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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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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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morimech

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-14-2013 18:42:07 | More by morimech
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-13-2013 02:59:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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s_currie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-09-2013 14:57:31 | More by s_currie
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-07-2013 01:27:32 | More by Jeffrey2310
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-07-2013 00:57:30 | More by e30todamax
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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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LSMroz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-10-2013 04:22:42 | More by BillHilly
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-02-2013 06:43:53 | More by lonewolfcry
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-21-2013 00:09:38 | More by tobelerone
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-08-2013 21:31:07 | More by Kelp
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-04-2013 15:02:46 | More by AnalogErik
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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bennetj17

Arizona

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-02-2013 04:23:00 | More by bennetj17
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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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DruRho

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-22-2013 00:02:43 | More by DruRho
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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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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-02-2013 07:44:45 | More by beernads
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-29-2013 20:45:33 | More by Hopsiam14
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smogfood

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-19-2013 06:15:35 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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Benny3000

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-09-2013 01:09:40 | More by Benny3000
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-27-2013 23:33:47 | More by CarolinaKevin
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-26-2013 00:18:18 | More by Photekut
Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.