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Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011: 10.6% ABV, 69 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of brystmar


2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On draft at the Gingerman in Austin. Served in a pint glass.

A: reddish brown with a half finger of lightish fizzy head, *excellent* retention. Insane amounts of lacing remained on my glass thru the drink.

S: very floral & hoppy with earthy tones and some malts in the backgound. Hints of fruit too.

T: hops are out in force; bitter start to finish with an aftertaste that lingers. Super hoppy beers generally aren't my thing, and this one's no exception. I can see how others might like this stuff, but it's not for me at all. Came in with an open mind, though, and really tried to see the positives here.

M: medium-bodied with LOTS of carbonation. Stings the tongue strongly as it lingers in your mouth.

D: very tough to drink with copious amounts of alcoholic bite (the term "alcoholic warmth" is hardly appropriate) as it goes down. I do like some barleywines but this one is clearly not for me. Can't even finish 1/4 of this glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 07:18:07 | More by brystmar
Photo of goochpunch


2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2008 bottling

Pours out a still-looking red amber with a head that is here and then gone. Smell is hot alcohol up front. Underneath is a vague sweetness, cooked fruit, really toasty malts and a hint of caramel. Way too much alcohol and not enough other stuff to back it up. Taste is very syrupy-sweet at first with some toastiness from the malt. From all the grain used in this to give it such high sweetness and alcohol, you'd think they could at least give some complexity to the beer. Some citrus and pine hops come in the finish with an awkward bitterness. Hops bring more bitter than flavor to the table. Not overall disgusting, just heavy-handedly 2-dimensional (SWEET then bitter [kind of]). Mouthfeel is nice, however. Viscous, slick, and smooth. The body could be a little heftier though, I suppose. Really not drinkable. Give this a couple of years and maybe something interesting might come out of this mess.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 04:01:28 | More by goochpunch
Photo of sinistersteve


2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, Lagunitas finally did it. They made a so-so beer. I tried this barley wine one night at the pub with some friends of mine and we couldn't even finish the entire pitcher.
Upon the initial presentation of our pitcher I thought for certain we would be blessed that would live up to its name. The appearance was normal enough. Dark and non-transloucent like what it's supposed to be The sweet aroma was interestingly enough, but the scent of a strong, butt-whooping barley wine wasn't there.The flavor also lacked that over abundance of hops and/or malt that is so typical of beers of this genre. In the end, this beer was way too sweet for our bitter tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2002 21:01:05 | More by sinistersteve
Photo of CMB2012


2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into 16oz stemless snifter. O.G. 1.096, A.B.V. 10.6, I.B.U. 69.39.

This brew pours a deep ruby red with a small pinky finger width head. The cap dissipates fairly slow into a very nice creamy looking bubblicious slick with some lacing.

Wow! This beer is definitely fresh, though I cannot find a bottled on date (I guess I am to assume the Two-'Aught-11 written on the bottle stands for 2011), and I know it has been aged for a month at the brewery, but it wreaks of hops! It is sweet and fruity versus piney and resiny. Reminds me of that delicious bubble gum hop scent. But wait, there is something here that turns me off, something peppery that I am not sure is supposed to be there. It could be alcohol, but somehow I don't think so. The more intense my whiff, the more intense the smell. There is something very wrong, it smells like salted or cured ham. It could be that onion smell everyone complains about in Oskar Blues' Gubna. I can't smell anything else after noticing this, it is a big turn off.

The taste, is significantly better. Big sweet malt up front with some dark and dried fruit notes - plum/prune, sugary dates, and some fig too. It all ends with a peppery alcohol burn that mellows out into a sweet malt linger. I can taste the onion as well in this pepper aspect.

The moutfeel is spot on for the style. Full bodied, slightly sticky, smooth, with little carbonation.

