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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
An "Alpine Style" Barleywine aged 12 months in select bourbon barrels. So... DRINK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kelly’s Island Bottle Share on September 18. 375 mL bottle. The pour is a nice dark ruby with a thin ring of khaki head and no lace. The aroma is definitely hoppy up front. There is a nice sweet caramel malt, a light vanilla, a good oak, and a hint of alcohol on the back end. This is really well balanced and lovely. I just wish the hops were more muted here. The flavor is much of the same. The hops are present throughout, and the barrel, light vanilla, sweet toffee and caramel all just ride along balancing nicely. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a soft carbonation and a really sweet caramel and light alcohol on the finish. This is a damn good barleywine, but I wish it were more English style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8190) - Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2016
500 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a fairly transparent caramelish brown with light beige head that dissipates into lacing pretty quickly. Smells bittersweet with notes of caramel, toffee, oak, and a bit of bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium-full to full-bodied mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle share at RBB. Pour is deep amber/brown with no head. Aroma and flavor of dark brown sugar, caramel, oak chips, vanilla, maple, booze, and toffee. Finish is very sweet for a barleywine, but the alcohol is hidden well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2016
2015 500ml. Dark brown. Unsweetened toffee, butterscotch. Oak. Very bitter for a barrel aged barleywine. Doesnt seem like anywhere close to 15%. Decent stuff, but definitely overrated/overhyped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
(Bouteille): Un liquide qui parait mince dégage des fruits puissants de la caramélisation et un bourbon très enrobant. En bouche c’est effectivement mince, relativement moyennement sucré, boisé, épicé et très sec. Certaines de leur DIPA sont plus décadente que ça.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blockdude (4) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2016 does not count
I’m not a huge fan of this style but this blew me away. Alpine good has a lot of flavor but it just has too much sweetness and the alcohol is not well hidden particularly well. This balances out the sweetness while maintaining the interesting flavors that are in good, namely the caramel, apricot, and butterscotch notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Type: 8-oz. draft Glass: Clear snifter glass From: Alpine Beer Company pub in Alpine, Calif. Price: $7.00 Purchased: Dec. 30, 2015 Consumed: Dec. 30, 2015 Misc.: 2015 release Poured an auburn, murky color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan, foamy head when I got it. Burst of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average wet lacing on the sides. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled toffee, caramel, dates, leathery tobacco, light Jack Daniels whiskey, light butterscotch, dark peach and light citra rind. (Smell - 4.00) Taste was so much better than the nose, getting caramel, toffee, earthy rye, flat sweetened iced tea, some kind of woody barrel and light booziness. Alcohol was well hidden. (Taste - 4.75) Medium body. Oily texture. Soft-to-flat carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50) This is an excellent representation of an American Barleywine. Not too boozy and not too hoppy. Loved it. 4.44 98 A

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2016
355 ML bottle Clear, dark Amber color. No real head, just a light tan collar. Thick AVB legs. Nose is bourbon, oak, caramel, melted brown sugar, warm maple syrup. Excellent nose that hides the ABV well. Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. A tad bit more vanilla and maple syrup. Excellent balance to this. Little bit of the ABV. Full bodied sipper. One of the best BA barleywine’s out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a hazy amber brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of sweet grains and toffee with supporting notes of caramel and boozy bourbon. Flavor is full of toffee with a decent amount of bourbon and sweet grains and caramel underlying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3425) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle. Clear brown pour with a fleeting off white head. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet with loads of caramels, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Really good mouthfeel. Good body.

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