Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 110
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of egrace84
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8oz pour into Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Dark brown, ruby elixir, thin rim of tan head, few wisps of lacing.

Caramel, oak, spice, booze.

Hits the heights here--molasses, caramel, rye/spice, nice whiskey backbone.

Medium body, smooth to slick, balanced.

This one was really hot off the truck, but has balanced nicely with age.

Photo of justwork
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mndanika
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of morimech
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of s_currie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of striker2160
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of LSMroz
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of AnalogErik
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.