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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 570
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,375
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
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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Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into old guardian snifter.

Pours hardly any head. However there is a ring of foam. Very slight lace. Color is a mahogany brown copper.

Aroma: Massive bourbon oak. Vanilla with a very nice fall flavored spice. The oak is dead on. Tons of malt; caramel and toffee flavors. Burnt sugar. Very solid.

Taste: Rich and malty. Toffee and caramel. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very warm. Burnt sugar with some sweet notes. This beer has a very slight amount of alcohol showing for the high abv. Tons of malt with little hop showing. Great bourbon flavors blending this beer together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich. The carbonation is a little lower, but it really works well with this beer. It has a fairly large body. It is ends sweet and malty, relatively clean. After discussion with my homie Pete dog, I notice the bitterness of the hops. I am glad he picked up on that as it is an American Bwine.

Overall, a very solid bwine. It is big, smooth, and drinkable. Lots of flavor and the bourbon barrels really tied the beer together to make it complex, yet drinkable. I am glad I had a chance to try this one. Very solid.

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Photo of portia99
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with srandycarter. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours with an ever so slight yeast murkiness in a gorgeous dark amber brown color with reddish tinges to it in the right light. No head forms at all, but a nice thick collar of tan color and a steady stream of bubbles rising up off of the laser etching in the bottom of the glass. This is tempting me to take that first sip.

S - Yeasty and very bread dough-like in aroma...smells like fresh dough before going into the oven. Some malty, caramel, molasses aromas, sweet bourbon in a sorta heavy way...almost like a bourbon reduction sauce. Alcohol is also quite noticeable in the aroma too which isn't surprising given the 14% level here. Overall, a heavy, almost syrupy impression from the aroma.

T - Taste is quite sweet overall. Up front is caramelized sugar, toffee, molasses in a mixture together that blends with the bourbon. Bourbon doesn't have heat to it, just nice flavor added, some vanilla and alcohol flavors. Bready malt and yeast flavors kick in to round things out. Hops do not add any flavor character, just a touch of bitternes, although I think the bourbon edge does more to balance this than the hops do. Good flavors, somewhat unique...a bit heavier, deeper than others of the style. I want to say that there is a smokiness to this, maybe a bit of the char off the barrels.

M - Very thick and syrupy in nature. Mouthfeel is extremely full with only a light carbonation to liven things up. Flavors here are heavy and the body complements this. Smooth, sticky, mouth coating and extremely viscous. Overall heavy but a really nice sipper all around.

D - Hmm, tough call. Alcohol is quite high at 14%, which is a real impediment to drinkability, but the alcohol seems to only add flavor and character without the heat that I would expect (a definite plus). Mouthfeel is rich and full - pretty much a thin syrup. A sipper all the way, and I appreciate the decision to put this in 12oz bottles...this is absolutely the perfect serving. Trying to put down a bomber of this would be enjoyable, but hard work.

This would really be a quite expensive (and debatably a waste of this beer) marinade, but I think reducing this down a bit and using this as a marinade and/or barbecue glaze would on beef, steak tips especially, maybe chicken too would be absolutely amazing.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, murky brown pour with only a small sliver of head. Pretty much as expected.

The aroma is a pounding assault of caramel and bready malts. Oh man, this is GREAT (!). Some pine resin, vanilla, and boozy heat round it out. My first impression is that this beer is going to be right up my alley.

First sip and it appears that I am correct. Although this the bottle label calls this a "barrel aged barleywine" I think the American Strong Ale category suits it best because to me it is a cross between an English Barleywine and a Wee Heavy. And it is decadent. Rich caramel and biscuity malts engulf the mouth with full flavor. I'm picking up notes of cocoa powder, toffee, and vanilla which is surely the byproduct of the barrel aging treatment. My throat and belly burn from the high ABV, and the noticeable heat does serve as a reminder that you need to sip on this beast and resist the urge to chug.

The body is full and carbonation is low. The alcohol burn is a bit of a detractor.

Drinkability is extremely high in the sense that I would purchase this again in a heartbeat, but I have to dock this a bit simply because I am already worn out after less than 6 oz.

