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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 95
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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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-08-2013 09:22:57 | More by Schlais
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear reddish-burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a small dirty white head which presents some decent head retention leaving some spotty lacing on the edge of the glass

S: Immediate rye, light pepperness, a nice booze tinge with some caramel and whiskey. I liked this because I like rye.

T: A big rye presence upfront with some sugary sweetness from the layers of toffee and caramel. A little bit of whiskey is found with some backseat wood, vanilla and coconut. The finish has a good degree of heat, warmth and light pepperness and sordove a sticky sweetness

M: Medium to big bodied, not as full or robust as I expected but often times heat gives an illusion of thin body

O: Good but not something I would actively seek.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 17:53:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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ryanfolty

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: April 13, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: Brewery Description: Pour was opaque dark brown with some red in there, nice head that faded quickly and no lacing, but it did stain the glass. Aroma was caramel, whiskey, vanilla and wood. Taste had the sweet caramel and vanilla start followed by a blast of rye whiskey (spicy). Smooth, medium to full bodied and that alcohol burn going down. Couldn’t wait and had to try this today, but a little aging might do this well and tone down the heat a tad. January 5, 2013 - had a sample of batch 2 at the brewery and wow, this is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:41:58 | More by ryanfolty
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-04-2013 00:51:54 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Mealhouse

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-30-2012 17:42:23 | More by Mealhouse
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-29-2012 21:43:24 | More by vobr0002
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-29-2012 21:42:01 | More by Hopstout
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-29-2012 16:45:59 | More by mothman
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-25-2012 21:38:47 | More by millelacsmark
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-08-2012 04:18:26 | More by Rhettroactive
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KingCharles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-30-2012 17:06:52 | More by KingCharles
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-29-2012 17:20:55 | More by theminutemen
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-29-2012 05:24:14 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 20:56:52 | More by jmarsh123
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Samwhyz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-04-2012 20:46:26 | More by Samwhyz
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-30-2012 00:58:27 | More by acurtis
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Arbitrator

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 04:06:05 | More by Arbitrator
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McNuts

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-03-2012 16:13:08 | More by McNuts
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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…

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 04:01:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:54:14 | More by womencantsail
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tbeq00

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-22-2012 02:53:17 | More by tbeq00
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

08-20-2012 03:33:24 | More by GRG1313
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Shango42

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-13-2012 18:04:30 | More by Shango42
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-09-2012 04:27:05 | More by Devi0us
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-04-2012 01:28:35 | More by eawolff99
Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
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