Olde GnarlyWine | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011: 10.6% ABV, 69 IBU

Added by Todd on 09-22-2001

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#2,799
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
1,695
pDev:
9.34%
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Photo of deac83
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magery
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is a deep amber with a lovely thumb of head. Retention is alright, but you are left with a lovely cap and collar. Some lacing.

Smell is deep caramel malts and fruits, followed by a blast of hops. It really works nicely.

The taste continue the aroma. Those malts and fruits are still there, as is a bit of molasses. But then the hops. Not overpowering, but just right.

Feel is really nice smooth and full with a good standard carbonation. The booze is well hidden and the finish is one that lets you enjoy the fruitiness.

Wow, a damn nice beer for $6. I find this a bit closer to an English barleywine than an American, however that may just be me. I highly recommend this beer,for the price,I am not sure there is something better around.

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Photo of MJ64
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dankabier1
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too sweet

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Pours a nice very dark copper amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous malty hints
T-Taste follows the nose with an abundant malty flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well done Barleywine with a strong kick

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Photo of Truthdealer2121
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hooley
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dctarga
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear dark mahogany with a small head that left a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is super sweet malt, raisins & dark fruit to a lesser extent. Smells more like a sweet table wine.

Taste pretty much follows the aroma, very smooth, more spicy and earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy but it's not boozy, alcohol not overbearing. Smooth and creamy. Solid bitterness.

Overall, a nice changeup brew priced at a ridiculous value - 22oz. bomber was $3.99. Strong and maybe a little heavy, be ready when trying one out.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear deep ruby/ light brown body. Nice lacing, medium-rich appearance.
Nose is nicely sweet malts, and background alcohol.
Taste is tea-like malt flavor, somewhat spicey, with no hip presence, yet tasty for what shows up.
Feels medium-thick, with medium-low carbonation.
It wasn’t typical of other good barleywines I’ve had. For example(s), it lacks the hop presence of Bigfoot. It lacks the vanilla/ caramel notes of Helldorado. BUT, this is good. Barley wine. It’s that, carbonated, well-balanced, malts, black tea taste (think how DFH 90 minute malts taste), and for sweetness a touch of honey, and an equal touch of light non-descript spice/ mild bitterness for the finish. The alcohol stays throughout, but it’s more subdued in taste than in smell. It comes through like soft pine.
I think this is a good creation overall, and it comes from a very good west coast brewery, which makes it no big surprise.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 5.00/bomber ($ 0.227/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
No date found, stored at 42 degrees and served at 58 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Medium amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.8 cm, started aggressively, then slowed as the head built), off-white to light tan, low density and excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular five to ten mm lacy ring and a heaped and rocky partial layer. Large islands of rocky lacing remain on the sides of the glass.
Lacing – None, as expected from a 10.9% ABV brew.
Pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Weak, malty.
Flavor – 3.5 – Distinctly malty and sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. No hops flavor but the slight bitterness seems hop-driven. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. No gastric burn.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.75 – Pretty much a typical, unremarkable barley wine. The initial pour is beautiful, although the aroma is weak and only hints at the malty backbone. The flavor is remarkable only in that there is no taste of alcohol but that can be a good thing – this brew isn’t very complex. The palate is creamier than many barley wines and, along with the appearance and the hidden alcohol, makes this a good introduction to barley wines for the novice. The price point, however, is remarkable in that it’s so low - $ 0.227/oz is cheaper than many lower alcohol worse tasting brews.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent brown/mahogany body with a rich, puffy sand-colored head that leaves a spattering of lace around the glass. The nose contains bread crust, dust/chalk, some alcohol heat... and nearly nothing else. Is this just an imperial amber ale? The taste is immediately stern, offering none of the rich, sweet flavors I would expect from a barleywine. Instead there is dry, nearly burnt bread, grape must, hop spice and pine, and a substantial bite of alcohol. Not welcoming at all. The body is heavy, but the bite of the alcohol and pine, not to mention the heat from both, diminish any pleasure that could otherwise be had.
Barleywine.... the word brings to mind sweet, rich flavors, beer's warmest embrace, full of caramel malts and vanilla kisses. This was not that. This was the cousin that you wish couldn't come to the family party. Dry raw grain, spicy hops, unrestrained ethanol heat, this is the inverse of barleywine. Call it an American Strong ale so at least we're warned before you kick us in the balls and take our toys.

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,695 ratings