Good - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
On tap at Alpine in April 2013.
Pours out a lighter color for something so stong, deep burnt orange, thin 1/10" head on the top of it. Aroma was warming booze, hops, caramel, the real sticky kind, toffee.
Taste is similar to regular Old Guardian, its hoppy, but it also has a huge malt base and lots of citrus qualities to the taste. You're breathing some heavy alcohol breath while consuming (and after). Carbonation is lively, especially for a barleywine. I still can't get over how sticky icky this is.
Never in a million years would I have believed this beer was 17% abv. Hides it immensely well in the mouthfeel.
Good in small doses, but I can't see me drinking a bomber or pint of this to myself.
07-26-2013 16:28:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev -14.8%
Is Raul part of NASA? Because, LIFTOFF!
As this bad boi checks in at 17%, Raul gets fruity notes on the nose and a donkey kick right in the nuts with the taste. It's very smooth, but you know that you are drinking some "Apocalypse Now" type of shit. Like the name says, "good," but not slap yo mama "great."
Glad I tried it, but woo doggy!
04-22-2013 07:55:40 | More by RaulMondesi
4.63/5 rDev +7.2%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
A dark, burnt orange in color. Thin, slightly creamy, off-white head. Looks a touch thick and viscous, but that is not surprising for the style and the known ABV. Leaves the glass spotted and oily.
A very hoppy American barleywine. Lots of pungent and toasted citrus zest in the aroma. Sweet tangerine caramel and syrup erupt. There's a bit of a pine and resin character as well. A touch of an alcohol presence. Quite stunning, really.
The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is a candied citrus (zest) monster, along with citrus syrup/caramel and an alcohol warmth, though not nearly as much as I'd expect from a 17% ABV. I truly can't believe the alcohol was that high, but Shawn (of Alpine) certainly didn't deny it. A big, beautiful, aromatic, yet ultimately, and most importantly, incredibly delicious, high ABV barleywine. Hoppy, sweet, aggressive, yet drinkable.
Full in body for the style, slightly sticky. Coating. Excellent.
Fantastic. This is as good as non barrel-aged barleywines can get, but this tastes like it was made for a barrel. It's going to be great!
04-18-2013 15:53:03 | More by ehammond1
4.45/5 rDev +3%
2013 batch on tap at the brew pub, poured into tulip glass
A: Brown-apricot in color, small wispy head leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing around the glass.
S: Citrusy, crisp hop essence and honey'd biscuits. Really biscuity and boozy.
T/M: The hop bite noticed in the nose steps up first, but is quickly answered by a huge malt-backbone. Lots of warming booze reveals noted is sweet honey and earthy, floral tea. Doesn't finish as long as you'd think, and its relatively dry at the end.
Barleywines aren't always my favorite style, but the hop-edge in this example adds a lot of drinkability. For the ABV it's pretty amazing.
04-07-2013 04:25:18 | More by rand
Good from Alpine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.