ring leaving a little bit of lacing. Very malty and sweet aromas, not a typical American hopped up version. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, caramel, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops. Sweet caramel flavors, with some citrus hops, brown sugar, figs, and biscuit. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Thanks going to goryshkewych and BeerLando who both sent a bomber my way. Vintage 2007. Mostly clear ruby/mahogany color with a smallish head. Looks opaque until you hold the glass up to a backlight. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and raisins with some earthy hops. Heavy and sweet; like a raisin pie.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12571) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
22-oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, bread, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dates, alcohol, and cola. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; ends with a spicy alcohol bite.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3555) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Deep opaque purple almost black. Big port wine and plum flavors with a full bodied and sweet finish. Finally got a chance to try this one and am really glad I did. This is one of the smoothest, most well rounded and balanced bw I think Ive ever had. Complexity was a little lacking but as far as straight bws go, this one was it. Anybody want to send me anymore?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. Aroma is aged malts, caramel, crystal malts, and prune. Flavor is malty, prune, caramel, some hops, and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle. Winner of 07 BW festival, had to try. Pour red brown. Flavor is dark fruit, plum rasin but in low quantily, flavor is dominated by bittering hops. Makes me wonder if Arctic devil was entered.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
Thank you After4ever/Tom for this one! Its a vintage 2007. The color is mahogany red and the head is huge, nice and creamy. The aroma has sweetness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, hops and light citrus. The flavour has sweetness, citrus hops, oranges, raisin, dark fruit, burnt sugar and the finish has light citrus. Its nice, but there are even better ones out there...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12314) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 0722oz bottle @Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a dissipating off white head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet dark fruit-plum/dark cherry. Taste is sweet dark fruit-plum/dark cherry, bitter, alcohol. Occasional. Thanks for sharing Beerlando. 3.0 090623-Alaskan 08 BW @Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks markwise22oz bottlepours a light tan ring for a head and dark copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-sweet, hops. Taste is medium/dark malt-sweet, hops-bite, alcohol. 3.6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared with kleyland. Pours a dark leather color. Thin, off-white head. Aroma of piney hops and dark fruit. Toffee notes in the flavor, along with plums warming alcohol, and caramel malt. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
french toast aroma, like multigrain bread and sticky sweet condensed maple syrup. sweet velvet, warm and happy. viscous sweetness yields to cherry wood with floral herbal notes.


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