Overall this is a world class beer in my opinion. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notches darker than the norm...pour a deep mahogany amber color with a shallow off white head that fades quickly without leaving much lacing behind. The smell is unique aggressive and amazing! I'm overwhelmed by the complexity...initially comes across with that classic corny butterscotch then an intense maple syrup over Aunt Jemima Eggo waffles or the revelation that an easy way to kick up a pancake batter is to add a dash of vanilla extract follows. Light carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied with a creamy smooth texture and chewy character...Full flavored, the rich sweet characteristics of the nose are mirrored in taste and enhanced nicely by the body. Maple pancakes with vanilla accents and black licorice, caramel and dark fruit experience. It all lingers quite nicely. The 14% ABV is extremely well integrated. A booziness is present and expected, to some extent in this style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Azurelimits for breaking this out at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a fairly-bright dirty copper with a tiny whisp of a tan head.

S: Very rich bourbon alongside some caramel, toffee, sweet malts, and alcohol (although not nearly as much as would be expected from a brew of this alcohol level).

T: Lots going on with the bourbon beautifully complementing the sweet maltiness of the base beer. Some nice woodiness as well as loads of caramel.

M: Medium body with a low level of carbonation and moderate booziness.

D: Very delicious. Not extremely complex, but just done so incredibly well.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Joe (steelersxl) for sharing this at his tasting. Review from notes on 1/30/10

A - Poured deep amber, ruby/garnet highlights in the light and no head. 4.0

S - Wow there is lots of bourbon and lots of caramel here. It's like Emeril went BAM with bourbon in this barleywine. Touch of dark fruits and vanilla too. 4.5

T - Very much like the aroma, there is plenty going on here. Everything you could want in a barleywine, plus the bourbon. Pretty sweet too, nearing the cloying department but it just barely toes the line. 4.5

M - Somewhat slick and chewy. Big body here. Very low to no carbonation. 3.5

D - Very good. The alcohol is obvious but for its abv, it drinks very well. 3.5

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Photo of MikeBuff
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz btl poured into a Bruery tulip glass, from BA member JerryBullfrog

A- Pours a darker amber color with no head even with a more aggressive pouring.

S- The nose of this beer is mellow with a sweet background, no really prelude to what you are about to experience.

T- This is really where this beer shines, the first taste you get is a sweet malty taste. As soon as you swallow you get coco, nutty and oak/vanilla flavor. This lingers for a while in the most enjoyable way. The 14% is integrated to a point where I would not believe it unless I saw it on the bottle.

M- The mouth feel for of this beer is prefect. I got a little worried when I poured and saw no head I expected a flat beer but it complemented the sweetness of this beer and allowed the after taste to show.

D- This is a great sipping beer, I am glad I had to pleasure to try this. It has great complexity and is such a great beer, grab this while you can.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A: The pour is a deep, dark amber color with some nice ruby highlights and no head.

S: An amazing nose to this beer: plenty of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and whiskey. All the things you'd expect from some quality -bal aging.

T: The flavor is just as enjoyable as the aroma. Lots of sweetness in the form of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of butterscotch and molasses. The vanilla and whiskey come through nicely here, providing a bit of warmth as well.

M: The body is quite full with very low carbonation and a definite warming sensation.

D: This beer has indeed earned it's name. Quite a *great* beer that I'd love to have again. Yes, I know it was an awful joke.

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Photo of nickd717
4.86/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt caramel color with a minuscule head.

Scent of caramel, sweet bourbon, oak, a touch of brandy, sugars, grain, and faint alcohol. The alcohol is surprisingly hidded in this wonderful aroma.

Taste of strong sugars, caramel, sweet bourbon, oak, earth, nuts, and light alcohol. Strong and complex, not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy bodied with a very light carbonation, excellent.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hophead84 for giving me a bottle of this most excellent beer.

Pours a rich orange-ish amber-y color. Just a few wisps of bubbles here and there and the barest hint of a crust of foam (that vanishes as rapidly as my optimism towards life did when I reached puberty).

Smells glorious. Rich butterscotch, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits notes along with a hint, just a hint, of citrus. And bourbon, too, of course. A luscious brown sugary bourbon.

Phenomenal flavor. More toffee, more butterscotch, bourbon, notes of oak/wood that ripple along the deep, enticing flavor. It's a sweet beer, but there is a tang of hops to it ... not much though. The fruits and deep brown sugary malt really blend together fantastically, and the bourbon just tops it all off.

