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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: 1,171
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)
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-22-2013 10:50:30 | More by heavenlyStash
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oline73

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-22-2013 05:56:22 | More by oline73
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-22-2013 02:04:49 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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CardsWinAgain

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-21-2013 05:20:29 | More by CardsWinAgain
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

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
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blabaer

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-15-2013 19:44:55 | More by blabaer
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Sisky

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-15-2013 01:03:15 | More by Sisky
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errantnight

California

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
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dctriman

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-09-2013 16:33:32 | More by dctriman
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Hefewiseman

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-09-2013 02:31:55 | More by Hefewiseman
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MrNate

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.9%

12-09-2013 02:25:19 | More by MrNate
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

12-03-2013 06:11:35 | More by MarkyMOD
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-03-2013 04:03:13 | More by eawolff99
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-01-2013 03:57:33 | More by bpfrush
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -11.3%

11-26-2013 21:16:32 | More by ncaudle
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

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
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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

11-22-2013 01:36:53 | More by XmnwildX12
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

11-21-2013 18:43:47 | More by sideshowe
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

11-21-2013 18:37:59 | More by jegross2
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.9%

11-18-2013 20:47:48 | More by browniewithnuts
Great from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.