This beer is a big disappointment for me. I love barley wines and I usually like Lagunitas. However, this beer is a tough one to finish. I'll admit it may be psychological at this point, but I cannot get that onion/cured meat smell from bothering me. I don't know if I got a bad bottle/batch, but I wish there was a batch number I could give to prevent others from experiencing this if that is the case. I would like to try this again to double check, and at 4.49 a bottle I think I will.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:30:51 | More by CMB2012
Photo of DIM


2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2010 version

a: This was a hazy cherry tinted copper color. It poured with a medium sized, lightly sticky cap.

s: On the sweet side for sure. I found vanilla, toffee, and something I want to call graham crackers. Even at less than a year old I couldn't find much in the way of hops.

t: This was too sweet for my taste, it was pretty sugary actually. I mean plain white table sugar. I also found maple syrup and fruit cocktail in syrup. The finish was an overdone toffee with a lingering bitter tingle.

m: Big bodied and syrupy with gentle carbonation.

d: For an American barleywine not even a year old this was awfully sweet. Cloyingly sweet, I had a hard time finishing it. Where the hell are the hops? On the positives side, the alcohol was well masked.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 16:52:58 | More by DIM
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/9/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a strong red color body. Small off-white body, diminishing. Raisin and fig, sickly sweet aroma. This is a barley wine. Sickly sweet taste. Alcohol, sticky sweetness. Strong grape taste. Some roasted notes but mostly sweet. Too much. This needs to age for a long while more, have the sweetness go down.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 01:19:41 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Docer


2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bomber from Fred Meyer... 11.0% Alc. Limited Release..

-Dark red and brown... rather clear and hardly any head as I poured at a 45 deg. angle into a tumbler glass.... mild lacing.. scattered bubbles..

- Smelled it from many feet away... very sweet and earthy smell... bit of alcohol... almost smells like a ham sandwich...

- Wow... way too sweet.. chewy caramel malt madness.. bit of alcohol and a floral hop backbone... but not impressed with this one... may pour it out...

- Sweet chewy aftertaste... earthy.. bit warm and mouthwashy..

- Not very drinkable simply because of the flavor... I'm sure someone out there likes this... but it aint me! Otherwise smooth...

Not at all impressed with this... I'm gonna have to pop open my Full Sail Old Boardhead to gather my Barley Marbles...

Perhaps this is one to age for about 5 years... not gonna buy another one to even try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 20:36:34 | More by Docer
Photo of yeahnatenelson


2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage.

Appearance -- Pours a cherry-tinted amber with a slim creamy beige head that dissipates into a fine fog.

Smell -- Juicy citrus, toffee, toasted malt, peaches and plums, dank hops, and a modicum of leafy hops. Overall: sticky sweet and lacking in complexity.

Taste -- Dank and citrusy hops, macerated plums and peaches, caramel, leafy vegetal bitterness. Much like the nose, There doesn't seem to be much depth. It tastes like all of the thought was put into the hopping, which reminds one of EVERY other Lagunitas offering. In dire need of malt complexity.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Dangerously close to syrupy. More depth in the malt department could have made this forgivable (see: Angel's Share).

Drinkability -- This one just didn't come together for me. Fruity sweetness and citrus hop aroma meets dank basement and leafy vegetables. Where's the rich malt complexity? It really just comes off as a malty DIPA, but what do I know? I still don't like Old Guardian.

Your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:50:09 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Tupperwolf


2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Aught Six vintage - brand new)

Pours a heavy, syrupy, very clear ruby amber, capped with a very thin lil' tannish head and besmirched with a few bubbles struggling to rise through the thick liquid. The thin, bubbly head leaves a few spotty bits of lace as I drink.

The scent is rich and very sweet - an American maltiness that only a barleywine can produce. There's tons of malts going into this brew, and it shows. Toffee is dominant, and all of those other scents are in there too - a little caramel, a little butterscotch. Some grassy hop and pungent alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is almost cloyingly sweet, with just enough hop to balance. As a matter of fact, the hops are very bitter, more bitter than flavorful - something I noticed with the Maximus IPA - hopheads of a different bend than I might like them more. Lots of toffee and caramel in the flavor, with a distinct fusel alcohol and a grassy, bitter hoppiness - swallowing is surprising, giving me a huge hit of way overpowering diacetyl sweetness and alcohol combined. I can drink it and don't find it unpleasant, so it gets just under average score. Aging is definitely required for this one.

A syrupy mouthfeel feels almost hot on the tongue with alcohol - it's not dry at all, mind you, but you know the abv is there. It gets everything tingling really pleasantly, and the finish is sticky.

I can drink it now - but I'd rather drink it later. GnarlyWine isn't a very highly hopped American BW, rather intensely sweet and alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:22:09 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of sacullen


3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. First I've seen this vintage on the shelves in Chicago so this is the freshest I've had it.

