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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 122
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Steasy66 on 04-14-2012

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 27
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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…

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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown with a bit of amber. Small khaki colored head. No lacing.

S: Lots of dark rich sweet malts. Figs, prunes, apples and some oak. Whiskey is present.

T: Very rich.. Really sweet but not over sweet since the rye whiskey is very prominent (in a good way) and clears out the sweet richness. Lots of rich toffee and carmel malt. Oakiness, molasses and vanilla with a bit of spice from the rye whiskey.

M: Fuller body, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Very well done. Drinkability is not too high, but not bad at all. Split it three ways, could of been good with two ways even. Surprised how good this is this fresh, age should do wonders to this.

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some rye, and Templeton is no exception.

Cork fights you to release the brew. Red, deep red with a nice strong white head. Smells is rye, barrel, more rye, and some sugar. Fairly dry, hotter than fuck, and more barrel and rye. I like it, it has a deep earthy flavor with pepper spice and a coffee bitterness. Caramel and deep fruits stay muted but alive and the beer sticks around as a low burn in the belly.

I like it a lot. I think it wil be a 4.5 brew in a year. But now? way to damned hot for human consumption.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.