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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 1,315
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
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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12oz bottle into a teku glass.

dark red pour with a slight head. smell of slight bourbon and dark fruits...quite appealing! taste is smooth as silk with the dark fruits and slight bourbon finish. body isnt even that thick honestly...its really creamy and so smooth. damn tasty. probably the best barrel aged barleywine in existence... definitely worth the hype. so greaT! worth the hype. trade for it NOW!

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Thanks to jwk7324 for this beer.

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap; vintage 2013.

poured into a SP wine stem.

Appearance: murky and opaque dark brown bodied beer with a thick cap of dirty white head that drops down to thin cap and thin ring around glass that remains the entire time while drinking the entire 12oz pour.(drank this 12 oz pour of beer over the course of 2 hours)

Smell: Very malty and sweet aromas like all "GREAT" barrel aged barleywines. The nose has tons of caramel, bourbon, oak, and dark fruits. Hint of hoppiness. Robust yet balanced and nuanced aromoas from this brew!

Taste: This beer is loaded with caramel and bourbon which has very strong flavor profile in the front of this beer. Hints of wet oak, coconut, and honey. Lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, and light toffee. The beer finishes fairly sweet with a light bitterness lingering long after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. Rich and mouthcoating. Its a bit boozy even straight out of the fridge before this beer has warmed up. I could also use a a few more bubbles because this is almost has a syrupy mouthfeel and some bubbles would help to break that up developing syrup feel of the beer.

Overall: Alpine Great very much reminds me of Kuhnhenn BA 4D. Great is also reminicent of really fresh Mother of all Storms. I think that Alpine Great is not an American Barleywine; rather it is more of a cross between a barrel aged English Barleywine and a barrel aged Old Ale in my opinion. This beer is huge and flavorful; my recommendation is to split a 12 bottle with a friend because 6oz of Great is enough for one sitting.

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A- Dark caramel brown body, minimal head, a bit of lacing. Looks like a barleywine, to be honest which already isn't a striking style in terms of A.

S- Caramel, toffee, sweet whiskey, oak, cocoa, dark fruit, a touch of citrus and pine. But the hops come nowhere near dominating the malt and whiskey.

F- Complex yet sweet. Caramel and toffee dominate, strong bourbon flavours add complexity and some bitter burnt malt. Hop character is present more as a balancing ingredient to all the sweetness. All flavours have melded very well.

M- Thick, caramelly and almost syrupy but not quite to the point where it would be off-putting. Smooth, sweet and balanced. Zero heat.

O- An American barleywine that drinks more like what an English barleywine does; little American hop flavours come out yet its just enough to make it interesting. Importantly, it balances out the sweet malts that would otherwise make it too cloying. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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