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

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551 Ratings

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 129
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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3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 Bottling poured into a snifter at cellar temperature
A - Pours a deep amber color with a single finger of quickly dissipating beige head.
S - Very hoppy on the nose with a small amount of malt in the background. The hops have a slight sour note to them.
T - Bitter up front with a malty middle and a crisp dry finish.
M - Moderately mouth coating with a medium amount of carbonation.
O - A very hop heavy barley wine. More of a double IPA than a barley wine. If you like over the top Northwest style IPAs then this is for you. If you like English style barley wines avoid this one.

kdahnke123, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

muraco3, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jvillefan, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Disease
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Disease, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of deadliest
4/5  rDev -3.6%

deadliest, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

andrenaline, Apr 20, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -57.8%

bkeller04, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Fabiand, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -3.6%

KAF, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2011

A: poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany with some red hues and a finger and a half of dense light tan head that fades to a small pool that leaves some lacing
S: smells of caramel, toffee, and whispers of hops with a slight floral, pine and citrus aroma
T: taste is caramel, toffee, faded citrus and pine from the hops, a bit floral but a lot of sweetness from the malts. swallow is lingering sweetness with caramel, slight chocolate and some citrusy hop flavors.
M: this beer is smooth and full bodied with soft carbonation and a clean finish
O: This beer is fantastic. The hops are pretty faded and the nose I was getting off the pour was just straight aromatic hops but once the beer settled a minute it was almost all gone. This beer has aged very gracefully and there isn't the slightest hint of oxidation.

SHODriver, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Erik-P, Mar 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Jameswoody, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

amvrana, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed reddish/brown color. A well formed tightly packed beige head rises to over two finger with good retention. The foam gently recedes in a minute, with plenty of patchy lace left behind.
S: Toasted and caramel malts up front and center. Dark fruits, and a lingering hoppy bitterness. A really well balanced nose.
T: Follows the nose with a great toasted and caramel malt flavor. Caramelized sugars and dark fruits. A bit of bitterness. Again, well balanced and very tasty.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Just enough viscosity without being over barring. Very smooth. A big beer, but a great enjoyable sipper.

I have always liked this barleywine. One that is great fresh or with some age. A big malty character with enough hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nothing is out of balance, which is a downfall of many American versions. As always, highly recommended.

champ103, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

fredmugs, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

spry, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

FrankHammer, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CasanovaCummins, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Kurmaraja, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Hoppy_McMalt, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Zach122, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Oelschlager, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a beautiful burgundy/brown colored ale with a fluffy, foamy beige head. Loving the color.

Aroma is producing molasses, honey, plums, booze and malt.

Slightly hoppy taste followed by a warming swallow. Some orange and medicine-like cough syrup lingering on the aftertaste. Slight bite on the swallow.

Creamy mouthfeel as expected by the look.

I had been trying to find this elusive BW for awhile. My local Whole Food came through and allowed me to buy a couple. Not sure I would let this age more than a couple years, but it was a good session. Not the greatest BW out there, but one of my favorites from Alaskan Brewing.

kaseydad, Mar 01, 2014
Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.