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

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

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BA SCORE
92
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525 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 124
Gots: 150 | FT: 10
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: John_M on 03-18-2007)
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed mid afternoon on tap at Humpy's, Summer 2008, in Anchorage, AK.

Key differences to bomber version is that the draught has a creamier body, with flavors that flow together more "seamlessly". Finish is less tart & less alcohol is perceived.

Pours deep brown with suggestion of amber, tan head that is thick & luscious. Retains well.

Aromatics are pleasant with fresh bread dough, clean malt, walnuts, vanilla icing, & melted caramel.

Palate starts off with gentle, sweet malt, seeping through a creamy body/mouthfeel. Raisins and dark fruits are present, followed by lighter citrus tartness as it leads to the warm alcohol finish. Cherry cough drops come to mind, in a very good way. Alcohol is modest for this example of the style.

One of the best barleywines I have sampled.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 06:39:17 | More by yemenmocha
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Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.