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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: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3334) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4284) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - San Diego, California, 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13676) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2104) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnmike (1071) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2994) - 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.

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