Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
2007 vintage. (obviously) Proud to be the first to review this fantastic concoction out of a bottle! $8.99 bomber.
Pours a deep dark brown with the rubiest of ruby tint, clear. The head is nice but dissipates relatively fast. The nose is of dark fruit and subtle sweet malt with a great balance of hop. The taste reflects the nose. Sweet and malty up front with lots of sugar and dark fruit taste. Hops come through the middle clear yet subtle and not very bitter. Hops rise through the finish and start to bitter a bit. On the finish the hop bitterness covers the inside of the mouth and sweet sugars reside on the lips. This is a very balanced barleywine that deserves alot of respect. The mouthfeel is nice and quite thick and chewy. Syrupy almost, defenitely a desert beer. Drinkability is quite high IMO, as the balance is something to be marveled at. This along with the smoked porter are unquestionably (IMO) alaskan brewings best offerings. So glad I can finally put a case in the cellar!!! I wish i could travel forward in time about 4-5 years and taste one! Get it! get it now!
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2008 05:09:53 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Very interesting! Was expecting something totally different but was pleasantly surprised. I don't know if this follows strict barley wine guidelines but I thoroughly enjoyed. First taste was of the hops. Then everything else set in. Quite complex. I will look for this beer again. Found it on tap but would like to try in bottles..
Serving type: on-tap
02-05-2014 22:26:35 | More by Unphased
4.56/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I enjoyed this fine specimen of a beer at cellar temperature in my snifter.
This has a great, stunning, pure, deep, dark ruby color that matches the aurora illustrated on the label. The one-finger tan head dissipates to a nice frothy ring with a patch in the middle. Lovely.
It's aroma is a splendid mix of cherries, raisins, vanilla, caramel, and an accent of pine.
The taste is terrific and offers just what I like in an American barley wine: a harmonized balance of sweet caramel-like maltiness and bitter but juicy hoppiness. Some definite dark fruit flavors are there as well. The aftertaste has an awesome leathery, dank hoppiness to it.
As befits a barley wine, the feel is thick and substantial.
This is simply a superbly-brewed barley wine that's robust in all the right places.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 01:22:13 | More by Kuaff
Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.