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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%
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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 yearís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (908) - 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. Iíd give this a C+ rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7052) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrhoppy (1288) - 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 donít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6974) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2800) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, copper amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is heavy resin, citrus peel, treacle.....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, fig, hints of date, leading to resin, grapefruit peel, ending with a lingering moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is obviously a young American Barley Wine, where some of the aggressive hops are still a bit green tasting, not unpleasant, just havenít reached full maturity. The balance, twixt malt and hop, is very nice, and as this ages it will evolve greatly. The fifth ingredient in Barley Wines is time. I need to cellar some. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (1453) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Dark red. Light soapy head. Aroma of hops, pine, fruit which are all identifiable in the flavor. Smooth, not cloying. Slight dry finish. Complex interesting flavor. Really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours amber - light brown . Aroma is piney and citrus hops, dark sugar aromas, and malty cereal. Taste is surprising for a "barleywine" lighter in body and quite drinkable. Toffee flavors The hops really balance this one out too. Nicely done beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2012
I just didnít find this that good. Sweet but in that English strong way. Had a hard time finishing this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, plum, carmel, orange zest and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel plum, toffee and citrus with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3388) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
750mL bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. I believe this was brewed/bottled in mid October, making this 2 months old. The aroma on this is really nice for a barleywine. Lots of fruity character, with some berry. Light vinousness, and a little vanilla and light oxidation. Some pine tree hop character also comes through. Nice. Transparent ruby-amber body with a small, weak, pathetic little off-yellow head that is quickly dissipating. Starts sweet, sticky, and caramelly. Tons of malt in this. Light vanilla undertones in the middle. Finishes with more sweet caramelly flavors. Way under-carbonated, but the ethanol is hidden well under the extreme sweetness of this beer. Cloying, one-dimensional, poorly carbonated.

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