Lunker | Steel Toe Brewing

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Steasy66 on 04-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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116
Gots:
67
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and rye whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid barrel aged presence but the alcohol is pretty strong in this one.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage at 13.5%

Tan head with nice retention.

Incredible bourbon flavors. So much oak and vanilla. Chocolate and caramel malts. Not hot which is nice. Toffee. Molaases and raisins.

Smooth and creamy. Ends clean.

Well done!

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of drewone
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dark amber, almost mahogany in color, with a small tan head. Strong whiskey aroma along with some oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Plenty of caramel, toffee, and a hint of brown sugar. A mild rye aroma and some subtle fruitiness. The flavor has a strong rye whiskey and oak flavor. A touch of charred oak, some brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Just a hint of green apple along with some bitter orange peel.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Reddish. Thin collar.

Smell - Some whiskey. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Rich malt aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts. Whiskey. Some darker malts come through. Brown sugar. Hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Quite good if too sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Steel Toe Brewing Lunker Barleywine Ale Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. 14.4% ALC/VOL. Al Capone fishing off a pier, sitting on a Templeton Rye barrel. Verbiage on the side, which we'll read later. Now, to uncage, de-cork, and drink it up. I've been saving this for several months, anxious to give it a taste.

Look of it: Solid black, tight ring of negligible head.

Smell of it: Massive malt, rich as Romney, laden with bourbony aromatics. Deep and decadent. Everything's in here. Vast and awe-inspiring.

Taste of it: Super-rich. Thurston Howell the Fifth. Dark, dank, delirious. Chocolate malt, caramel, with some bitter hop presence on the palate, but minor at most. Then along comes the barrel effect, it's vanilla and toffee, sweet, liquor-y and lovely. Yum-tastic barley-wine lays just below the bourbon.

Intensely indulgent, a sold nightcap. This evening is done. Time to put the cap on this one. Mmmm. A little bit of everything. Oh. Yeah, and…mmm. Ah…

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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