A: Pours a nice ruby color with quite a bit of head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Wow! That's a hoppy barleywine! It took me a few whiffs to get past the hops and smell other aromas, but I can always smell the hops first. It's difficult for me to smell the malts, but there is no boozy smell like other barleywines have.

T: Those hops are still there. Keeping it in the front of your mouth lets you taste some of the sweetness, but there is plenty of bitterness in the finish and just a small bit of burn from the alcohol.

M: This is thick bodied, and lingers for a while. Those hops are still around in the aftertaste and I have found I'm not enjoying it.

D: A bit on the low side, the hops have really ruined this brew for me. I like my barleywines on the sweeter side, so the bitterness doesn't do it for me. It's not bad, just not what I'm looking for. I think it is much better when aged than fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:32:18 | More by sacullen
Photo of Reaper16


3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a gorgeous dark ruby color. Decent clarity, actually, though the light makes the red body glow. One fingerish of creme head sits on top, though I don't get much lacing, really. That body is damn pretty, though.

Unfortunately, the aroma is awkward and overdone for me. Raisins for days. Raisins and raisins and raisins, cooked down in a pan and drizzled with molasses. It's a bit too strong, too pungent. Add to this a soapy, astringent hop quality and you have a poor effort. I don't pick up on any good aromas from the hops, just the after effects of a good hop dosing. Unfortunate.

The taste is on the same level as the nose: awkward. This could have been good. Instead, it's like stale Raisin Bran. Lots and lots of raisin-centric dark fruit flavors. Sticky sweet like a barleywine should be, but too uncomplex and one-note. It's blunt-force flavor. There's also a weird, musty quality to the beer. This keg can't be too old, can it? I'm drinking this in a popular bar with excellent turnover. I don't know what's going on here, but this is not the complex barleywine that I thought I was getting. This is blunt, unsophisticated beer.

The mouthfeel is poor, but permissibly so given the high ABV%. It's pretty flat (though not entirely still). Did the yeast give out on this particular batch? That would explain the lack of carbonation and the lack of developed flavors. Overall, this is not a good barleywine. It's like a far less hoppy, way less interesting version of most other American Barleywines. Hopefully it's just this keg that's problematic. It isn't like Lagunitas to miss this badly on a beer. Drinkable, but awkward and mostly unejoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 06:38:11 | More by Reaper16
Photo of Florida9


3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Served in a snifter with a nice fluffy bit of off-white head. Beer
itself is a cloudy brown. Decent lacing.

S: Very aromatic, especially citrus and orange. Orange blossoms.

T: Malty orange juice. I cannot understand how much this beer tastes like orange juice, and not in a good way. The sweet orange flavor with the bitter pith, even a bit of the acidic quality of the citrus. Throw in a bit of alcohol and malt. Novel at first, but stomach wrenching as I drank it.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation.

D: It took everything I had to get this beer down. I just couldn't get over the sweet orange juice flavor intermixed with the malt and alcohol. For me, this beer was almost unbearable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 02:38:10 | More by Florida9
Photo of victory4me


3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. A very nice looking beer and then completely thrown off by the aroma. I can't figure out if it is the hop or malt bill, but something seems very off. Fruity hops combined with sweet malts create a cherry like aroma. I do not find this aroma enjoyable as it is quite off-putting.

Taste has the same cherry flavors as I smell in the aroma and I find them equally off-putting. Just an odd way these flavors mend together. Cloying sweet and lacking in much needed bitterness. While this isn't a drain-pour, I do not enjoy this. Not a good example of the style.

Where's my Flying Mouflan?

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:59:56 | More by victory4me
Photo of Crosling


3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Draught. Dark Copper. Pungent, fresh aroma, very reminiscent of Old Boardhead in its nose. Soft but sharp hops, along with fruity malt and caramel. Taste is strongly affected by a major lack of body and texture. Very hoppy (grapefruit, pineapple, orange) along with lacking very sweet malt (fruit, cherries mainly, medicine and caramel).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 23:41:20 | More by Crosling
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Felt a storm coming in my bones with this one on 3/17/2005. 10.5-oz goblet pour at Redbones.

