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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,216
Gots: 67 | 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:
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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Photo of juhl31
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

catching up on my SDBW reviews...had on tap at alpine. '09 vintage...

-dark brown with a light brown head. very clear with soda looking carbonation

-big bourbon nose up front followed by some burnt caramel, molasses and special B flavors

-lighter colored sugar flavors - caramel, molasses, butterscotch, bourbon, some dark fruits. the most complex beer of the week

-very clean. not too hot and not as thick as you would think

-again, probably the most complex beer i had the entire beer week as far as total flavor notes involved. very glad to have had it. alpine is impressing me for sure

juhl31, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%

12 oz. bottle courtesy of a BA whose username has been lost to the ages (and a crashed computer). Been aging this one for a year or so - excited to give it a try.

Appearance: Pours a deep, vermilion rosewood, transparent when held up to intense light, but dark enough otherwise that it's for all practical purposes opaque. Nicely hued, really, but the 14% makes itself known pretty quickly. The half finger of moderately tanned head fizzles and fades fairly quickly, as does the surface lace. And the collar. And the lacing on the side of the glass. I mean, it's not that it's not expected, but a little bit of something here would be nice.

Aroma: Huge sugars, free and intense, suggest caramel, molasses, honey, and whiskey-macerated citrus and stone fruits. Peaches, grapefruit, raisins, and cherry notes intermingle with a ton of sweet, golden vanilla notes, toasty wood, and a slew of rye whiskey.

Taste: Interesting dichotomy, this beer. First, it's definitely well aged - the malts dominate this one, and the sweetness shines through boldly. Sweet, gingery, cookie-like caramel notes, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses coat the tongue and intermingle with a huge slew of slightly nutty, toasty coconut. The barrel contributes a lot more, too - in fact, the barrel notes dominate the hop notes that I know must have once been pretty strong here. Huge vanilla joins the coconut, but both are overshadowed by enormously spicy, slightly sweet, roasted whiskey notes. Lord only knows how much of the 14% of this beer is contributed by pure spirit addition, but I imagine it's gotta be at least a percentage point or so on the top. There're obviously some remnants of hop notes here, but the bitterness has all but faded to a dull, persistent roar in the background, and most of the hop flavor notes have faded similarly. Only a few dashes of herbal spiciness remain, moderately leafy, minty, and slightly citrusy at points, with the free sugars amplifying the fruity aspects that do remain, like canned peaches or grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, and nearly devoid of carbonation. But it works. As an aside, I thought the cap on this one wasn't on quite right - it seemed to flair out in a way that suggested improper capping. But when it was cracked, there was a faint hiss, and I am detecting a faint sizzle somewhere deep, deep within the body of this beer. It's hard to differentiate at times from the sizzle courtesy of the mammoth alcohol bill, but it's there. Somehow, though, the faint carbonation and thick, chewy, fat body work wonderfully with the sweetness of the base beer.

Drinkability: I didn't love this beer. The 14.0% is definitely here, affecting the appearance, and the carbonation level is a little low, even for a beer this chunky and chewy. That being said, there's a lot to like here, and I did enjoy it. The aroma was pretty fantastic, and the flavor profile pretty robust and complex. On the whole, it's a mixed bag, and I'm not sure it's worth the $10.99 that was on the cap ... though maybe it'd be different fresh. Gimme some bolder hop notes, a little more lift, and I think this one would be stellar ... essentially, give it to me fresh!

CrellMoset, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

2009 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Can't remember who sent this, but thank you!

Pours a dark, impenetrable yet clear mahogany brown color with a quickly receding, initially two finger thick tan head. Unsurprisingly, the head isn't long for this world and leaves little trace behind. Aroma and flavor are both exceptionally sweet, overly complex and subtly balanced. The nose leads off with a strong boozy whisky and vanilla aroma with softer notes of figs, raisins, plums, brown sugar, caramel and sweet malts. Body is thick and lightly carbonated with a sweet, dry bourbon-y finish. A strong base of caramel, toffee and crisp malts supports the strong oak and woody flavors of the spirits and dark fruits. Incredibly smooth and balanced with surprisingly little alcohol heat throughout, despite the strong booze and spirit presence; this is an exceptional barrel aged beer.

yourefragile, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to JessetheHutt for the bottle.

