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Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine

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718 Reviews
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Reviews: 718
Hads: 1,534
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 137
Gots: 274 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 718 | Hads: 1,534
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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).

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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.

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Photo of Foyle
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish brown with a small white head.

Aroma: lots going on here. Bready, caramel, biscuit along with pine, citrus and grassy hops along with fruit (raisins).

Mouthfeel: heavy and a bit chewy with a mostly dry finish.

Taste: Rich roasted barley, caramel, brown sugar, balanced with strong bittering hops.

Overall: outstanding.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Toffee, caramel, citrus zest from the hops, barley, a hint of pine
T: A big beer. Hop-forward with lots of caramelized sugar, layers of hop complexity, a big dose of malt and a long finish
M: The size of this beer from a flavor standpoint almost makes the mouthfeel suffer. It's just too big and assaults your mouth from every direction. Malt, hops and alcohol all explode. Can't really fault it for what it is but sip it slowly
O: I almost think I opened this too early and if I find another bottle will try it in a year. It's quite tasty now but I think with age the complexities of the flavors will deepen and the mouthfeel will tame

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

good....kinda like the brown shugga.....but its thicker and more syrupy.....a lot of hop bitterness yet really sweet.....not sure I could drink the whole 22oz bottle....its a sippy beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.59
Purchased: April 27, 2015
Consumed: April 27, 2015
Misc.: 2015 release

Poured an auburn, caramel, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki, tan, rocky head. Good looking bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

First smell and I could tell it was a Lagunitas beer. Kind of how like I can always tell it’s a New Belgium or Sam Adams (that’s not a bad thing, just saying). Got sugary caramel, brown sugar, toffee, semi-boozy rye, Cascade and floral. Kind of reminded me of a Brown Shugga’ and Lagunitas Sucks. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose with candied sugar, brown sugar, caramel, Citra, light earthy rye, floral, Citra, Cascade, light molasses, toffee and light grapefruit late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, hoppy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a pretty good American Barleywine. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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Photo of Fargrow
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unnecessary amount of hops in this barleywine. But instead of turning it into a DIPA, Lagunitas managed to make this kind of a mess. Maybe I didn't like these particular hops, or the combination of malt & hops. But this was not very good.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling date (assuming latest vintage)

A: Crystal clear, a nice mahogany color with ruby hues, 1.5 fingers width of light tan head that has good retention before dissipating down and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4.5

S: Very sweet, candied sugar, caramel/toffee, sweet apple, floral and piney hops, boozy. Everything I look for in an American Barleywine. On point. 4.5

T: Like the nose, its quite sweet. Caramel/toffee, candied sugar, fruity esters, some citrus rind and piney hop bitterness, a bit of subtle booze. One of the sweeter American Barleywine’s I’ve had. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation quite low but appropriate, ABV is noticeable but well restrained, and drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Really nice barleywine here. I would expect nothing less form Lagunitas. 4.25

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2015 edition at 10.1% poured into an oversized wine glass. Good balance malty up front with a bitter and sweet finish. An enjoyable barleywine.

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

Look: Beautiful dark amber color with thick amber foam that stays there forever; smell: abit of hops and sweet, very subtle; taste: starts almost sweet then progresses to slightly bitter and ends with a bit of alcohol; fell: smooth and balanced. It's hard to tell exactly what it tastes like: it feels like the tastes are dancing in your mouth

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear orange-ish, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells fairly abrasive, boozy, and hoppy- admittedly, not the type of barleywine I prefer. There's a big sweet caramel aroma as well.

I feel this needs a year or two to calm down, at this point it's just too abrasive, too boozy, too hoppy, and just too much. There's a lot of malt sweetness, and really bitter piney hops, and some grapefruit. Just not a fan, to be honest.

This is medium bodied, with a bitter and slightly grainy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Meh, pass.

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

Look: Pours a nice shade of brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Caramel, plum, raisin, malt

Taste: Dark fruits, a nice subdued bitterness, malt, caramel, hints of tobacco

Feel: Full body, good carbonation

Overall: A pretty good example of the style, though it seems more subdued than typical American Barleywines, feels like it has been aging for 6 months already

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent deep reddish-brown in color. Easily holds a nice cream colored head for a few minutes.

This smells heavily hopped, very citrusy and resiny for what I was expecting.

That same hop profile continues into the flavor. Citrusy. Resiny. Heavily hopped.

Mouthfeel is very nicely done. A bit thicker than medium-bodied. Good carbonation.

This is a quality barleywine.

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

Super barley wine, strong, with an APV of 10+, excellent flavor, great look and feel. This is no simple brew, this is a potent barley wine that delivers on flavor, feel and punch. Definite raisiny oak barrel flavors, sweet in the back of the mouth with sharpness and bite up front. One of my favorites.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty copper orange with a light red hue and a thick finger of off-white foam that quickly dissipates but leaves webbed lacing.

Raisin, caramel, toffee, and grapefruit.

Caramel and toffee are much more pronounced, the raisin is still there, but much more subdued, and the grapefruit/citrus comes out much more as well and has a bit of a juicy tropical fruit aspect.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, chewy, juicy, dry finish.

Overall, one of my favorite barleywines to date!

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.