Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of the color of a beautiful orange sunset. Despite a hard pour a miniscule head is produced, giving way to clumps of beige bubbles here and there across the top of the liquid. Transparency is rather high, and the low carbonation that is found struggles to reach the top, through the thick syrup that is Gnarlywine. No sediment is noted. The aroma immediately kicks off with bright, bitter, and sweet citric hops. These fade in the nose as the beer warms. Subsequently we get roasted caramel malts, spicy mustard seed, freshly varnished wood, flecks of flowery sweetness, and a modest alcohol character. As we sip, the hops present briefly at the start, as they did in the nose. These are quickly washed away by sweet, slightly darker malts, much like those that would be found in a lighter maibock. The booze even begins to rear its head at the very outset of the taste, as well. Through the middle the flavors transition to wooded malts that sit high up on the back of the palate, with continuation of the heavy booze. There is caramel sweetness here that helps to cut the hop and boozy bitterness. The taste rounds out with a bit of hoppy slickness, more clean malts, and a citrus tannin-like flavor, like a breakfast tea with lemon and sugar. The aftertaste breathes with a peppery booze burn, bitter hops, and white sugar. The body is full and syrupy thick, and the carbonation is light. The feel to each sip is with a sticky sugary smack, with nice froth and slurp. There is generous coating at first, but this gives way to a heavy astringent drying. The abv is middle of the range, and this guy sips slowly.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how gloriously it looked, beaming in the glass, despite the lack of any head. I guess it would be hard to expect an active, creamy head with such a thick brew, but the color alone was pretty spectacular. On other notes the beer was a bit sweet, but ultimately appropriately so, while the aromas continually made up for this, making this beer ever the more inviting.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2011 02:16:46 | More by TheBrewo
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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.