Great wall of China buttress of 1/7-inch head made of tightly formed, ionic column bubbles that stick, at least a little. Slight hazy orange/gold hue, though on the darker side, with a fair amount of action. Sweetly oozing melting sugar on nose with a pleasant hop bite and some juice characters – orange and raspberry. A somewhat tinny character is immediately noted on mouth, and an oddly empty malt profile. For a barleywine, I expected a great deal more complexity. Sweet aspects seem to dominate with just echoes of malt and a pin prick of hop presence. Bottom rung on the ladder for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2005 12:38:09 | More by Truh
Photo of maximum12


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this up in a trade with hero27.

Pours jet sticky red, with a hella lotta suspended sediment. If this were a river, it would be on the EPAs threatened streams list. Smells nice & fruity, with some overtones of oxidation...oh oh.

For a bottle that isn't terribly old, this is showing some signs of early oxidation, which is disheartening. Dark fruits are falling off the tree & hitting a bunch of malt & oxidation that's just making it's move out of the background & into the light, unfortunately, distracting from the more pleasant aspects of the beer. I can taste the goodness, but it's muted & masked. This bottle can't be two years old, why the fast decline?

Gnarlywine is slick & fast in the mouth & oozes fruitiness. Too sweet to drink much of, & the alcohol is prevalent.

Pretty good. Eventually I will have to pick up a completely fresh bottle to compare, but this one seems to have lost some shine pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 02:11:50 | More by maximum12
Photo of harrymel


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a cherry red with single finger light caramel which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Vibrant color.

S: Malty, caramel malts, sharp alcohol tones. Sweet nose. Wish there was a hare more hop on this; the hops are simply piny/resiny and weak for an American BW.

T: Sweet. Very sweet for an ABW. Little to no bitterness from hops. Although I like it very much, I don't think it fits the profile for the style.

M: Medium with low carbonation. No resonance.

D: Exceedingly drinkable: could do this all night. I think with a year or two on it, the beer could shine, but it's a gamble.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 17:03:17 | More by harrymel
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had the 2009 and 2011 bottles for a nice little vertical tasting. Pours a hazy copper color with a strangely greenish tan head. nice lacing.

The 2-year old version is oxidized quite a bit and shows lots of caramel sweetness and cinnamon roll dough. Leafy, medicinal hops and alcohol - lots of it. Surprisingly, the 2011 is not much different, just without the oxidation. I thought for sure there would be more raw hop aroma and alcohol.

Syrupy sweet, both of them. I am amazed that the flavor profiles of these beers are so similar. Caramel, toffee and full bodied. I like the 2-year old version a little better, but I guess I am just not really a fan of this one in general. I am shocked by the rating of this beer here. Its like a harsher, less integrated Brown Shugga. I noticed that the 2004 label I have is 9.7%, I wonder why they unnecessarily raised the ABV on this? I remember liking it a little more back in the day.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 20:18:55 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$4.99 bomber from Discount Beverages on Hoosick St in Troy, NY. Label claims 11% ABV, 69.39 IBU, 1.096 OG. Dated as "Twenty 'Aught-9", indicating brewed in 2009.

A: Thin filmy tan head following a weak pour. Dark golden honey color that turns deep strawberry red when held to a light. Don't drink barleywines frequently, but it looks a lot darker than what I remember as being typical. Heavier pour with the second half yields a massive 4-finger head that turns rocky as it dissipates slowly.

S: Lots of malt (duh), thick complex sweetness. Silage and livestock grains. Sweetness is big and full, overpowers most everything else. A grassy hop note far in the background.

T: Much like the smell. Lots of sweetness, thick toasty malts. Slight bitter molassas in the finish.

M: Thick and sweet, sugary slick coating on the tongue lingers for quite a while. Carbonation is a little light. Very filling.

D: 11% ABV?? Not sure I believe it... not detected on the palate or felt in the head. Goes down easily, but sweetness borders on being cloying, a little too much for my tastes. 22oz bomber in one sitting is quite heavy in my stomach.

Not a typical barleywine. Hoppiness is replaced entirely with sweetness. More like a sweet quad than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 01:36:08 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Bitterbill


3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a clear amber with a 1 fin..err..1/2"...errr...well, it *was* there but now the foam is just a small ring around the glass with pretty much no lacing. Nice colour, terrible foam retention.

