Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale 2012

Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Victor, Idaho USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 years 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2017
750ml bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, some dark fruits, and some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (968) - Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Has a nice thick caramel pour with a minimal head. Has an aroma and taste of dark fruits and apples, caramel and toffee. Medium heavy body and boozy on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Pours a slightly hazed deep amber.... light tan head doesnt stick around for too long but leaves good spotty lacing. Nose is appropriate for the style... a pretty good dose piney hops with a floral undertone... quite rounded malt with some nice caramel and dry dark toast essence. Flavor has all the same elements but with a nice fresh bitter bite that balances the coming malts... malts are on the sweet side, but not out of style by any means... Hop flavors are pine/floral/lesser citrus... but the hops are pretty tame on the palate for an American BW. Some minor raisin with warmth... and something that I associate with apricots on the finish. Good body and a sorta light carbonation lends to a creamy mouthfeel... I expect the carbonation to get more pronounced with age as the bottle conditioning kicks things up a notch

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2015
750ml, bottling date 10/19/12. Cellared since purchased. Sweet, toffeeish malt aroma, with notes of brown sugar, fruitcake, slight herbal and alcoholic tinges, with a bit of sherry, spice, earth and leather. Clear deep amber-red in color with a very fine, lasting head and matching lace. Flavor profile is richly sweet and sugary but in a smoothly integrated manner, blending quite nicely with the warming alcohol, moderate hop bitterness, dried fruits and peppery spice, plenty of lingering toffee notes on the finish. Some heat on the palate, which is otherwise slightly sticky and syrupy, with a medium degree of effervescence and a massive body. The age has done it well, to be certain -- I tried a sample of this when it was fresh and it did not approach this level. That said, if you are holding onto some of this, I wouldnt sit on it for very much longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3119) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Caramel, amber in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, light hops... Notes of nuts, overripe fruits, citrus and pine hop bitterness and alcohol burn on finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Smell, look, flavor typical for a bArleywine. Done well with strength but not a lot of alcohol showing. Lots of malt and dark fruit. Some spicy bitter hops and bread as well. Would have liked this fresh (this one is 14 months ipa). "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23569) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Deep, clear amber color. Aroma of Christmas fruitcake with white icing. Taste is sweet with a jumble of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (12225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
750ml bottle. 4.99 at walgreens. Sturdy barley wine. Not sure how it was aged. Lots of dark fruit and caramel with still a bit of hops lingering through At this price makes other similar beers look like jokes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (8891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at World of Beer-Cherry Creek. Cloudy dark gold copperish with a thin off white head. The aroma is nicely sweet with a little nose of cherry and raisin, some sweet honeyed toffee, and a light booziness. Lovely flavor with sweet toffee, a little booziness, a touch of raisin and cherry, and a brown sugary sweetness. Pleasant and sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Enjoying this from Growler Station in Greenville, SC. Being able to get this "cellared" is nice because its very mellow for the profile. Very fruity, a little bready with the aging, but I think that helps mellow the ABV. Really good.

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