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Alaskan Pilot Series: Barley Wine Ale

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoesefat (228) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Nice toasty malt aromas. Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy head. Very sweet for a barleywine, masks the alcohol content and doesn’t assault you with hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (792) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAR 22, 2014
651 ml bottle. Pours a nice reddish-brown with a one inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of malt, barley, caramel, hops, pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus Similar aroma. Has a full body with a warming finish. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Well worth having again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1046) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
2011 bottle. Sampled at bottle share. Decent stuff. Tastes like old barleywine. Sweet and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (155) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours a deep golden red/brown. Aroma is malts and sweet sugars. Taste is pretty well balanced for a barleywine while still showcasing the ABV without being overpowering. Palate is sweet up front with a nice malt balance or molasses and sugars. Solid barleywine!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoostIPA (1103) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Pours a clear dark amber color with little to no head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt, perhaps a whiff of oxidized hops. Taste is sweet, very sweet. Some bitterness. Flavor is caramel mixed with booze and hops. Alcohol is noticeable and upfront. Finishes sweet and warming. 600 calories for this bomber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (891) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour dark brown copper. Nose caramel, toffee, and some booze. Taste sweet malt up front, caramel and toffee on the taste as well. Late palate alcohol. Some bitter in the finish. Still some heat for 2010 vintage.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thewade (275) - USA - MAR 3, 2014
Nice barleywine. Slightly boozey, but normal for the style. I enjoyed, and would buy another.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (200) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby. The nose is pine and burnt sugar. The taste has roasted barley, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, and some spices. The body is lighter than I would like it to be. Medium carb. There's a nice warm alcohol feeling that lingers in your chest but, also a slippery buttery feeling on the lips, maybe diacetyl. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1395) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Tap @ Meridian Yardhouse: Brown color with reddish hues and a nice tan head. It is a great looking beer. Pleasant toasty aroma of hops with flavors of robust hops and some sort of spice. It has a smooth thick body with a little perfume and hairspray in the aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (430) - - FEB 12, 2014
Hazy red/crimson color with mild carbonation and a filmy head. Aroma of grapefruit, piney hops, caramel, toffee and orange peel. Flavor starts out quite malty with notes of caramel and dark fruity notes before settling to a piney & citrus hop finish; Mellow flavor. Body is moderate and mildy carbonated. Pretty good!


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