Great pours a darker, caramel brown color. It's quite hazy, and looks dark copper with backlighting. Carbonation looks to be very light, and produces a head that barely covers the surface. It disappears nearly as fast as it appeared. Lacing was very, very light. The 14% abv obviously killed it.

The nose is damn impressive. Initially, it has a strong dark fruit scent. Raisin, plum, and fig are present in abundance. They're complemented extremely well with a moderately strong whiskey (bourbon?) scent. Smells delicious. The secondary level introduces vanilla, oak, leather, caramel, and even a little tobacco. It's extremely complex and deep. Alcohol is certainly there. At 14%, that should come as no surprise. Go big or go home.

The flavor is every bit as tremendous as the nose! It kicks off with a very nice caramel/toffee flavor. The malt base is strong and sturdy. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, fig, and plum flood the palate and feature a tangy twist. The barrel aging imparts a very nice whiskey or bourbon flavor. It's an extremely nice complement to the dark fruit and caramel malt flavors. Oak, vanilla, tobacco, leather, and even a slight hint of herbal hops take up the secondary level. Alcohol is there and is a little warm. It finishes tangy with a twist of whiskey.

Great has a medium to full body. It feels more substantial with warming. Nice and chewy. Carbonation is very light and restrained. Very creamy and smooth? Yes, it is. Drinkability is good. For a big, barrel aged barleywine, this is quite drinkable. Nonetheless, it is 14% abv. That's damn strong. A 12 oz. bottle is more than plenty.

Great is one hell of a nice beer from Alpine Beer Company. As far as barrel-aged barleywines go, it's among the best. The chinks in its armor are so small that they aren't worth discussing at length. This is a damn fine beer that you should seek out.

As an aside, I saw that this was aged in Jack Daniels barrels, and the label plainly styles this as a bourbon barrel barleywine. I've always been fascinated by the debate about Jack Daniels being Tennessee Whiskey, not bourbon. I digress....

prototypic, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to mikedashg for this one. 12 oz. bottle, 2010 vintage (I think).

3.5 A: A ruddy dark brown color. One eighth inch frothy head falls almost as soon as it is poured and leaves no lacing. Not really that surprising given the beastly ABV.

4.5 S: Rich caramel and toffee dominate. The bourbon and associated components aren't even close to the magnitude of the malts, which makes sense given the amount of malt packed into this bottle, and that's just the way I like it. Anyway, you can pick up moderate amounts of bourbon, leather, and oak. Some vanilla in there as well. Prune and raisin fruitiness with a port-like vinous component. A touch of herbal hops. Booze is pretty well hidden, but is still somewhat noticeable.

3.5 T: The caramel and toffee are still pretty strong, but not as much so as the nose suggested. Prune, raisin, fig, nuts, oak, molasses, and vanilla are next. The bourbon character is bittersweet in the taste. Bourbon, leather, and vanilla work well, but there is definitely a noticeable tannic astringency.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. I was expecting (and looking forward to) a heavy ass body. Still, it's thick enough. This could use a bit more carbonation and could be creamier as well. Otherwise, smooth.

4.0 D: This is a good beer, but it isn't nearly as good as the average score suggests. This doesn't hold a handle to 08 BA Old Ruffian or any vintage of CWBBBW. I'll put it on a similar level to Weyerbacher Insanity in terms of quality, with this being a hell of a lot bigger. I gave this a 4.0 to elevate the overall score a bit since I think the taste is right on the 3.5/4.0 border.

DavoleBomb, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at the brewery. 09 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Served with a light layer of fine white head with poor retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy deep brown. Very spotty and sparse lacing with no stick.

S: Nose is very deep and aromatic. Notes of chocolate, booze, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Also some light prunes and crushed raisin in the back. Rich, warming, and delicious.

