Olde GnarlyWine | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Winter

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

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Ratings: 1,707 |  Reviews: 760
Reviews by travolta:
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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of mothmanscott
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep amber or pale reddish brown producing 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, tan head that leaves strings & motes of lace. A second pour after warming produces a full 3+ fingers of moderately lasting head that leaves a chunky wash of webby, streaky lace. Aroma caramel malt, pine resin & citrus, toffee, a candied fruit note of pineapple & apple, floral hints with more than a hint of alcohol. Taste is dark malt, brown sugar, caramel, raisin & alcohol booziness, tropical fruits, orange & leafy floral hops. Some grass & pine. Sweet throughout the sip but with an alcohol bitter finish & spice which linger in the aftertaste & there become increasingly drier, hoppy & bitter. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, syrupy, chewy, wet, juicy,with a spicy prickle throughout, drying & drawing in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear ruby red brew.

A hop forward aroma greets the nose, hinting strongly at the high ABV as well.

Syrupy sweet on the palate, accompanied by juicy hops. Almost herbal and minty.

Slightly syrupy feel, as well, and slightly hot, but ultimately very drinkable - although it's a sipper, for sure.

Like Devil Dancer and DFH 120 Minute, I feel this is going to be a very polarizing beer. It's big, sweet, hoppy, and syrupy. I personally enjoyed 8 oz, but can't imagine drinking much more than that.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking red-hued beer with big, creamy head.

This is like Lagunitas' take on SN Bigfoot, just with less hop bite and a little more of a candied flavor. Nice creamy/slick mouthfeel with a moderately long finish. Not terribly complex, but wayyy drinkable (read: dangerous).

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Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

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.

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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 BB1313
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours copper with a fluffy khaki head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty tropical. Tons of pineapple. This has a great hop profile, but it's not Lagunitas' traditional hop profile. Feels like I'm picking up galaxy hops. Sweet candy malts are there, but the hops still shine. The flavors are bittersweet. More tropical notes with a touch of citrus. Pineapple is the star, followed by grapefruit. Subtle hints of pine needles. Some sweet caramel. Some raisins and dark fruits. Once again, the malts are there, but the hops shine. Bitterness is there. Some heat, but not boozy. It's just a nice warmth in the finish. Slightly syrupy and spicy. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. Somewhat thin, but it's still fluffy. Active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Clean brew. Well crafted.

It's great to see this one back on shelves. It's a hoppy barleywine that borderlines being a DIPA, but what else would you expect from Lagunitas? They still stay true to style. Recommended.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep amber, not much of a head, but I carefully poured to fit into 22 oz. glass (I wasn't planning on a review until I took the first sip).
S- caramel, brown sugar (or shugga), some faint tropical fruits
T- notes of caramel, and faint tropical fruits, maybe some cherries or dates. Some sweetness here, but it evaporates into the hop by the finish. But the finish is by no means dry... some sweetness lingers
M- this beer is rich, full-bodied and complex Certainly one to sip.
O- another solid brew from Lagunitas! Are these guys mad scientists or what?

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the Spring season invites the best of both beer worlds: A fresh hoppy taste that welcomes warmer weather, but a hearty malt backbone and a strong-arm of alcohol to contend with those chilly evenings; it seems that the American Barleywine straddles that fence as well as any beer can.

And Lagunitas' Old Gnarleywine kicks off with a deep but brilliant amber glow. Its creamy khaki head unloads upon the nose both the juicy caramelized malts and the dry citrus hops that overwhelm the senses with superior balance. And its first sip resonates with sweeter caramel, toffee and honey just ahead of the hop onslaught to come.

Sharp white grapefruit, deeply resinous pine and finesse orange, herb and grass gain brevity and slowly but surely begin to balance the malty-sweet taste. Where one finds balance, the other finds conflict as the bigness of both malt and hops go beyond what's expected in complement and begin to fight each other.

Yet, its full and malty-dry body struggle deeper and deeper in finish, the sweetness is able to scrub out the tinny, briny and piquant character of hops. With extensions of citrus peel and crushed pinecone, the beer lingers on and on, begging for a pairing of the sharpest blue cheese possible.

