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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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2000.

Pours dark brown with a half inch head of beige. A fine bead around the rim of the glass with a few dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with toffee, leather, dried malt, and raisins. Hints of chocolate and dark caramel follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt with stale raisins starts the palate. Wet cardboard, chipped toffee, and a hint of oxidized chocolate follow though.

Finishes with sweet malt, wet paper, and cocoa-rubbed leather.

Very malt-forward with zero hops and still sweetish after 12 years. The oxidation is fairly minimal otherwise and the beer has held up pretty well.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes of a buzzed-out barleywine binge at Hopcat in Grand Rapids.

Straight-up copper. Translucent w/ little carbo action. Head is VERY sticky copper-tan, 1/8". Lacing is ridiculous- the beer coats the glass and leaves twirls and blankets.

Smells like brown sugar, sweet golden raisins.

Very sweet and spicy, just a little hot. An awesome bitter bite- the hops are all there. Aftertaste is sweet, golden, sticky as heck. As it warms, a ruby syruppiness starts to really glow. The alcohol comes through the nostrils after each swallow. Certainly a cellar-temp kind of beer. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

A review of two vintages of Olde Gnarlywine; a nearly fresh 2015 and a properly cellared 2010 bottle purchased in 2009. The first part of the review is a slightly edited version of my review from 2010 of that years new brew; my review of the current one is nearly identical:

Poured into a Fremont small snifter.. Pours a dark reddish orange with a one finger, fine, light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and lightly citrus hops, fresh and dried dark fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, piney and lemon citrus hops, fresh light and dark stone fruit with apricot and plum dominant, light berry and lemon citrus notes. Interesting fresh citrus flavors that are uncommon in barleywines. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. A nice, moderately hopped American barleywine. Well balanced and with interesting citrus and classic stone fruit flavors. One of my eye opening beers when I first tried it over six years ago and still a flavorful and interesting barleywine. Great balance of malt, fruit and hops. Alcohol very well covered. A well done classic.

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours a dark, lightly hazy red orange with a very nice one finger dark khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee, dark dried fruit, light cardboard oxidation; classic aged barleywine. Flavor follows, with rich sweet caramel, figs, dates, plums, light cardboard oxidation. Finish thins out a little bit, revealing light grassy and piney hops, not fresh and herbal, but still present after all the years. Sticky and sweet, the initial flavor is nicely mellowed caramel, but the finish indicates that this may be falling off in the not too distant future. At this time, it is still well balanced with nice malt and fruit flavors, a hint of tartness that is reminiscent of the citrus hops in the fresh version. I still have a few more and look forward to sampling them over the next few years.

Score is a composite of the two vintages; the newer one has higher scores for taste, the older for appearance. They were similar for other scores. Both very enjoyable. I will continue to cellar these and will try the 2015 vintage in a few years to see how it compares with the 5 year old one.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice translucent deep amber color with a thick off-white head that settles but never disappears. Smell and taste are huge and diverse. Lots of the sticky sweets and very prevalent booze. This one is a really slow sipper based on that alone, but the sticky, chewy mouthfeel slows you down even more. Not inappropriate for the style, but also not perfect. For me I was worn out before finish my 12oz. pour, but I loved the first half of it! Definitely worth a shot.

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

Poured from tap at Alewife Baltimore into flute? There are plenty of nice snifters sitting around...I can see about 20 from my seat at the bar. Anyway...
Still poured a thick molassess looking burnt brown with an orangey hue; thick tan head to boot. Smells of caramel sweet malts, sugary molassess.
Taste is really nice. Thick sweet caramel and brown sugar, dried fruits, and heavy booze flavor. Great almost toasted caramel aftertaste. Its big time boozey but nice and mellow. Its thick, creamy, and heavy. I guess there is a reason for the winter release of this one.
Overall, really nice brew and one I'd imagine would age very well.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,621 ratings
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