Grand Illumination | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hoppymeal on 12-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
249
Reviews:
108
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
54
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours dark amber color with a film of head that fades. In a the glass it looks like it poured and maybe leaning towards a light rust color.
S: sugar coated raisin purée.
T: the sweetness reminds me of caramel coated raisins.
F: a syrupy feel, medium to light thickness

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Photo of waltc21
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AMCPhD
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Categart
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Grackos
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good but there's much better.

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopyard57
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage

The beer pours very little head but it seems to be a slightly reddish color with a creamy texture. The beer itself is a very dark brown color that is opaque. The looks is good and is clearly a barleywine. The beer has a nice purple hue to it that contrasts the brown well.

The smell is interesting. While it has a nice deep caramel note, there are also dark fruit notes that come out. The dark fruit notes are closer to fig than anything else. Interestingly enough, it is also a bit hoppy with more of a grapefruit note. The malts are strong but the hop seems to hold its own fairly well. Other that, the beer has some nice barrel notes. There are bits of vanilla, noticeable but not overpowering bourbon, and a bit of the barrel. Those notes are certainly present but they don't overwhelm the other notes.

The taste is also pretty good. Like the smell, the malt is heavy and comes with some nice dark fruit notes such as fig with caramel notes. The taste also has a fairly strong hop note, which is more of a citrus note, to it but it's a bit weaker than in the smell. On the other hand, the barrel notes, especially the bourbon, are a bit stronger and mix even better with the malt notes.

The feel is heavy bodied but a bit thinner than you would expect a barleywine to be. It's smooth and the biting carbonation makes it feel even lighter. Not bad and close to guidelines even if it's a bit lighter than expected.

Overall, as a W&M grad, I love this beer solely on the nostalgia factor. As a beer lover, it a pretty good barleywine and the reviews seem pretty consist for a beer whose recipe is changed is each year. Go for it.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, bottle 1541/2014
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky deep copper color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aroma is loaded with dark fruit, notes of fig, raisin & date. Notes of caramel/toffee

T- sweet and fruity up front with lots of dark fruit; notes of fig & raisin. Sweet caramel/toffee, earthy finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- nice and sweet Barleywine that's loaded

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage, aged in bourbon barrels

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Photo of obywan59
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky grapey brown with a 1 finger light tan head that recedes fairly quickly to t ring around the glass and a bit of film on the surface.

Very fruity in aroma. Grapey again with figs, raisins and alcohol.

Taste is even better than the aroma. It mirrors the aroma with the addition of a tart/sweet aspect, a very light bitterness, and bourbon with a hint of oak and huge caramel at times.

Medium full in body. Rather syrupy with good retention.Warming.

This is the best beer yet from Alewerks. In my experience anyway. Approaching a fine port in appearance, aroma, taste and feel. I'll be buying another to age.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with quickly falling, off white head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, hops, bisquit, fig, brown sugar, oak, slight vanilla. fruity esters.. flavor is identical with slight booze (a touch hot would be better after a year or two in the cellar), dark fruit, pretty hoppy, and a slightly thin, but slightly creamy finish (for my tastes). The feel is medium, with higher carbonation than expected. Overall a middle of the road Barleywine. It fits the style, but is not as complex as what many other breweries are putting out these days. As I said, a little thin and overcarbed for me.

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Photo of glf60
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Grand Illumination from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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