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Lunker - Steel Toe Brewing

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 100
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

arniepnminne, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

2012 vintage.

Pours a deep amber brown. From a distance, it lets very little light through. One to two fingers of head.

Smells of rye whiskey. Dark fruits and toffee. Really rich scent.

Taste is tons of toffee. Some raisin and fruity flavors. Wood notes and whiskey are also present.

Mouthfeel is thick. Big beer here. Again, very rich. Would go well with cheesecake or something decedent.

Powderhornphil, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of KevSal
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%

the niners beat the packers and go to the championship game! like last year its time for a ba barelywine!! huge thanks to lobo for this guy, came in today, right on time. thanks bt!

a-looks mean, deep ruby red with small half finger egg shell white head. vanished pretty quick to nothing.

s- woa this one reminds me alot of arctic devil with a bit more booze. a little bit of dark fruits, pear and raisin covered in booze.

t- taste is huge! again it closely resembles arctic devil with alightly more booze. i foun this one o be extremely tasty! some of the people i drank it with thought it was super boozy, i didnt feel it as much as they dis (but i like a bit pf booze)

m- huge body, but not super sticky. I personally can't belIeve it's almost 15%! I thought it was drinking 10-11% I was impressed but I guess that's why a few others were overwhelmed.

O- very good brew, reminds me do much of 2011 arctic devil. Big and juicy. I can see this one tasting out of control with a bid of age on it, but fresh is just as good

Thanks for this generous addition lobo, you always send tasty brews my way!

KevSal, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

22 oz. bomber from the December 2012 batch of Lunker (the second). Given that I'm an avid fisherman who's always on the hunt for my next lunker, I appreciate both the artwork & the nomenclature. Split with my wife.

Well, trying to split with my wife. Unfortunately, the cork was bonded to the bottle with the Glue of Life & made six sizes to big. Hands fail. Pliers break off the cork. The Pro-Bono cork remover strains & appears about to give way..finally! Geez. I've broken into cars with less effort. Pour is minimally carbonated, rusty toffee in color. Nose is wicked sweet with doses of vanilla, toffee, & caramel. Actually fires up my salivary glands before the first sip; hot staggering fuck.

Lunker is hotter than Smaug's breath...though still less fiery than batch one. The biggest toffee hit I've ever experienced in a beer bludgeons the taste buds, managing to out-gun the alcoholic wooziness for the top layer. Lovely mid-palate touch of spiciness from the rye barrels adds a love interest, along with a pinch of vanilla. Dry on the finish. By six lengths the easiest-drinking 14.4% beer I've ever tasted; I could take the bomber myself.

The boldest, most in-your-face English Barleywine I've ever fought open. Hot, tasty, full of flavor, I'll be fascinated to see what this morphs into in a year or two. Excellent beer.

maximum12, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Schlais, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of ryanfolty
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

ryanfolty, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

plumcrazyfx, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Mealhouse, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

vobr0002, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hopstout, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mothman, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

millelacsmark, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Rhettroactive, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

KingCharles, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

theminutemen, Nov 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

jmarsh123, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Samwhyz, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

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.

Arbitrator, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

McNuts, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

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…

feloniousmonk, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

tbeq00, Aug 22, 2012
Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.