Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a dark brown with a good sized dense tan head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving splatters of lacing everywhere.
S: Loads of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and some toffee too. Some nice floral aroma as well.
T: Again, loads of caramel throughout. Some bread and earth in the middle with a brief hit of alcohol. A tiny bit of nuttiness along with stronger toffee in the finish and aftertaste. Some hops are notable, I get some pine bitterness in the lingering aftertaste especially. Sometimes get a brief hint of dark fruits in the middle as well, might just be the spicy alcohol esters.
M: Fairly heavy but smooth and clean.
O: Definitely a fresh american barleywine. Fairly notable hop taste and bitterness as well as some booze in the nose and in the middle of the taste. It's quite good, lots of complexity with a good balance of flavors to boot. I enjoyed it a lot. I think with a few years on it it could be even better.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2012 02:39:13 | More by Dope
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 483 ratings.