Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,430 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,430
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 124
Gots: 247 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-22-2001

2011: 10.6% ABV, 69 IBU
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Ratings: 1,430 | Reviews: 725
Photo of fankhauserg
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barley wine, thick, malty, heavy

Photo of mac31
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 version

Big syrupy, sweet nose with some backend citrus, hoppy notes.

The taste follows the nose. Intense sweet entry, as close to cloying as a beer could be without actually being cloying. Big quaffs of cooked caramel and roasted malts. Dark fruit present from the malt selection. Sweetness rolls in to big, clean bitterness. Hops are slightly floral and citric. The floral notes and bitterness keep this reddish, brown brew from going over board on the sweetness. Bitterness dies down after the palate is more adjusted. Roastiness noted in the finish, along with some lingering hoppiness. Body is syrupy, coats the mouth. Carbonation is low.

What's nice about this brew is that as it warmed and the flavors evolved, the hoppiness came to life, the sweetness toned down, and some nice, warm orange citrus hues popped up.

I really liked this brew once it warmed closer to room temp. I pulled and poured it at 45F. Serve it closer to 55F and you'll be able to enjoy a nice, straight forward American Barleywine. Or serve it at 45F and get the full range from sweet to hoppy.

Photo of animal69
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 edition, aged 7 mos, hot but coming together nicely.

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear ruby red brew. Hop forward aroma; syrupy sweet on the palate, accompanied by juicy hops. Almost herbal and minty.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let mine sit for several months, as I like my Barleywine with less bitterness and more malt. That's exactly what I got as a true Barleywine spirit is unleashed. Nutty, biscuity, maple, caramel and lots of toffee. Grains, barley, tea leaves and a fruity finish.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber served in an oversized Belgian tulip (pretty much my default glass).

A- Deep amber and brown color that resembles plum skin. Khaki-colored head is frothy, fluffy and abundant. Lace is plentiful as well. 5

S- Quite juicy for a barleywine. Orange juice sweetness bursts from this. Toasted bread, caramel and raisin take a bit longer to notice but are there as well and potent in their aromas too. 4.25

T- Orange juice richness continues on the palate. Sweet caramel combines with a bitter floral flavor, toasted bread or biscuits, and grapefruit peel. There's a fruitcake quality to this flavor. It's very nice. 4

M- Rich and almost sugary sweet and also zesty and potently bitter. Plenty of sensations on the tongue. The carbonation level is low and there's certainly a wine-like feel to this, except it's got a prickly hop bite.4

It's good. Heavy on the citrus and hops.

Photo of HabaJohn
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

too sweet for my tastes

Photo of kkleu357
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Hazy brownish tan body. Sweet fruity aroma. Huge tastes of dark fruits like dates and raisin. Nice sweet toffee flavor as well.

Photo of EMV
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque deep amber with 2 fingers of generous white head.

S: Caramel and hops. Candied fruits.

T/F: Caramel and malts forward with some great classic Lagunitas hops at the finish. Candied fruits and citrus... just a great complex flavor. Moderate carbonation and sticky/chewy mouthfeel.

O: A delicious beer and possibly my favorite barleywine. So much going on with the flavor that there is always more to discover. Love the interplay between the hops and malts, and Lagunitas hits this one out of the park.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber red with not to much clarity. 1 finger of head and some lacing.

S - Sugar and booze. Hoppy!!!

T - Big and hoppy! Booze, candy sugar. Goodness

F - Highly carbonated

O - A tasty barleywine. Boozy, so be prepared for a short night

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant copper tinted amber wit a 1” lacy but quickly dissipating off white head.
S: fairly clean nose with some grass and malt, spice.
T: Starts spicy and malty with big citrusy hops providng a bitter citrus rind finish. A touch of dried fruit sweetness up front with a drying, warming finish.
M: Very creamy medium full body and medium carbonation. The carbonation is soft and not harsh.
O: An outstanding barleywine with a good balance of bitter and sweet.

