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Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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961 Ratings
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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 114
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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 TheJollyHop
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber '08 Vintage poured into a Wine Glass

Appearance: Poured copper brown with a one inch of light tan head. Nice, steady stream of bubbles that travel from the bottom of the glass. While the head fades quickly, it leaves behind its presence on the inside of the glass and a resilient, faint head remains throughout the drinking experience.

Aroma: Syrupy caramel, toasted nuts, and some fruit (possibly peaches/apples) are noticeable. Malt aroma is very pronounced while hop aroma is subdued. Sweetness is very pleasant and foreshadows the taste quite accurately.

Taste: Sweet malt upfront comprised of biscuits, molasses, and caramel. Hop flavor is close to earthy resin, while bitterness builds and reaches a breaking point as alcohol heat comes into play. Somewhat bready, and could have benefited from some more hop bitterness to yield a more balanced brew that isn't so malt heavy. Nevertheless, the taste is very rich and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy with medium/high carbonation; delicate and luxurious.

Drinkability: Alcohol is very well masked, and malt sweetness combined with a nice hop presence lends itself to a highly drinkable vintage. The flavors seduce the palate and beg to be savored.

Photo of asabreed
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip. Vintage 2006.

Appearance: A beautifully hazy dark amber color. Carbonation bubbles up and slinks down a bit too quickly, leaving a few raindrops on the glass. the color saves it though. Penetratingly amber and intriguing.

Smell: Huge damp and fruity earthiness, which I suppose is a weird combination in some ways I imagine. Definite aromas of candied fruits. Barbecue sauce. Raisins. Sharp vinous aromas and damp earth. Maybe some prunes. A bit of mild funk. Lots of weirdness going on, and it seems like the age has done nice things for everything having to do with the malt here.

Taste: Yes, I'm going to say earthiness again. But there's another interesting grapefruit-dipped-in-caramel aspect that I love, bringing the sweetness coupled with the nice acidic bitterness that's not only weird but well-balanced, but also surprising. I keep wanting to say figs. Maybe prunes. Dark sweetness. Maybe some chocolate. The hops surely have dissipated, but they're not non-existent; they're there, just working really well and balancing the sweetness, since there's a lot. Long finish of citrus and caramel, along with rind sourness flavors too. This could probably hold up even longer, though I don't have another to compare it too.

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied, but rather creamy considering there wasn't much head, though the body did seem concentrated with bubbles and not only just the hazy nature.

Drinkability: Grab one and save it. This is great stuff. I wonder what a 2002 would taste like. Lagunitas is starting to creep its way into my top five American breweries, if it's not there already. Consistency should be somewhere in their name all the time.

Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage Bomber

Snifter pour and a nice light brown colored brew pours out. Sitting in the snifter it reminds me of a candy apple when placed into the light.

Sweet aroma consisting of apple, bubble gum, hops and a faint sniff of booze.

Holding up nicely! A mild hoppy taste with enough maltiness to balance the sips. Only a slight bitterness on the tongue and it just lingers enough begging for another sip.

Dry mouthfeel.

The alcohol is very present after a number of years though drinkability is somewhat lower due to the level.

Overall I really enjoyed this vintage session. I recall in the past that Gnarlywine was a little harsh straight from the current year but over time this has mellowed just enough to make it an awesome cellared beer. I had an 03 a few weeks ago and that was holding up great as well.

Excellent work from the Petaluma crew.

Photo of Pahn
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Dark and opaque reddish orange. Half inch head disappears quickly. Splotches of lacing.

Smell: Sugar, and a thick, deep smell of dark cherries and chocolate. There's a small amount of hop bite to the smell as well.

Taste: Some nice bitter hops up front, quickly giving way to caramel, dark cherries, and dark chocolate, with the chocolate lasting. The cherry/chocolate taste that dominates most of each sip is smoothed out by a bready maltiness, and a nice alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. This is a very direct barleywine; the hops of a good west coast IPA keeping things interesting while sweet cherry and chocolate dominate. Flavor doesn't deepen very much as the beer warms. Alcohol is well-masked; it only makes itself known as a warmth in the end, staying quiet through the rest of the experience.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and chewy with mild carbonation; very nice actually. The hops help a lot, as the flavor is very sweet and the feel a bit thick, so the bitterness sort of cuts the overwhelming sweetness.

