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Lunker | Steel Toe Brewing

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4.27/5
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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:
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Added by Steasy66 on 04-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,134
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bugzy3188
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To be frank...I have never been a fan of barleywines..that being said, I have tried very few and have been open to trying more. I think that the few barleywines that I have tried in the past have been American barleywines which tend to have a sweeter taste. I have also found that barleywines tend to be on the boozy side, given the high alcohol content this should be obvious but when I last had a barleywine I wasn't keen on hiding such things, but I digress.

Drinking out of a bottle, 2015 vintage bought from a local liquor store having a cellar sale:

A: Very dark amber with minimal to no head. Alcohol lacing is surprisingly low given the high ABV.

S: This brew has an amazing whiskey forward aroma, heavy vanilla with figs, a hint of leather all smothered in caramel, a truly fantastic smell.

T: I get caramel and vanilla right off the bat, the dark fruits definitely shine through. Middle of the mouth the oakiness from the barrels comes through carrying the whiskey with it. Going down the beer lets you know that it isn't a small beer, this one treads the line of being boozy but it pulls it off well.

F: Even after a year there is a decent amount of carbonation, very chewy mouthfeel.

O: honestly I feel that 92 is a bit low considering some of the beers that have scored much higher, this one is a sipper for sure and is a beer that is meant to be shared, overall though it is a truly amazing brew.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance - The beer poured a deep brown color with a white head.

Smell - Thee boozy notes come to mind. Sweet caramel
Is also present.

Taste - My initial impression is sweet booze with caramel notes. I detect cardamom, dark fruits, raisins, and a sweet booziness. The sweetness extends into the booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The dark fruits cling like a thick syrup.

Overall - This is my first outing with Steel Toe. I am impressed.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ericat78
3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pablobomb
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakemn91
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Umdrunner
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured very dark brown with slight amber hue. Small off-white head that didn't stick long or lace. Immediate, though not overpowering scent of whiskey, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavor followed most of the scent notes, oddly the flavor started with whiskey but didn't linger. My bottle was 8 months old so maybe it had begun to mellow. Nice, balanced beer. I look forward to trying fresh next year!

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Photo of Drew26
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Masterski this past summer. Cheers for the beers man!

From corked and caged 750 into a snifter
Batch #1
Barleywine aged in Templeton rye whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, light brown head with lousy retention. Head fizzes down to a dotty wisp and ring. Opaque maroon red in color with next to no carbonation evident. No real ring or lacing are around at the end and it starts to look flat half way through.

SMELL: Lots of whisky, oak, vanilla, coconut, toffee, caramel and butterscotch no the nose. Lots of barrel on this one and very forthcoming. The sweet malt of the barleywine comes through nicely as well.

TASTE: Lots of red fruits, toffee and barrel flavors up front. Whisky, oak and vanilla as well. Boozy too. More whisky and alcohol at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of whisky, oak, toffee, butterscotch sweetness, vanilla and coconut. Lots of alcohol and whisky throughout but definitely a lovely character to this one.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. A little prickly on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes quite sticky. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff for sure. Really tasty and complex, with lots of barrel character and a strong, sweet base barleywine playing an important role as well. Not quite as smooth and probably more boozy than I remember batch 2 being, but still a wonderful treat. Thanks again for the beers Masterski! Always a pleasure.

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Photo of NWer
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Burgy
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seangibbs60
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Homebrew
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A murky amber color, kind of ugly. The smell is all barleywine, hearty with good rustic notes. The taste has more of the barrel come through, but mainly barleywine. The finish is a little harsh, but still quite enjoyable. An overall solid beer.

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

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

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