1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
GreatGreat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

425 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 425
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,168
Gots: 69 | FT: 7
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)
View: Beers (45) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 140 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kscaldef
kscaldef

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-16-2014 18:34:13 | More by kscaldef
Photo of Dawkins
Dawkins

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-16-2014 04:08:44 | More by Dawkins
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:39:05 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of DeutschesBier
DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-12-2014 21:36:10 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of ChrisChagnon
ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-11-2014 20:22:02 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of zac16125
zac16125

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a snifter
2013 vintage

A big thanks to socalbrewlvr for sending over this long time want in a trade!

A: Pours a very dark brown, with reddish hues when held to light. Tan colored head builds, but not even enough to cover the entire surface, as just a ring is formed around the outer edge. Leaves only a trace patch of lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy bourbon along with sweet dark fruits and caramel. There are some cocoa notes, as well as vanilla and faint oak from the barrel. I also get some boozy ethanol.

T: Incredible right from the first sip. Lots of sweetess, with candied sugar and a huge caramel/toffee presence. There are also some rich dark fruits, like dates. The bourbon notes aren't strong, mostly on the finish, with a bit of oaky-vanilla. There is a subtle hop bitterness, but this certainly drinks more like an English-style BW than an American-style BW (which is a good thing in my book).

M/D: Very smooth, carbonation appropriately low, a bit chewy. It has a whole body warming sensation. Maybe a touch syrupy, but the ABV is non-existent, and drinkability is great.

O: Fantastic beer. One of those rare beers that I take the first sip, and literally say "wow". Easily in the top handful of barleywine's Ive ever had. Well worth the wait. A must try. Thanks again socalbrewlvr!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:29:02 | More by zac16125
Photo of littlebeer
littlebeer

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

01-09-2014 09:47:31 | More by littlebeer
Photo of mvdillman
mvdillman

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-09-2014 01:45:59 | More by mvdillman
Photo of phishbfm
phishbfm

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-08-2014 15:41:51 | More by phishbfm
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Vanlingleipa recently and drunk last night while breaking in GTA at Doopie's place. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking white head that quickly recedes to a bubbly ring only. A hazy mahogany red in color with no real carbonation evident. A light ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Wonderful nose. Bourbon, oak, coconut, some caramel and toffee sweetness, with lots of fresh maple syrup over the whole thing. Really decadent.

TASTE: Very flavorful again. Bourbon, oak and lots of maple syrup sweetness the whole way through. A touch of spicy alcohol at the swallow, then a big and lingering finish of bourbon, maple syrup, coconut and caramel sweetness. No heat lingers at all. Could use a little bit of bitterness as balance, but this is decadently sweet and delicious. Desert in a bottle.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down great and finishes sticky on the palate. No bite or heat at all; the 14% is nowhere to be found. Impressive.

OVERALL: This was outstanding. Awesomeness in a bottle. The flavor could use a touch of bitterness to help balance the overwhelming sweetness, but in small doses, this isn't an issue at all. I'm also surprised this was just aged in Jack Daniels barrels and there was no use of maple anything in its creation. Wonderfully flavorful and decadent with an impressive, non boozy feel to go with it. A real treat. Thanks again Vanlingleipa. Good times Doopie!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 08:44:29 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Docrock
Docrock

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-04-2014 05:46:49 | More by Docrock
Photo of Danimal25
Danimal25

Illinois

3/5  rDev -33.5%

01-04-2014 01:01:37 | More by Danimal25
Photo of Holland
Holland

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

12-30-2013 22:45:51 | More by Holland
Photo of VAbdoyan
VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-30-2013 03:11:51 | More by VAbdoyan
Photo of smutty33
smutty33

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-27-2013 01:47:54 | More by smutty33
Photo of savagepm
savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

12-26-2013 02:21:41 | More by savagepm
Photo of ezperkins2
ezperkins2

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

12-24-2013 05:58:58 | More by ezperkins2
Photo of badboy7113
badboy7113

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-24-2013 02:04:32 | More by badboy7113
Photo of Rado
Rado

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-23-2013 18:22:10 | More by Rado
Photo of beernads
beernads

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-23-2013 18:12:11 | More by beernads
Photo of mendvicdog
mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

12-23-2013 17:36:20 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of duceswild
duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

12-23-2013 03:21:07 | More by duceswild
Photo of Lucho
Lucho

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-23-2013 02:22:38 | More by Lucho
Photo of CTJman
CTJman

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-22-2013 16:41:36 | More by CTJman
Photo of heavenlyStash
heavenlyStash

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-22-2013 10:50:30 | More by heavenlyStash
Great from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.