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 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.

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scooterbub (1067) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 8, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a nice copper with a half inch beige head that lasts. Taste is of malt, fruit, brown sugar, wood, hops, pine and resin. Similar aroma. Has a nice body with mostly clean finish. Doesn’t show its alcohol content. Easy to drink and a great beer to have.

nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2013
750ml bottle pours a clear caramel amber with some creamy, white head. Nose is sweet, brown sugar, spruce, pine, honey comb. Flavor is malty, sweet, brown sugar, spruce, cedar. Malty finish. Mellow.

krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Deep Amber brown. Smells a bit of leather and sweetness. It tastes of a sweetness that turns to a bitter leather taste that turns back to a mostly sweet finish. Fades nicely Malty undertones.

bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2013
750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/18/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There’s a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some light citrusy and pine hops. It tastes like toffee, brown sugar, figs, bready malt, citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops. The bitterness comes out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a solid beer, I liked it. Not sure if I should have drank this fresher or aged it longer!

magsinva (1434) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle from Hop City - pours clear orange with some nice barley notes on the nose. Taste is a bit boozy with a sweet dry finish. Solid.

beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2013
750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a mostly clear deep coppery red with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel and figs. The flavor is deeper than the aroma with ample caramel, figs and resinous pine. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium-full bodied. Well-rounded mouthfeel. Goes down dangerously easy @ 10% abv.

Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle at Aaron’s. Thanks man! Pour is hazy amber with a small cream-colored head that quickly dissipated. Grapefruity, orange peel, slightly tangy, caramel, bready, and herbal aroma. Taste is old malty, tangy, fruity, licorice, bready, stale, green apples, and pear with a lightly spicy finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Bleh.

cubs (10718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy reddish orange appearance with a thin tan head. Caramel, toffee, a bit fruity, somewhat sweet malty, light woody aroma. Maple, spicy, toffee, brown sugar, somewhat hoppy, light piney hoppy flavor. Not bad for the abv but nothing special.

oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap at capitol beer. Pours ruby with white head. Aroma is sweet as well as the taste.

rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap: hazy brown pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is barleywine-ish boozy malt with pine and caramel. Flavor is syrupy with sugary caramel, pine, a light orange peel oily, and finishing somewhat astringent with a small bittering. Not sure if this beer just needs some cellaring or comes together better in bottle, but, it was too sweet for me with a jumbled mess of flavors that came off as artificially sugary.

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