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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine
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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:
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(Beer added by: SShelly on 02-07-2010)
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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

4000qtrap, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

LakerLeith, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of thewimperoo
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

thewimperoo, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

DocJitsu, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

nanobrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pahn, Jun 08, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%

Brewcycler, Aug 18, 2014
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.

fourplayed, May 26, 2011
Photo of aefbjo
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

aefbjo, Feb 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SpdKilz, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Devi0us, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jmeyers78, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

sam_bliss, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

zestar, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Boilerfood
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Boilerfood, May 25, 2013
Photo of SShelly
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

SShelly, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of HaysAmerica
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

HaysAmerica, Mar 20, 2011
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.

ehammond1, May 03, 2012
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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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