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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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524 Ratings

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
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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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009: Pours a really cool dark red/mahogany color. Not much of a head. It does keep a white crown throughout.

Aroma isn't as strong as most barleywines. That's fine with me. What I do pick up are lots of dark fruit. Some caramel sweetness.

Taste has a great mix a dark cherris and plum. Hops lend a hand to keep the sweet maltiness from taking over. Dry finish. Really opens up as it warms. Don't notice the alcohol until I was half way through the bottle.

Quite drinkable for the style. Not to heavy or syrupy. Pleasant mouthfeel.

One of my favorite barleywines. Even with a little age it doesn't become to sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:52:11 | More by chicano4craft
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with awesome dog-sledding aurora borealis label on it. 2009 edition.

Clean ruby-tinged maple syrup amber body. Small, crackly, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Rich nose of caramel, toffee, rummy fruits, and even a little spruce. Nice balance.

Toasted caramel and cookie malt up front. Slight herbal hop bitterness shows itself early too. Nice mix of toffee, pears, and honey make for a sweetish mid-palate. A touch of earthy tobacco, toasted marshmallow, and rummy fruits escort moderate peppery hop bitterness into the warming finish. Medium-full body with a somewhat creamy feel. Deceptively strong; goes down a little too easily! Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:50:16 | More by alexgash
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a dark ruby red with a tan head that dissipated quickly to a crown with some, though minimal, lacing. Smell was very malty with a good range of malts, primarily caramel malts with a definite alcohol presence. Taste is very similar with the alcohol playing a good presence. Good feel, smooth, with light carbonation and a nice alcohol warming. Overall a great barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 02:38:44 | More by jacobseyb
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pour served in a tulip

A - Dark amber, little head, good lacing

S - Floral hops, grass, caramel, a touch of citrus

T - Caramel, powdered sugar, & honey --> more malts and some hope bitterness --> finishes with floral (& slightly citrusy) hops.

M - Medium to heavy, not overly syrupy, but slightly so, & a little hot.

D - A sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:36:23 | More by klikger
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle of the '07 vintage shared at a tasting; poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Slightly hazy ruby body with a thin but persistent tan head. Pretty nice, especially for the age and ABV.

S: Big, toasty (almost roasty) caramel malt. Lots of fruit, toffee, butterscotch, and some bitterness. Smells old, oxidized, and good.

T: Tons of malt complexity (heavier on the toast than the fruit), as well as some smokiness. Plenty of booze on the finish, but not an inordinate amount. Tasty.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, with light carbonation. A little less substantial than I'd have liked, but not at all unpleasant.

D: Not the best, but not the worst. I wouldn't mind a full bottle, but I'd want to split it, for sure.

Notes: This was a thoroughly enjoyable, but rather unspectacular barleywine. It smelled older and more interesting than I expected for an 07, but the taste didn't quite match the promise of the aroma - still lots of booze and bitterness. Great beer, though, and big thanks to Chris for bringing this one.


Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 22:09:13 | More by woosterbill
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my snifter.

Maroon body, dark but very clear with carnelian highlights. A light buff slick floats across the surface ringed by a persistent collar. Thin slow moving waves of lacing is carried down by viscous legs.

Plums, dates, and beets in the nose vie for your attention with a wave of deep malt and faintly grassy hops. Alcohol contributes an estery spirit element as well.

Leather, mild coffee and cocoa nibs...giving way to an earthy and faintly spicy moderate bitterness from hops. Malt is solid throughout, though not especially layered or complex. Dry, woody (suggesting barrel aging?) finish with a residual yet concentrated fruitiness.

Medium-bodied, low carbonation, perhaps a little thin. Warming, though not too hot.

Well balanced - the malt/hop balance has a NW bent to it which is a nice touch. Subtley unique and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 22:16:21 | More by augustgarage
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying a new comment style...Let me know if you prefer these or my more "formal" versions, please!!

Goodness gracious - Great Freaking Balls o' Fire or whatever!!!

You know, for every Alaskan brew I dislike, there's one that kicks total ass. Another of the "Pilot Series" (along with the Baltic Porter), this is a huge, malty, bourbon-y, yummy ale with 10.4% ABV, and the alcohol isn't even apparent ('til ya've had a few, that is)...Smooth and robust and just freaking awesome, but pricey at $7.99/bomber. Definitely find it and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:45:10 | More by SolomonGrundy
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle dated 2008. I just got this from a friend who arrived from the Great Northwest.

It poured quite nicely. Very dark clear brown with a great off white head and lacing.

Nose was malty and smelled like the Horhound candy.

Taste was pretty balanced. Sweet, caramel, very malty, hop bitterness and root beer.

