Great - Alpine Beer Company
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3.89/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 21:15:36 | More by brother_kenneth
4.69/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Dark amber with just a smidge of head.
A ton of toast and malt with warm, vanilla toffee on the nose.
Huge, rich, full. Flavors of candy caramel with light vanilla and coconut. Hints of cherry and mincemeat, rum and sherry.
Unctuous. Stands out among the very best barrel aged barleywines, or barrel aged beers, I've had.
Serving type: on-tap
12-11-2013 04:22:17 | More by errantnight
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. 2013 batch drank on 11/22/13.
Smells incredibly sweet with the dark fruits, (raisins, prunes, figs) caramel, toffee, oak, malt and a slight boozy scent. Taste is a lot of malty, whiskey barrel and oak up front with caramel, toffee being prevalent and a slight taste of sweet dried fruits. Appearance was very dark brown with very little head that faded away quickly.
Overall a very good barleywine from Alpine that is sweeter than most and best enjoyed as a sipper to relish in all that flavor. Very sweet at first but this beer gets better sip by sip and is definitely worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 07:28:36 | More by BullBearHawk
Great from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.