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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#2,769
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
1,696
pDev:
9.34%
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Ratings: 1,696 |  Reviews: 758
Photo of yaksurf
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Amber hued with a half inch of creamy beige on top. The aroma is packed with sweet bready malt, mahogany, and chestnuts. I'm tasting a lot of sweet bready malt, chestnuts, and oak. The mouth is very dry, chewy, and sticky.

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Photo of mudROCK
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I generally do not seek out barleywine brews, but since this was from my favorite brewers, I had to try it out. It's a very nice sipper, although I think one 22 ouncer is my limit during a session. I will be having this again occasionally. Since I really have no experience with this breed of brew, I can't make any apples to apples comparisons. Although, I will say, "Try it, you'll enjoy it!"

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

Photo of Warren2621
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: February 13, 2018... OCCASION: a clean sweep of basketball tonight for the boys... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours a dark mahogany amber body with a profusion of bubbles driving through its center... head is white, creamy, and displaying good retention... a ring of white coral symmetrically adorns the lip... roasted malts, sweet toffee, light citrus hops, grape and raisin, and that unmistakable phenolic heat... a formidable bouquet... the first sip is robust yet controlled, a full-bodied, throaty, warming presence that is also creamy and welcoming--dangerously so...the teeth tingle with hops presence, but the allure is in its style--a winelike draw, sweet and substantial, with grape, raisin, fig, the slightest hint of alcoholic heat, with the toasted malts reforming at its finish... a wonderful interpretation of the style, with a weighty but surreptitious ABV--like a good wine, it hides its intentions well... still frames nicely at its end, with a swirl of heady haze and a cloak of lace high... does Lagunitas deliver? Is a bomber of this worth the price? Yes and yes...

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Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bstoeckel
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(2017 bomber, poured into a snifter, in heats - NOTE: this bottle was likely infected)

L: horseshoe prints left on lip of bottle upon crown removal... crystal-clear, ruby-ish garnet hued liquid; tan moonscape of foam... crusty fingers of lace; thin, broken collar

S: pine, light-medium crystal malt, redolent berry fruitiness, semi-cakey malt, ruby grapefruit flesh... the fruity hops and alcohols dominate, bit of toasted sugars from the malts filling in gaps... potency great, but needing a little more malt depth to emanate... later, a peculiar yeasty cum oxidized pedio note emerges, though I'm wondering if it's more of an oxidized hop note

T: unexpected intense spicy and leafy/stem-y/floral hops pointed on center of palate; peppery, leather, dark dry caramel in aftertaste, as well as having curiously little residual sweetness and little lingering malt dimension aside from a shadow of a toasty cookie note - a bit clipped... second sip reveals some dried grapefruit flesh, dry sultana essence; hint of lingering peppery spice, sultana standing more alone in aftertaste

F: the alcohol releases a supremely-suave warmth; again, the finish clip-fades with a tight, narrow drop... drinkable as hell, kinda like a malty cognac... a little cool flame lifts and hums and the back of the palate... diggin' its svelte flow, but I do prefer to chew

O: rather textbook west coast barleywine but with finely-sanded, honed edges, neatly-tailored construct... haven't had (or happen to see or seek) this one before, but I will definitely take a stab at this next year - probably pickup another bottle when I see it asap, price point is fantastic, scratches a cheap itch

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz twenty-seventeen release pours an almost-reddish orange clear body with rising bubbles and a 1/2in cream colored, tightly bubbled head disippating to a persistent 1/16in cap with thicker edges leaving sheets of running lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel, raisins, and bready malt with a hint of flowery hops.

Flavors match with more stone fruit like dark cherries and just a touch of booze as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full leaning medium not quite thick, but rather sticky, and a lasting bitter-sweet finish.

Overall very nice with a cigar.

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

2017 bomber. Pours an attractive amber with a finger of head and minimal lacing once it subsides. Nice apple brandy and raisin notes on the nose, along with some resin and floral hops. Tastes a bit green and bitter, but still with traditional American barleywine notes, and somehow simultaneously on the sweet side, in turns. A little astringent, but generally satisfying.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber. The price was right at $4. Carmel color. Smell is moderate hops and malts. Flavor is moderate hoppiness with some sweetness from the malts. Not overly boozy. I'm not the biggest ABW fan, but this was pretty tasty.

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Photo of hermit990
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marknu1
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckTom
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours clear reddish brown in color with minimal head. Taste is brown sugar, sap, and toffee. Heavy bodied, nice combination of bitter and sweet, moderate carbonation. Nice winter sipper. Could have several.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a transparent deep burgundy with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay with good lacing at the start. Aroma is herbal and floral hops, and caramel, toffee, toasted malts. Flavor profile is heavy mix of caramel, toffee, and toasted malts with herbal, citrus, and floral hops. It has lots of depth, with a biting quality in the hops. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a slightly velvety feel, but otherwise fizzy. Overall, heavy hops and malts without much balance in the center, but it full of flavor.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Grackos
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hated it.

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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