Mouth feel is creamy and medium carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good. I have a feeling this one has mellowed a little but the bitterness is still pretty strong in the finish. Overall, a nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:10:46 | More by daledeee
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

With a cry out from their fans, Alaskan Brewing has started bottling their Barley Wine in limited amounts. Look for 22oz bombers in AK, OR and WA this winter.

A thick pillow-top of dense rocky head slowly forms off of a hard pour, the bubbles push through the viscous liquid in slow-motion fashion. Deep but clear brownish chestnut color. Big caramel malt nose with a faint whiff of rum pound cake from the alcohol, brown sugar note and thick malty aroma. The full body is nearly syrupy in thickness, creamy and a little bit smooth as the carbonation tries to break from the liquid. Massive malt backbone never goes too sweet as the alcohol slowly sneaks in with a mildly spicy warmth and the hops drop a balancing hop bitterness that never really cuts through the maltiness all of the way. Dried plums, carob powder, burnt raisins and date sugar come to mind. Finishes sweet with a drawn-out malt complexity and slow alcohol warmth.

There should be very little speculating that this barleywine will age well, the hardest part about it is the amount of willpower you can muster while this beer is in your cellar. A sure pick for the barleywine lover or anyone that is into laying down beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 13:45:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to portia99 for this bottle. Poured from a 2008 vintage 22oz. bomber into an Ommegang tulip glass.

A: Deep amber with a fine tight-knit foamy head that mellows down to a nice film atop the beer.

S: The best feature of this beer. Caramel, toffee, almonds, cashews, and butter rum fill your nostrils with glory.

T: Caramel and toffee dominate the flavor. This beer is a little to "Splenda sweet" for me. Finishes bitter.

M: Quite chewy! The carbonation held up really well so I wouldn't hesitate to lay this down for another year.

D: Because of the artificial sweetness this one is hard to take down. The alcohol is about right, if not a little bit hot.

Overall, pretty cool to try any beers from Alaska - I wasn't completely disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:42:45 | More by hoppymcgee
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to JohnGalt1 for the opportunity to try this stellar barleywine. 2008 release.

It pours a slightly cloudy, but dark, reddish brown, topped by a dark beige 1 finger head that relaxes to a thick skim. A gentle swirl leaves some oily lace and bubbles on the glass. Barleywines often aren't pretty, but this one is.

It has a medium aroma of yeast, candy, fruit (pear? grape?), alcohol, and some nice floral beneath the surface. Nice.

Oh, baby, this is delicious. It starts caramel sweet, alcohol spicy, and then some really nice fruit (can't pin it down, but the estery flavors are yummy) joins the sip. Very clean flavors. It finishes with some mild bitter herb adding a dry touch to the lasting taste. While hardly hidden, the alcohol in this is a wonderful part of the profile and isn't prominent. As it warms I taste plum, and the finish gets drier with some deeper bitter, the alcohol gets even less noticeable. Not the most complex of bw's, but certainly one of the more delicious I've tried.

Mouthfeel is where this excels. Its clean flavors glide on the tongue, the carbonation is perfect, the finish is excellent, the viscosity is near perfect.

Due to the fine taste and fine feel, drinkability is also near perfect. I could sip this until the next ice age.

Impression: A superb barleywine, can't recommend it highly enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:57:28 | More by cavedave
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in late May for $7.99. 2008 vintage.

Beer poured a reddish-brown with a tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is quite nice, sweet malt, raisins, subtle floral hops. Taste is very well balainced, malt backbone with raisins, wood, trace of melon, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium bodied, nicely mellowed with age. Drinkability is dangerously good, abv is not detectable. This is a wonderful sipper for a 105 degree day!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 23:54:40 | More by arizcards
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear brown colored ale with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is sweet malt and fruity esters with no one fruit it brings to mind. Cherry, light chocolate and wood form most of the scent. There is sweet scent in the alcohol fumes and it does remind me a lot of brandy, definite grape note to it.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a melon flavor to it. Mostly this is sweet and fruity with no strong flavors. Grape and melon seem to be the strongest flavors here with a mild bitterness just strong enough to keep the malt in check.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Super user-friendly Barley Wine here. Very tasty stuff and not a harsh thing about it. A beer I will eagerly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:50:17 | More by Zorro
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with reddish highlights that had a 2 finger head and good sticky lacing.

S: caramel aromas dominate the nose with slight piney hops, sweet candy, and a little booze.

T: nice candy caramel sweetnes with slight hops like the nose and hints of booze and dark fruits.

M: medium body with a fair amount carbonation and sweet hoppy finish.

