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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 1,327
Gots: 65 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-01-2005

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".
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Reviews by SDDanC:
Photo of SDDanC
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, back in late June. On tap at brewery into 6oz tulip. No head whatsoever, but has a creamy egg-shell ring. Medium brown color with a grapefruit pink hue. Very refreshing on the nose with a 'great' amount of caramel malt, sweet and salty candies (butterscotch?), with a nice alcohol presence. Taste is very similar, alcohol didn't burn me that much, the caramel and grapefruit came out more. Mouthfeel was decent, a tad too much carbonation for my tastes, as I have always enjoyed smoother barleywines. Still, ABC comes through once again with another magnificent brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best BW I have ever tasted....amazing!

Photo of Axnjxn
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this beer.

Pours murky brown with no head. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar, some alcohol, oak and bourbon. It is very sweet. The flavor is vanilla, maple, alcohol and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a sampler.

Pours a hazy amber golden color with n head at all. Nose is sweet and malty, a bit oxidized but not too bad.

Taste is a bit oxidized but still sweet and malty. Some diacetyl as well. Slight bitterness and a crisp finish, its quite tasty but a bit good.

Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a redish orange color. The minimal head is light, almost white. It fades quickly leaving minimal laces.

It has a very strong malty, caramel like aroma. The alcohol content is very present in the aroma. Not much in the way of hops. Just a big malty alcoholic aroma.

This beer has a very sweet taste. The alcohol content is very present in the flavor. It warms on the way down. It has a slight fruity taste to it. It has slight wine like flavors. Also, it tastes ever so slightly like bourbon.

This beer is quite thick. It is not very carbonated. It is full bodied. It leaves a stroms alcoholic, sweet aftertaste.

This beer would make a poor session beer. It is way too high in alcohol to drink all night. Also, it is very aggressive. It would wear thin very quickly. As far as a single glass, this beer lives up to its name. It was great.

Photo of pwoods
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fred at Beverages4Less. I hope this bottle was taken better care of than the Nelson and Expo Hop that you sold me.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a GLBC Christmas Ale snifter.

A: Pours a murky brown with orangish amber tinting in the light. Pours kind of thin. A rough pour gets about a 1/4 inch of spritzy head that dies immediately... I'd assume this spent plenty of time in the barrel. No lacing but some oily streaks.

S: Healthy dose of bourbon but even more massive is the huge dank barrel presence. Lots of earthy, dank oak. Some vanilla and molasses sweetness, maybe some pure maple syrup notes. Very woody. Listed as an American BW but I get great aged English Barleywine notes. The bourbon becomes even more potent as it warms.

T/M: Yow. Lots going on here. Plenty of bourbon along with some stronger alcohol complexity and a very satisfying warmth. More of the light molasses and maple flavors, some vanilla sweetness, caramel, toffee, dark fruits etc. Some faded hops, but I still don't know about American BW. I get loads of rich, alcohol soaked dark fruits as I swallow. I also get a sharp sweetness after I swallow, which is a minor flaw that is somewhat covered up by everything else that is going on. Body is actually pretty thin, which is my biggest complaint. It's only about medium light, which seems pretty far off the mark. Carbonation is light, which fits the style well, but doesn't do a hole lot with the lighter body. It actually reminds me of sipping a bourbon or scotch.

D: Massive ABV and a bit of a mouthfeel issue. Pretty damn tasty, though. If you're looking for a 'kick you in the teeth' beer, then this fits the bill very nicely. If you're looking for something complex and subtle... well this could still be for you because there is plenty to find, but the mouthfeel issues really hurt what they were trying to do and turn this from what could have been an absolutely stunning beer to a, still respectable, tasty treat.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. 09 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Served with a light layer of fine white head with poor retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy deep brown. Very spotty and sparse lacing with no stick.

S: Nose is very deep and aromatic. Notes of chocolate, booze, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Also some light prunes and crushed raisin in the back. Rich, warming, and delicious.

