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

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4.15/5
Exceptional
616 Ratings
Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series)Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

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.

Added by John_M on 03-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
298
Ratings:
616
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
154
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 298
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.

This one pours a slightly murky dark brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like bready malt, port, caramel, toffee, and slight hops.

The aging has done this well. It's got a wonderful port/sherry thing going on, with a nice malt complexity- lots of spicy breadiness, caramel, and toffee, and really absolutely no booziness. There's a slight hop character left as well, but it's mostly faded.

This is lightly carbonated, with a somewhat light body and mouthfeel.

This is a really great example of a non-barrel-aged barleywine. I usually don't care for the style much if it hasn't been barrel aged, but this is still awesome.

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Photo of StormAles
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawnadams330
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle, opened Jan 1 2017, dark fruits, raisin, sherry aroma. Awesome. Taste follows aroma, more sherry as it warms. Warming alcohol, pleasing. Finishing dry! Held up incredible well for a 7 year old beer. Please make it again!

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage from whole foods las vegas for around $10. RIP to their beer guy Chris.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 32 oz growler into a tulip - 2015 vintage - Old Growth - may be a different recipe

L: Deep reddish-brown, no haze, thin beige head
S: Dark fruit, malt, a bit of sweetness
T: More malt, nice bitterness, a bit of heat, caramel
M: Thin for style, resinous
O: Very nice barleywine - glad this one made a reappearance up here!

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Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

barley wine bottle share on 1/31/15, 2008 vintage. What a away to finish the night. Pours beautiful orange-red with thin white head, aroma has awesome notes of rich caramel, toffee, vanilla, some candied fruit, sticky honey, and some slight bread notes. Perfectly aged barley-wine. Taste is sweet and sticky caramel, vanilla, toffee, honey with some slight bitter hay and grass, finishing dry and slightly sweet.

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Photo of Coorsy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 09/01/15 notes. Thanks to Beerlawyer85 for sharing. 2013 vintage.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with light brown head and low carbonation evident. Tons of caramel malts, toffee, sugar, toasted malts, some dark fruits, and some coconut. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy. Great body.

Overall very good. Tons of caramel, would love to see it in a bourbon barley down the line.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a deep garnet/burgundy color, lacing is thin but dense.

S - Roasted candy toffee, prunes, figs, raisins, and toasted brown sugar.

T - Has a certain buttery character, raisins, figs, prunes and follows the nose pretty much to a "T". At the very end there's some citrus bitterness but it's buried WAY down there.

M - Thick and full bodied, slippery, lip smacking sticky.

O - This aged particularly well.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doom_deluise
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmat10
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 616 ratings
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