2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale
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American Barleywine
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale
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Photo of colts9016
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter at 50 degree. A nice one finger head light tan head with poor retention. The the body of the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head dissolved into a ring around the glass. The ring has some carbonation bubbles.

A big malty brew with caramel, toasted malt, yeast, bread, citrus, floral, earthy, and some toffee.

A very rich malty brew with caramel, toasted malt, bread, biscuits, floral, perfume, toffee, and earth .

The mouthfeel of the beer carbonated chewy and slightly warming.

This a decent barleywine. Usually barleywine that have aged are more harmonized with flavors this is still all over the place. The beer lacks finesse, of much better Barleywine. It is good but that is just it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, Dec 25, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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beergoot from Colorado, Dec 22, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that is quick to fade to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells of citrus, pine and caramel malt
T: semi assertive piney hops up front with a good bit of the malt backbone coming through with some nice caramel flavors, a bit of citrus as well. solid balance and good flavors. swallow brings some more sweet citrus, caramel and pine
M: full and slightly thick and syrupy with soft and light carbonation. interesting finish is a bit drying but also slightly oily and sticky
O: overall this is a really solid beer. very drinkable fresh with some nice and assertive hops that aren't abrasive on the palate and very good balance that almost leans toward the sweet and malty side

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Jun 12, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle recommended by the "beer guy" at Frougle's.

A - dark ruby, viscous pour, with a thin froth that quickly dissipates into a lace that sticks on the glass.

S - citrus, brown sugar, Belgian yeasts and caramel.

T - a rush of sugars and grapefruit like citrus at the front. Mild bitterness and caramel like favors in the mid swig. Faint booze finish. Some peppery type spice in the afterburn.

M - spot on. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, but there is enough to create some sizzle on the tongue. Chewy and mildly sticky, but is well balanced.

O - the Beer guy is two for two. Insanity was his other pick. Really beginning to dig the style, and I would recommend this to anyone willing to give ABWs a try.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Jun 02, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Feb 22, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2inch of off white head. dark amber color but you are still able to see through the glass.

S: Love the aroma hops used thin this beer; very floral and has some spice aroma.

T: it is very fruity and creamy malty with a hint of caramel and spices. Still has some of the bozziness from a 10% beer. It has has a mellowing bitterness.

M: feels wet and mildly bitter. beer has a medium body.

O: Belgian take on an American barleywine

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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thagr81us from South Carolina, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orangish amber with a little white that has good retention

S - citrus, bread, alcohol, sweet, caramel

T - caramel, birthday cake, citrus, grapefruit, bread, sugar

M - medium bodied, smooth well carbonated

This was delicious. It blurs the lines between DIPA and Barleywine with it's intense hop character. There's just enough sugary sweetness to remind you of the style. The citrusy hop character was fantastic and the malt wasn't cloying. The balance here was superb. The alcohol for the most part was also well hidden. I very much enjoyed this beer.

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tdm168 from Pennsylvania, Jan 18, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Jan 01, 2013
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3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Dec 25, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium cap of white foam. Good head retention, with a lot of sticky pure lace.

S: Biscuity crystal type malt with some cracked grain. Earthy, grassy hops with some dandelion greens.

T: The malt core of this beer is very nice. Biscuity, very English like. Notes of pine for hops, much more so than in the nose. Some grass as well. The hops are noticable, but we're certainly not in Bigfoot territory. There's a real nice EtOH finish to this beer as well which melds with the other flavours.

M: Medium to full-bodied, with a soft carbonation and an elegant ethanol play.

O: This is quite a good American barleywine which really needs no time; this is ready to drink now. Fine beer for the holidays.

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Halcyondays from California, Nov 18, 2012
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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP for $11ish... Pours a slightly hazed deep amber.... light tan head doesn't stick around for too long but leaves good spotty lacing.

Nose is appropriate for the style... a pretty good dose piney hops with a floral undertone... quite rounded malt with some nice caramel and dry dark toast essence.

Flavor has all the same elements but with a nice fresh bitter bite that balances the coming malts... malts are on the sweet side, but not out of style by any means... Hop flavors are pine/floral/lesser citrus... but the hops are pretty tame on the palate for an American BW. Some minor raisin with warmth... and something that I associate with apricots on the finish.

Good body and a sorta light carbonation lends to a creamy mouthfeel... I expect the carbonation to get more pronounced with age as the bottle conditioning kicks things up a notch.

I will definitely be buying some of these for future enjoyment.

My Idaho peeps get a good nod for this one.


Edit... This is very drinkable right now... While I will personally cellar a few bottles, I suggest not putting them in the basement and forgetting about them. The hops are about perfect right now, and will only get worse with time.

I hoped for a more aggressive hop profile out of the gate to allow things to meld over time.

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2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 64 ratings