D: pretty good barleywine from alaskan brewing. I'm glad I have a extra bottle waiting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 23:18:48 | More by Gobzilla
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage:

I'm sad to say that the quality of this once one of my favorite brews has slipped downhill somewhat.

very dark amber ruby

Nose is forward on it's medicinal qualities. It reminds me a bit of amoxicillin and powdered strawberry powershake. Other fruity notes mingle as well but I'm not sure I can get past the aforementioned aromas.

Its carried over some from the nose on the palate but more in the way of strawberry confection. Bitter hop pollin flavors fill in nicely and help to save this stuff with an almost husk like bitterness (usually I like that one as a sweet flavor but in this case its like husk tannen) and muted forest floor. Malt backbone shows it's power sweetening the finish with a nearly angels food cake crust like sweetness.

sticky mouthfeel

Not a bad beer but its not what it was two years ago.

2009 revisit in 2012

This one is about peaked but Ill age it a bit more to be sure. Still holding much of it's bitter character this beer was really a great one. A tiny bit oxidized a sherry note persists newly but it's not really unwelcomed as it adds another layer of complexity to the whole. Plum and bing cherry intermingle in a more powerful way than I previously remember and a bark like bitterness still balances the group out. Nice stuff. Ill give it another year or two...

2009 vintage:

A: Nice Reddish brown color with an off white head. Looks like it has decent carbonation but not great head retention. nice lacing though.

S: Lots going on here! very nice! Sweet malty goodness. I get Fruity esters and caramel rich malts. There are layers of aromatics here... I find something a little new/different each time I go back and sniff.

T: my first notion that this beer has a definite Rock candy. But to stop there is selling it short. This barley wine is extremely balanced. Sweet dark fruit meets grain and pine tree bark like bitterness (earthy almost). To an Oenophile this beer is like new world meets old. Very nice.

M: Long finishing and prickly all at once... very nice... good carbonation meets high alcohol. All is well in this bottle

D: very high points for me. Given the style and given the ABV this should be a very slow drinking beer. It isnt. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:03:34 | More by flannelman808
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish color, with beautiful ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Nice piney hops on the nose, along with caramel malt and a little vanilla. Flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits and maybe some cocoa. This is a very malty barley wine. Solid but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:05:02 | More by emmasdad
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

Pours a dark amber color with a slight white head.

Aromas are wonderful. The best beer I've smelled in a while. Hard candies, booze, with a general woodiness.

Taste is very nice. Light hoppiness, some resiny pine flavors up front. Beer then settles into some nice wood and sweet malt flavors, also some hard candies as well. Finish has a nice alcohol warmth, with hints of booze, and a hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is great, very full and thick, yet not too heavy.

Drinkability is up there. This is one of the best barleywines I have had in quite some time. I'll buy a bottle the next time I see one. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 05:19:51 | More by flexabull
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into snifter.
2008 vintage.

A cloudy dark mahogany that fades to a bit lighter top and a nice foamy golden-toffee colored head that diminishes fairly quick into light foam around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is of mostly rich dark fruits, curran and fig with a nice mix of caramel, and some leathery notes towards the end. The flavor is again more dark fruits, with a boozy warming finish. There are also some very light bitter hop notes towards the finish as well.
I was pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel, which is medium-bodied with nice carbonation, as I was expecting with the rich flavors a heavier, more full-bodied mouthfeel.
This is a quite drinkable beer for the rich intense flavors. I am very happy to come across a 2008 and hopefully will be able to pick up a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 01:19:24 | More by vkv822
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2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a dark, translucent maroon with garnet highlights against the light. The head is a very thin, short-lived cap of mid-sized beige bubbles that vanish quickly.

S: Caramel, grapefruit, raisins, brown sugar, black currants. Substantial booze, but it's not burning, just somewhat solventy.

T: Earthy, mentholic bittering hops with an herbal flavor to them. Gets progressively sweeter with a dark fruit character (raisins, black currants) and caramel/brown sugar/toast. A hoppy orange peel flavor starts to dominate in the finish, but it's accentuated by a solventy booze burn that I don't enjoy.

M: Medium-full viscosity, with a full-bodied flavor. Very low carbonation. A bit hot still, somewhat solventy.

D: It's a pretty good deal at $6. I'm not sure I'd pick it up again; fresh it's not doing a lot for me, and I don't have the resources to cellar one.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 01:48:47 | More by Arbitrator
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle - vintage 2007. Purchased from the now defunct Liquid Solutions a few years ago. Uncapped and poured into my nonic pint glass. The barleywine appears a clear crimson amber color with a good two fingers of fluffy tan foam. The head leaves a decent lace on the inside of the glass. Nose and flavors consist of sweet red cherries, plums, molasses, candied dark fruits, brown sugar, raisins, light grapefruit and orange peel notes, toast, caramel sweetness, maybe some prunes. Great body and carbonation for the style and vintage. Not much alcohol heat to speak of at this point. Pretty nice overall with a bit of time on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 04:25:38 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle; Sampled December 2009
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, densely creamy, amber-tinged, tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a burnt amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, pretty ruby color. The aroma smells of richly caramelized grain, and herbal hops that mix together in a heady, concentrated mix of aromas. Candied grapefruit zest, caramel-drizzled whole grain bread, brandy soaked raisins, brown sugar and current jam and some tobacco and leather notes that couple with the herbal hop notes.

