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): 10.60%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by Todd on 09-22-2001

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle I've had in the cellar for some time.

Medium head and lacing. Off white coloring. Light retention. Slightly murky, ruby-orange liquid. Lots of syrupy and sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, hints of booze, bitter, somewhat faded hops, teryaki and soy sauce. The latter two are not detrimental overall, just slightly noticeable. Taste is much of the same barleywine goodness. Sweet, sweet caramel and syrupy toffee and big malts are foremost, with dark fruits, brown sugar, muted hop bite and light citrus flavor. Medium viscous consistency, smooth carbonation, medium-heavy body, and a filmy finish.

Overall this is a good barleywine and I think age is doing it well. Seems like it could easily go much langer before it starts going downhill. Anyways, this is certainly one worth trying.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap, review from notes.

Poured deep maple with a touch of clementine in the borders. Brilliantly clear, but nary a head to speak of and looked pretty dead from atop. No bubbles. The smell, however is a different animal. And yes, this is definitely a different animal. Big malts: lots of caramel, less toffee, more biscuit. Barely any bitterness detected, although there is a hint of citrus, maybe a grapefruit zest thrown in. But there is definitely some butter here. Not butterscotch, mind you, but butter. I'm not quite sure what to make of that, but sure, why not? Maybe a touch of golden raisins mixed in with the butter, rum, and caramel. Very sweet in that respect, but it's kept in check somehow by an invisible and undetectable hop cone somewhere. The body feels sticky but medium in quality. And lo! There is carbonation despite not showing up at first glance. Effervescent is too strong of a word here so I'll say it is decently carbed. Overall, not bad. Not one of my favorite barleywines.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- opaque deep reddish brown, really attractive lacing and good retention

S- molasses, sticky caramel, leather, plenty of dark fruit, quite thick and rick, interesting.

T- thick boozey fruit, roast malt sweetness, long finish. Good but could maybe be a bit better balanced. Lots of coffee bitterness.

M- thick body, coating feel, slightly ashey bitterness, long finish. Alcohol is covered deceptively well for such a high ABV.

Overall a really respectable Barley Wine, pretty well executed, would recommend it. Lots of flavour and quite a nice sippable high-strength ale.

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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