The smell is light for a BWSA. I get small notes of caramel malt and hops.

The taste is at least good. Caramel malt dominates but there's some hop bitterness in the background that helps with the balance some. And...the alcohol is pretty noticeable as a slight burn in the throat and some warming after the swallow.

The more I sip, the sweeter this becomes and even for me, and I love good malty BWSAs, it becomes just a tad too sweet. Cut's down on the drinkablity for me; that and the alcohol. Good thickish mouthfeel though.

Overall, I think it's an ok example of the style but I don't think I'd bother to get any more. It's just not up *my* alley.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:40:55 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Really nice deep copper color in a snifter. Strong, very clean aroma of hops and lightly kilned malt that you'd expect for a barleywine. Unfortunately, I found this beer sickenly sweet and annoying to drink. I couldn't even finish the end of it because it was so syrupy. It's a very "rich" beer but a little more attenuation to dry this guy up would have made it a lot better. I'll give the flavor some points because it is so loaded with what could be good taste, it was just in need of some serious balancing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 06:36:00 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of david18

New York

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can' t tell this breweries beer styles apart. they have low alcohol strong ales that they call red ales. Hoppy barleywines that they call double ipas. etc. This is another of what I believe to be their hybrid beers, which, like many of their others is a good beer worth trying. Not my favorite barley or Lagunitas brand,this beer has good color and aroma and is worthwhile if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 18:43:41 | More by david18
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Buy it now and lay it away. I rated low on drinkability because - really folks- this one is a keeper and you'd be robbing the cradle to open this one prematurely.

Appearance: nice warm mapley-sappy wine color and a rapidly dissipating, not-so-chunky head. No lasting lace.

Smell: a little fennel, dried fruits, heavy on spice. (This is likely to mature well. Not so good young. Better aged. Just my guess. %^)

Taste: No hiding the high gravity of this heavy.

Mouthfeel; If this were wine it would be a Cab: nice big balloony mouth-full of volume. Definately a big one.

Drinkability: gosh - give it time.

Will be EXCELLENT in about a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 07:58:45 | More by lkno301
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized snifter, the beer is a deep, crystal copper coloring that is very dark in the deeper parts. The head settles into an off-white, foamy, light head that is amber-tinted and rests into about a half an inch. Nose is tangy-sweet, with a sugary-sweet caramel base that has a slightly sour tone to it. The beer is viscous and oily slick in mouth, with flavors of tangy sweet and slightly sour dark fruit flavors. It almost tastes like a little raisin and a little prune juice, with a healthy dose of pineapple. Not much on the spice to help balance it, although there is the slightest hint of hops in there at the end, sometimes. Almost overpowering, with some slight boozy characteristics. The beer has the tangy sour flavors into the aftertaste, and they slowly fade in mouth with a long lingering finish. This one is interesting, but definitely an acquired taste. It would be interesting to see how it ages, if anyone was so inclined.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:19:57 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Syrupy sweet smelling malt, with sluggish honey-like roasted sugars. Touch of alcohol suggests strength. Light fruit notes - apple. Almost no hop noticeable in the aroma.

Deep copper color with burgundy highlights, too translucent to detect degree of clarity. Minimal head, but while it was there is was really nitro-creamy one - mmm!

Nice round malt flavor greets my tongue displaying deep roast, toasty midtones, fruit sweetness, and rich, syrup sweetness. A light hopping compliments the fruit-like sweetness with floral notes and cuts into the sugar-like sweetness with citric notes. A deeper, darker roasted character develops as it warms, as well as alcohol flourishes. Hop bitterness grows as well, taking control over the finish. Body is fairly thick with minimal carbonation. Vanilla notes intermingle with the malt midway through.

Not my favorite Barley Wine style ale out there. I like the IPA-strength BWs, and this is a malt-driven brew with minimal hops. I'd like to try it with more hops. The hop flavor it has is good, but just not enough. It does have a nice complex malt flavor though; and it's really sweet - gummy bears came to mind a few times - but by no means is it too sweet like highly-malted, higher ABV beers can be. Also notable: the alcohol never reared its potentially ugly head. I'd say it is a decent after dinner kind of drink to seduce you into a slumbering state without smacking you upside the head with tasty hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 03:51:51 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.