T: Opens vanilla, prune, brown sugar, caramel, and nuttiness. Booze is apparent in the back. Toffee with a slight rich tartness towards the middle. Caramel comes in smooth at the end. Slight hop resin at the end with a sweet, brown sugar finish that sticks to the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation, slightly abrasive, and rather hot overall. Oily and smooth in the mouth and warming going down. Messy finish with a sticky aftertaste.

D: Again, I'm still not a huge fan of barleywines but this, along with a couple of others are helping me to turn the corner. Infinitely rich and complex with a very enticing nose and feel. A very good representation of the style.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

2009 vintage on tap at Alpine. Caramel coloered with a small head that recedes to a thin crown. Aroma is amazing, rich caramelized malts wrapped in bourbon, oak and vanilla. Wonderfully oxidized, sherry like with a hint of savoriness. The palate is massively malty and rich. Flavors of butterscotch and bourbon are balanced by tannic oak. Oxidation lends notes of sherry and faint soy sauce. Full, almost syrupy body, yet this is surprisingly easy to drink and very balanced. This was very good from the bottle, but it's outstanding on tap. There's virtually no trace of alcohol, and the balance between beer and barrel is impeccable.

largadeer, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 2010 edition direct from the brewery via Milt on release day. It was an orange amber color with a few stray carb bubbles. Even with a hard pour there was no head. No lacing either. At 14% ABV not really surprised by either.

The aroma heavy on the bourbon, vanilla and oak as expected but also had some really good toffee and caramel undertones. One of the better smelling ba-beers I've had in awhile. The taste follows the aroma with a rich toffee flavor blending nicely with the oaky vanilla components. You can smell and taste the high ABV for sure but it's not overpowering. Rich mouthfeel with good aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent bourbon barleywine. After a bunch of overpowered bourbon bombs, this one nailed it and showed what a ba-beer can be in the right hands. Another homerun from Alpine. Highly recommend if you can find it. Not avail here in TX so got from Milt. Rotation - lucky to get this one so this will probably be it. Would have again but only if sharing with some friends. [N;O]

TexIndy, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +10.6%

2009 aged in Heaven Hill barrels smapled at the Alpine brewpub.

A-Small head that dissipates quickly. Smooth looking hazy brownish ruby color. Nice lacing. Not too thick.

S-Maple syrup, maple wood, lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon.

T-Sweet, smoky oak bourbon barrel. Lots of vanilla, not too much bourbon. Some heat on the finish that warms your belly.

M-Nice and smooth. Medium to full bodied. Lightly carbonated

D-Nice sipper.

ZX6Chris, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of davod23
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip. Thanks, Jason.

As the liquid rushes from the bottle, it appears to be a deep, clear mahogany. A very thin beige cap forms but disappears nearly instantly. 14%, you say? Holding it to the light, it's apparent that the beer is not just brown, but closer to a slightly murky, deep reddish brown. The beer sticks to the inside of the glass when I swirl it. Impressive legs. I wish the head could have stuck around a while longer, and I wish the beer had a bit more clarity. Overall good though.

Smell. The booze stings the nostrils. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla straight up front, with a caramel and sweet malt backing. This smells very sweet - I've had three flies try to divebomb the beer. Very nice, but would be improved with moderation of the booze.

The taste is nice. Boozy, to be sure. This thing could stand to sit a while. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, and caramel are all present in a sweet conglomeration - honestly, this drinks pretty good, but if it were any sweeter I would have a major problem with it.

Mouthfeel is appropriate. Low level of carbonation, smooth and creamy up front, with a very tannic finish. The finish is actually somewhat bracing.

Drinkability is decent for the style and for the alcohol content. This is a sipping beer, treat it with respect.

I've had this beer on three different occasions. The first was at Stone Oakquinox from a jockey box, and I thought it was the best thing there - I was bowled over by it. The second was both 2005 and 2009 versions at the brewpub, and I was let down - I recall there being a weird smell akin to cat food in the 2005, and the 2009 needed some time to round into form. I'd rate this most recent experience to be in between those prior ones. This is a good beer, but there are a number of other barrel-aged barleywines that are better, IMO. If you can get two bottles of Great, do it, and sit on one of them for about 10 years and see what happens to it.

davod23, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%

6 oz. pour of 2005 Great on-tap at Alpine Brewing. Review from notes.

