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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
I know this has no business being anywhere but in me cellar, but I want to try it now. Pours a dark ruby color with a finger and a half of off white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells like a boat load of hops, you get grapefruit and other citrus aromas, as well as some licorice and cherry raisins. Taste doesn’t seem like it fits well. A mild sweetness and very bitter, you can taste a lack of age. If you are thinking about drinking one, don’t until at least 2014.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle 12-25-2012 03:52:38

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Nice copper colored beer with a khaki head. Decent hop aroma of grapefruit and pine. Sweet bread, toffee, and caramel maltiness. A bit of dark fruit and sugar. There’s a hint of bitterness along with some alcohol to the flavor. Sweet caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and sugar. Nice fruit notes, mild citrus, and a hint of pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2012 bottle to snifter. Pours calm and clear amber with a little tight off white head that dissipates to a wispy film and collar. Aroma has warming alcohol and hops that are piney spruce and earthy with a malt background. Taste is bitter piney hops somewhat resinous and warming alcohol along with malt and caramel and spice. Palate is medium slick and drying with a warming spicy finish. I dig this and see this getting better with an aged bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnmike (1020) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap sampler at MN Beer Dabbler. Probably had this one too cold - but this struck me as a barleywine a notch or two below the style’s top tier.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2311) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a clear, ruby highlighted, mahogany hue, a modest layer off white/cream colored head foam that diminished rather quickly to a thin ring & film, and left etched-like rings & spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was initially on the mild side, but some mellow esters, light spice, resin, and light caramelly sweetness gradually showed through as it warmed. With a medium to full body, some wine-like hints, a light syrupy nature to the mouthfeel, and soft carbonation, alcohol warmth was strong, but not overpowering. More of a British styled Barleywine, which I currently find more appealing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (826) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Aromas of yeast, biscuit and resin. Bright golden color with a medium white foam. Slightly plain flavors of raisin, dates biscuit and caramel. Overall, not very complex. Very basic. I’d give this a C+ rating.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Copper beerw ith a dark cream head. malt and light spice aroma with light grapefruit. Malt and spice flavor with pine and grapefruit. Medium-plus bodied. Malt and grapefruit linger with spice, light pine, light caramel, and some light yeastiness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Yes it is pretty offensive at the start. Like the label says " cellar it to mellow it" But that sucks because this is 2012 Christmas beer and I don’t want to drink it in 2014. I love the smell of a Christmas tree but I never wanted to eat one! Out the gate it tastes like they threw a Christmas tree in the brew kettle. Nice orange color. Aroma is evergreen hops and alcohol. Has a hard liquor feel to it. Flavor? Can you say Juniperberry! More Juniperberry. Finishes with Juniperberry hops. Now if they would have barrel aged this from the start this really would have been complete. More like an American strong. Harsh bitter tree sap. Better as it warms. There is good here but only time will tell. Will I buy another beer to find out? Maybe.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6343) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750 from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy copper with a thin beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a thick malt flavor that starts sweet, but quickly turns bitter with a somewhat astringent finish and a warm alcohol trail. Probably needs to age for a couple years to mellow out.


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