Drinkability: Decent for 9.7% ABV. Pretty heavy though; can't imagine ever drinking more than a bottle.

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This is an interesting beer. I bought two bottles when I bought the one here reviewed, and split the first at a party with a friend. We were both struck by the extreme sweetness and lack of hops--I thought 69.89 IBU was surely an exaggeration. I didn't notice the year, but that bottle was pretty different than this one. The hops came through much stronger here, and the taste was a little... thinner, i guess you could say. While I enjoy the taste, I was looking for a bit more than cherries, chocolate, and hops.

Part of why I was looking for more was because I had GnarlyWine on tap at Burp Castle in the East Village a few months ago, and loved it. The drinkability was amazing (I had several, and came back for it the next night), the flavor very deep, and the hop/malt balance perfect. I hope to find the beer again on a good tap; I'm sure it will rate higher if it's anything like I remember. I'm not sure if they had aged it, but it was a lot better than the bottle.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage almost a year old

pours redish brown with a 1+ finger tan head that coats the glass with lacing

smells of of dark fruit candy malts of seem to be lacking compared to other lagunitas beers

taste was good - malty dark fruits candy brown sugar i would have like to had more hops - maybe if i would have had it fresh 11months ago it would have been more hop forward

mouthfeel is nice - medium body that is smooth and creamy - i think seems lighter then it really is

drinkabiltiy - one bomber is plenty for me - i think i will give the 2010 a try fresh

this beer was good but Lagunitas makes better beers like Imperial Red - Brown Shugga and sold in sixers

Photo of psujmatt
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 2007 on draught at Flying Saucer.

A: Nice foamy head leaves faint lace on glace. Some very very small bubbles, with some aggregation into larger bubbles as the head settles. Head was about 1.5 inches. Color was dark amber, almost brown. Lighting was low at bar so hard to say. Looked very excited though with the dark glow and fine thick head.

S: Smells like a piney wet forest. Mostly positive, but not exactly fresh pine. Some earthy tones in there.

T: Rich hoppy syrup sums it up. Very well balances between the malt, sweetness, and hops.

M: Very smooth in the mouth with a little fizzy finish if you hold the beer on the tongue for a few seconds. A mild bitter finish that is replaced quickly by a sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable. I had to fight myself to slow down.

Photo of Damian
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a deep, hazy, copper-amber color with a flimsy, light tan head that quickly dissolved. As the beer warmed, the chill haze disappeared to reveal a nearly transparent body.

The aroma was rich, sweet and fruity. Loads of robust, bready malts were apparent. Candy-ish with strong brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes. A hint of candied orange peel was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was rather interesting, as it changed quite dramatically from start to finish. Up front, the beer was quite similar to the aroma. Intensely malty, fruity and sweet with rich brown sugar and maple syrup notes. Slightly cloying. Spicy and warming in the center. The beer turned hoppy and somewhat bitter on the back end. American-style hops dominated the finish. Notes of orange peel and grapefruit came through strong. A touch pithy and dry.

The mouthfeel was fuller bodied but not as big as I anticipated for an 11% ABV barleywine. Somewhat syrupy. Creamy and slick with an ultra fine and mild carbonation. By the drink's end, the liquid felt nearly flat.

Drinkability was a mixed bag. The lack of carbonation combined with the near clying sweetness on the front end made this beer a real sipper. To its testament however, the 11% ABV was remarkably well hidden.

Olde GnarlyWine is an interesting American-style barleywine. Although it has its flaws, I am nevertheless glad to have had the opportunity to sample it on-tap.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2008 version I had last night at the Christmas Tree lighting in Fallon, NV.

Pours extremely thick/syrupy and orange/red/brownish in color. Smells and tastes very sweet. Again, like the appearance, it is syrupy and thick, even for a barleywine. Those aren't necessarily bad things. Mouthfeel, definitely a sipping beer, like most barleywines. I don't think the strength of this 2008 was 11%, I believe the bottle indicated it was 9.7% . . . not "drinkable" but excellent for sipping outdoors on a cold December evening. Couldn't really detect much of a hop presence, especially for Lagunitas.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rusty red brew has a decent thick, foamy white head. Aroma is very sweet, lots of honey and brown sugar with hints or caramel and toffee with a good citric hoppy kick as well. Very malty aroma lends itself to the taste, which borders on an English barleywine. Very sweet like cocoa and caramel but the hops really don't come through as they should in the syle. This is a 2009, but it tastes aged as the hops are not to be found in this brew. Still an enjoyable brew, but hoppy barleywine lovers might want to look elsewhere.