Dangerously drinkable, nice juicy/thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle received in a trade with ArthurPendragon. Thanks man. Poured into a snifter, the beer is dark brown with crimson highlights and a small head.

The nose is very rich, with notes of dark toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel, and prominent bourbon. The dried fruit character is similar to figs, dates, prunes, and perhaps plums. A faint nuttiness is present. I've not encountered anything else like it. Very unique and very nice. The 14% is well hidden. Intoxicating. A light oxidation quality is similar to sherry. Rich and unabashed.

The flavor is even richer than the aroma, if that can be believed. Big boozey bourbon notes are in communion with caramel, brown sugar cookies, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dates, figs, plums, and prunes. The combination of toffee and nuttiness is not unlike peanut brittle. Sherry-like oxidation is graceful. The alcohol is very well hidden in the bottle. I didn't find that to be the case with the draught version. Bow before this beast. I think 6oz would be a perfect serving size, and I have double the number before me. I definitely should have split this with another. This is very well done. Seek it out.

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Photo of younger35
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from JessetheHutt in a nice little trade. I loves me a good Barleywine, especially when they're barrel aged. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson brown with a fairly small off-white foamy head. A small collar remains the entire beer but not a spot on the cap. No lacing what-so-ever as well.
Smell- Intensely rich and super pungent as the barrel is wonderfully noticeable and full of goodness. The brown sugar and caramel are abundant as is a light oak and vanilla. Almost fruity as well with a dark cherry and cranberry like aspect along with a bit of raisin. The oak is just chocked full of vanilla and woody goodness, damn it smells good. Can't wait to take a sip of this bad boy.
Taste- Just as intense as I was hoping for as the vanilla and wood ooze out of this beauty. The caramel and toffee are ridiculously intense but thankfully not sweet. A few bourbon notes make their way through and as they mix with the alcohol it gets slightly warm. Some cherry and dark fruits are more than abundant as well as a bit of cola and tree bark. Something slightly medicinal and root like but honestly it's just so intense and so much going on, it's just part of the beer. The finish is full of caramel and vanilla and a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a nice full bodied feel and light slick carbonation.
Drinkability- Really freaking good Barleywine. But saying that, the 14% is rather noticeable after a while. I like how the beer is super intense and chocked full of caramel but not sweet. A little bit of time will definitely help things and now I wish I would have traded for two. Thanks much Jess!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jesus this was good. I had been wanting to try this one forever, and many thanks for getting it in the white whale BIF. Served chilled and poured into a 6oz snifter, this one was enjoyed on 1/16/2010.

The pour was deep, dark brown, with no light penetrating it at all. Small head forms on top, just thin bubbles really before it settles back down and just lightly rings the outside of the glass throughout the rest of the session.

Aroma is the most intense thing i have come across. Rich butterscotch and toffee notes, huge buttery sweetness just rolling and tumbling through the air. Sublime. Warming brings out nice notes of vanilla and wood that seem to subtly filter through the air. The delicate butterscotch flavor seemed to be neverending. Sweet nectar of the gods here. Smooth, delicous perfection, this is nailed beyond what I could have imagined. simply sublime.

Overall this is better then I could have hoped for. A superb version of a barrel aged barleywine. The vanilla and toffee notes from the barrel are perfect, mellow and subdued are the orginal hops from the beer, instead a sultry, sweet, and superb flavor have come forward. If every barrel aged beer I have is like this I would be a happy man.

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Photo of vacax
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great poured into my glass a dark brown color with almost no visible carbonation until I stopped pouring and a few strands of head formed before disappearing within the next minute or so. I don't expect a large creamy head from something in this alcohol range, but I expect more than this.

The aroma emanates maple, bourbon, booze, caramelized sugars, and a tad of peaty dryness. Pretty far out. Tastes of toffee, but not as sweet, peaty, slightly earthy. Finish has a full bitterness to it with a lingering bourbon and maple character. Yes, this one is big and boozy, but it is oh so good. Full in body, but maybe lighter than expected. Despite the lack of visible carbonation, there are plenty of tiny prickly bubbles to enhance the flavor. Very high quality example of the style. High drinkability for what it is, not quite perfect, but high. Good good stuff.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by largadeer (Chris), courtesy of ArthurPendragon. Thanks guys.

