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AleSmith Barrel Aged Grand Cru

AleSmith Barrel Aged Grand Cru
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Aged in red wine barrels.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8898) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle... Clear deep-copper pour with an orange tint and little to no head. The aroma is fairly restrained, but provides delicate notes of caramel and red wine fruitiness accompanied by rumors of vanilla and coconut. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is alcoholic, acrid and woody. Red-hot, boozy finish. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6035) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out red wine, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, and a little caramel. Flavour brings out Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and very subtle red wine. The red wine is more pronounced on the nose than the flavour, where it’s more subtle but still definitely there. Finishes dry and vinous. Wonderful stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Courtesy of Matt
Hazy dark red-amber color with small head. The aroma is vinous, with vanilla oak, brandy. Too much carbonation; the mouthfeel is weaker than expected; the malt flavor is caramelly, light residual sweetness, mild wine and brandy touch, a bit dusty too; the final is dry and a bit short.
Good but not impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle, shared among friends. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a small beige head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak, vanilla, vinous, spices, toffee, raisin, prune. Flavor follows, medium sweet, quite vinous, a bit of tartness on the finish. Medium body, just a bit of heat belying the ABV. Fuck. Not bad, but for some reason I keep getting disappointed by AleSmith BA beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5839) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep reddish color with a small white head. A nice nose of fruit, wood and some big hot barrel. The flavor is quite nice: berries, spicy at times, cinnamon, sweet barrel and heat, almost tastes like bourbon, vinous at times. Quite nice. Dry and yeasty a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2248) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
I guess going into something anticipating a Stille Nacht Reserva type experience is silly. This was ok but somewhat dissapointed. THe barrel and vinous wine notes were very nice but the base beer reminded me of an old imperial amber ale with too much caramel and hay.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle thanks to justin, strong and red aged, big Belgian flavors, this is a huge sweet beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2012, new exclusive American brew, thx to John for bringing this over!, very complex brew, fruity/vinous and slightly alcoholic/sweet, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2005) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a brown color with white head. Grape, caramel, slight boozy flavors. Eh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1966) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Medium tan pour, light soapy carbonation and an aroma of honey and wine. Flavor is slightly boozy warm caramel, and some hints of red wine. Not bad.


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