2016 Coming Home Holiday Ale
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #149
ABV:
10%
Score:
89
Ranked #17,131
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 4.6%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
11
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Grand Teton Brewing Co.
 
Idaho, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 Coming Home Barleywine Ale, poured into Carpe Brew Em snifter.

Has a somewhat transparent iced tea/ruby color with a fuzzy beige head of 1/2 finger, with some sparse lacing and nice alcohol legs left behind.

Aromas of raisin and hard toffee, slight earthy hop, slight grassy musty hop, mint, brown sugar, very faint onion, and caramel. The hop spoilage here has turned into a gorgeous caramel glaze.

Flavor brings black pepper, mint, black tea, orange juice, pine, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, golden raisin, grape must, onion, blonde roast coffee, and slight oak. My main complaints are a little too hot and a little too hoppy. It is very complex though. Lots of wet grass on the end.

Feel is sticky and hot, with lots of hoppy resins sticking to the palate. It cuts but never comes across thin. Sticky finish.

Overall a very stellar Barleywine. I like them sweeter, but this one is very balanced. Interesting touch with the mint and black tea and grassy flavors.

Dec 23, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle.First impressions of this beer are magnificent,pours a deep amber infused tawny color with a thick sticky off white head that leaves multiple 'globs' of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.A nice mix of nutty malts,mildly spicy rye,and citric hops,alot of nice things going on here.A slightly slick feel maybe not quite as full as I thought it should be but not a major downer either.Caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness upfront on the palate followed by lingering sharpness from the rye,a earthy malts and some alcohol warming notes in the finish.A very nicely rounded barleywine,a nice find today.

Feb 05, 2018
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rarigney from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed as a “Barleywine Style” ale brewed with rye. The color could best be described as something between mahogany and garnet, with perfect clarity. Pours with minimal foam and leaves no lacing. Aroma is fruity with notes of rye. Taste is dried dark fruit, somewhere between raisins and plums. The rye is still subdued but more present than in the smell. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, with low to moderate alcohol warming. Overall, excellent beer.

Dec 21, 2017
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Curtis from Utah

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2017 batch. Picked this one up in the glory that is Evanston, Wyoming where I find all the better Grand Teton Co. beers.. Pours a beautiful amber red. Low head, disappears quickly. Aroma has some fresh fruit, almost a mild sweet wine and light, clear alc, but not too much. Mouthfeel is super smooth -can't believe this is a barley wine. Expected much more burn from the 10%. Not your average rocket fuel and you are probably safe to smoke around it. Taste is mild fruit, but not overly sweet. Again, alc is present without the expected burn. This is more, much more, than the common "Barley wine to get drunk" -this one can actually be enjoyed going down. No negative after taste, you just want another drink. Well balanced. Grabbed this one because I have been on a rye kick lately. Have to be honest, I don't taste it here, but this beer is excellent regardless. Very smooth. Sure the alc will kick in soon. Yep, going to be a good evening. Not just a typical Christmas seasonal, but could be enjoyed all winter long, well in to the cold days of spring. Grand Teton has pulled it off once again. Well done !

Dec 10, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: moderate to moderately low aroma smelling of fruit, alcohol, dark dried fruit, and rich malts. There are low levels of rye and hop spice and alcohol aromas are moderate.

L: It pours very bright brown with ruby highlights under a cream colored 1/2" foam collar with poor retention.

T: The beer tastes mildly sweet and the combination of dried fruit, rich malts, alcohol suggests bourbon. As it warms cola flavors come forward. A mild hop bitter accent and the alcohol balance the mild sweetness of the malt. The alcohol is smooth and not hot or harsh and produces a mild warming that grows as you drink it.

F: It is full bodied to chewy with below average carbonation.

Mar 30, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American-style rye wine tasted in a snifter from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle on March 28, 2017. Original gravity: 21.0
Int'l bitterness units: 75
Color (lovibond): 25.0
Look is mahogany ruby red with a thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Mar 28, 2017
2016 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 11 ratings