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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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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2577) - 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 haven’t 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (1146) - 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.

3.7
   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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (4507) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2012
I just didn’t find this that good. Sweet but in that English strong way. Had a hard time finishing this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9502) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3299) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Tried this at the winter beer tasting in Lawrence, 2012. Courtesy of Brandon and Monica. I opened this without realizing what style it was and was pleasantly surprised to find a mild, somewhat sweet barleywine. Avoids the syrupy texture of many in this style, hoppy, bold, with the flavor of dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10731) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Cool pic. Barley wine laying down. Mine is a capped 750 from the BevMo in Vacaville. Pours hazy ruddy copper with a small off-white creamy/bubbly head. Aroma has a lot of pine/citrus. A lot. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Flavor is the standard brown sugar, but there’s a heck of a lot of hop fighting the sweet. This suggests "fresh hop barley wine". Those folks at GTB have finally gone off the deep end. Kudos. It’s finishing hoppy and bitter, while brown sugar constantly surges in and out. Amazing, brilliant ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1628) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a nice clear brown with white head, and nice lacing. Aromas are hops, booze, caramel, and some fruit, apples maybe. Some nice sweet fruity malt flavours before hops and booze take over. Overall a nice beer, but this belong in the cellar for awhile to mellow out the aggresive hops and boozines.


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