T: Opens vanilla, prune, brown sugar, caramel, and nuttiness. Booze is apparent in the back. Toffee with a slight rich tartness towards the middle. Caramel comes in smooth at the end. Slight hop resin at the end with a sweet, brown sugar finish that sticks to the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation, slightly abrasive, and rather hot overall. Oily and smooth in the mouth and warming going down. Messy finish with a sticky aftertaste.

D: Again, I'm still not a huge fan of barleywines but this, along with a couple of others are helping me to turn the corner. Infinitely rich and complex with a very enticing nose and feel. A very good representation of the style.

Photo of prototypic
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JessetheHutt for the bottle.

Great pours a darker, caramel brown color. It's quite hazy, and looks dark copper with backlighting. Carbonation looks to be very light, and produces a head that barely covers the surface. It disappears nearly as fast as it appeared. Lacing was very, very light. The 14% abv obviously killed it.

The nose is damn impressive. Initially, it has a strong dark fruit scent. Raisin, plum, and fig are present in abundance. They're complemented extremely well with a moderately strong whiskey (bourbon?) scent. Smells delicious. The secondary level introduces vanilla, oak, leather, caramel, and even a little tobacco. It's extremely complex and deep. Alcohol is certainly there. At 14%, that should come as no surprise. Go big or go home.

The flavor is every bit as tremendous as the nose! It kicks off with a very nice caramel/toffee flavor. The malt base is strong and sturdy. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, fig, and plum flood the palate and feature a tangy twist. The barrel aging imparts a very nice whiskey or bourbon flavor. It's an extremely nice complement to the dark fruit and caramel malt flavors. Oak, vanilla, tobacco, leather, and even a slight hint of herbal hops take up the secondary level. Alcohol is there and is a little warm. It finishes tangy with a twist of whiskey.

Great has a medium to full body. It feels more substantial with warming. Nice and chewy. Carbonation is very light and restrained. Very creamy and smooth? Yes, it is. Drinkability is good. For a big, barrel aged barleywine, this is quite drinkable. Nonetheless, it is 14% abv. That's damn strong. A 12 oz. bottle is more than plenty.

Great is one hell of a nice beer from Alpine Beer Company. As far as barrel-aged barleywines go, it's among the best. The chinks in its armor are so small that they aren't worth discussing at length. This is a damn fine beer that you should seek out.

As an aside, I saw that this was aged in Jack Daniels barrels, and the label plainly styles this as a bourbon barrel barleywine. I've always been fascinated by the debate about Jack Daniels being Tennessee Whiskey, not bourbon. I digress....

Photo of mikey711
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, with some light able to seep through. Mild head forms with a hard pour that is gone befoe i could even blink and no lacing to speak of at all

S: RIch caramel notes upfront along with some biscuits, also a nice coconut and almost note is present and very enjoyable, maybe a little maple syrup as well. can definitely smell the wood and some vanilla and bourbon

T:It starts off very vanilla tasting with hints of oak and then caramel. A big load of biscuits is noticable. As it sits in my mouth I can also detect some toasted nuts. What is strange is some of the sips though are just straight booze which is a bit unpleasant

M: Some heat is present on this one and it could surely use a bit of time in the cellar, there is also a syrupy quality to it

D: I look forward to trying this one again in a year. I split the bottle with someone else and that was fine by me

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at stone brewery. 4oz serving says it's %15 and not the 14 here.

Pours a deep red with no head at all and no lacing.

Aroma of lots of dark fruits and caramels with a nice bourbon aroma. This is a sticky one for sure.

Taste is excatly as it smells. Sweet toasted sugars and dark fruits with a very nice strong bourbon flavor. Sooo tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a GREAT beer. Can't wait to get some bottles of this when it comes out again

Photo of nickd717
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Toronado barleywine fest 2010. This'un'll be my 600th rating here on BA.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown color with minimal head and lacing.

Aroma is really incredible: vanilla, oak, caramel, and bourbon. Smells really, really good.

