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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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet caramel and toffee with a nice booziness and a dry piney bitter finish. It's a very good barley wine, I don't know why I haven't had it yet, affordable and delicious.

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Photo of Timtac
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jds16
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hockeypuck
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazed amber with a two finger creamy off white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is toffee, citrus and dank hops.

T - The flavor is toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, citrus and resinous hops.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with sticky finish.

O - This is a solid American Barleywine. Has your typical Barleywine flavors mixed with the typical Lagunitas hop profile.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of kevindp9
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diddy4l
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks ok is not to heavy,smell like more of a wine smell,tast,,,WOW...best barleywine ive ever had,i only keep tryin barleywine to rate them against this beer..i used this beer as a bar standards for my tastes

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aged 1.5 years in the cellar. Pours a deep amber with medium pale tan head that leaves some lacing. Nose is both hoppy and malty. IPA, old ale, and malt syrup notes. Pine, some citrus, brown bread, and honey. Taste is more earthy than anticipated from the nose. Not as much residual sugars as expected either, although retains sweetness. Woody actually. Instead of the malty triple IPA type flavor I expected from the nose, the taste is almost a US-British barleywine cross. Mouthfeel is medium for the style...not cloying. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that ended up being more than I expected and different.

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Olde GnarlyWine is brewed in the style of an American Barleywine ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited release draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy froth head of a tan cream tone over a garnet body with high clarity and moderate carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Caramel grain malts, wet bread tones, piney, resinous hops and a largely clean aroma. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Caramel grains, smooth bread malts, soft roast on the back end, nice moderate hop notes of pine resins with a moderate bitterness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, softly grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is moderate for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to grain alcohol and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A solid American Barleywine with a graceful balance of malt and body, with a good hop bitterness that pairs nicely with it. 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company's
Olde GnarlyWine

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Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
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 +1.2%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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