Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
saw these for a good price at the store, so i nabbed a few for the cellar and figured i'd revisit it.
Pours a very nice looking clear amber orange color with a light tan ice creamy foam head that lingers very well and leaves great lacing.
Nose is full of typical american barleywine. Nice big sweet sticky candy malt sugar in the nose with a copious dosing of ample hoppage. If you looked up american barleywine nose in the dictionary, this is what you find. That being said, it doesn't necessarily means it is the best of that category, despite being textbook.
Taste is right up that encyclopedic alley as well. The big sticky malt presence makes itself known right away and is amplified by a nice chewy viscosity. The malt profile sticks with you the whole way through. The hop profile, however, shows up about midway between the beer touching your lips and the finish, and does that slow..."is this gonna be bitter...not rea...oh, may...ok yeah....oh ok there it is" type of uphill climbs toward the finish. The finish hits nice and bitter, and is a great balance between hop bitterness and the sweet backbone. Then on the flipside, the hop flavor fades, but the bitterness stays, and the malt profile tips the teeter totter back its way asserting its dominance in the aftertaste. I would like a more noticeable hop presence to be honest. Just a tad underbalanced for me as a whole. Right at the finish its perfect, but as a whole the malt sweetness is just slightly too dominant.
Mouthfeel is pretty much right where an american barleywine should be. A very nice and viscous chewy profile, without being soup. The carbonation is where it oughta be.
Drinkability does struggle just a tad. The abv aspect of it is very impressive, but the dominance of the sweetness in the malt profile does hinder it just a tad. Still high marks in this regard.
Overall a very nice and textbook American style barleywine. To be honest, I am not a gigantic fan of it, but it is so accurate to style that i can't help but give it high marks. I'm a fan of it, just not a gigantic fan of it. I know that sounds wierd, but its hard to explain. It is totally to style, but there is just no unique flare to it, I would like the balance to shift a little bit to be more clear. A touch more hops and a touch less stickiness. I don't know what it is but i just can't get really excited about this one. That being said, this is certainly a fine barleywine and one i enjoy and will drink again without a doubt. Glad i picked a few up for the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2009 03:43:29 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2011 keg. 32oz growler fill from Green's PG, poured into a Conquest snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, rich auburn body, with a half-inch of beige head. The head dissipates to just a ring, but laces through the life of the beer.
S: Caramel, and a lot of pine. Way more pine than I would have expected for a 3-4 year old beer.
T: The hops are not as bitter as might be expected from a fresh American barleywine, but they still take center stage here. Lots of pine, then caramel, followed by a little dark fruit mingling with pine again in the finish.
M: Big, lush, without being syrupy.
O: This is a really good, still hoppy barleywine after all these years. It reminds me of how Old Ruffian ages--very well.
Serving type: growler
05-25-2014 00:06:00 | More by Craigory
Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.