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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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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warmbier804

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

06-14-2014 15:49:28 | More by warmbier804
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MITCHELLMPLS

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-18-2013 03:16:51 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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Bildo

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-11-2013 20:53:40 | More by Bildo
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.8%

06-20-2013 15:42:20 | More by smogfood
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%

A-Deep, dark brown....minimal carbonation, head or lacing.

S-Incredible. Massive aroma of nougat, vanilla, toffee, and toasted caramel....

T-Rich and malty....nice sweetish malty English style Barley Wine with outstanding barrel notes from the Templeton Rye barrels used. Overflowing with strong notes of nougat, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Offers a real subtle unique spicy rye dimension as well.

M-ABV is 14.4% You gotta be shitting me. This is smooth drinking, with a velvet like texture. Not much of a pure alcohol bite at all. Has some whiskey notes from the barrel aging but over all I would have guessed this to be more of a 9-10% Barley Wine.

O-I do not buy the high end bombers much anymore. It has to be really special to get my attention. I tried a 5 ounce pour or whatever it was at the brewery and was hooked. I had to drive at the time and since I live 200+ miles from the brewery I decided to pull the trigger on the 750 to go. Pricey but in this case well worth it. Top tier beer. Maybe the best new beer I have had this year.

05-02-2013 04:47:07 | More by ZAP
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egrace84

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

So I don't review beers too often anymore unless they completely blow me away... Just easier to be a typical, lazy American and give hads, but once I had a taste of this baby I realized I had to do right by her.

A: almost looks a lot like prune juice. No head to be found whatsoever, it's definitely the only un-becoming trait that this beer carries.

S: smells of the smoothest rye whiskey, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, etc. it's all there and easy to differentiate.

T: just as the nose promised and then some! This thing is so smooth and packs so much flavor. Rye whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, heaven... (Yeah you can taste that in there too.)

M:low, medium bodied. Smooth, velvety, not much carb, but wouldn't have it any other way w/ this one.

O: this is in the top three Barleywines that I've had the luxury of enjoying. The nose and taste of this one rival, maybe defeat King Henry IMO. I hope to God that I have the chance to drink this again someday.

02-07-2014 03:35:17 | More by egrace84
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Sender

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-15-2012 16:59:58 | More by Sender
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-15-2013 04:07:19 | More by josephwa
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-29-2012 05:24:14 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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ja09

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-12-2014 18:04:11 | More by ja09
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-28-2013 04:54:07 | More by LSMroz
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-19-2014 20:29:35 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-08-2013 00:10:30 | More by Cyclone8
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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-19-2013 06:15:35 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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tbeq00

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-22-2012 02:53:17 | More by tbeq00
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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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours deep brown along with a creamy off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramels, dark fruits, vanilla, rye whiskey, and a light toasted wood. Flavor is similar. Smooth, sweeter caramels with some toffee bread up front as well as a nice rye spice, a good amount of dark fruits, and a pleasant whiskey note. Some vanilla, touches of toasty coconut, and a nice woodiness that helps dry this out with some rye in the finish as well. A light warmth before leaving a lengthy delicious aftertaste. Full body and a soft, light carbonation. Excellent barleywine, if not, one of the better ones out there.

07-22-2013 16:45:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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Steasy66

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

Bomber into snifter

A- Deep burgandy, no head
S- Rye, vanilla, toffee
T- Caramel malt, sweet, mild rye barrel
M- Low carbonation, Very Hot, good consistency
O- This is a great beer, but very hot at the moment. The barrel character is not dominant anyway right now so I see this as being a great beer to age.

04-14-2012 01:50:47 | More by Steasy66
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Steel Toe Brewing Lunker Barleywine Ale Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. 14.4% ALC/VOL. Al Capone fishing off a pier, sitting on a Templeton Rye barrel. Verbiage on the side, which we'll read later. Now, to uncage, de-cork, and drink it up. I've been saving this for several months, anxious to give it a taste.

Look of it: Solid black, tight ring of negligible head.

Smell of it: Massive malt, rich as Romney, laden with bourbony aromatics. Deep and decadent. Everything's in here. Vast and awe-inspiring.

Taste of it: Super-rich. Thurston Howell the Fifth. Dark, dank, delirious. Chocolate malt, caramel, with some bitter hop presence on the palate, but minor at most. Then along comes the barrel effect, it's vanilla and toffee, sweet, liquor-y and lovely. Yum-tastic barley-wine lays just below the bourbon.

Intensely indulgent, a sold nightcap. This evening is done. Time to put the cap on this one. Mmmm. A little bit of everything. Oh. Yeah, and…mmm. Ah…

09-01-2012 04:01:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-08-2013 09:22:57 | More by Schlais
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-19-2014 22:12:04 | More by DaftPatrick
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BigE90

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-17-2013 01:35:53 | More by BigE90
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-29-2013 05:27:05 | More by striker2160
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-29-2012 17:20:55 | More by theminutemen
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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
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