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): 10.60%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by Todd on 09-22-2001

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Ratings:
1,620
Reviews:
736
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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145
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284
For Trade:
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Photo of Gemini6
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of gelasin
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robear
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of capnamerica
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - An active cascading pour yields just shy of two finger's worth of light-to-medium khaki colored whipped dense frothiness... Solid retention... Once receded there is a full rich creamy lacing and moderate collar... The color is a medium caramel with some reddish hues when back lit... Mostly still with just a few stray small carbonation bubbles seen towards the top of the glass... Beautiful rings of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A big nose that can be detected without even bring one's nose close to the glass... A definite malt bomb... Loads of overly ripened dark fruits... Molasses... Toffee... A light hop presence lingers a bit beneath the surface... Very pleasant and appealing...

T - The palate proves to be a carbon copy of the nose... Malt, malt and more malt... Sweet, but never cloying... Loads of brown sugar... Fig... Raisins... Overly ripe red grapes... Plums... Some subtle hints of caramel and toffee... The finish has a strong hop bite with adds an additional layer of depth and complexity...

M - Velvety smooth... Medium to full bodied... A bit sticky... A bit chewy... Very light carbonation... Goes down smoothly sip after sip... Rather exquisite all the way around...

D - A home run from the fine folks at Lagunitas... This is among the best (non-barrel aged) American Barleywines going... Combine with the modest price point, this one is stellar... Future release may prove to be case worthy as I'd be happy to have an ample supply in the cellar at any given time... Especially since this one would surely age well...

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueHeeler79
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz 2015

Look - a nice reddish brown.

Smell - very hop forward for a barleywine. Pine, cherry, plums.

Taste - Cherrys, plums raisins, with a definite hop bitterness at the end. Alcohol is hidden well.

Feel - a little on the thin side.

Overall - blurs the line betwern a barleywine and a high gravity IPA. Enjoyed it and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of seanote
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bubbanoneck
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bold and balanced American barley wine. Hints of fino sherry, but the thrust of it is malt then hops. Nice.

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Photo of fx20736
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bomber. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Deep, dark copper amber. Natural white head, nice lacing

Smell: Sherry flavored malt

Taste: a glass of sherry served with toasted multigrain bread and mixed fruit jelly

Feel: smooth, slippery

Overall:a very good Barleywine

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DudMan
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat beer glass (because I didn't bring my own glass). Pours dark amber with a massive head that recedes very slowly and leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, alcohol, resiny hops, and candied pineapple. Taste is caramel malt, piney hops, floral hops, brown sugar, and pepper. The alcohol really comes through with the pepper in the finish. Medium-high body and medium-light carbonation with a slight stickiness to it. There's some syrupiness to it.
This is good, but definitely sweet and somewhat syrupy. The alcohol really comes through with some bite. It has many well done, complex layers. This is good, but I wouldn't want all 25 oz in one session again. It is strong and distinguished, but was ironically light on hops.

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Photo of JonasKajs
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ginepiece
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,620 ratings.
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