jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 07–22oz 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 markwise–22oz bottle–pours 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 Sammy (12205) - 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. Pinball (12154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
clear amber , small white head.
dusty dry hoppy aroma, very slightly cellary.
flavor is very nicely sweet, wood, malts, syrup. nice sweet dry barley wine. slowrunner77 (12044) - 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. Avery’s 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, I’ll 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!" j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle of the 2008 at Peter’s tasting thanks to Mike. Pours a just clear ruby hued brown with remnants of a beige head. Plum and prune, old malt, and a hint of nail polish remover. Citrus, malt, prune and plum. Finishes with some light caramel.
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, 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. deyholla (11605) - 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. hopscotch (11101) - 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! daknole (11049) - 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. faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 1, 2011
Flöska. Clear deep red-brown colour. Dark malts and caramel with dark fruits and alc. in the aroma, sweet. Good filling mouthfeel. Sweet dark malty and caramel dark fruity flavour, good bitter hoppiness. Sweet dark malty and dark fruity finish. Quite sweet a BW.