Photo of kifn2
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served this beer at a winter beerfest. While I did not take notes during the beerfest, I had very memorable impressions of this beer. Particularly, that it was a standout among the 30+ brewers represented there.

The nose is the most distinctive part of this distinctive beer. It smells wonderfully floral and fruity. My memory may fail me here, but I recall the color to be like brown honey.

The taste is powerful and sweet, but not saccharin. Fruity, malty notes dominate.

This barleywine has balls.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: Twenty'Aught-9

This pours a medium-dark amber color, with some nice ruby highlights. It has a thin head of light, creamy, tan colored foam. This is really just a surface covering film, with a couple of islands of bubbles. The lacing is almost web-like and quite sticky.

This is a damn fine smelling barleywine. It smells huge, rich and decadent. Just the way I like them to be. There is a big presence of rich, sweet, malts. Loads of brown sugar presence, along with about a ton of butterey caramels. A light touch of roasted nuttiness. Very light hint of hops.
Deliciously enticing.

The taste follows the nose, completely. Everything that is there, is also here, and there are no unannounced guests.
This one is very rich and delicious.

Full-bodied, without question. A very nice, low-to-medium level of carbonation. Very smooth, with a mild level of creaminess.

Okay, 11.00%abv, combined with richness of flavor, make this one a fantastic sipper. This is not designed for mass consumption, but it is meant for mass enjoyment.
Absolutely delicious.

Photo of Trappissed
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting Barleywine compared to ones I've had lately. Like other Lagunitas beers, it has a sort of artificial taste. Not really in a bad way, just a trend I'm noticing. Very sweet smelling with brown sugar, almonds soaked in alcohol solvent, and some dark fruits.

Taste is not too far from the smell. Expectedly sweet. Reminds me of almond syrup at times. A little bitterness on the finish. Not too many hops I'm detecting in this. For being 11% and on the sweet side, it drinks fairly easy. I'd like to see how this changes after a couple years.

Photo of m1ked
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from WF bowery

A- Pours a beautiful clear coppery reddish color. Over an inch off white dense head that does recede rather quickly leaving behind significant lacing.

S- Like brown sugar cotton candy sugary, vanilla, touch of molasses, golden raisins, touch of etoh, a blip of metallic bitter at the end.

T- Dark fruit juicy, butterscotch, brown sugar, caramel, honey.

M- surprisingly lighter than I had imagined. Low carb. Has a tongue coating quality to it. Lingering metallic bitter.

D- Cold weather is a'comin, feels good to drink something a little heavier. I'm not putting a bunch of this down in 1 sitting, but it is a 22, so... I would buy this again when looking for a Bwine. Not my all time favorite, but really good.

Photo of natelocc787
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one leaves a huge head with lots of thick, sticky lace. Big time caramel malt with a deep butterscotch flavor. The nose is big time melted caramel. Caramel, brown sugar and honey. Very rich and full bodied with a heavy, creamy feel to it. Wish it was more chewy and less dry in the finish. Very affordable pricing makes this one an easy choice.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

gnarlywine, 22oz twist off bottle :( 2009 release

4 deep tawny amber. short head leaves a ring and minimal lace. a harder pour takes it to two inches with decent retention and greatly increases lacework.

4 smells of lush dark fruits, dates, figs. cantaloupe. in the vein of y2k catastrophe. the abv is well concealed. hops kind of hard to find, but there is a suggestion of--i think--chinooks.

3.5-4 the taste is slightly more muted than expected. a near overpowering sweetness is not quite offset by a rough around the edges chinooky biterness teaming with a peppery alcoholic heat. not really getting the complexity of flavor that i detected in the y2k.