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber, with almost no head. Scattered bubbles on top with a VERY thin collar. Translucent honey edges. IMO it's too carbonated to be a proper English barleywine, but it looks inviting.

S: Butterscotch, toffee, peanut brittle, a bit of soy-like oxidation, caramel, toast. There's something darkly savory that reminds me of that tamarind chutney commonly paired with samosas.

T: Lots of butterscotch, toffee, peanut brittle, and caramel. It's pretty attenuated and doesn't leave a lot of lingering sweetness; there is a leathery savoriness (again, calling to mind tamarind chutney) throughout that helps balance the sugars. A hint of dry oxidation in the finish that works very well for this beer. There isn't much bourbon or wood at all, but vanilla does appear from time to time. As it warms, it gets more tannic and astringent.

M: Chewy, warm, smooth. Viscous. Very restrained, with a mild and mellow heat (nowhere near 14%).

D: This is really, really good. The barrel-aging is VERY subtle, and it hits the zone for me when it's at the upper range of the "recommended" drinking temperature. Lovely. I want more. It's pricey as hell at $11 a 12oz, but this may be one of the few beers where I think it's actually worth it, like a Hair of the Dog special release. [EDIT: I have been informed that this was $8 / 12oz at the release. That is well worth it, IMO.]

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Photo of mcallister
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of an english barley wine. Murky chestnut color with only a hint of tan fizz that leaves a splotch of foam here and there.

Man noses on beers don't get much better than this. Everything comes through and adds depth and complexity to each other instead of one thing overpowering. Dried fruit character you would expect in fig and date with caramel and toffee undertones. Some red currant that then leads into some woodsy aromas and that sweet bourbon scent. Just a great smelling bw.

Ahhhh why I love English barley wines so much on top of that add bourbon barrel aging and you have one of the best beers I've tried in a long long while. A dessert style beer very sweet with mission fig, rum soaked rasins, caramel, date, currant, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol burn, a perfect tingly mouthfeel from a hint of carbonation that adds to the complexity. Slight oxidation and sherry quality. Christ this is good.

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Photo of waltonc
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JessetheHutt for throwing in this great brew as an extra in our trade. Awesome.

I am to bourbon barrel barleywines what Nelly is to cornrows - a sucker.

Pours hazy garnet/brown in color with ample tan carbonation. Smells of bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, and lots of toffee, among others. I like it, but the buttery toffee component is a little too much for my taste - reminds me a bit of Olde Bluehair's smell. Taste is outstanding - those same toffee, bourbon, raisin and brown sugar qualities are all quite strong, and blend together well. Not hoppy at all, this sits on the line where barleywines end and old ales begin. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, coating, and well-supported by ample carbonation. At 14%, I was expecting to have difficulty drinking this, but those concerns proved unfounded.

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Photo of mikey711
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not much head, not much lace. Prune juice appearance. Brown and opaque.

S - Prune juice smell. And booze.

T - Prune juice taste. Raisins, booze, etc.

M - Kinda harsh. Out of whack. Big beer. Probably would benefit from a year in the cellar. Pretty good now, though.

D - Oh, no, one is more than enough.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.61/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the source and shared with the very lovely Aimstatus; poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass at 52 degrees.

A: An opaque brown body that exhibited absolutely no head or lace-like qualities. I contribute this to the high alcohol by volume, but still, not quite what I had anticipated for this beer.

S: Tons of bourbon/whiskey, brown sugar, and molasses seem to be the main components along with a strong alcohol presence. In many ways, the barrel aroma coming off this beer reminded of Lost Abbey's Bourbon Angel Share.

T: Bourbon sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, and perhaps some vanilla from the barrel. The beer also comes off as being a bit "green"; hints of green apple/acetaldehyde characteristics. The alcohol is hidden very well.

M: You can feel some of the sugars sit on the palate, which I guess in some ways adds some body...but overall...a bit dry and thin throughout most parts.

D: Even though I enjoyed the many flavors this beer possessed, I found myself only able to finish my 6-8 oz. pour.

Overall: If cellared correctly, this beer could age beautifully. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Great from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.