Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4.34/5 rDev +4.8%
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 +10.1%
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
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a chalice. Purchased in October in Minneapolis and shipped home in luggage.
Complex aromas and tastes. An intense beer. Every bit a barley wine but one tilted towards the malt without enough hoppiness. Put this one in the cellar and try again later. 3.75
A – Pours beautiful clear amber with a small tan head that dissipates instantaneously to almost nothing. Some alcohol legs. 3.75
S – Malty, dark fruit, prunes, caramel, a whiff of whiskey, a tinch of spiciness, but all other tastes are overwhelmed by the beer’s malty richness. 4.5
T – Malty sweetness, raisins, alcohol (very evident but in a good way), some citrus tang in the finish, medium low bitterness. 3.75
MF – Warming with a touch of creaminess, full bodied with a semi-dry finish. A bit too hot in the finish for me. 3.75
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 02:29:07 | More by Sludgeman
Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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