3.5-4 body is med-full to full, oily, syrupy, but somehow floaty, fluffy, and light, kinda jello-y. another add aspect is that even though the bottle was well chilled and i didn't let it warm before starting to sip the beer does not feel cold. carbonation is on the low side. there's a certain aged sleepyness to this one.
ahh, after the harder pour a suspicion i had was validated...the odd fluffy lightness was due to a great deal of entombed carbonation that was simply unable to make it up through the viscous body. a hard pour is really important for proper mouthfeel as well as appearance.

3.5 gnarlywine is pretty nice, but i won't be stocking up unless there's a clearance. this will only seem sweeter with age, and it's already awful sweet!

Photo of mirish72
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Julio's.

Pours a ruby brown/amber with little head. Slight visible yeast in the pour, which I view as a good thing.

It has a strong caramel malty aroma with a hoppy profile in the background. Tastes like it smells, the malty caramel taste actually overpowers the hops, but overall it works.

It is nice beer to enjoy and savor, this one takes some time, but it would be great in the dead of winter.

Overall I liked this beer. It reminded me of a less robust Bigfoot. However, the fact that I picked it up for less than $5, makes this a great value.

Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twenty 'Aught-9. A very nice American-style barleywine, if a bit generic, when fresh. There are a ton of barleywines out there and it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd of good barleywines. Gnarlywine doesn't quite make it into the arena of the great ones, but this is a fresh bottle and only time will tell where the beer will go as it matures. The beer pours a beautiful shade of red with a healthy off-white head that gives way to a pretty pattern of suds sitting atop the liquid and nice lacing. The aroma is mostly citric/piney hops and caramel-sweet, malty alcohol. The flavor has a pretty good hop bite, but it's already backed off a bit in the months that I've had this bottle. The malt is strong without being too sticky and sweet. It's a good barleywine that sticks to the middle of the road but does it well. It'll be fun to see how it ages.

3/11/2010 - 2003 vintage, bottle, City Beer Store. Smooth, rich and sweet. The body was a bit thin but otherwise the beer has aged nicely.

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at O'Shea Brewing in Laguna Niguel back at the end of May for $3.88.

Beer poured browninsh orange with a decent off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is dominated by dark fruits, quite nice. Taste is a malt bomb up front, dark fruits dominate. Hops do play out in the end with a trace of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and chewy. Drinkability is good, alcohol is showing itself slightly in the background to remind one what a whopper of a beer this is. This is a nice representation of the style.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter on 9/1/09

2009 vintage

A - Thin layer of foam sits atop stunningly dense plum colored beer. Crimson highlights. Minimal retention off the rip. Wispy streaks of lace.

S - While there are some citrus hops to be had, malts run the game. Caramel, dark fruits (effervescent plum) & sweet malts. The hops offer a bit of floral notes too, but on the whole the aroma is candy-like.

T - Malt characteristics present in the nose are certainly representative of the malt onslaught that besieges the taste buds. Caramel, candied fruits & honey are immediately noticeable. Some hops come through towards the finish & provide a well-played counter-balance. Dark breads, possibly rye, support the sweeter malts.

M - Carbonation gives a continuous kick that keeps things jumpin' without getting out of line - there is a lot with which the bubbles must contend. Rather heavy mouth feel is augmented by a syrupy grittiness.

D - Excellent; this is liquid candy. A choice barleywine & Lagunitas at the top of its game.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The color is similar to that of a good brandy or bourbon. Very little head.

S- A sweet honey dark fruits smell. Primarily dates and figs with some pineapple.

T- The taste is good, subtle hop taste with a good bitterness. Nice herbal tastes. The alcohol is not overpowering. This just has a nice taste that is sweet and just good.

M- Great mouthfeel, the aftertaste of the beer does linger on the palate quite a bit.

D- Easy to drink.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Pours a crystal clear dark orange/amber with reddish hues when held to light. Creamy off white head dissipates quickly but never really leaves us. Smells a bit sweet with caramel and candy sugar, lots of pine and citrus in there as well. Malty sticky sweet caramel and dark sugars up front. Attacked by pine and citrus midway through until the malt reasserts itself. Finishes with a lingering sweet bitterness. Sweet sticky chewy mouthfeel, big thick body, light carbonation. Nice barleywine. I really could have used a bit more hops, but it was good as is. I can see this one getting sickening sweet with some age as the hops start to fade.

