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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: 1,182
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
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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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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Oregon

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California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alpine during SDBW:

A - Pours a dark, opaque, chestnut color with a nice layer of creamy foam that eventually subsides to a thin cream colored lacing.

S - Dark molasses, brown sugar, brandy and bourbon, raisins, figs, dates and slightly boozy, vanilla. Nice complexity. A little chocolate.

T - Raisins, rum, chocolate, vanilla, maple sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and ever so slight pine bitterness that's constantly buried beneath the complex and thick malt body. For a barley wine, the alcohol effervescence in very nicely hidden and what's left leaves very mild alcohol burn on the way down. Partially lingers on the pallate and with a rum, brown sugar, and molasses flavor. Toasted caramel and toffee malt.

M - Thick, heavy, viscous, sticky on the lips.

O - Mellow and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 06:18:45 | More by jzeilinger
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.9%

11-18-2011 20:52:38 | More by Scrumtralecent
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

11-18-2011 15:00:10 | More by jh1982
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New Hampshire

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California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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District of Columbia

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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Texas

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Pennsylvania

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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.9%

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scottfrie

California

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to shawnm213 for this one!

A: Pours a murky raisin brown with a very short lived thin dark tan head that quickly bubbled away into a faint collar that left no lace.
S: Rich notes of sweet dark fruits, a touch of vanilla and toffee, and a bit of basement must.
T: Follows the nose and tastes a lot like an old ale. I get a slight bit of oxidation as well. Flavors consist of raisins, plums, dates and other dark fruits combined with sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, leather and spicy whisky barrel. The whisky and alcohol are very well integrated. The finish is sweet and almost berry-like, and the aftertaste is spicy, warming, oxidized and full of vanilla, cocoa and light tobacco notes.
M: Full bodied, thick viscous and slick mouthfeel , and very low carbonation that is tingly on my palate. The double digit alcohol is hidden extremely well.
O: A very rich and potent barleywine. The low carbonation works very well with the strong flavors. Aside from the slight oxidation this beer would be near perfect. Thanks again Shawn!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:20:22 | More by scottfrie
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. On tap at Alpine during 2011 San Diego Beer Week. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear deep reddish amber with light stone foamy head, which recedes quickly to a ring that retains quite well.

S: Dried red fruit and well integrated bourbon, toffee/caramel, oak and spice, and just a whiff of strawberry as it warms.

T: Nice bourbon, caramel and brown sugar, and citrus flavor, finishing with some winter spices and oak. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable as it warms, but pretty well hidden otherwise and admirable considering the ABV.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really drinkable, awesome flavors, balanced, and nicely integrated barrel. More barrel characteristics than some of the recent Alpine -bal releases (like BA Token), if you were wondering. Probably one of my favorite barleywines of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 23:57:33 | More by pmarlowe
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this longtim want of mine.

A - Orangish brown colored beer that's fairly opaque. Off-white head didn't stay for long and left some pretty minor stuff on the sides.

S - Caramel, burnt sugar, a bit of vanilla. There's a lot of sweet fruit in here, particularly cherries. Alcohol is dangerously hidden.

T - Really nice. Has a great barleywine base that is complimented by the bourbon and barrel aging. Some sweeter fruit notes as well.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer, wish it came in bigger bottles. No complaints on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:41:55 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this one. Excellent tick!

A - Pours a copper color, light tan head, no cap, thin collar.

S - Sweet caramel, burnt sugars, brown sugar, touch of vanilla, and it's amazing how well-hidden the alcohol is. Very sweet, rich, and such smooth booze. Wow!

T - Like the nose, very sweet and rich. Caramel, burnt sugars, vanilla, brown sugar, oak. Where's the 14%? I don't think I've ever had a beer where the alcohol is so well-hidden. Excellent. I could see this one being too sweet for some, but I guess I like 'em sweet.

M - Medium, syrupy, rich, creamy finish.

O - A stunner from Alpine that I really enjoyed sipping on. The alcohol is nonexistent on the nose and palate, which boggles my mind. An excellent barley wine from the one of the best Hop-producing breweries out there...that says a lot. A must-try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 16:05:51 | More by Sean9689
Great from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.