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The Hairy Eyeball - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 74
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: n/a
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: SusanQuinn on 02-13-2014

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 74
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber: pours a clear red copper color with a tan 2 finger foamy head that had tons of bubbles in it and cascaded down like a Guinness poured from a tap and faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing all over. Looks like a nut brown ale or typical strong ale, only the head was much more impressive.

Smells of caramel, malt, wheat, fruit like orange peel, brown sugar and booze; it smells sweet and malty and basically smells like it looks.

Malt bomb alert, the flavor jumps out with sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit like raisin, plum or date, some orange peel, herbal hops, toasted grains, woody or oaky notes, burnt wheat bread, brown sugar, peat moss, light spices and mild booze. It’s like an oak-aged old ale with a tremendous amount of malt flavor that is not too sweet and somehow keeps the booze minimized, and yet complex with some herbal notes that almost seem like hop spices or someone spilled Windex in the mash – drinkable and more so than it should be at 9.4%, but you need to be in a malt state of mind to enjoy this as I did tonight.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a medium to heavy body, mild carbonation and a bready sweetness that trails off with some spices and malty notes like caramel and whole grain crackers.

Overall a good beer that is nice to have once a year as it’s very complicated even though it’s malt dominant – the malt version of a DIPA that allows the malt bill to bring out different flavors and hide the ABV. This is the second bomber I drank this winter and both times I pretty much got wrecked from the bomber as the booze sneaks up on you, which is nice. (1,622 characters)

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Wow, this beer hides it's alcohol well. Nice hopping to balance the superb malts. A session beer for the hard drinking types. :) (128 characters)

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Poring this out I was surprised to see a clear ruby brown beer with some lacing and a white small head that was produced from what looks like a high level of carbonation. The nose is dominated by malts, bready, nutty, some sweetness, little bit of yeast esters and some earthy tones. Aroma is not overly complex or strong but still is nice and pleasant. The taste follows the nose with malt forward dominate flavor but it contains more complexity with dark fruits. raisins, breadiness, and esters. Mouth is full bodied, effervescent, pillowy soft, and very appealing. This is a great Euro Strong Lager and probably the first I have had in this style. Give it a try if you like your strong beer more on the malty side that kinda has a quad similarity, cheers! (767 characters)

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Poured into tulip. Pours dark copper with a reddish hue. Thin off white head reduces to an extremely thin lacing quickly. Aroma is solventy/ heavy alcohol with hints of dark fruits. Flavor is heavy on the alcohol to the point that you would think it's higher than 9.6%. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Under the booze theres lots of sweetness with a slight plum, fig and molasses aftertaste. Described as a euro strong ale but tastes a whole lot like a barleywine that's not ready yet. If you have this or buy this in 2014 do yourself a favor and throw it in the cellar for a year or two. (581 characters)

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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