Monday, December 19

Beer Review: Alaskan 2011 Pilot Series Barleywine


"Bottled Releases: December 2007, December 2008, January 2010 and January 2011;
Recommended for cellaring.

Aged in the cool tunnels of a historic gold mine in Juneau, this big beer provides beer fans with a unique connection to Alaska's frontier past."


Appearance: (4.0)
- Big fizzy light tan head slowly settles with lace all about the glass, and a spotty thin blanket left around. The brew is a clear dark cola brown, barely can see through it, but some light does show.

Smell: (4.0)
- Nice esters, fig, and prune notes. Molasses settles in well with a slightly sweet caramel malt. Light alcohol and an earthy woody character is present. Not overly hoppy, but some herbal grassy hops are in there.

Taste: (4.0)
- A very interesting barleywine. Many esters, some currant notes, fig, raisin, and some piney grassy hops all melded in. Somewhat sweet brew with a big molasses and honey-like touch to it. I am really liking the unique flavors here and it is far from a caramel malt bomb which often tires me in this style. Quite good, and light with the alcohol flavors, though at this point perhaps just a tad medicinal.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Medium bodied, and not too thick. Certainly a little chewy and drying. Carbonated very well, and leaves a tasty film behind. Parches the mouth. Quite nice.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a great barleywine, and is unique, and certainly a nice surprise from Alaskan. This barleywine is very complex, and seems to offer a lot of different ingredients and technique in the flavor. Well made, and a must try. Age a few!

4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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