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Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Light brown pour with a orange tent when put up to the light, and a finger or two of beige head

Smell: Caramel, toffee, dank, spicy, and slightly citrusy (orange?) hops, and maybe the slightest hint of dark fruits. I think the hop and malt balance is spot on

Taste: Caramel and toffee balance well with the dank and citrus hops. The malt sweetness notes are upfront then the hops finish it off. Perhaps slight dark fruit if you search for it, but i pick up more of that on the nose

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; Kind of a sticky feel but goes down great, especially for the abv. Slight dry and bitter finish yet the sweetness still lingers

Overall: Lagunitas has absolutely perfected the art of producing simple and straightforward yet extremely tasty beers, and this is another example of that. Its not going to blow your mind, but its a very tasty barleywine. And for under $5, this is yet another Lagunitas offering that would be perfect for that go-to seasonal. Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me there are not to many things better (beer speaking) than a real hopped up American Barleywine,this fit the bill for me.Poured into a imperial nonic a hazed amber/bronze with a thinner off white head atop.Pine resin in the nose lets you know where this comes from and what brewer its from,dark fruit and some brown sugar go along nicel with the hefty hop profile.Complex and immensley flavorful,big fruity malt with some brown sugar flavors meld into big pine and citrus in the finish.Man its juicy and dangerously drinkable,another gem from Lagunitas.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful, thick orange body with a modest head.

Smell – Lots of hops in this one. The citrus and piney hops almost take over the nose, but the malt base it still detectable. There’s some light, fruity sweetness to the aroma but mostly the hops dominate.

Taste – The grapes and malts come out more in the taste, offering a terrific balance to the hops (that stepped back from the nose). There’s also some sugary sweetness to this one that is quite unique.

Nothing fancy here, just a great tasting, well-balanced, hoppy-type of Barley Wine that seems to be all the rage these days. This one has everything except the kitchen sink.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and quite chewy. This BW is refreshing and satisfying.

Drinkability – If you like the hoppy type of Barley Wine and want something very unique, give this one a try.

Update – I had this again with a year-old aged bottle and boy was it tasty. The sugars came up big and the hops took a step back, making it more like an English-style BW than an American. It was mighty good though, and I think as much as I enjoy this fresh I actually prefer it cellared and a little “sugared up”.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend from 22 oz bomber.

A-Copper/brownish metallic with 1 inch head in oversized wine glass. Looks very nice.
S-Sweet caramel, Toffee, slight grassy
T-Very similiar to smell, caramel, toffee, with hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol present but taste good. As it warms more floral and citrus/orange flavor. Very nice balance of sweet malt and hops.
M-Creamy in mouth but carbonated enough for some scrubbing action which was surprising for this beer.
D-Alcohol would keep this from being a session ale and could become too sweet but very drinkable.

Very good barleywine. Tastes like it has already been aged somewhat even though it's fresh.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Auburn pour with a scant head that falls
almost immediately.

S: Robust aromas of sweet malt and fruit.
The alcohol scents are obvious from afar.

T: Great malt sweetness that works in unison
with the alcohol. There are great accents
of hop bitterness, and apricot.

M: Great body and character, being smooth and
not slick while holdng such a sweet flavor.

D: Very drinkable gnarley wine both with a meal
or as an after dinner treat.

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

Photo of Drunkenass
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had already picked up a couple barley wines at the Spec's Warehouse, but couldn't resist this at $3.29. Served in a snifter, the beer was a dark amber color with a small head that left a little bit of lacing. It had a sweet malt aroma, along with a little bit of floral hops. Fairly big sweet malt taste, with some hop bitterness showing up later. I would call it assertive, but smooth, in the mouth. Good beer.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange rust with an off-white head.
S - Apricots, prunes, raisins, toffee, caramel, and alcohol.
T - Alcohol, prunes, molasses, toffee.
M - Heavy/chewy body with mild carbonation.
O - Great aroma, mouthfeel and taste. Alcohol comes thru nicely and adds a warmth, which is great in the winter, but limits the amount you can drink.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of shapudding
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color with a bit of white head made of tiny bubbles that reduced down to a tiny ring on the sides, leaving the center clear. Nice malty aroma with oaky hints. Smooth and creamy, yet not heavy. Oaky, casky tasting, yum!. Hoppy, bitey. Honey and vanilla. Not too heavy or intense, just so very good and flavorful. Easy drinking, could easily sit back and enjoy a few of these puppies! -pun intended!

p.s. no matter what Brian says, the label is freakin cute!

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,707 ratings