Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tobelerone:
4.23/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice English barleywine, maybe not the top of the heap in terms of complexity, but still quite enjoyable. Lightly hazed burnt orange color, modest cream colored head that settles slowly to a thin band on top and leaves decent lacing. Straightforward aroma of honey, caramel, toffee, faint booze, dark fruits, toasted bread.
Flavor follows nose; sweet but not cloying; honey and toffee, caramel, big bready malt character that’s highly satisfying; distant traces of faded citrus hops lending the slightest bitterness; light fruity notes, mellow but present alcohol. Medium-full body, medium carbonation, nicely smooth and somewhat sticky feel. Made for an excellent night-cap on a cold and rainy winter’s evening.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2012 02:58:56 | More by tobelerone
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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.
92 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.