Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bighuge:
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Beautiful shade of burgandy. Tight cap of beige foam. Lacing is more than adequate for a 10+% beer.
Aroma: Chocolate covered cherries, fresh spearmint like hop aromas and deep maltiness.
Flavor: I notice the heat at first, but it dissipates rather quickly and doesn't get in the way of other flavor attributes. Nice rich caramel maltiness lays the foundation. Subtle layers of chocolate and pine and nougat add depth.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Even with the slight heat that is present, this stuff is incredibly drinkable. The smooth enjoyable flavor and rich texture make it so.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2009 03:30:09 | More by Bighuge
More User Reviews:
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 484 ratings.