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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Ratebeer rating #3,900. 22oz bottle, 2007 Vintage. Poured a deep and muddy mahogany color wtih an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of pine, citrus rinds, caramel, dark fruits, and a little earthy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, wood, toffee, and citrus. Sticky. Has a nice balance. Light to medium alcohol in the finish. Im glad I have a few bottles to test out through the next few years!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
650ml bottle. 2011 Vintage. It pours a deep mahogany with reddish/purple notes. The head is fluffy and off white and takes a while to recede. The smell is great. You can tell it is an assertively hopped northwestern-style barleywine. The hops have a definite citrusy vibe and seamlessly blend into the sugary scented malt bill. There is also a hint of banana which is odd but it works. The flavor is big on the sweetness. It also seems yeastier than the average barleywine. Nice alcoholic punch but not too much, slight bitterness which is sad after smelling the aroma but it still is a nice barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11613) - Sborg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2011
bottled. Dark amber with a reddish gleam. Unclear. dense light brown head. aroma of sweetness, herbs, ripe fruits, light caramel. flavour of caramel, sweetness, ripe fruits, spice, herbs and flowers. medium to full bodied. dry and sweet light bitter end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours dark with nice bubbly head. Great for a young barleywine, with citrus and lots of barley in the aroma, and in the taste. Above-average mouthfeel. Good satisfying aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10920) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Nice deep brown pour, tan head. Good sweet malts up front, raisins, booze, toffee. Flavor is lightly sweet, toffee, golden raisins and some good resinous hops. Good stuff. This one was at least 2 years old.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Name: Barley Wine
Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with lots of fruity character
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of dark caramel sweetness, light earthy hops keep it balanced, lasting bitterness along with the fruity sweetness
Overall: will age really well

Name: Barley Wine
Date: September 06, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007
earthyness is fading a bit to allow the rich fruit to bloom

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

Name: Barley Wine
Date: May 05, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, brown sugar sweetness, lots of earthyness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthy bitterness, touch of hot caramel, light fruityness
Overall: still needs a couple of years

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10767) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"had Alaskan and Avery Hog Heaven side by side. Neither was a letdown, even though they were opposite ends of the spectrum. Both poured a deep ruby/amber. Alaskan was a touch darker, and both had great frothy head with a vigorous pour, awesome retention. Averys aroma was definitely hop-heavy, but balanced just enough and was freakin incredible. took a giant inhale before every sip. Ditto for the Alaskan, but this one was all malty sweetness, and a touch of hops. At first, in the aroma and taste, it begged for more time in the cellar, but by the time I got to the end, I just wanted to keep breathing it in. The aromas were the high point for both beers, but the flavor was enjoyable as well...Avery similar to Bigfoot, but better balanced, and Alaskan like a slightly sweeter/less hoppy Old Stock. Alaskan won the battle of the body as it was thick and full, Avery was weaker (9.4) & thinner, but incredibly drinkable for a barleywine. Those who are not hop heads may not like it as much, but while both were great examples of American & English Barleywines respectively, Ill give a tiny nod to Avery in the head to head, but imagine Alaskan would win in a year as it seemed like the type of beer that would age incredibly well. Fun, fun, fun!"

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10761) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle... VBWT2008... Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits and chocolate malt intertwine nicely with a vinous depth, complexity and fragility resembling pinot noir. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Bitter-sweet caramel and chocolate stand alongside blended red wines. Medium sweet, moderately bitter, caramelly finish. Thanks go out to Beerlando for sharing this excellent beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10708) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2009 bottle. Pours a cloudy deep brown with a slight amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of grain and bread with a bit of caramel, toffee and booze underlying. Flavor has lots of toffee and sweet grains with a bit of bread and underlying caramel and a touch of booze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2008 vintage. Dark red appearance with a fluffy, light brown head. Potent caramel malty, sweet, fruity, fairly earthy hoppy, light woody nose. Potent sweet, somewhat fruity, woody, toffee, earthy hoppy flavor. Incredibly smooth, flavorful brew. Spectacular!


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