Lunker | Steel Toe Brewing

LunkerLunker
BA SCORE
4.27/5
227 Ratings
LunkerLunker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
steeltoebrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Steasy66 on 04-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,130
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
227
pDev:
8.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
66
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of CSO
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: brilliant brown pour permeated by leisurely rising bubbles under a 1/2" beige cap that quickly dissipates. Has thick legs.

S: smells like whiskey, alcohol, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, malt, toast, oak, and a hint of vanilla. Alcohol dominates

T: dark bread, port, dark sugars, whiskey, alcohol, vanilla, anise, toffee, and hints of cinnamon. Alcohol is the big flavor and tannins from the oak joined by a big bitter hop accent provide some balance to the beer's rich malty sweetness

F: Low levels of carbonation help accent the beer's chewiness. The alcohol is borderline hot.

O: a big boozy beer with a mixed drink intensity that calls out for a cold winter evening by the fire

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Photo of EdFed
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MuFugga
3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is about as big as beer gets, i mean, just a huge sticky barleywine pushing 15% abv, its titanic, but its also delicious, didnt know steel toe did this kind of thing until i visited their brewery finally. this pours a rich caramel color, not overly lively form the tap, and with some haze to it, perhaps merely from the density. the aroma is very sweet, toffee and butterscotch abound, with suggestions of honey and maple, and a very rich caramelized barley malt. the barrel is awesome in the nose, quite obviously rye over bourbon, which is a wonderful feature in a beer like this, subtle spice, oak tannins, and mild vanilla. the flavor is huge too, more of the butterscotch sweetness, with a hint of dried apricot and golden raisin in the center, more of the rye whiskey and oak, and a lingering palate coating sweetness that slows me right down. the booze is there, but for how strong it really is, its not absurd, even though it is. a little bit of doughy yeast, english, seems tired from still trying to work through some of the sugar in an atmosphere this alcohol, but it remains a needed grounding element. in the end, this is much too heavy and sweet to ever have more than a glass of, even for the enthusiasts, but the beer is a fine example of the style, and the rye whiskey barrel is a nice touch. be prepared to not drive a car after this one...

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Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for a couple years. Toffee for days. Thanks, Ryan!

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Arrives a bright brown color. There is no head which is alright for a barrel aged beer. The aroma is of oak, caramel, toffee, alchohol. The taste is similar with the alchohol is bit more hidden. It is still, however, not well integrated into the beer. There is enough good things going on around the alchohol that the beer is still interesting, but I think it needs some considerable time in the cellar. The mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, and has appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer fresh, but I suspect its true potential lies in the cellar.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cfred371
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a brown, completely opaque, with little to no head. The head that is there is the on the very edge, and is a khaki color

Smell: Bourbon big time, but in a mild manner. Brown sugar, vanilla, a hunt of anise, maybe leather, and caramel.

Taste: Holy guacamole. Vanilla big time, caramel, that bourbon is there throughout. Super super good.

Feel: syrupy, and medium full bodied. As the beer warms, some heat from the bourbon shines through a bit more.

Overall: This is an excellent barrel aged barleywine, with excellent flavor and aroma.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of lupercmda
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of itracy63
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 into snifter. Unsure of vintage (has plain brown label, not the one pictured here)

Pours murky mahogony with minimal head - no lacing
oxidation, sherry and a touch of sour - this one hasn't held up great
More of the same with a bitter edge - harsh hops perhaps? Not smooth
Thick and rich mouthfeel - lightly carbed befitting the style

Overall an okay barrel aged barleywine, but on the extreme end of the oxidized sherry flavor profile (like omega point). definitely drink fresh if you have one

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Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yeaprolly
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 227 ratings
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