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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 95
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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Arbitrator

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear, maroon-tinged mahogany body with a very thin film of tan-colored head. Retention is nonexistent; so is lace. The beer is more or less still.

S: Rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, some booze. Having sipped on King Henry and Abacus relatively recently, I can't truthfully say this is top-tier, given how much harsher it is than those.

T: Rich sweetness (caramel, brown sugar, toffee) with some vanilla. Strong whiskey and heat. This actually reminds me a lot of fresh [bottled] Abacus, which can be one-dimensionally sweet and boozy, but this is a little more simple and harsher in flavor. Some bitter citrus hops are noted.

M: Boozy. Full-bodied with very little carbonation to suppress the syrupiness.

O: Not worth seeking out, IMO. If you love barleywines, it's probably worth the tick... If you love great barleywines, then don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 04:06:05 | More by Arbitrator
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

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

California

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml C&C bottle with my Sierra Nevada balloon glass
* notes from 05/17/13

-received as an extra from Mid about a year ago – thanks homie!

A: Pours a dark and murky rusted red color. Call it a ruddy brown that is completely opaque with some particles floating about. There is nothing but a quick flash of dark khaki froth from some struggling carb bubbles. No hang time here and no stick to speak of. A rather drab and unattractive looking brew to be honest.

S: Smells of toffee caramel nougat with fig and ripe dark plum. There is a firm presence of stinging booze and some spicy rye noted. I get a whisper of vanilla mixed in with some earthy minerals and damp wood. But this is big on the fruity ester aromas with a date sugar likeness.

T: Dark toffee and gooey caramels are pronounced with accompanying dried dark fruits like prune and fig. Has a nutty quality overall with a light rye spiced influence and touch of sherry. The whiskey is rather hot with booze and a bit harsh as I find it clashing with some of the other flavors here. It does cut through the sweetness nicely however. There is an actual upper level of bitterness to the beer with a touch earth and herbal hop flavors. Finishes with more booze and more toffee and nougat sweets. Not much barrel action going on really.

M: Full bodied and undercarbonated makes for a big chewy bastard. There is an attempted drying towards the finish but it ends up on the wetter side. Finale is fairly clean.

D: Not a favorite. Big on the malty sweetness and fruity esters. Low on the barrel character and carbonation.
I found this one to be a bit harsh still and think it would benefit from an additional 1-2 years aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 21:20:13 | More by Nugganooch
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-31-2013 21:43:06 | More by leschkie
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-11-2013 17:45:36 | More by Thorpe429
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and rye whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid barrel aged presence but the alcohol is pretty strong in this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:52:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-30-2012 00:58:27 | More by acurtis
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-26-2013 00:18:18 | More by Photekut
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-11-2014 23:11:42 | More by mendvicdog
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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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will1256

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-22-2013 00:38:33 | More by will1256
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-08-2014 03:27:40 | More by duceswild
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Mesa512

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-17-2014 23:51:08 | More by Mesa512
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-03-2014 03:01:01 | More by thegerm87
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:36:56 | More by Alieniloquium
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Florida9

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color. Pours like syrup and is visibly viscous. Looks flat. Absolutely no head at all. 3.5

S: Aroma of musty apples and wood. Alcohol and alcoholic spice. 3

T: taste is very nice on the front end. Lots of sweet caramel and molasses. Vanilla. Opens up nicely as it warms. 4.0

M: Full bodied, thick, and viscous. Borderline syrupy. Very low carbonation. Hot - practically burns the throat. 4.0

O: Let me just say, I had this at a tasting and five of us couldn't kill off a bottle of it; there is no way I could have tolerated an entire bottle. When it was first popped, I didn't really care for it too much at first, but I'll admit it opened up pretty nice. Still it is a a bit hot and would probably benefit from some age. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:46:51 | More by Florida9
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml, Dec. '12 release
Beeradelphia snifter

A: Dark murky brown with reddish hints. Not a lot of light getting through there. Maybe just a touch around the edges of the glass where it is more reddish. No head at all. Some carbonation because I see some bubbles coming up. Alcohol feet. No lacing sheeting.

S: Booze. Definitely smell that barrel aging coming through here. Dark fruits: fig and raisin. Big caramel and toffee notes. Vanilla. Oak. Spice from rye. Booze.

T: Touch if spice on tip of tongue. Then you get those dark fruits coming in right away. Malt sweetness. Caramel and toffee. Touch of dark chocolate. Spice from the rye is present. This beer is pretty hot currently, and might do well with some age. Still really enjoyed it though.

M: Full bodied and chewy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 13:29:48 | More by inlimbo77
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dark amber, almost mahogany in color, with a small tan head. Strong whiskey aroma along with some oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Plenty of caramel, toffee, and a hint of brown sugar. A mild rye aroma and some subtle fruitiness. The flavor has a strong rye whiskey and oak flavor. A touch of charred oak, some brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Just a hint of green apple along with some bitter orange peel.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:54:14 | More by womencantsail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear reddish-burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a small dirty white head which presents some decent head retention leaving some spotty lacing on the edge of the glass

S: Immediate rye, light pepperness, a nice booze tinge with some caramel and whiskey. I liked this because I like rye.

T: A big rye presence upfront with some sugary sweetness from the layers of toffee and caramel. A little bit of whiskey is found with some backseat wood, vanilla and coconut. The finish has a good degree of heat, warmth and light pepperness and sordove a sticky sweetness

M: Medium to big bodied, not as full or robust as I expected but often times heat gives an illusion of thin body

O: Good but not something I would actively seek.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 17:53:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-05-2014 15:22:20 | More by emerge077
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-09-2012 04:27:05 | More by Devi0us
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-25-2014 08:18:00 | More by largadeer
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yokken

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-17-2013 20:26:18 | More by yokken
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GarretD

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-16-2013 04:12:16 | More by GarretD
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-07-2013 01:27:32 | More by Jeffrey2310
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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.