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:
#2,664
Reviews:
757
Ratings:
1,687
pDev:
9.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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147
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307
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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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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottled 2/19/15 poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 10.6% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy brown amber with sticky light tan head. Lots of lacing and a nice island of head remain. The aroma is the remnant of piney citrusy hops which have faded but are still there. The taste is more dulled citrus and pine mixed with sweet caramel and a sticky bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and sticky sweet. No booze in aroma or taste. Overall, very good. It's been too long since I've had a fresh one. This beer was in my cellar for two years. Probably better fresh but enjoyable now if you're not opposed to extra sweetness.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donco
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice piney, hoppy mix to the malt goodness of the distinctively American barleywine. Goes down very smoothly with moderate carbonation. Well balanced all around.

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Photo of Lucular
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,687 ratings