The flavor, however, is a whole other level. So much going on there. The base barleywine is amazing, and the -bal aging adds a whole other element to it. Some crazy flavors in this one. Caramel, toffee, rich vanilla bean, oak, bourbon, sweet cake batter, marzipan, almonds...just a lot to it.

Full bodied with soft carbonation and an incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is through the roof for a -bal aged beer of this strength. This was definitely best of show for me. Just incredible. Possibly the best barleywine I've ever had. I can't believe this beer isn't in the Top 100.

Photo of MiScusi
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with me by JRhode and JessetheHutt. Thanks guys!!

Pours a clear caramel brown, not much of a head, just some lacing around the sides. The smell explodes with molasses, brown sugar, and whiskey. The taste is rich and sweet. Powdery sugar, and a sugary burnt marshmallow finish on the back of the palate. Although it's a comopletely different beer, the explosion of sweetness and the specific sugary aspect to this was SO similar in my mind to Black Tuesday. It was really amazing. For a sipping beer Alpine did a great job here.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown amber. Small khaki head. Not much going on after a bit.

Smell - Brown sugars. Fruity specialty malts. Bourbon. Raisiny. A hint of hops, maybe?

Taste - Bourbon much stronger. Still very sweet. Brown sugar. Sweet and raisiny. Oaky in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Reminds me of JW Lees. Not a ton of bourbon, but it does allow the base beer to shine.

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to srandycarter for a bottle of this in trade.

Pours a deep amber/near brown color, with a finger of light tan foamy head. This fizzles down pretty readily, with just a thin looking retention around the edges, but this still leaves a decent little amount of spotty lace down the sides of the glass. Yeah, I would say that the Bourbon and Barleywine have married each other quite nicely in the aroma. I'm getting caramel, butterscotch, burnt molasses, a little bit of plum and fig, and sweet, sweet, notes of vanilla. This is mostly sticky sweet in the nose but I'm also picking up some underlying roast, smoke, and even a touch of char from the barrel. Some lighter but still bright smelling green tannic character hangs on the edges of this, actually helping balance out some of the sweeter tones. There is some beefy warmth present as well but it mostly serves to add some thickness to the flavors.

The taste is pretty much on the same page as the aroma. Notes of caramel, toffee, smoky molasses, some dark cherries and plums (which REALLY emerges as this warms), and an underpinning of char and roast all at the forefront here. Some hops do tickle the rear of the profile but what absolutely makes this; is the silky sweet flush of butterscotch and vanilla flavors across the backend, where in mingles with some deep woody dryness. The mouthfeel is full, thick, chewy, and viscous, just coating the tongue and lips with warm sticky liquid. Speaking of the warmth, that is exactly the way that this stays. Warm but never overly hot, which is very hard to believe with a 14% ABV on this. Pretty spectacular feel, with this coming off much more like it's in the 10% range.

This was some pretty impressive stuff. Wonderful melding of flavors here between the beer & barrel; and the feel and drinkibility on this were pretty awesome for the size. I'd love to tuck a few more of these away for cellaring, as this is one that's only going to get even better with time.

Photo of davod23
3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip. Thanks, Jason.

As the liquid rushes from the bottle, it appears to be a deep, clear mahogany. A very thin beige cap forms but disappears nearly instantly. 14%, you say? Holding it to the light, it's apparent that the beer is not just brown, but closer to a slightly murky, deep reddish brown. The beer sticks to the inside of the glass when I swirl it. Impressive legs. I wish the head could have stuck around a while longer, and I wish the beer had a bit more clarity. Overall good though.

Smell. The booze stings the nostrils. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla straight up front, with a caramel and sweet malt backing. This smells very sweet - I've had three flies try to divebomb the beer. Very nice, but would be improved with moderation of the booze.

The taste is nice. Boozy, to be sure. This thing could stand to sit a while. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, and caramel are all present in a sweet conglomeration - honestly, this drinks pretty good, but if it were any sweeter I would have a major problem with it.

Mouthfeel is appropriate. Low level of carbonation, smooth and creamy up front, with a very tannic finish. The finish is actually somewhat bracing.

