Olde GnarlyWine
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #99
Ranked #7,500
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Jan 09, 2023
Sep 22, 2001
Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine
Notes: 2011: 10.6% ABV, 69 IBU
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
amazing beer name! a true beauty here, from way before barleywine was "life" among the beer nerds. simple in all the right ways, fully american in its composition, a little more hot and dry than the english ones, and certainly more hoppy. also very little from the yeast on this, so its pretty straightforward beer. i like it a lot fresh, when the hops are front and center, but this also ages as well as just about anything lagunitas makes, mellowing out well, and seemingly taking on complexity in the cellar. a glowing low reddish color in the glass, near clear, with a frothing inch plus of white head, more lively in the glass than a lot of these look, and with a pretty distinctive crimson shade too, not just light amber, unique. the nose is kind of basic when its fresh, a specific type of crystal malt, not too rich or sugary or toasted, more dry and kilned to me, with light floral honey to it, and then the hops, which hit bitter, piney, and a little spicy, oily and robust, almost imperial west coast ipa vibes. the flavor is more balanced, the grain is pretty sturdy, its earthy and only slightly sweet, it has baked warmth to it, hiints of red apple, golden raisin, and faint toffee. the hops are there the whole way, weedy and dank through much of this, but with light citrus and even juniper on the finish, bitter enough for this to be balanced. in the older bottles, the hops keep their bitterness but lose that fruit and herb thing, so this becomes more about the malt, and it takes on a little more of a layered thing, some dry earthy grain, some concentrated long boiled character, a little fig and date aspect, its great in both phases. the alcohol is always present in this, never burning too intense, but its warm the whole way, even in the really old bottles, not out of place in the style, and it kind of carries the flavor along with it, i dont mind it at all. this is not the kind of beer lagunitas is known for, but this is a classic in their lineup and a beer i hope comes back again someday, been awhile since we have seen some of these original beers of theirs...
Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 12, 2022
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Looks pretty awesome, deep dirty amber almost rusty in color. Nose is plum, fig, caramalt, maybe some oxidized hops, a hint of cocooa, orange peel. Some booze too, likely a headiness that catches you when you inhale a second too long.

Tastes great, I really do get a lot of dutch processed cocoa upfront. Just big booming chocolatey bitterness. Then it coats the palate in velvety brown sugar, sweet malt character and hits this like medium finish of cocoa and sweet, syrupy maple. Temp is probably right around 50 odd degrees, so it's not ice cold. Yeah, maybe some very subtle citrus, but this one's carried by a ton of cocoa up front.

Psssst this is like 5 bucks for a bomber. Not 20 odd, with wax, only available if you know the Instagram code...
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A bottle from 2018

This thing has mellowed out considerably, as it is an extremely hoppy ale when fresh. As it stands the main flavors are dark malt notes: coffee, dark fruits, leather, booze.
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

May 29, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by DruC4 from Michigan

Dec 11, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by baklo from North Carolina

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 3 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 3.2 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Jun 11, 2019
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Samlover55 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle into Tulip
2017 vintage
Pours Auburn with thin head
Caramel, toffee, booze,
Burnt carmelized sugar, toffee, herbal medicinal hoppy finish
Feel is medium bodied and syrupy, alcohol hidden well
Overall this is a great Barleywine and cheap
May 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by Kolb from Montana

May 21, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by grahamgillespie from Tennessee

May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 18, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by DKGreen from California

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2019
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Rated by bveebs from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
as far as barely wine goes, this is pretty much as good as it gets for a 5$ bottle
Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Dillinger from Mississippi

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.21 by mitch3114 from New York

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, red copper colored with a short tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy on sweet malt, warm boozy smell, lots of heavy alcohols, bitter lemon hops

T: smooth and sweet up front, caramel, toffee, ending hits with heavy alcohol flavor and bitter pine lemon hops

M: thick and full

O: good American version that mellows nicely with age, this bottle was aged 3.5 years from purchase date
Oct 05, 2018
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into stemware.

Appearance: Clear amber with a 1.5-finger-width eggshell head. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: White wine, dark fruits, booze, grapes.

Taste: Vinous character is there along with raisins, bread, and some nice herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Boozy and strong. Slightly heavy.

Overall: I was skeptical of this beer because it seemed kind of high risk. It all comes together though. A fairly hoppy, flavorful "big" beer. Does not taste like paint in the way BWs sometimes do. Big and boozy, but a nice, approachable effort.
Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by robotic_being from Florida

Aug 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by akk14 from Illinois

Aug 20, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by deac83 from Texas

Jun 11, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Magery from Kentucky

May 27, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by TheItalianStallion from New York

May 19, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by TheCrowsEye from California

May 17, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.
May 14, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by MJ64 from Mississippi

May 02, 2018
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