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Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale 2012

Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Victor, Idaho USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our intent for the annual Holiday Ale series is to release each year in November and December a special beer for enjoyment with special friends on a special occasion. This year’s version is an American-Style Barley Wine brewed with Southern Idaho 2-row pale malted barley combined with German and Belgian specialty malts to produce a mahogany to dark ruby red color, generous malt body and pleasing sweetness. The malt is balanced by about five pounds of bold American hops per barrel. Chinook and Galena, hops developed and grown in Idaho, along with Idaho-grown Bravos and Washington Simcoes give this strong ale a decidedly American flavor. Piney floral hops are evident when this beer is enjoyed fresh. Cellaring will enable those flavors to mellow, allowing the malt to shine with additional notes of raisin and fig. Barley Wine and Cave-Aged Gouda are a classic beer-cheese pairing. If a sweet dessert is what you crave, try pairing with a warmed pecan pie served al a mode.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2005) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Caramel, amber in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, light hops... Notes of nuts, overripe fruits, citrus and pine hop bitterness and alcohol burn on finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Smell, look, flavor typical for a bArleywine. Done well with strength but not a lot of alcohol showing. Lots of malt and dark fruit. Some spicy bitter hops and bread as well. Would have liked this fresh (this one is 14 months ipa). "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Deep, clear amber color. Aroma of Christmas fruitcake with white icing. Taste is sweet with a jumble of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
750ml bottle. 4.99 at walgreens. Sturdy barley wine. Not sure how it was aged. Lots of dark fruit and caramel with still a bit of hops lingering through At this price makes other similar beers look like jokes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at World of Beer-Cherry Creek. Cloudy dark gold copperish with a thin off white head. The aroma is nicely sweet with a little nose of cherry and raisin, some sweet honeyed toffee, and a light booziness. Lovely flavor with sweet toffee, a little booziness, a touch of raisin and cherry, and a brown sugary sweetness. Pleasant and sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Enjoying this from Growler Station in Greenville, SC. Being able to get this "cellared" is nice because its very mellow for the profile. Very fruity, a little bready with the aging, but I think that helps mellow the ABV. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (870) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 8, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a nice copper with a half inch beige head that lasts. Taste is of malt, fruit, brown sugar, wood, hops, pine and resin. Similar aroma. Has a nice body with mostly clean finish. Doesn’t show its alcohol content. Easy to drink and a great beer to have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5183) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2013
750ml bottle pours a clear caramel amber with some creamy, white head. Nose is sweet, brown sugar, spruce, pine, honey comb. Flavor is malty, sweet, brown sugar, spruce, cedar. Malty finish. Mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Deep Amber brown. Smells a bit of leather and sweetness. It tastes of a sweetness that turns to a bitter leather taste that turns back to a mostly sweet finish. Fades nicely Malty undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1381) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2013
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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