AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Grand Illumination Ale

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Celebrating the Grand Illumination of Williamsburg each year, our Barleywine style ale is a massive 11% offering that takes us over 5 hours to boil. The long boil time creates a bold caramel tone and is balanced with our signature Amarillo/Cascade hops blend. Limited edition of 2007 bottles.

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3.5
drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2017
2010 bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour hazy dark copper with moderate ecru head. Nose dank earthy, then caramel,toffee, butterscotch, and some green fruit. Taste slightly metallic, but then toffee and butterscotch and fruit. Can imagine it had some brighter flavors fresh.

3.6
faroeviking (11091) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Botella. Late Fall Monster tasting… Dark brown colour. Dark fruity citrus toasty malty arom. Sweet. Flavour: Sweet and malty, caramel, dark fruits, citrus. Long sweet dark malty and dark fruity finish.

2.7
ebone1988 (2071) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2017
At the Barleywine event. Aroma is hops, caramel, dark fruit, more fruity than sweet. Appearance is light brown, light tan head, clear. Taste is booze, barrel, weird, caramel, woody as fuck. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, woody booze aftertaste. Overall, not for me.

4.2
tsd08460 (1221) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Aroma: caramel, molasses, dark fruits, citrus Appearance: hazy amber with a beige head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium-full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

3.4
Cybercat (6013) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours hazy, translucent honey-golden with a nice ivory head. Aroma delivers strong fruity, mainly pear and berry notes plus a malty hint. Fruity flavor delivers apple, pear, malty and subtle woody notes. Mouthfeel features OK body and fizz. A grand illumination.

3
Iphonephan (7191) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle released in 2011. Pours a clear cola with an ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of toffee and caramel. Light bodied. Meh.
Earlier Rating: 2/23/2013 Total Score: 3.6
On draft at the Mad Fox Barley Wine Festival, Falls Church VA. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of lightly toasted malt. Strong spruce hop notes with some caramel and raisins in the taste. Bitter and boozy finish.

4.2
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this at the brewery from a snifter. 4.0 A: Hazy amber plum color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. 4.5 S: Sweet sugary plums, red currants, figs, gingerbread, brown sugar, caramel, molasses. 4.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Sweet without being cloying. 4.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy and smooth. 4.5 D: No flaws and super drinkable. ★ 424 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

3.9
JK (6252) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Dark brown. Some complexity in this beer. Grape skin, cardamom, and some green olive. Moderately sweet, some grit.

3.7
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. 07/26. The pour is a muddy ruby brown pour with a thinner off white ring of head and no real lace. The aroma is good. There is a lot of caramel and malts with a strong dark fruit and a decent underlying dank hoppiness. A light cherry hangs around the end of the nose. The the flavor is not that great. There is a little metallic tendency here. Dark fruits and a strong sugar. The dank hoppiness takes over half way through and dominates out the back. The mouth feel is lighter than it looks with a pretty light soft carbonation. The aftertaste is lightly hoppy and sugary, which is a little off putting. Could've been so much better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2015
figgy malty and spiced aroma and flavor. warming while showing little heat. not incredibly complex, but very very satisfying. it’s billed as an English barleywine, and I enjoyed the lack of hops in this one.


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