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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 1,302
Gots: 66 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage 12 oz. bottle served in a snifter.

L - clouded reddish brown liquid with no head at all.

S - bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

T - toffee and vanilla upfront with vanilla and bourbon on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

O - a decent example of the style but maybe a bit too much abv.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Lots of thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: The beer is a full brown bronze color with a small off-white head that fades to a thin ring around the edge.

Smell: I have never smelled a barleywine that smelled this good, or that had an aroma that jumped out of the glass like this. Caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, figs, dates, and bourbon simply explode out of the glass.

Taste: Sweet to start out. Vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits blend well together but also retain their individual characteristics. Dates and figs flow into a vanilla and oak bourbon flavor. The end is still sweet, but has a soft bourbon dryness to it.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with soft creamy carbonation. The truly impressive fact about this beer is that it is 14% with not a hint of boozy taste. It warms my stomach, but that is it. A slight sticky residue is left after each sip.

Overall: So far this is the best barleywine I have had. Enough said.

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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.

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Great from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.