Monday, May 16, 2011

Alaskan Barley Wine

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Barley Wine in California and shipped it home to myself to review. The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin frothy tan head. The aroma is strong and consists of raisin, fig, lots of molasses, malts, and caramel. The taste is smooth at first before a strong sweet bite on the sides of the mouth. There are flavors of raisin, molasses, fig, sweet malts, tea, and caramel. There is a dry, weedy hop flavor that comes out on the finish. The after taste leaves some tea and caramel on the tongue. The alcohol content is 10.7% ABV. This is up there with one of the better Barley Wines I have had, save for Flying Mouflan. It’s not quite as hoppy as Flying Mouflan, but it is still well balanced and nicely spiced.

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