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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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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 127
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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4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Alaskan Amber was the beer that introduced me to craft beer back in the early 90's. Over the years, I have moved on and very rarely will drink the beer that helped me make the jump. I did try their smoked porter several years ago, but for the most part I didn't drink very much Alaskan beer in recent years.

The other day, I stopped in at Uber in Seattle, and they had this on tap so I decided to give it a try. It pours a dark brown with a good head with reasonable retention considering this is a very big beer. As far as the smell and taste go, it is a sweet beer, and shows it, but it isn't cloying.

This is a really impressive beer. I've recently seen that it is available in bottles, so I'll be enjoying this one at home.

Svejk, Jan 17, 2008
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4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle, room temperature.

A deep ruby red, dusk over the ocean and long lost jewelry, this beer glows under its white head. Aroma pops with caramel, hints of banana and dried fruits, dark burnt sugars and earthy malts. Fuck, this smell is perfect. I am enamored, and then I taste. Sweet and thick, no hops to speak of, just a warming swell of grains and melanoidin sugars. Hints of yeast, earth, banana, smoke and plums all greet the tongue, the beer just rolls.

Carbonation is perfect, bouncing the robust liquid across the mouth. It is a big beer, and thats the only hinderance to this nearly perfect score. I am in love, and this beer is the one who earned it.

Alaskan- I regret ever making fun of you. Three cheers.

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4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red, purple highlights, big head, good lacing. Basically perfect looking.

Smell: Very nice dark fruits, more caramel in later sniffs.

Taste: Dark fruit, rich darker caramel, hint of citrus. Very balanced and very tasty. Awesome.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Feels great, no alcohol burn, extremely tasty.

Wow, this beer is off-the-charts good in my book. I usually like to age barleywines but this one would not last in my fridge. Just excellent look and taste. Highly recommended!

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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.

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4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stumbled upon a 2008 bottle in my local bottle shop.

Pours a nice coppery color with lots of floaters. This smells extremely malty, and sweet like burnt sugar.

Wow this is such a phenomenal barley wine. I am getting such a balanced brown sugary taste, nice malts with a smooth finish, some caramel notes, and a delicious lingering sweetness. When I open a barley wine, this is what I want it to taste like...what a gem!

ropatch24, Sep 03, 2011
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Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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