Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing
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3.4/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
05-23-2013 21:20:13 | More by Nugganooch
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
4.41/5 rDev +3%
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.
04-22-2013 15:15:33 | More by trxxpaxxs
3.83/5 rDev -10.5%
750ml, Dec. '12 release
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.
04-19-2013 13:29:48 | More by inlimbo77
Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.