Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing
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3.71/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
06-17-2013 03:52:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
08-23-2012 20:54:14 | More by womencantsail
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
3.9/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
01-07-2013 17:53:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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
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
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
22 oz. bomber from the December 2012 batch of Lunker (the second). Given that I'm an avid fisherman who's always on the hunt for my next lunker, I appreciate both the artwork & the nomenclature. Split with my wife.
Well, trying to split with my wife. Unfortunately, the cork was bonded to the bottle with the Glue of Life & made six sizes to big. Hands fail. Pliers break off the cork. The Pro-Bono cork remover strains & appears about to give way..finally! Geez. I've broken into cars with less effort. Pour is minimally carbonated, rusty toffee in color. Nose is wicked sweet with doses of vanilla, toffee, & caramel. Actually fires up my salivary glands before the first sip; hot staggering fuck.
Lunker is hotter than Smaug's breath...though still less fiery than batch one. The biggest toffee hit I've ever experienced in a beer bludgeons the taste buds, managing to out-gun the alcoholic wooziness for the top layer. Lovely mid-palate touch of spiciness from the rye barrels adds a love interest, along with a pinch of vanilla. Dry on the finish. By six lengths the easiest-drinking 14.4% beer I've ever tasted; I could take the bomber myself.
The boldest, most in-your-face English Barleywine I've ever fought open. Hot, tasty, full of flavor, I'll be fascinated to see what this morphs into in a year or two. Excellent beer.
01-10-2013 03:41:49 | More by maximum12
Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.