Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by HoustonTX:
4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Good looking pour. Large frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing. Strong retention. Amber, ruby infused body.
Nose on this one is very aromatic. Lots of sweet ripe fruity esters. Cherries, grapes, plums. A long with a vibrant yeast note that is spot on. Great sticky caramel malt body, works in perfect sync with other notes. Aroma overall, is just perfect - lovely zesty fresh intoxicating fruity madness. Very effervescent.
This one starts with a huge caramel/toffee malt sweetness upfront. By this, I mean HUGE. It's zesty, highly sugary, and very assertive. It's quite fruity, juicy cherries, and pineapple juice. Then adding even more complexity with a great demonstration of hops. Juicy citrus, including grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Along with a bit of a herbal piney spread.
The hops blend well with the intense malts, and really balance the flavor. Finishes, with lingering malty sweetness - and plenty of hops.
Great balance leads to wonderful drinkability, and the mouthfeel is phenomenal. Very velvety, yet chewy.
No doubt, this is one excellent Barleywine. Very well done, and one of my favorites from Lagunitas.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2009 22:01:47 | More by HoustonTX
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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 924 ratings.