Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdklks:
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A- Dark amber body with a perfectly colored tan head to compliment it. leaves its tracks with a thick lacing down the glass. this one is pretty.
S- smell is malt dominated, but there is a hint of hoppiness. also a brown sugar sweetness and apples.
T- WOW! punch in the mouth overwhelming. not sure what to think of it yet, give me a second... it is very sweet, seemingly sugary, which i am not usually a fan of. however, the malt flavors balance out the sweetness up front. the aftertaste is reminiscent of apricots, and still very sweet. i usually dont like overly sweet beers, but this one manages to pull it off quite well. this beer is very, very, inexplicably complex. i desperately want to give it a five, but i cant quite figure it out, so it gets a 4.5 for now. very good.
M- there are few adjectives to decribe just how smooth this beer is on the palate. perfectly carbonated for the fullness of its body.
D- this is my first one, so i am not entirely sure how it drinks all the way through. suffice it to say that i will stick to one bomber of this in a night, considering both abv and the $8 price tag. edit: just finished and the drinkability gets a .5 boost, all i want is more of this, there is really no other beer on my mind right now.
overall, an excellent and recommended barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2009 04:48:21 | More by jdklks
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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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