Olde GnarlyWine | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by Todd on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,620
Reviews:
736
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
283
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,620 |  Reviews: 736
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark muggy malted brown color with a thin finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not so much lace, but what was there, just slid into the beer.
The aroma had some fresh tobacco leafy earthy to herbal hop character up front. Light citrus and piney hop character then slides in over top of a smooth clean caramel maltiness. Light cocoa powder, a touch of vanilla, and dark bread rounded out the edges.
The flavor recognized the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas tightly. There's the vanilla, caramel/toffee malt and tobacco leafiness in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. ABV felt as projected by what was matched on the bottle. Carbonation felt good and on par for the style.
Overall, this was a pretty nice American styled barleywine and I'm not one to seek out Lagunitas that much anymore. Price is definitely there for this one, I have to admit.

 993 characters

Photo of Bunuelian
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
2015

This beer pours a deep shade of copper with brilliant ruby highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is interesting. It starts sweet with caramel but gives way to some tea and citrus notes.

The taste captures everything that was going on in the smell. It begins a little sweet. Some tea and citrus flavors follow, reminiscent of faded hops, in a good way.

Medium mouthfeel and syrupy

This is a very solid barleywine. I need to try a fresh bottle to compare.

 560 characters

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MJSFS
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet caramel and toffee with a nice booziness and a dry piney bitter finish. It's a very good barley wine, I don't know why I haven't had it yet, affordable and delicious.

 172 characters

Photo of Timtac
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jds16
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hockeypuck
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazed amber with a two finger creamy off white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is toffee, citrus and dank hops.

T - The flavor is toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, citrus and resinous hops.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with sticky finish.

O - This is a solid American Barleywine. Has your typical Barleywine flavors mixed with the typical Lagunitas hop profile.

 429 characters

Photo of evanwoertz
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of kevindp9
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diddy4l
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks ok is not to heavy,smell like more of a wine smell,tast,,,WOW...best barleywine ive ever had,i only keep tryin barleywine to rate them against this beer..i used this beer as a bar standards for my tastes

 210 characters

Photo of captaincoffee
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aged 1.5 years in the cellar. Pours a deep amber with medium pale tan head that leaves some lacing. Nose is both hoppy and malty. IPA, old ale, and malt syrup notes. Pine, some citrus, brown bread, and honey. Taste is more earthy than anticipated from the nose. Not as much residual sugars as expected either, although retains sweetness. Woody actually. Instead of the malty triple IPA type flavor I expected from the nose, the taste is almost a US-British barleywine cross. Mouthfeel is medium for the style...not cloying. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that ended up being more than I expected and different.

 620 characters

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Olde GnarlyWine is brewed in the style of an American Barleywine ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited release draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy froth head of a tan cream tone over a garnet body with high clarity and moderate carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Caramel grain malts, wet bread tones, piney, resinous hops and a largely clean aroma. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Caramel grains, smooth bread malts, soft roast on the back end, nice moderate hop notes of pine resins with a moderate bitterness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, softly grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is moderate for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to grain alcohol and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A solid American Barleywine with a graceful balance of malt and body, with a good hop bitterness that pairs nicely with it. 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company's
Olde GnarlyWine
3.99/5.00

 1,145 characters

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo two years back.

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.096
IBU: 69.39

APPEARANCE: Pours a larger, three finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with very good retention. Perfectly clear rust orange in color with no carbonation at all. Head slowly recedes to a full cap and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, red fruit notes and some spicy alcohol for sure. Bolder nose for sure, with some piney hop aromas in the back too.

TASTE: Some bolder flavors of caramel, toffee, and spicy booze up front. Some light piney notes at the swallow with some red fruits as well. Finish is bold and lingering with some spicy alcohol, red fruity sweetness, toffee, piney flavors and some gentle hop bitterness. Pretty good stuff and plenty bitter for the style. Solid.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat and bitterness linger. Good feel. Quite full and creamy for the style. Nice.

OVERALL: I see why this is so highly touted. Excellent stuff and, for the most part, readily available. If you like hoppier and more bitter barleywines, this is right up your alley. Really enjoyed this and will be looking to get more next time I’m in Buffalo. I’ll probably try to brew it myself too. A high quality hoppy b-wine that I very much enjoyed. Cheers!

 1,511 characters

Photo of Brzezniak88
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,620 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.