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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 99
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Steasy66 on 04-14-2012)
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Zraly

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2014 21:44:50 | More by Zraly
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Minnesota

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Tennessee

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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Reddish. Thin collar.

Smell - Some whiskey. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Rich malt aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts. Whiskey. Some darker malts come through. Brown sugar. Hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Quite good if too sweet.

08-06-2013 01:36:56 | More by Alieniloquium
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-17-2013 18:50:21 | More by arniepnminne
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morimech

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle from the second Lunker release. Pours a dark caramel color with not quite one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Very good looking for a massive ABV beer.

Strong aroma of caramel, rye whiskey, vanilla, and earth. Picking up some fruity esters as well. The alcohol is present but not obviously overpowering.

Surprisingly gentle on the palate despite the alcohol. Probably helped by the bottle having some age on it allowing the heat to die down some. The big malty flavors are complimented by the barrel not overpowered by it. Flavors of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Hints of earth, wood, and some fruity esters. The Templeton Rye barrel adds more flavors of caramel as well as some vanilla. I would of liked a little bit more whiskey flavor. Alcohol in the finish has some heat and flavor but does not seem as harsh as many beers with an ABV half as much. Very impressive flavor.

Big body with low carbonation. Nice gentle, smooth texture that makes for a good sipping drink.

The only improvement I would want is for the whiskey flavor to come out a little more. Otherwise a full flavored, expertly crafted barleywine. I never had this fresh, and I think I would not like it as much.

12-14-2013 18:42:07 | More by morimech
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California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

08-20-2012 03:33:24 | More by GRG1313
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Illinois

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours clear deep red with a small off-white head fading quickly. A bit of lacing.

Aroma features sharp rye whiskey notes. Toffee, brown sugar, oak and a touch of vanilla round it out. Lots of booze on the nose.

Strong malty presence up front in the flavor. Toffee, brown sugar and vanilla are the strongest. The strong spicy rye kicks it up a notch and coats the back of the tongue with a bit of a stinging booze essence. Definitely boozy, but the rye is well integrated and doesn't overpower the base.

Big body and light carbonation although there is plenty there to support the flavors. Obviously at 14.4% alcohol is noted, but it's harsher in the nose than the flavor.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's not quite on the top tier, but is decidedly above average even for the high standards of barrel aged barleywines. I'll definitely be seeking this one out to see how it is fresh when the next batch hits.

11-06-2012 20:56:52 | More by jmarsh123
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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FourBetter

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks to Goldenjet for sharing.
Poured from the corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A: Beautiful dark, dirty burgandy with no head at all. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Sweet and enticing - toffee, vanilla and some toast. Subtle alcohol fumage.

T: Lovely. Sweet molasses/caramel with toasted malt flavors and an underlayer of rye. Taste is not impacted by the alcohol at all.

M: Lack of carbonation allows it to coat your mouth like velvet, leaving behind exactly what it should.

O: Dangerously delicious. Entirely drinkable now and curious to see what it will become with age. Well done. Looking forward to other Steel Toe barrel aged releases.

04-19-2012 14:15:02 | More by FourBetter
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KevSal

California

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%

the niners beat the packers and go to the championship game! like last year its time for a ba barelywine!! huge thanks to lobo for this guy, came in today, right on time. thanks bt!

a-looks mean, deep ruby red with small half finger egg shell white head. vanished pretty quick to nothing.

s- woa this one reminds me alot of arctic devil with a bit more booze. a little bit of dark fruits, pear and raisin covered in booze.

t- taste is huge! again it closely resembles arctic devil with alightly more booze. i foun this one o be extremely tasty! some of the people i drank it with thought it was super boozy, i didnt feel it as much as they dis (but i like a bit pf booze)

m- huge body, but not super sticky. I personally can't belIeve it's almost 15%! I thought it was drinking 10-11% I was impressed but I guess that's why a few others were overwhelmed.

O- very good brew, reminds me do much of 2011 arctic devil. Big and juicy. I can see this one tasting out of control with a bid of age on it, but fresh is just as good

Thanks for this generous addition lobo, you always send tasty brews my way!

01-13-2013 05:54:18 | More by KevSal
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-08-2012 04:18:26 | More by Rhettroactive
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DocsAdvice


4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

My first time rating on this site.
I first tasted Jason's beer in Pacific City Oregon and was in town when I heard about this release. Jason made only great beer out there and Lunker is exceptional. I'm really glad I was able to get some.
A: Deep burgandy. At first the appearance was cloudy, but once the temp warmed to the recommended 55, it cleared up.
S: Full. Toffee, vanilla from the cask, grain.
T: Covers the tongue. Caramels, complementing bitterness, rye, toasted malt, slight stone fruits, sweet tannins in the finish. Excellent blending of lasting flavors. Alcohol was crisp, but remains part of the palate for such a big beer.
M: Perfectly carbonated. Any more it would have detracted from the blending, any less would have flattened out the aromatics. Coated the mouth well.
O: Great barrel aged beer. On par or better than the award winning BA from Pelican Pub. Stored bottles will be 5.0! I am so sorry I will miss his BA Imperial Dark release next month.
Cheers

04-16-2012 00:09:23 | More by DocsAdvice
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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.