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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,176
Reviews:
760
Ratings:
1,701
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
149
Gots:
310
Trade:
4
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Photo of mitch3114
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_C_Hampton
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

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Photo of illpass78
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.

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

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,701 ratings