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

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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
Ratings:
614
Reviews:
297
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
154
For Trade:
10
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3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2011, huge malt bill, very one dimensional. I would have liked to try this fresh.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle split last night at our Barleywine share.

A- Bomber split a bunch of ways into pint glasses during our Barleywine Share 2014. A deep, brown sugar hue and a light tan cap to about a finger with a frothy texture. Decent retention as a big ring remains leaving a large sheet and some drizzle.

S- Fairly tame here for me, might have to do with the age. Deep caramel and brown sugar with a certain toastiness and some spicy dark fruit feel.

T- Gains a lot of strength here and delivers a lot of flavor. Deep sweet caramel matched by a spiciness that reminds me of raisins and a slight hint of buttery decadence. Brown sugar, hint of cocoa, figs, musty leather, slight alcohol and perhaps a hint of nutmeg.

MF- Thick body with quite a bit of oily slickness on the palate. Carbonation is still quite high and the texture overall is silky. Finishes fairly warm.

Complexity delivered with atop a big malty base. Well rounded with lots of balanced but strong flavors; I like the interplay between the caramel and the spicy raisin notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

2013 bottle. Did not pick up any bitterness. This tasted similar to 2011 bigfoot. Great Beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.16/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Alaskan Barley Wine (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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