One finger off white head that sits atop a super dark ruby body. Head eventually disappears and leaves no lacing behind. Oily legs.

Smells of super rich caramel and toffee. Then some bourbon and oak, but the pungent sweet scent of caramel and toffee are the focus here.

Tastes of raisins, plumbs, and a vinous component. Then caramel/toffee, bourbon, vanilla and oak. A rich, sweet, and complex brew.

The mouthfeel is thick syrupy and nicely carbed. Smooth, but a bit palate crushing by the end.

Alcohol is well hidden, but it is a heavy and somewhat palate crushing brew. A real treat that I was stoked to have the opportunity to try.

billshmeinke, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Bobbydigi
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%

12 oz bottle via Brian, thanks bud!

A - Very dark brown/deep red with a small half in white head that disappears very quick leaving no lacing

S - Lot of bourbon up front but there is some complexity going on. Vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits all come into play.

T - Bourbon and booze up front but just like the smell it has the underlying fruit and vanilla.

M - Pretty thick but silky smooth. Unfortunately its flat but that doesn't really ruin a beer like this but it would have been a much better beer with some bubbles.

D - I am glad I have another bottle to try in a year or so, hopefully the booze mellows a bit.

Bobbydigi, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of jamex
2.95/5  rDev -34.7%

Served on draft at the brewery. This was "Great '05."

Wow. I ordered a 5oz taster of this and thank God I did. Alpine made no attempt to hide the alcohol in this big guy.

S - Scotch, bourbon and whiskey. You pick up a bit of oak but the alcohol is overpowering.

T - This is a strong barleywine. At 14% you really taste it. Tastes of bourbon, whiskey, oak and mild spice.

M - Buttery and whiskey-like.

D - There is no way I would be able to put back a 12oz. Not impressed with this. That being said, the rest of the Alpine arsenal is delicious.

EDIT, 2011: Though for some reason this beer keeps popping in my head. Perhaps I was too "new" to the style and reviewed it low die to my inexperience. Must try on my next visit to the brewery (if I can find it).

jamex, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of 7ways
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%

So happy that this was in a 12oz bottle instead of 22oz. Poured the color of a leaf pile, seemed to change from brown to dark amber to burnt orange over time. Very small head that faded quickly, basically no lace.
Smell was quantitatively intense but qualitatively reserved, unlike many booze aged beers. Sweet and buttery. Raisins, vanilla, a vague hint of fruit, and of course sweet, sweet whiskey.
Taste: Sweet malt, candied nuts, dessert wine, maple, and just enough bourbon to keep it interesting without blowing it. A touch of hops as an afterthought best left in the background, thank god Alpine had some sense.
Perfect feel for a beer like this, clings to the palate for a while.

I imagine this beer tasting like the result of JW Lees Harvest Ale if it was aged in a bourbon cask.

Best bourbon barrel aged barleywine I've ever had.

7ways, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

Major thanks to jhenry04 for his kindness and willingness to send this east.

Pours a thick and cloudy orange-amber with red highlights, topped briefly by a good skim of beige foam. Clingy resin and and a few bubbles coat the inside of the tulip.

Often a prominent bourbon barrel aroma will have a sharp oak/whiskey/alcohol smell that overwhelms, or will lack any of the softness of the bourbon and/or the barrel. Here no. It is prominent, carrying some nice vanilla, but the deep caramel and luscious fruit of this play well, making a complex bouquet that also features fig, and even some floral hop in there.

First sip, prob. 55 deg., is a jolt of flavor. A wave of thick alcohol, deep sweet, bourbon, oak, and vanilla slide onto my tongue in soft resiny goodness. Nice! From there this brew just shines and shines. There is some really luscious cherry, some nice sweet floral tones, other notes I can't identify that kick in and usher the rest of the sip through the finishlands of alcohol and hops. Not the hoppiest barleywine by any means, but the bittering hops are perfect in the mix, and kick in at just the right time to dry a sip you'd think would have none of it. Eight ounces in, warmer, I've tasted remarkable variants of fermented maltsweet, of fruit, peach, nectarine, grapes, also a perplexing variance of alcohol intensity, from not to hot, other elusive and delicious flavors. It all makes for a complex monster of morphing taste. This is off the charts here. My brain's flavor center is ordering my conscious mind to type, "This is the best barleywine I've tasted."

