Pours clear with minimal tan foam that is fleeting. Very spotty lacing.
Aroma is vintage malt scents. Dark fruits and cherry really bring a nice bouquet. Caramel and toffee bring lighter notes. Hop residue is on the background. Slight hints of alcohol.
Taste is smooth up front before the alcohol brings the heat in the finish, including through the nose. Caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Toffee builds to the finish until the alcohol puts a strangle hold on the buds.
Medium body with minimal to no carbonation. Only slightly dry.
Has the makings of a solid beer but the alcohol really beats this one up, including the senses. 3+ years on the bottle still didn't settle it out. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 21:18:13
Tasted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
$8.99 for 22 oz. bottle
One fine body…
Produced in limited edition vintages each year, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops and malt in Alaskan Barley Wine distinguish this big and award-winning beer.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy