2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
750ml bottle. I keep telling myself not to buy these $12 beers but then my curiosity gets the best of me and I end up regretting it. This was a pretty average barleywine and as such it certainly wasn't worth $12. Ruby color, good head, looks nice. Aroma is alcohol, hops, alcohol. Did I mention the alcohol is pervasive? Flavor is hoppy barleywine with a hint of cherry cough syrup, really nothing special. New Years Resolution: stop buying overpriced beers with no track record.
12-25-2012 03:52:38 | More by ArrogantB
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured red-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, earth, earth hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, fruit, alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was quite a bit going on in this one which is always welcomed, however, there were some aspects that just felt a little out of place once I picked up on them. Take the wood for instance. While it was there I do not feel that it was really needed as it just added another component to an already decent backbone on the brew. This might have helped to balance it a little more, but I guess I will never know. Worth your time trying at least once to judge for yourself.
01-25-2013 21:40:32 | More by thagr81us
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Cloudy copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam.
S - It smelled malty with notes of toffee.
T - Sweet and malty with toffee and a spicy heat.
M - crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.
O - This is a nice Barleywine. Well done brew.
02-22-2013 23:58:33 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
October 22 2012 stamped on the bottle tag.
Crystal clear, copper-colored body with a thick, sticky, tightly foamed head. Caramel, caramel, and more caramel with the smell. Big malt flavor (caramel again!) with a fruity, tangy sweetness swelling in as you savor the flavors. Heavy body.
I didn't catch any piney hop smell as the tag listed, but then, after being more than a year old, I suppose you wouldn't consider this beer 'fresh'. Still, this beer presents a huge malt presence with plenty of dark fruit-like esters and a well-played background touch of booze to nicely balance things out. What hop presence there is slowly introduces itself late into the finish. All in all, an outstanding barley wine.
12-22-2013 22:07:32 | More by beergoot
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Bought at the Liquor Shed for $6.99.
A nice foamy pour of a deep red brew, over 2 fingers' worth, it shrinks slowly leaving some good lacing behind.
Lots of pine in the nose with small hints of something malty going on.
The taste is more balanced than the smell. Yeah, there's a solid pine flavour going on but the malt is well represent with an ample sweetness, slight hint of dark pitted fruit, and a fairly noticeable taste of alcohol.
Fairly lightly carbonated with an on the big side of medium bodied, the mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is average at this stage. I'd like to revisit with some decent cellar time.
01-01-2013 19:58:49 | More by Bitterbill
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/18/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some light citrusy and pine hops. It tastes like toffee, brown sugar, figs, bready malt, citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops. The bitterness comes out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, I liked it. Not sure if I should have drank this fresher or aged it longer!
09-13-2013 22:35:03 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +2%
22 oz. bottle, with OCT 22, 2012 printed on the tied on booklet. Vintage 2012. After eyeing this beer for the past year, I figured now was as good a time as any to give it a try.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a bright hazed burnt orange colored body with some brown highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of fluffy khaki head. Good lacing. Looks very nice.
S - The nose is very pleasant. Sweet caramel / amber malt, alcohol fumes, grapefruit, citrus, pine, brown bread, brown sugar, green apple yeast esters, orange marmalade, hint of banana, some soapiness, some creaminess, and some peppery rye.
T - Ah yes, absolutely delicious. Creamy sticky caramel / taffy covered green apples, caramel malt / amber malt / candied crystal malt, alcohol heat, brown bread, brown sugar, molasses, twiggy earthiness, white sugar, tea leaves, and faded citric grapefruit / pine hop bitterness.
M - Goes down smooth and creamy, with lots of sticky sugars and hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Warming alcohol on the finish.
Overall, I'd say this beer has held up nicely, but the alcohol is still apparent, so perhaps another year or so might do it some more good. Delicious.
Grand Teton Coming Home 2012 Holiday Ale ---4/5.
12-25-2013 00:11:55 | More by mfnmbvp
2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.