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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,181
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
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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d0ggnate

California

4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After much anticipation, I've finally got the opportunity to try this offering from Alpine, due to their recent release.

After time to warm to room temp, Great poured to my glass a brown/reddish hue with nearly no head. With my glass held to light, this beer appears deep, almost ruby, red.

At first nose, I notice a very noticeable, but not overwhelming bourbon aroma. Other notes of molasses and rich malt abound. Sweet, sugary smells arise from the glass, as well. Complex smell profile keeps my nose in the glass throughout my trial of Great.

At taste, I find a bit of crushed red grapes, with more bourbon familiarity. Heavy, but balanced malt tastes last from beginning to end. Finishes on my palate with a sugary bite.

Decent consistency at mouthfeel. A bit watery for my taste, but still nice. Very well balanced flavors and body, with a great alcohol warming effect without being overtaken by this 14% beast. I was very impressed with this beer and would love to put this side by side with other barrel-aged barleywines. Something tells me time will improve this "great" beer, too.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 05:40:34 | More by d0ggnate
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Great from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.