Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
10% ABV, Serve in a goblet at 50-55°, 2012 on bottle.
A - AleSmith's red wine barrel-aged Grand Cru pours a turbid-looking ruby-hued tawny brown in color with a fleeting, loose eggshell head that dots the tulip in little more than specks of lace.
S - Barrel-aging at it's finest, AleSmith's Grand Cru escapes the confines of a dark Belgian beer and breaks into the world of wine with a glorious aroma of distressed leather, oak vats, and dry, Merlot-like vinous red wine grapes. Subtle spicy yeast emerges through the deep and complex barrel-aging for a relaxed blend and smooth nose. Quite extraordinary.
T - Dark rock candy sweetness splashes the tongue, quickly followed by powerful dark malt and Belgian yeast-driven dark fruits. Moist fig newton, Crasins, and prune linger with a touch of peppery spice before finishing out with grape skin tannins and dry oak stave.
M - Sparkling carbonation prickles the lips and throat before descending to bloat the burp chamber otherwise known as the stomach. The beer's sweetness is thankfully cut by dry alcohol and an even more bone dry red wine finish that leaves the tongue feeling like sandpaper. Aside from the bothersome effervescent of this beer, the profile has a wonderful smoothness to it!
O - AleSmith's wine barrel-aged Grand Cru smells voluptuous and incredible; an early indicator that the $40 price tag was well worth it but, beyond that point it's worth seems to diminish. Like regular Grand Cru, the beer tastes heavily of dark fruit - great! - and dark, alcohol-boosting sugar - not so great. The Belgian character is there and, don't get me wrong, the beer is damn good but, it's red wine barrel influence seems to disappear rather quickly, only adding faint grape and oak flavor with a dry red wine finish in flavor. In a beer this sweet I was hoping for, and think there should be a little more barrel prominence, especially with the cost attached.
01-08-2014 02:16:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.66/5 rDev -6.9%
Sampled at the Alesmith taproom. 2013 vintage.
Appearance: Pours out a turbid mahogany color. Not much head, but what there is is off white. Very little head retention or lacing. Not the most attractive beer.
Smell: Bit of caramel and toffee up front, remainder is barrel dominant. Bready and spicy rye character and bourbon, as well as vanilla.
Taste: Small amount of caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Remainder is predictably heavy barrel dominated. Very heavy rye, with vanilla and tannins.
Mouthfeel/Overall: A bit thin, probably right at medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of barrel. Overall a pretty nice beer. Could use some time sitting to mellow the barrel out for me. As it sits the barrel pretty much makes this beer. Could definitely be more balanced.
10-06-2013 04:59:26 | More by zhanson88
Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.