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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
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477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,237
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The base of this beer was available at a couple of festivals as a barleywine named "Good". The remainder of the batch spent several months aging in fresh Jack Daniels barrels and became "Great".
Available in limited release at the brewery only

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of brother_kenneth
3.89/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 vintage bottle, poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours a typical dark brown with little to no head at all. In fact, it is almost still. Nose is predominantly bourbon, with some nice dark dried fruit and caramel. Not quite as impressive on the aroma as I had expected. Taste is a follow-through on the nose. Had high hopes for this one, and it is good, but not King Henry good. The mouth feel is essentially flat and thin. Fairly standard, if mild, flavors for the style - bourbon, wood, caramel, figs, etc. Super sweet, with some hints of oxidation. Ultimately, it is lacking all the way around when compared to some of it's peers. Don't get me wrong, I like this beer, but considering the hype, there are far better examples of the style out there (King Henry, Blendiculous, etc). Drink 'em if you got 'em, because this one probably won't age well.

brother_kenneth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a teku glass.

dark red pour with a slight head. smell of slight bourbon and dark fruits...quite appealing! taste is smooth as silk with the dark fruits and slight bourbon finish. body isnt even that thick honestly...its really creamy and so smooth. damn tasty. probably the best barrel aged barleywine in existence... definitely worth the hype. so greaT! worth the hype. trade for it NOW!

Axnjxn, May 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

a little more on the sweet side for my likes

EZEZ, Oct 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

SurlyUtopia, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

vinny21bal, Oct 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

KCBeerNerd, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

Pours a hazy russet brown color, with no real head, or lacing. Looks really nice.

Smells like toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and breadiness. Smells delicious.

There's a nice dark Belgian chocolate and roastiness to this barleywine that's unexpected, on top of the classic toffee and caramel flavors in perfect unison. There's a bit of bourbon, not a whole lot, and some oak and vanilla. Absolutely delicious.

This barleywine has a body of medium thickness, with a low amount of carbonation. It's a little bit syrupy, not a whole lot, keeping it still very drinkable.

This one seems to fly under the radar a bit, it's amazing, but not a whole lot of people talk about. People should talk about it more.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

mrn1ceguy, Sep 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

jjdc, Sep 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

WILD-THING, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

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Great from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.