Great - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by BarrytheBear:
4.78/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Courtesy of the generous jpmclaug..thanks friend!
12 oz bottle shared with madtowndmb1.
A murky rusty brown into a tulip.
Uncannily, the smell of this beer is the essence of southern style pecan pie. It's as if the good folks at Alpine bottled Thanksgiving dessert. Really a great smelling beer.
Taste deviates quite a bit from the smell. Light vanilla segues into a boatload of toffee and caramelized sugars. The barrel is very light and shows up as coconut and wood on the finish.
Overall, this is a really nice barleywine that carries barrel aging that way I like it. The base beer is truly the showcase here. In my opinion, all too often, the barrel overwhelms and swallows the base beer in a bb barleywine. In this case, the base is the star and the barrel lays a gentle subtle layer the melds wonderfully. Not big, brash, or boozy. In fact, if this beer truly clocks in at 14%, it's a gem. Subtlety and grace, thy name is Great.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2012 15:49:15 | More by BarrytheBear
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