Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ghenna:
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It is nice to revisit my first BW and actually review it. I've actually got an 09, 10, and 11 in my fridge waiting for a verticle, though I'll probably wait till I've got ten years worth
Pours beautiful copper with 2 fingers of tan head, fair lacing on the glass with a thin layer of bubbles top the beer that stick around forever. This is the color of the beer that would flow in the rivers of heaven.
Big hops on the nose citrus pine, caramel malt undertones. As it warms the malt smells begin to dominate
Malt takes center stage with initial taste, even cold. caramel, honey sweet, bitter but not overly hoppy finish. notes of citrus and vanilla as the beer warms. A bit of alcohol warmth accompanies the flavor, especially when it gets closer to room temperature. In a word, I'd call the flavor of this beer big. There is nuance if you dig, but it is an awesome and big flavor.
MF is relatively pleasant; despite its relative maltiness and high ABV it isn't at all sticky and is dangerously drinkable.
One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. I regret not writing notes from my earlier tastings, because this years seems a little less hoppy than how I remember last years. I must admit those bottles in my beer fridge tempt me like nothing else in there, but when I do a vertical I'll definitely post my notes on here. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2011 02:45:20 | More by Ghenna
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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.