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Grand Illumination - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 12-20-2007

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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 99
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted the 2013 version at the 2015 Mad Fox Barleywine Festival.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery from a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazy amber plum color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Sweet sugary plums, red currants, figs, gingerbread, brown sugar, caramel, molasses.

4.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Sweet without being cloying.

4.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy and smooth.

4.5 D: No flaws and super drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2014 vintage. So so. Bought from the source. I was hoping for better this year. Shared with my bro at Mom and Dad's just before the new year. Will open my 2013s in a few weeks to compare. Fingers crossed.

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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Had on tap day before, plus did bottles from 2013 and 2014:
First off, the beer didn't age well. It wasn't bad and was able to drink it, but oxidation was obvious enough to throw out for this review.

The beer pours a hazy to cloudy amber brown. The head if foamy white, some larger bubbles, but lasts well into the pour and provides lacing. The nose is caramel, raisin, banana, copper. Note the tap version the day before had a tart note to it that the bottle did not. There is also a hint if alcohol.

Taste is a bit of raisin and plum. Hops is quite subdued. Spice is also present, cinnamon and cloves, perhaps. It appears that a Belgian yeast was used, but I can't be sure (nor did I check). The feel (warmed) is medium light, a little flat feeling, although there is carbonation.

A decent offering, but not a must have. Fair amount of flavors, but they don't work together to produce a really nice beer, just a defeat one.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.76/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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Grand Illumination from AleWerks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.