Photo of stortore
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a good looking bright amber/orange, small foamy head. Smells strongly of malt, also grapefruit, caramel, toffee, orange, some biscuit. Taste is malt forward, a lot more grapefruit than the nose, caramel. A little sweet- but I'm good with that. Love the taste of this. Very smooth, good aftertaste.

Very enjoyable, this fits right in with the Lagunitas all stars. Have another to age, if I don't get impatient. Hope it comes back annually.

Photo of 2ellas
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I've never met a barleywine that I liked and this is no exception

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 22oz bottle served in a snifter. 2015 vintage

Appearance: dark ruby red with a billowy head of creamy bubbles

Nose: citrus, grapefruit candy, bright hops, malty, toffee

Taste: heavy and fruit laden, mouth coating thickness with a strong hit of piney and resinous hops. Spicy finish with a long malty tail. Not too much hot alcohol presence. Toasted marshmallow.

Not too bad of a barleywine. Really malt forward and I didn't really get the 10.6% alcohol hit. I'll see how the collating goes in a year or so.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas Mason Jar. 2015 Vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that slowly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A sweet, bready, and earthy aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and earthy hops. Toasted barley malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Solid hop presence with hints of pine resin and grass. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Fruit hints of apple, citrus, fig, raisin, and prune. A pretty solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet, bready, and earthy taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and dank hops. Barley malt with sweet notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Big hop presence with earthy notes of pine, grass, and cannabis. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Subtle fruit undertones of raisin, apple, grapefruit, fig, and prune. A very nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Chewy and somewhat sticky with a fairly drying finish. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A really good take on an American style Barleywine. Big sweet and bready malt flavors balanced by a potent hop presence.

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper in color. The nose has a little bit of malt essence and a little bit of hop essence. The mouthfeel is sticky. The flavor profile begins as malty sweet but a nice crisp blast of hop bitterness comes on in the finish. There is a warming alcohol presence on the finish as well.

Photo of Carthoris
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my first Barleywine so I'm not sure if it is a good example but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has the perfect blend of sweet and floral with a slightly bitter finish. It smells amazing as well which is a huge plus.

Photo of 29mikoyan
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A very excellent barley wine! It has hints of fruits such as apricot and citrus, some mellow flavors similar to red wine. Also some hints of aged whisky. The only thing I hated about this beer is that it isn't aromatic like other ales.

Photo of Wachturm
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Deep red/mahogany hue with a creamy off-white head. Fruity, caramel, toffee, piney/earthy, sticky/syrupy and mild alcohol. A great big beer in a bomber for only $4.

Photo of bluehende
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at a tasting. A 5 yr old keg. Outstanding beer with a smooth feel.

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a mahogany hue with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that disperses towards the shoulders creating a frothy ring and a residual soapy slick. Clarity is translucent. Nose expresses fruity notes, a hint of toffee and a light/earthy spicy quality. Taste consistent with nose with a residual bittering that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation falling shy of lively, a slightly oily texture and a trace of alcohol heat at the finish. Overall, an exemplar of the style and at a great price to boot.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice barley wine pours a bright, clear, copper orange with a solid off white head of thick foam that leaves great lacing and slowly dissipates to a thick ring. Nose of candy malts and sticky piney hops, and a dash of dark raisins. Flavors are a lot like the nose, sweet malt bomb up front and sticky piney hops to the sides and rear with a slight raisin note. Complex---no, delicious? YES! Smooth coating mouth feel with moderate carbonation that is lightly prickly adding to the hop bite with a sweet hoppy finish. Excellent. Dangerous ABV is hidden well. Even better!

Cheers!

Photo of Mongrel
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking red-hued beer with big, creamy head.

This is like Lagunitas' take on SN Bigfoot, just with less hop bite and a little more of a candied flavor. Nice creamy/slick mouthfeel with a moderately long finish. Not terribly complex, but wayyy drinkable (read: dangerous).

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four bucks for a barley wine and a Damn tasty one at that. Score all around. Rich, malty, with a dash of hops, alcohol not very present. 2015 bottle good with no age will see next winter.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new top bang for the buck bomber.

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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