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

22oz (2011) into a snifter. Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger sticky khaki head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is an equal mix of herbal/floral hops and sweet caramel malt. Toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch.

Taste is also a blend of bitter and sweet. Vanilla, floral hops, chewy malt, rum-soaked figs. 10.6% ABV is very well-masked. Tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and chewy with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall, pretty much what I expected from Lagunitas. A solid interpretation of the American barleywine.

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

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Ruby red color, pretty clear with some small floaties and small carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge two finger head that is light tan in color and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking well in a spotted ring pattern.

Smell is huge malt sweetness. Red hard candy and caramel and molasses. Surprised there isn't any alcohol detected by my nose. As it has warmed the alcohol is becoming apparent in the nose.

Taste is much like the nose. Hard candy, caramel and honey. There is some bitterness to this. I can't believe the hops have survived for over a year, but it is what it is.

The mouth is smooth and silky but a bit crisp. Carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is full and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I enjoyed this but it is definitely not a heavy hitter. It is though a great Barleywine at a great price. A must if you come across it.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a brandy snifter. 2011 edition.

A: Pours a clear walnut-ruby with a tiny off-white head. Really nice color. A little bit of lacing.

S: Molasses, burnt sugar, mushy fig and prune, grape juice and raisin. A hint of alcohol behind.

T: Powerful malts fill the palate: fig, prune, raisin, banana bread, sticky molasses and brown sugar, all over a sort of astringent bitterness and subtle warm, spicy alcohol. Some caramel-covered roasted grain in the finish.

M: Nice tingle of carbonation, thick mouth-feel.

O: A bit of astringency in the taste, but besides that this is a sweet, bold, warming, tasty barleywine.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Lovingly held onto for a bit over a year.

This beer pours out a muddy brown color with a small head. The aroma is sweet, with dark fruits and malts, yet still maintains a bit of a hop presence. On the tongue, the caramel malts and dark fruits are the main attraction. There's a bit of bitterness that keeps everything in check. The mouthfeel is thick and fairly carbonated, and the drinkability is farther good for the ABV. Overall, this is a rather good and inexpensive American Barleywine.

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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