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Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series)Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

496 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%


Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alaskan Barley Wine is a full bodied ale, deep mahogany in color and brewed with an array of complementing malts to achieve its high original gravity. Multiple hop additions in the boil and dry hopping during fermentation provide contrast to the big malt character resulting in the smooth balance that distinguishes this specialty brew. Like many fine wines, Alaskan Barley Wine may be aged in the bottle and gains deeper malt complexity and smoothness over time.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 03-18-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by TastyTaste:
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of 2010 vintage sampled well into 2011.
This seems to walk the line between an English and an American barley wine. The color and syrupy, rich malt nature of this beer seems English; the high hops presence seem like they are set on this side of the pond, although this beer is from the edge of the next pond. Dark brown and maroon body, good head fades to nothing. This really seems like a hybrid of two substyles. A well made beer doing its own thing. What can I say? It's a very nice beer, not the best of the best, but a worthy souvenir to bring back from the great white north.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 03:08:22 | More by TastyTaste
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A: poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany with some red hues and a finger and a half of dense light tan head that fades to a small pool that leaves some lacing
S: smells of caramel, toffee, and whispers of hops with a slight floral, pine and citrus aroma
T: taste is caramel, toffee, faded citrus and pine from the hops, a bit floral but a lot of sweetness from the malts. swallow is lingering sweetness with caramel, slight chocolate and some citrusy hop flavors.
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I have always liked this barleywine. One that is great fresh or with some age. A big malty character with enough hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nothing is out of balance, which is a downfall of many American versions. As always, highly recommended.

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Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.