Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Deep amber with burgundy notes. Small white head.
Smell - Grapefruit hop. Toffee with a touch of oxidation. Weird for such a young barleywine.
Taste - Less intense on the hops. Much more intense caramel with accompanying sweetness. Light raisin fruitiness. Hardly bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Sweet, but the hops balance it.
Overall - Very nice if unspectacular. Nice flavors that would probably get better with age.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 02:59:47 | More by Alieniloquium
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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.
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