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RATINGS: 521   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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3.6
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2-3-08 bottle
Pours a thick reddish brown with no head at all but rather a silky thin film that just lays on top. Smells grassy sweet and a bit hoppy too. The nice barley flavor is there with some nice undertones of hops - well done. Really present sweetness in the flavor that is a nice balance to the hops and alcohol.

3.6
kp (10880) - 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

3.6
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2008
bottle thanks to holdenn for sharing at P4...... pours a dark caramel brown with a thin film of light brown head.... aroma of dark fruit and lots of caramel malt.... it tended to be a little hot and had a heavy emphasis on the caramel malt. it finished a little bit on the bitter side....this one could use a little age to make it better.

3.6
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of 5000. Thanks, André! Pours a dark reddish-brown color; creamy khaki head with fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of oily dried fruits, caramel, and candy sugar in the aroma; viscous and generous; slightest hint of alcohol poking through. Full mouthfeel: following the aroma, there’s just tons of viscous dried fruits, boozy leather and fruit leather, toffee and caramel; lots of generous fruitiness and a complex maltiness; just a bit too sweet at this point; it would likely benefit and excel after a few years of age; warming and a touch over the top right now; but tasty. Lengthy finish, showing more dried red fruits, leather, and some breadiness in the finish.

3.6
KieferUGA (462) - 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.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12559) - 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

3.6
Sammy (13013) - 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.

3.6
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Deep amber hue with thin ring of off-white head. Nose is light fruits, rich malts, alcohol, light grass tones. Flavor is rich bready malts, apples and light fruits, moderate hop bitterness and light grassy hop flavors, finishes sweet. Full-bodied, thick texture, ample carbonation, modest alcohol warmth. A balanced and flavorful English b-wine, malty and fruity with subtle hope.

3.6
drjay44 (3893) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2009
22oz. bottle. Year 2008. Pours a tight tan head, over a clear dark amber body, with attractive lacing....nose of sweet malts with bread, yeasts....taste is initially heavy malt sweetness gradually balanced by a lingering hop bitterness, with tones of pine and grapefruit, alcohol is definately present....mouthfeel is rich and chewy. I think this needs to age to get to best form.

3.6
jgb9348 (6590) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
2008 Bottle:
Deep amber coloured body with brown highlights and a lightish tan head - very small though. Very bright aroma of vanilla, malt, oak, alcohol and a nice pit fruit scent. Full-bodied; Strong assertive taste of malt, yeast, raisins, pit fruits and a lot of alcohol - very nice. Potent aftertaste of nuts, raisins, caramel, brown sugar and a good bit of oak. Overall, a nice barley wine - not as complex as I’ve seend, but definitely a good one to try! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 25-April-2009, sampled at home in the ’real’ Washington (DC) on 23-May-2009.


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