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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine
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90
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 3 | 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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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Draft

Looks like apple cider that's opaque with caramel. Awesome looking.

Smell: Boozy caramel and toffee. Toasted honey. Sweet ripe prunes. Hints of ripe banana, cinnamon, and maple syrup below the surface.

Taste: Thick, syrupy, boozy, cinnamon, brown sugar caramel! Explodes in the middle with more warming alcohol - but not astringent. Rich molasses and brown sugar with a pear edge. Underlying leather notes. Overall super smooth and drinkable for as much booze and sweetness as this has. Finish is smooth, slightly dry, boozy, burnt oak, some spice and tobacco and burns just a little as it lingers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 21:14:59 | More by 4000qtrap
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-02-2013 01:39:15 | More by Hobbit
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-10-2012 19:04:03 | More by thewimperoo
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dvsbizzyb

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-11-2013 05:51:27 | More by dvsbizzyb
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DocJitsu

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme beerfest. It pours a cloudy dark sorghum color with a foamy taupe/tan head. It demonstrates excellent head retention. Chocolate syrup aroma. Viscous, with chocolate syrup up front that yields to hints of coconut. My friend even called it piña coloda. This beer is a lot of fun. Not something one would imbibe all evening, but a shifter after a steak and potato dinner would hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 18:05:52 | More by DocJitsu
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-15-2013 18:42:28 | More by Texasfan549
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-15-2011 15:47:18 | More by nanobrew
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Pahn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-08-2013 20:33:36 | More by Pahn
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fourplayed

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:04:48 | More by fourplayed
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aefbjo

Bahamas

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at the twisted spoke in chicago, from their menu of barrel-aged beers.

it was a nice, dark golden brown with a minimal head. the smell was super boozy and woody, with many great flavors hinted at. the taste was in line with that, big and complex, not too sweet, not too bitter, just a BIG but rather smooth barleywine. tons of flavor, very balanced although very boozy. i could drink one or at most two of these due to the ABV. one of the better beers i've had in recent memory.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 08:55:30 | More by aefbjo
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-07-2013 23:30:44 | More by SpdKilz
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Devi0us

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2013 03:42:51 | More by Devi0us
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2012 01:45:55 | More by IPAchris
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-08-2013 05:36:54 | More by Zbeetleman
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illidurit

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2013 03:15:33 | More by illidurit
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jmeyers78

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-15-2013 14:26:12 | More by jmeyers78
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sam_bliss

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-02-2012 20:02:59 | More by sam_bliss
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-13-2013 03:45:43 | More by zestar
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Boilerfood

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-25-2013 20:57:07 | More by Boilerfood
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SShelly

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at lagunitas tap room, dont see it listed in their other beers so adding it.

Pour is cloudy dark brown with little to no head, some nice ruby highlights in the sun.

Aroma is a little bit of hops with quite a bit of vanilla and sweet malt.

The barrel character in this is fairly subtle compared to other ba barleywines ive had, lots of good gnarlywine taste with some vanilla and booze overlaid.

Damn this is drinkable, really enjoyed my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 07:02:12 | More by SShelly
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HaysAmerica

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a small snifter glass. As it pours I notice a deep amber color w/ some red tint around the edges. Head contains numerous rows of tight, small bubbles and is tan in color. While the head goes quick, the lacing is good. One whiff of this & I pick up raisin, malt, dark fruit - prunes come to mind. Smells sweet & delicious. Some nice spicy hop in the nose to provide a backbone. First taste of this monster (abv listed as 10.6%) & I get a sweet, toffee flavor. Nice malt character to this with a slight lingering finish. Molasses comes to mind, in a great way. Balance is definitely on malt's side. A full bodied beer that goes down well for a being a big beer. Overall drinkability is good. I would easily have another one of these at dinner & it would pair well w/ many fare. I'm very glad to have picked up several bottles of this & looking forward to how they'll taste in a year from now! =) Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 16:24:12 | More by HaysAmerica
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ehammond1


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 21:38:05 | More by ehammond1
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewpub. Pours a very dark, hazy amber. Holy bourbon batman. This reminds me of Bourbon County Stout, minus the stout characteristics. It's very malty with some hops but the bourbon really dominates. This is a very big beer, but the overall flavour is pretty cool. it's safe to say I was walking wobbly after this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 15:01:06 | More by WeedKing4
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kaseydad

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Came from the keg in a tulip glass and it produced a light dirty brown ale with a nice frothy beige head that did not want to stick around. The bourbon hits the nose hairs pretty strong and fast. Not bad. There is also some nice molasses and brown sugar which complements it nicely. Very boozy taste though the there is a nice blend of flavors on the swallow. Pretty easy drink even with the bourbon kick. Overall this is an awesome beer to try and well worth the trip to the Taproom to experience this rarely seen gem.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 18:08:36 | More by kaseydad
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 04:03:45 | More by virinow
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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.