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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SShelly on 02-07-2010)
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Reviews by Glibber:
Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant copper color, clear, and a small 1/8" head. The lacing did not stay on the glass for long, but was there. The aroma of plum and cherry promised some sweetness. Tasted like Belgian beer going, but had more fruity undertones. Ends with a fruit, hop, alcohol, warming in your stomach. As a beer, I have had much more enjoyable, as a barley wine, it is better than I remembered. At 11%, this can get you messed up, although this brew should be enjoyed as a sipping beer. I have been joyfully savoring my 10oz pour.

More User Reviews:
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy brown with a small dark khaki colored head that leaves thick rings of lace down the glass. This looks thick and substantial.

A very nice, rich, decadent aroma, though surprisingly, it smells much better when cold as opposed to at warmer temperatures. The aroma is a wonderful combination of sticky sweet toffee and caramel, vanilla, and lots of bourbon and barrel. Very nice.

The flavor is nice as well, though I think the aroma is just a touch better. This is dominated by bourbon and barrel, along with lots of sticky, sweet malt character. The alcohol harshness creeped up higher and higher as this warmed. Complex.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

A delicious barrel-aged barleywine, though the alcohol harshness was a bit much at warmer temperatures.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy mahogany brown, near opaque. A small frothy tan head tops the body.

Spicy, oaky nose. Reminds me of cigars and humidors. Some nice leathery oxidation, a bit of molasses.

Palate is good but very boozy. Quite a bit of bourbon burn, but this has oxidized very gracefully. Sherry, leather, cocoa, a touch of drying tobacco, balanced by rich toffee and bourbon sweetness. The body is medium-full, somewhat syrupy. Finishes semi-dry and tannic, woody and boozy.

Rough around the edges, but complex and enjoyable.

Photo of hopmeister
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice orange-amber color with a short and thin off-white colored head that barely laces the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some vinous fruit aromas, some more oak and barrel aromas as well.
T: Tastes of nice sweet roasted and caramelized malts, some bourbon/wood flavors mixed with some booze, and some vinous fruit flavor to round it out.
M: Smooth, rich, heavy feeling, perfect amount of carbonation, warming, and slightly boozy.
D: Overall it was pretty decent, a lot of flavors and it was a bit hot, but the bourbon and oak flavors rounded it out well.

Photo of theCoder
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of keepitsimple1990
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of fourplayed
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

into tulip a dark brown with thin tan head.

nice bourbon and booze, some sweet caramel notes and dark fruits. plums, raisins.

boozy with some bourbon, sweet caramels and brown sugars, some hop bite and vanilla comes thru...nicely complex.

Full body, nice medium carbonation, dry finish and lingering alcohol in the finish.

A very good sipper, warms you nicely, flavors are nicely complex, alcohol very present but not abusive. A nice not too sweet - sweetness.

Photo of abgba121
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a ruby/orange hybrid for color, it pours a very small head that quickly fades

S: Smells sweet and with very light hop character

T: Has a light alcohol presence throughout the sip, malty throughout as well. The hop bitterness is present, but on the finish and lingers slightly

M: Full bodied and light carbonation

O: This is a great brew, I will definitely age some of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a snifter. Huge head and a very dark color for the style, one of the darker barleywines I've had in awhile. This one's pretty sweet as far as the huge malt, maybe from the oak, but it also has a monster malt profile. I think they could recofigure the bolster the hop profile a little and it would improve. Maybe it needs to age a little in the bottle too, a year or two. It would be hard for me to say this is my favorite barleywine, but it is a winner and worth getting if you have the opportunity.

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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.