Photo of gmfessen
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mini snifter, gnarlywine 2009 release is a deep ruby color with a nice off-white head that quickly settles down to just a thin layer of fine bubbles on top of the glass and leaves hella lacing. Being a west-coast barleywine, I was expecting a hop bomb on the nose but it's actually pretty well balanced with the citrusy, piney hops being countered with a toasty, caramel maltiness. Just a hint of alcohol is perceivable. The initial taste confirms the nose that there is a good balance of malt and hops but there is a whole additional level of complexity. Grapefruit dominates with sweet, heavy dextrins as a backdrop that reflect caramel and dried fruits like figs and raisins. The alcohol is much more apparent in the taste than it is in the smell. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a reserved yet creamy carbonation and a dry, alcohol burn finish. I could have used some more west coast hops. Drinkability-wise, this would be a wise brew to sip and enjoy because the 11% could be rough. Excellent beer but I really was surprised that there was not a much bigger hop presence considering this is a west coast American Barleywine and it is only a 2009 vintage; there should be HUGE hops IMO.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

saw these for a good price at the store, so i nabbed a few for the cellar and figured i'd revisit it.

Pours a very nice looking clear amber orange color with a light tan ice creamy foam head that lingers very well and leaves great lacing.

Nose is full of typical american barleywine. Nice big sweet sticky candy malt sugar in the nose with a copious dosing of ample hoppage. If you looked up american barleywine nose in the dictionary, this is what you find. That being said, it doesn't necessarily means it is the best of that category, despite being textbook.

Taste is right up that encyclopedic alley as well. The big sticky malt presence makes itself known right away and is amplified by a nice chewy viscosity. The malt profile sticks with you the whole way through. The hop profile, however, shows up about midway between the beer touching your lips and the finish, and does that slow..."is this gonna be bitter...not rea...oh, may...ok yeah....oh ok there it is" type of uphill climbs toward the finish. The finish hits nice and bitter, and is a great balance between hop bitterness and the sweet backbone. Then on the flipside, the hop flavor fades, but the bitterness stays, and the malt profile tips the teeter totter back its way asserting its dominance in the aftertaste. I would like a more noticeable hop presence to be honest. Just a tad underbalanced for me as a whole. Right at the finish its perfect, but as a whole the malt sweetness is just slightly too dominant.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where an american barleywine should be. A very nice and viscous chewy profile, without being soup. The carbonation is where it oughta be.

Drinkability does struggle just a tad. The abv aspect of it is very impressive, but the dominance of the sweetness in the malt profile does hinder it just a tad. Still high marks in this regard.

Overall a very nice and textbook American style barleywine. To be honest, I am not a gigantic fan of it, but it is so accurate to style that i can't help but give it high marks. I'm a fan of it, just not a gigantic fan of it. I know that sounds wierd, but its hard to explain. It is totally to style, but there is just no unique flare to it, I would like the balance to shift a little bit to be more clear. A touch more hops and a touch less stickiness. I don't know what it is but i just can't get really excited about this one. That being said, this is certainly a fine barleywine and one i enjoy and will drink again without a doubt. Glad i picked a few up for the cellar.

Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smallish head of cream white to brown, leaves a sheet of lacing which slowly slides down the glass sides, after a minute or so the head has fully dissolved. Strong amber color, as much orange as brown, fairly clean for the style. The nose displays some restraint and doesn't push the sweetness too much, caramel, honey, tangerine and mandarin orange citrus, Indian spices, the plum, raisin fruit scents balanced by fresher apricot and peach notes, while knit into the whole well, there's more general hoppiness than many peers. Full-bodied, sticky, clings to your mouth pores like glue. Things more amplified here, the carbonation helps to separate the elements. The pink grapefruit to tangerine citrus gets out in front of the pack. Brown sugar, caramel and honey compact and not sweeter than any other component. There is a lively dark roasted coffee bean edge. Not bready or doughy really, you get a nice floral lift though. Here the apricot, peach, nectarine fruit leads, you might even discern more pineapple than raisin, date or fig flavors. Has the weight and texture of barleywine but in many respects deviates from the norm. Interesting. (2009 version)

Photo of david18
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.