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Alaskan Pilot Series: Barley Wine Ale

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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1422) - - JUL 19, 2016
Bomber, 2013 vintage. Boozy aroma with rich dark fruit, caramel, a bit of nuttiness and some hoppiness. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin tan head that has some retention and good lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit and caramel malt flavors with a rich body. Finishes dry with a bit of nuttiness as well as some hops and warming booziness. Nice American barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2016
(2007 bottle) Deep umber, mahogany colored liquid. Small head of light tan bubbles. Mild dark fruit, toasted malt, caramel, oak, and hearty sherry aromas. Fully, lightly oily feel. Roasted pecans and almonds drenched in a fresh caramel glaze. Hints of dried fruit. Simple, yet it still makes you step back and think about it. A really nice sipping winter brew. I think this bottle may take me a good hour or two to finish. 5/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2015
2011 bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a hazy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is candy sugar, caramel, toffee. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, boozy finish, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle shared @ The RBScSG in Gothenburg. Pours hazy caramel brown with a small goldenish offwhite head that leaves some sparse spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, tiny herbal and slightly earthy with caramel, toffee, sweet dark bread, biscuits, moist grass, pine needles, moist soil, grapefruit rinds and lemon peal. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, herbal and earthy. Mouthfeel is round, tiny viscous, tiny astringent, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, biscuits, whole grapefruit, moist grass, pine needles, resinous wood, orange peal and lemon peal. Spot on US barley wine. Solid stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2015
From my backlogg: Bottle at Grand Tasting, RBSCSG 2015 in Gothenburg. Clear deep amber beer with an beige head. Fruity caramel dark fruits brown sugar aroma. Fruity caramell dark fruits brown suga dark bread flavour. I loved this barley wine :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle @ Grand Tasting, RBSCSG 2015. Brown with a small brown head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt and hops. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish. Nice !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, sample @ RBScSG ’15. Light brownish pour with small lacings. Nose is boozy, red apples and caramel. Taste is malty sweet, caramel, toffee and some booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6310) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle at Grand Tasting, RBSCSG 2015 cons 2015-07-11 Göteborg AR: sugar cake, rasins, pruns AP: thick liquid -ambery, wee head F: rich carbonation, sugercake, syrup, rasins

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ramboraffe (1863) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
Sample at RBScSG. Copper with off white beige head. Raisin, figs, malt, vinous with some oak and vanilla. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2872) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2015
2011 bottle that has been chillin’ in my cellar. Dark amber pour with a slight off white head. Massive toffee and caramel nose - really nice. Nice mouthfeel - but but not overpowering. Very little hop presence, lots of malty goodness. No alcohol heat in the finish - very smooth. Yummy.

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