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:
#2,529
Reviews:
744
Ratings:
1,648
pDev:
9.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
302
Trade:
4
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Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Another very good barley wine, they’re all starting to blend together. Strong northwestern hops presence with their typical citrus notes. Sweet and thick but on the lighter side of the many of the American barley wines. Mildly fruity with a touch of molasses.

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt copper and light brown color. This is a real thick pour, the viscosity of the beer is sludgy given the style. The aroma is sweet caramel.

Taste is a caramel sweetness, some hopping, less than you would expect for a Lagunitas beer, much less barleywine, this is more in the English and old ale style than a west coast barleywine like Bigfoot. Caramel did hide the alcohol somewhat.

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Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. Poured into a tulip glass. A vigourous pour produced abysmal results. The head is light tan, sorta of reddish in color, it was one finger foamy mess that dissolved quickly. The color of the beer is medium tan to reddish hue with sub optimal clarity. The beer does show some carbonation bubble after all this time.

N: Biscuits, toffee, caramel, toasted bread, yeast, and fruity note,

T: Toffee, molasses, caramel, citrus, bready, cracker, toasty malt, fruity note, and yeasty.

M: Chewy, slightly carbonated, warming, and sticky

O: A very nice barleywine. Very well balanced.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: on tap.

Nothing special about the appearance -- a bit of a head that doesn't last. The color is light brown. The smell is surprisingly subdued. The taste is both hoppy and sweet, with a good bit of caramel. The feel is syrupy. This beer was perfectly OK, but not more than that, for me. It wasn't quite hoppy enough to impress on that score, and it didn't have the complexity of the better barleywines. It's a pleasant ale, on the sweet side, and I might drink it again if I were in the mood for that.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 Studfarm69
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmoen
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SDStoutly
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of facefox
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gregaroo
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5-12-16 - 2015 bottle poured into a short snifter glass. Dark orange in color with nice 1/2 inch head that returns with a quick swirl. Foam clings to the edge. Thick mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation. This is truly a sippin' beer. This held up well, however just after a quick year. Will look for this again and keep a couple for a bit longer. Tasty.

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,648 ratings
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