Barrel Aged GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
Serving type: cask
02-04-2011 04:52:33 | More by largadeer
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2011 10:39:10 | More by erosier
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
Barrel Aged GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.