Drinkability is decent for the style and for the alcohol content. This is a sipping beer, treat it with respect.

I've had this beer on three different occasions. The first was at Stone Oakquinox from a jockey box, and I thought it was the best thing there - I was bowled over by it. The second was both 2005 and 2009 versions at the brewpub, and I was let down - I recall there being a weird smell akin to cat food in the 2005, and the 2009 needed some time to round into form. I'd rate this most recent experience to be in between those prior ones. This is a good beer, but there are a number of other barrel-aged barleywines that are better, IMO. If you can get two bottles of Great, do it, and sit on one of them for about 10 years and see what happens to it.

Photo of HalfFull
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a wine glass from a capped bottle. Pours a deep brown with deep mahogany highlights. Clear and with a thin and fleeting cap. Vinous on the pour like a Cabernet, yet with a light ring.

Nose of oaken wood and whiskey. I realize that a relatively flat pour fits this pour well. Though one sided this brew is quite interesting in that all your typical barleywine notes are buried beneath the barrel. Crushed by the oak and rendered insignificant, yet allowing subtle influence nonetheless.

Flavor offers subtle notes of wood and charcoal and cherry. Yummy should you prefer the barrel, and yummy regardless.

A very barrel forward approach given the style which settles out to offer a port like quality and improving in complexity with warming.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a little barrel aged barleywine tasting at MADhombrewer and Witchsbrew's residence last night. Filet mignon's were provided by our host's for TulipSnifter and I. Thanks guys!

In the lineup were Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Hellshire I, BA Hi-Fi Rye, BA Old Ruffian, Abacus, and Alpine Great. Our intention was to also open up Perfect Storm '09, Mother of all Storms '10, Kuhnhenn BBBW, and Arctic Devil but we agreed it best to hold off on those beers for another day due to palate fatigue. Small two ounce samples of the six beers from last night were first tasted and notes were taken before returning to the bottles for more tastes and refined notes.

Thanks to SteelersX for providing a couple of bottles of the ’09 batch.

A: Murky-brown with yellow edges. Very tiny wisp ring with a thick glass coating layer. 3.5/5

S: Maple, tart cherries (not in an infected sense), and warming alcohol soaked wood. It’s pungent and saliva-inducing. 4.5/5

T: Very well integrated. Toffee, some butterscotch, day-old red wine, sherry, and pomegranate with a touch of acid. Arguably the best flavor profile of the night. 5/5

M: Thick, coating, and tongue numbing. Very low carbonation is fine by me. 5/5

O: My personal favorite of the night. A fantastic barleywine that should be able to stand up to any and all competition. I still have a bottle I’ll be looking at opening up next to the other BA barleywine’s I still have to taste. I expect it will look forward to the challenge. 4.5/5

Photo of jamex
2.96/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft at the brewery. This was "Great '05."

Wow. I ordered a 5oz taster of this and thank God I did. Alpine made no attempt to hide the alcohol in this big guy.

S - Scotch, bourbon and whiskey. You pick up a bit of oak but the alcohol is overpowering.

T - This is a strong barleywine. At 14% you really taste it. Tastes of bourbon, whiskey, oak and mild spice.

M - Buttery and whiskey-like.

D - There is no way I would be able to put back a 12oz. Not impressed with this. That being said, the rest of the Alpine arsenal is delicious.

EDIT, 2011: Though for some reason this beer keeps popping in my head. Perhaps I was too "new" to the style and reviewed it low die to my inexperience. Must try on my next visit to the brewery (if I can find it).

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased directly from the brewery today (10/9) and consumed same day. When I got home one of the bottles had some foam around the cap. So I drank that bottle. Take that for whatever it's worth.

A - almost no head during pour. Very little lacing. Beautiful dark brown to almost black.

S - first thing that hits you is the bourbon character along with strong vanilla, oak, caramel and molasses.

T - excellent caramel to almost burnt sugar. Mild alcohol presence. Vanilla. Bourbon. A bit of dark chocolate-like, pleasant bitterness towards the end. Initially comes off pretty sweet but is balanced by the bitterness and alcohol. Very complex.

