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Alaskan Pilot Series: Barley Wine Ale

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Alaskan Barley Wine has been produced in limited edition vintages each year since its introduction in 2003. A big beer for big winters, this brew has garnered a steady following in Alaska. Bottled for the first time in 2007, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops, malt and high alcohol showcases the barley wine style, winning first place at the 2007 Toronado Barley Wine Festival and bronze at the 2008 World Beer Cup.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4608) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Thin, quick dissipating head atop a brown Amber body. Nose of brown sugar and bandaid. Flavour of burnt sugar and bitter hops. Pretty chill and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3627) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear deep dark amber with a thick tan head. Sweet malty nose. Flavors of butterscotch. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Clear red-brown color, average sized off-white to beige head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, sweetish, liquor, a hint of liquorice somehow. Taste malts, a hint of sweetness, lightly a hint of bitter, lightly alcohol, liquor. Medium to full body and carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber to ruby colour with a very small off-white head. Smells pine, deep hops, sweet, barley wine. Tastes sweetish, loads of pine, malty, some hops, deep. Full body, soft carbo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
2009 Bomber - Dark maple pour with off white head. Nose is slightly oxidized with caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Taste follows the nose and is also slightly oxidized with some sherry notes. Decent thick oily mouthfeel. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"had Alaskan and Avery Hog Heaven side by side. Neither was a letdown, even though they were opposite ends of the spectrum. Both poured a deep ruby/amber. Alaskan was a touch darker, and both had great frothy head with a vigorous pour, awesome retention. Avery’s aroma was definitely hop-heavy, but balanced just enough and was freakin incredible. took a giant inhale before every sip. Ditto for the Alaskan, but this one was all malty sweetness, and a touch of hops. At first, in the aroma and taste, it begged for more time in the cellar, but by the time I got to the end, I just wanted to keep breathing it in. The aromas were the high point for both beers, but the flavor was enjoyable as well...Avery similar to Bigfoot, but better balanced, and Alaskan like a slightly sweeter/less hoppy Old Stock. Alaskan won the battle of the body as it was thick and full, Avery was weaker (9.4) & thinner, but incredibly drinkable for a barleywine. Those who are not hop heads may not like it as much, but while both were great examples of American & English Barleywines respectively, I’ll give a tiny nod to Avery in the head to head, but imagine Alaskan would win in a year as it seemed like the type of beer that would age incredibly well. Fun, fun, fun!"

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2009 bottle. Pours a cloudy deep brown with a slight amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of grain and bread with a bit of caramel, toffee and booze underlying. Flavor has lots of toffee and sweet grains with a bit of bread and underlying caramel and a touch of booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3790) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 7, 2014
Ruby brown body and small head. Fierce malty aroma, English, biscuit, some raisin but drier and less rich than I somehow expected. Alcohol pretty well hidden behind the dusty malts, but it misses either the concentrated sweetness or a more fresh hop addition to shine, for me. I’d be happy if my barley wine turned out like this, but I still feel there’s room for improvement. (Bomber brought from Austin, shared with Alba and Darren on brew day)

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BRiddoch (11) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2013 22 oz. Bottle poured into a snifter. Fruity aroma with a nice dark mahogany pour. Not much of a head. Sweet and fruity with a very nice follow through. My first time with these Alaska brews but certainly not my last. Very nice!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebsmitty (137) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2010 bottle. Pours a rich deep mahogany brown with a cherry hue. Amazing head retention, great lacing, huge thick collar. Aroma is molasses, toffee, leather and earthy wood. Taste is bitter molasses, stale tobacco, vanilla and wet paper. Nice rich body and low carbonation. I believe this beer must have been left on the shelf in a high light area since 2010. It looked great, but the paper and tobacco really ruined the flavor.


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