Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by ALESwhatCURESya:
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another GREAT beer experience from the guys at Lagunitas. After my last Lag brew (the imperial stout), I knew they would redeem themselves. This pours out a wonderful burnished copper body with light airy, sticky lace. The body is wonderfully clear and shines like brass in the light - great for a beer nearing the double digit abv level. The aroma is loaded with caramel malts, orange zest, and candy sweetness. Hops are definitely there, but big time citrus overtones. You can really get a feel for the richness of this beer in its nose. The taste is purely remarkable. Unlike many American barleywines which are overly rough on bitterness, this one carries a strong sweetness with semi-strong bitterness. Rich malts and caramelized sugar lead the way to a full and heavy mouthfeel. The smoothness is unexpected and begins with a creamy texture. A nice amount of carbonation is blended greatly with delicate and robust body. This is one of the best barleywines I have had in quite some time. Many barleywines take years of cellaring to create such balance and flavor, but this one is great right out of the chutes. For the price and quality, there are not many in this league. On top of it all, I am watching my 5 day old daughter Marlie wiggle and smile on the floor.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2008 02:49:24 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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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 928 ratings.