Mouthfeel is almost as good as it get in this style. Where thickness in body yet easy drinking are the target, this is the bullseye. Where a semi-dry finish for a beer made with ridiculous amounts of malts is the goal, this is Wayne Gretzky. Pretentiously named, but right to pretension can be earned. This baby walks the walk.

Drinkability? For a beer this size? Mwahahahaha surely you jest. All that's keeping me from actually killing myself with unbridled continuing consumption of Great this evening is the fact that I have only this one bottle.

Impression: Name of the beer says it all.

cavedave, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

375ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with maroon highlights and a thin head that left good sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was very nice with big caramel and whiskey aromas from the oak. There were hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and booze that was not dominating the nose which was well hidden. Up front the taste was big on caramel and whiskey flavors with vanilla, toffee, and slight booze accetns. The beer was full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that had a thick sweet syrupy and faint boozy finish. Apline came through with an exceptional barleywine style brew that was really drinkable and made me want to serve up more in my glass every time it was empty.

Gobzilla, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of berkey
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle courtesy of Danny Hipps. Poured into my Bruery tulip 06/16/10. Been looking forward to this one for awhile.

Forms a small head that settles very quickly down to nil. Body is a slightly rosy dark brown. Virtually no lacing is left.

The barrel aromas of vanilla and Bourbon dominate at first followed by some toffee, chocolate, and fruit.

The label says "a Barleywine done the Alpine way". Based on their other beers this lead me to imagine this might be a hop bomb but it seems they simply meant it was big and bold in character. Not to say this isn't hoppy, it's definitely no English Barleywine, just that the other characteristics dominate. Bourbon notes are joined by some sweet dates with some heat and hoppy bitterness on the finish. Toffee comes back and is joined by some subtle cherry flavors once this reaches room temperature.

A little thin bodied but not bad. Looks completely flat but there's a subtle soft carbonation that works here. As much as the Bourbon flavors are a big part of the flavor the alcohol heat is remarkably gentle and is pushed into the background for the most part.

An aptly named beer I'm very glad I got to try. Another winner from the Alpine folks.

berkey, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to billab914 for this diminuitive bottle of promising-looking brew. I just checked & though we completed our trade over a month ago, I haven't cracked a single bottle. WTF? Let's fix that immediately.

My first non-hop-oriented Alipine brew, which have been great, so my expectations are elevated to a degree. Pour is a lovely, slurry red. Nose is evident from enough paces to quick-draw your six guns - bourbon. Lots of bourbon. Simultaneously overpowering & restrained. That's a neat trick. Nothing else comes through, but it doesn't really need to.

Just from smelling Great, I can actually taste it before any of the beer actually enters the orifice meant for tasting. Massive flows of caramel surprise the palate after the smell, with the vanilla, bourbon, & drying oak taking a back seat, but still strongly present. Scorched sugar, toffee, & a big dollop of syrup round out a huge, complex beer. Alcohol arrives late, & reminds you not to drink & drive.

Thick, like you might need a spoon to ladle it over an entree, & still as a dark night under the stars. One could perhaps quaff this all night, but it would be a short one. And make sure you have a GPS tag so you can be located the next day.

Wow. Top-notch, fantastic beer that deserves its rating. Possibly the most complex, deep, & robust BA Barleywines I've ever had, & wonderful to boot. My opinion of Alpine only continues to rise.

maximum12, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Had on tap at Stone Brewery today.

A - Pours an orangish-brown with no head or lacing.

S - I get caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some vanilla. Faint hints of barrel are there as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, but there's a slight bite to it when swallowing. It's not a boozy bite, as the alcohol is hidden very well, but it doesn't drink super smooth.

M - Heavy with mild carbonation.