M - very nice, thick, somewhat viscous mouthfeel with minimal carbonation but just enough. Aftertaste is lingering and amazing. Mouthfeel has never been a major factor in a beer for me before but this is off this charts.

O - what an amazing beer. I keep going back to smell the beer but the actual taste and mouthfeel on this sucker is unreal. This thing doesn't need any age on it at all, it's ready to drink now. So smooth and layered.

Photo of TexIndy
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 2010 edition direct from the brewery via Milt on release day. It was an orange amber color with a few stray carb bubbles. Even with a hard pour there was no head. No lacing either. At 14% ABV not really surprised by either.

The aroma heavy on the bourbon, vanilla and oak as expected but also had some really good toffee and caramel undertones. One of the better smelling ba-beers I've had in awhile. The taste follows the aroma with a rich toffee flavor blending nicely with the oaky vanilla components. You can smell and taste the high ABV for sure but it's not overpowering. Rich mouthfeel with good aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent bourbon barleywine. After a bunch of overpowered bourbon bombs, this one nailed it and showed what a ba-beer can be in the right hands. Another homerun from Alpine. Highly recommend if you can find it. Not avail here in TX so got from Milt. Rotation - lucky to get this one so this will probably be it. Would have again but only if sharing with some friends. [N;O]

Photo of DearthVader
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz pour into a tulip at the brewpub.

Pours a glowing copper with no trace of a head. Zero signs of lacing as well and the body is quite translucent.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, oak, deliciousness. I sat and smelled this beast for a good 5 minutes. Outstanding.

Taste follows the smell with the vanilla upfront leading to the oaked bourbon finish. Was expecting more bourbon on this one, but still very nice.

Silky smooth mouthfeel will definite traces of the alcohol, but that's what is expected.

Very happy I got to try this. Made a trip out today with the girlfriend just to get away from home and am pleasantly surprised to find they tapped a keg today.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Footbalm pulled this one out of his cellar to share with the Boise Peeps a while back... I couldn't tell with a cursory once over, but Eric says this is the first bottled batch... very cool!! The first batch was a whale of mine for a long time and may have to step back up into those shoes.

I got one of the first pours and it shows deep reddish orange... very clear.. nice tan head.

nose is amazing and only shows hints of EtOH on the finish.. plently of caramel... maple... vanilla prior.. very rich.

flavor has a good oaky tannic aspect that adds a nice drying quality amidst all the malts... vanilla bean with some almonds and toffee.... plummy dark fruits.. maybe some hints of oxidation that mesh well with the overall product....

big body for sure... carbonation seemed restrained as it should be... a very slow sipper.... SAS said this bottle was his favorite after the Veritas.

Seems like a blown out of the water English BW.

Thanks a bunch Eric... I appreciate that you remember after all this time to bring this up to share.... pretty badass.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Great, an English-style barleywine from Alpine Beer Company out of Alpine, California.

Score: 95

October 2013 vintage bottle served in a Ballast point snifter and enjoyed on 02/11/2014. Thank you Brandon for sharing this delectable treat while letting us crash at your place Darkness Day weekend!

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown color with a few wisps of tan head that quickly settle to a ring around the glass. 4/5

Smell: Ton of rich, fruity, and desserty aromas present: brown sugar, toffee, dates, sweet dark fruit, caramel, whiskey, vanilla cake, and light oak notes too. Smells more like a quad a la Westy 12, rather than a barleywine. There is a very faint aged hops smell present too, a la an aged IPA. 4.5/5

Taste: Candied dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. More dark fruit-forward than nose. Molasses and a hint of soda syrup underlie as well, lingering past the finish. A little alcohol warmth on the finish too. Malty, rich flavor profile. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation level. Malty sweet and rich, but not cloying. No alcohol astringency, while possessing a robust warmth. 4.5/5

Overall: Smells and drinks more like a quad than a barrel aged barleywine, which makes this unique. Seek this one out with confidence.

Cost: $10.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Great from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.