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Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale 2012

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Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Victor, Idaho USA
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy reddish orange appearance with a thin tan head. Caramel, toffee, a bit fruity, somewhat sweet malty, light woody aroma. Maple, spicy, toffee, brown sugar, somewhat hoppy, light piney hoppy flavor. Not bad for the abv but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap at capitol beer. Pours ruby with white head. Aroma is sweet as well as the taste.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rayOfBeer (656) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap: hazy brown pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is barleywine-ish boozy malt with pine and caramel. Flavor is syrupy with sugary caramel, pine, a light orange peel oily, and finishing somewhat astringent with a small bittering. Not sure if this beer just needs some cellaring or comes together better in bottle, but, it was too sweet for me with a jumbled mess of flavors that came off as artificially sugary.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1651) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish copper with thin, bubbly beige head and soapy lace. Notes of raisin, fig, caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, nuts. Full body, a little hot, could sit for a couple years. Slightly astringent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle pours a deep amber with a lasting off white top. Scent is dark sugar and fruit. Taste is dark fruit, bread, sugar, caramel with some nice hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2013
Draft @ Stout, Hollywood, CA. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Brewhaus on 3/21/2013. Pours a deep reddish brown with 2 inches of head and excellent lacing. Aroma is pine and malts. Taste is sweet with dark fruit, pine, and a very noticeable alcohol flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
From a bottle. Tastes sweet, like coffee, malt, and caramel. Smells like toasted nuts and caramel. Smooth, medium body, light carbonation, light head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3295) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with average, creamy off-white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, caramel, spicy and floral hops, figs, dates, raisins, and light yeast. Flavor is sweet malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral hops, light vanilla, and light spice; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt with dates and plums, spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with peppery alcohol, dark fruity esters, cookie and caramel malt with light spicy hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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