Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by lurpy1:
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Flamin' Grill in Sacramento. Was cautioned that this keg has been around awhile. Apparently, not a big seller. To the waiter this was a problem, to me, a little more age on a Barleywine.
That being said, the pour is tired looking. A vague amber, no head, no panche, it just sits there all murky.
The smell is a bit subtle, but is heavy on the malt. Some caramel flavors, with grain and raisin in the backdrop.
Taste comes and goes with a heavily sweetsy, grainy, appropriately barleywiney flavor. Some sips are better than others. Occasionally, the dark fruit is overly pronounced. But I still like it.
Mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy for me, but did have a real nice stickiness to it.
At the end of the day, somehow, Old Gnarlywine is a beer where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. The taste was good, the consistency and smell were a little better than OK, but when it was gone, hey, I missed it and wish it was more. There is something intangibly great about this beer, a little, uh, sumpin sumpin (rimshot) going on. I will buy this again for shizzle.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2012 00:58:13 | More by lurpy1
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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.