D - It's pretty easy to drink, especially for the 14% ABV. I'll have to crack open a bottle soon to see how it's doing in there.

Kaiser81, May 24, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev -2%

Served into a wine glass from a capped bottle. Pours a deep brown with deep mahogany highlights. Clear and with a thin and fleeting cap. Vinous on the pour like a Cabernet, yet with a light ring.

Nose of oaken wood and whiskey. I realize that a relatively flat pour fits this pour well. Though one sided this brew is quite interesting in that all your typical barleywine notes are buried beneath the barrel. Crushed by the oak and rendered insignificant, yet allowing subtle influence nonetheless.

Flavor offers subtle notes of wood and charcoal and cherry. Yummy should you prefer the barrel, and yummy regardless.

A very barrel forward approach given the style which settles out to offer a port like quality and improving in complexity with warming.

HalfFull, May 20, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. No head to speak of, save a light ring of bubbles circling the glass and a smattering of tiny bubbles in the middle due to the nucleation point in the glass.

S: Bourbon and oak provide the first noticeable aroma, but are hardly overpowering. The base beer comes through strong with caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, some light tobacco, and dark fruits.

T: Amazing...the bourbon comes in at just the right level, subtle enough to not overpower the beer, but strong enough to add depth. The caramel, toffee and molasses base swirls around in the background as vanilla and dark fruits play out over it. The dark fruits are especially stronger than in the nose, with figs and dates really coming through. Finishes sweet, as one would expect, with a linger aftertaste of brown sugar and vanilla. I hesitate to give 5s too often, but wow.

M: A touch on the thin side, but tremendously smooth with a good amount of carbonation to hold it up.

D: The booze is remarkably well hidden and it goes down way too easy.

Xul, May 19, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at stone brewery. 4oz serving says it's %15 and not the 14 here.

Pours a deep red with no head at all and no lacing.

Aroma of lots of dark fruits and caramels with a nice bourbon aroma. This is a sticky one for sure.

Taste is excatly as it smells. Sweet toasted sugars and dark fruits with a very nice strong bourbon flavor. Sooo tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a GREAT beer. Can't wait to get some bottles of this when it comes out again

PeprSprYoFace, May 19, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz bottle which I was lucky enough to receive from my cousin, love that guy. I split this with two other friends because lets face it, its is strong as hell. My buddy said teh first whiff was like dog-food or rather a dog treat and it did remind me of snausages or soemthing. Luckily as it opened up it smelled like tootsie rolls, very nice and sweet. The flavor was pretty delicious like more chocolate and tootsie rolls, not much wood or spirits but it definitely had a kick of heat on the back end. Very nice barleywine but four ounces was plenty for me. Keep up the great work Alpine!

ArrogantB, May 08, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Footbalm pulled this one out of his cellar to share with the Boise Peeps a while back... I couldn't tell with a cursory once over, but Eric says this is the first bottled batch... very cool!! The first batch was a whale of mine for a long time and may have to step back up into those shoes.

I got one of the first pours and it shows deep reddish orange... very clear.. nice tan head.

nose is amazing and only shows hints of EtOH on the finish.. plently of caramel... maple... vanilla prior.. very rich.

flavor has a good oaky tannic aspect that adds a nice drying quality amidst all the malts... vanilla bean with some almonds and toffee.... plummy dark fruits.. maybe some hints of oxidation that mesh well with the overall product....

big body for sure... carbonation seemed restrained as it should be... a very slow sipper.... SAS said this bottle was his favorite after the Veritas.

Seems like a blown out of the water English BW.

Thanks a bunch Eric... I appreciate that you remember after all this time to bring this up to share.... pretty badass.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, May 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured from the bottle (with great anticipation) a deep garnet hue, with ruby highlights and absolutely no head. An absolutely huge and wonderful nose on this one, with the expected bourbon, along with vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. Flavors of bourbon, toffee, caramel, vanilla alcohol. Very syrupy and hot, with a somewhat cloying mouthfeel and a huge bourbon presence. A very good beer, one that could take some time in the bottle.

emmasdad, Apr 29, 2010
Great from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.