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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 101
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Benny3000
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Benny3000, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev -6.3%

CarolinaKevin, May 28, 2013
Photo of Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photekut, May 26, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Nugganooch, May 23, 2013
Photo of KWMiles
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

KWMiles, May 18, 2013
Photo of Cyclone8
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Cyclone8, May 08, 2013
Photo of ZAP
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

ZAP, May 02, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to KWMiles for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep dark brown with red-ish hues around the edges. There is about a half finger of a light tan head that fades fairly quickly over times. There is no lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is caramel, toffee, fig, prune, mild vanilla, and a good bit of barrel aged booze. It smells nice.

T: Mmmm. It starts out sweet with a generous helping of toffee and caramel. The vanilla and stone fruit notes shine in the middle, but toffee is the dominate flavor. As it moves to the back end, the barrel treatment makes itself known with a touch of oak, spice, and some alcohol. The barrel never really dominates the beer. It's very well balanced.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, but moves off the palate well. The flavors envelop the palate and it finishes clean with a mix of sweet and spice.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. I don't know if it's on the level of Sucaba, but it's darn tasty. I would happily drink this beer again at anytime.

trxxpaxxs, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of will1256
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

will1256, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

inlimbo77, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

josephwa, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

unclejazz, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BigE90, Mar 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

GarretD, Feb 16, 2013
Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.