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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
83 88 72 4 25 23
Barleywine by Alaskan Brewing Co.
American Barleywine
10.40 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 02/10/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2012
Deep and clear dark cherrywood with a lofty tan topping of creamy foam sitting about a finger high. It keeps its seat for great length and laces out lots of patchy sheeting patterns.

Aroma is plump of dark caramel malts and dark fruity accents, as it's quite soaked with dates, figs, and raisinyness. Hops add some dark orange marmalade and deeply set pineyness.

Taste is warm and malty with a solid smooth and gooey portion of dates, starfruit, figs, and some maple thrown in there. A touch of vanilla and some orangey piney hop tones way in the background. Lots of malty goodness seducing itslef in caramel and dark fruity stickyness.

Fairly chewy full body; smooth, warm, girthy, and lengthy with lots of cheek sticking malts and a nice little graxing touch of palate squeezing hoppyness.

Overall, this stuff is very solid, it has an enjoyable balance and hefty, warm, malt laden body that i tend to like more out of a Barley Wine. I really liked this stuff and will most definatley pick up more of it.

Price: $9.49 Served In: Goblet

Review by everetends on 01/03/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2008
2008 bottle sent to me by the one, the only, the Swabs. Glad to have a shot at this one since it has been on my wants for a long time. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours up a very dark brown body with a nice garnet colored hue. Held to the light, it really glows a beautiful garnet for sho. It is dark, but from what I can tell, it looks pretty clear. The pour got me about a finger of light brown sugar colored head. Retention is limited, and falls pretty quickly. Lace is spotty at best. Nice wispy top cap keeps things interesting throughout the experience.

S: Nice caramel malty presence dominates. Brown sugar and toffee. It has sweet notes but it is no way over the top. It is right where it needs to be. Some fruits kick in with some hoppiness. Light pine presence along with some citrus like hops notes. There is also some blatant fig coming out here. Really nice.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Getting a nice dose of malts. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Fruits are nice and pronounced as well. Orange, date and fig are the most pronounced. Cherry starts coming out a bit as it warms up along with some light tropical notes. Pine and a little bit of wood comes out as well. everything comes together nicely and tasty.

M: Full bodied with a lighter carbonation. This beer is big and has some really good stick to it. It is sweet but it doesn't come across cloying or overpowering on the palate. ABV is just enough. Warms throughout and sits with the heat in the tummy. Very nice. Aftertaste is some caramel and citrus hops.

OA: This beer really comes together awesomely. The flavors combine wonderfully. The nose is cohesive. Feel is spot on. It is just so damned easy drinking for a barleywine with this level of ABV and amount of flavors. Just damned good. I could absolutely drink multiple bottles of it. Damned good. Can I say damned good again? Damned good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2009
Got to keep warm in Alaska! Pours a crystal clear amber color with some coppery hues through out. A soft white head with a bit of fizz but ok. Decent retention and limited lacing. Both did not last through the tasting.

The nose is malty sweet with a more sugary backing. Some minor caramel but really has a sugary candy aroma. There are noticeable phenolic with some fruity notes. Apricots, pears and sugar plums. Some lighter Belgian notes, but could be off from the phenolics.

The taste is similar. Very sweet upfront and leaves a sugary finish. A sugary caramel almost like a caramel candy thing. Would like more depth, the malt is not very complex. Just like the nose, the phenols really come out. More of a tropical fruit mix, some grape, pineapples, pears and apricots are well present. Even fruity for Belgian standards. Other than that, the yeast is very clean. Some minor hop notes in the finish but hidden by the fruit.

The body is a bit light for a barleywine. Odd with the sugary over & undertones. Would like more complexity on this. It should age well, I hope, but fresh this is a bit disappointing. Would like less sugar/phenols and more of a malt presence.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 01/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2008
A - Pour gives a thick, dense head that is a little more than an inch tall and tan in color. It's like one mass it's bubbles are so small and tight together. Thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is a brilliant garnet hue when brought up to the light. It's a little bit hard to see through it's so dark, but it's clean.

S - Big aroma here. Tons of fruits playing about. Dates, raisins, cherries, and figs all come to mind. There is a distinct booziness in the aroma, but it plays nicely with everything else. Rich caramel and toffee.

T - Huge roasty caramel malt flavors right up front. This lingers on the tongue for a bit until some toffee comes and plays along with the caramel. A touch of chocolate? Fruitiness is there, but not nearly as prevelant as it is in the aroma. Cherries and raisins mostly. Some bitterness comes in and stays on the tongue all the way through into the aftertaste. Some alcohol comes on towards the end with just a slight burn to the nostrils.

M - Big and chewy, this is a big beer and it let's you know it. Carbonation is right on.

Overall - A great barleywine here. This one is sturdy enough that I could certainly see this one doing well in the cellar for at least 5 years. The new batch is coming out soon. Do yourself a favor and get some.

Served In: Tulip

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