Bitter from ample hops as it first hits my tongue, but soon enough a thick, rich malt sweetness engulfs the palate washing away much of the bitterness. The malt sweetness doesn't completely dominate the bitterness as there is just enough to temper the malt and keep it from becoming overly cloying. There is a lingering, herbal, almost menthol note as well as a firm bitterness. The malt sweetness accentuates flavors of candied citrus peel, concentrated red currants, as well as toasted, toothsome, whole grain malt flavors. As the beer warms more toasted grain notes come through. There is a touch of caramelized / lightly toasted marshmallow flavor here that is quite nice without being too sweet. Thick and chewy, but without being cloying

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:31:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Pours a dark red, nice creamy head with great retention. Smells of bready malt, dark fruits, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, some brown sugar, maybe a touch of chocolate. Tastes of caramel malt with a touch of chocolate. Nice mellow dark fruits present, maybe a touch of oak. Bitterness is fairly low. Finishes fairly sweet with a touch of alcohol. Nice full creamy mouthfeel.

A really great barley wine, time has been kind. I really enjoyed the subtle chocolate component in this beer, really brought everything together. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 05:03:37 | More by bum732
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thursday - Feb. 4th, 2010 after a long day
fresh 22 split three ways with friends.

appearance - Dark copper, red-brownish tones. light tan head with light lacing.

aroma - Definitely an alcohol presence, dark fruits - licorice..., hops, and a bit of spice -

Flavor - Generously hoppy and a noticeable alcohol bite - like in other beers I find personally that the semi aggressive hop presence works well with the alcohol blending together into a pleasant bite, but would be better with time. Caramel, dark sweetness...

Mouthfeel - Sweet with a resinous hop presence in the finish.

Overall - An alright beer, with potential - well balanced, will get much better with time - needs to mellow and blend for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 07:05:08 | More by Zaplt
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, mailed from Kodiak. 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Shining clear ruby with a decent, but thin head and brief retention, not surprising. Sheety lacing with each sip, but it doesn't stick.

Smell: Very sweet, rich, caramelly malt. There's a whiff of some citric hoppiness. A little bit of date or raisin. Ethanol almost burns with a deep whiff.

Taste: Big mouth-filling caramel malt. Its a little bit toasty. A little more hops flavor than smell. Bitterness is pretty balanced with sweetness. The ethanol is of course noticable, and there's some medicinal fusels too. Overall, big and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Hell of a mouthfeel. Big and silky, syrupy and sticky. Coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty damn solid barleywine. This one's more than a year old, but could probably sit a while longer still. Its a little hot alcohol wise and slightly medicinal, but the big, sweet malt load really shines through and is balanced by residual hoppiness. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:17:12 | More by rapidsequence
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of 2007 vintage I'd been cellaring with a couple friends.

Surprised me how dark the pour was. Colored like a brown ale with some amber highlights. Good, long lasting khaki head that left some lace. I like the menacing dark color because it portends the deep flavors to come.

Even thought I poured this at fridge temp, huge complex aromas emanate from the beginning. Sweet dark fruit and caramel malts, brandy barrel notes, and a surprising amount of aromatic piney hops. (especially considering that it's over two years old)

I love flavor and complexity in big beers like this. Alaskan Barley Wine achieves just that. Huge malt profile that ranges from dark fruit like figs to very sweet caramel/toffee and even has a bit of dark chocolate. There's definitely no mistaking this beer for a double IPA, it's about as fully a barleywine as I can remember having. The barrel flavors come out quite a bit, definite strong brandy or whiskey that borders on being a bit too much. I'm glad I let this one sit for a while, I think it would have been hotter than I like had I drank it young. However, the hop profile surprised me with its lasting power. Good bittering and subtle pine and citrus flavors. I bet it was pretty hoppy when fresh.

Viscous and full body coats my mouth and lingers for a long time, letting the flavors develop. As heavy and high ABV as it is, a bomber is quite a bit to get through for one person. Alaskan nailed its barleywine, this is a beer I'm going to get again. I'm glad I let this age, but I wouldn't be opposed to drinking one fresh. I also think it would do great cellaring for a couple more years.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:46:02 | More by josiahschlender
Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.