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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine
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89
very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 62
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 28
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SShelly on 02-07-2010

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 62
Photo of aefbjo
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of SShelly
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Barrel Aged GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.