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

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Ratings:
224
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with big hints of whiskey, caramel, and toffee. Upfront barrel presence with a scent of whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and prune. Also some hints of tobacco and leather along with some earthy hops. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and toasty malt driven taste with good notes of whiskey, caramel, and toffee. Big barrel presence with good notes of whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, and yeast. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, and prune. Sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar. Subtle notes of leather and tobacco. Light earthy hop presence. A really great complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and fairly syurpy. Alcohol heat is light considering the 14% abv.

Overall: A really great take on a Barleywine. Big toasty caramel malt flavors with a big presence of whiskey and some nice subtle dark fruit.

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Photo of tgates
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawner
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. Waxed and capped 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a slight whisper of a head that collapses quickly. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. No lace and thin legs. Average.

Nose is brown sugar, molasses and lactose. A bit of woodiness and nuttiness make this a very unique and pleasant nose.

Opens molasses, brown sugar and sweet dried plum. Caramel, logan, sweet soy sauce and a bit of nutmeg and hazelnut. Ends sweet booze and more caramel and brown sugar. Same sweet aftertaste. Pretty one dimensional but the barrel aging has added a nice, chewy, tobacco presence.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Rich and buoyant in the mouth and goes down warm and thick. Finishes messy with a lingering, sweet aftertaste. Very nice.

A really good brew from a relatively under-the-radar brewery. Great balance and flavor with a nice, chewy body that carries the different notes nicely. Worth trying!

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Photo of KAF
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mild oak and bourbon, great bourbon, some dark fruits. A really good BA Barleywines. The balance was very good, the alcohol head is hidden, however it does sneak up on you.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a certain WI friend that hooked me up with this and some other BA Barleywines that I would not normally have access to. I am pretty sure this is the 2014 vintage.

A- Deep brown body like molasses into a few pint glasses at a tasting. A small sheet rises but really isn't a head. Quiet cork pop. No lacing from the small ring.

S- For the style and ABV it is very laid back at this point. Balanced aroma of musty caramelized sugars, brownie desserts, almonds, cocoa powder and raisins. Slight barrel rye whiskey but just a hint.

T- A true Barleywine up front with the barrel being secondary. For the size and ABV it is insanely smooth. A heaping load of caramelized flavors but only a tad sweet. Dusty caramel, spiced raisin, chocolate, almonds, toffee, maple, leather, figs, a hint of phenol spice and slight esters of fruits. Barrel in the backdrop again with vanilla bean sweetness and smooth rye whiskey notes.

MF- Huge and gargantuanly thick body that is super slick and oily. Low end carbonation but it is not a big deal at all because the flavors are decadent. Not even warm, impressively tame alcohol.

Does not skimp in the Barleywine department stylistically. Massive caramelized sugar flavors and some dark fruits as well. Complex malt flavors with what I would call a light-moderate influence from the rye whiskey barrel.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Maroon wax capped 750mL bottle from PowderhornPhil (thanks man!). 2015 vintage, no bottling date. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours an extremely dark chestnut hued brown with a little over a finger of pale, almost tan head. The bubbles recede to a thin veneer and halo, leaving almost no lace behind.

Aromas of sweet whiskey, oak, berries, dark fruit and plenty of sweet grains. Pretty nice up front and grows more inviting as it warms.

We have all the flavors of a classic barrel aged English barleywine here. Whiskey, raisins/ dates, toffee, singed caramel, toasted oak, hints of vanilla, leather, earth, marshmallow, cereal grains and mild spicy rye, all under a soft blanket of alcohol. The flavors work well together and the booze is not nearly as hot as might be expected from the abv. Rich and delicious, particularly as this reaches room temperature and those sweet grains, dark fruit, toffee and barrel notes really shine.

Smooth, creamy, full body with subtle carbonation. There is a little cool alcohol in the mouth initially then a boozey warmth in the gut shortly after swallowing. Then whiskey soaked dark fruit, toffee and oak rest on the palate for a sweet, long lasting finish.

Steel Toe has a great barrel aged English barleywine here in Lunker. Without any name-dropping I'll just say that this is quite close to the top tier for the style. There is a delicious harmony of flavors that is oh, so close to the "big boys". I'm very glad that PowderhornPhil recommended this so I've had a chance to try it. In turn, I highly recommend Lunker to any fan of the style and I sure hope to acquire more at some point.

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Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lunarbrew
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of the 2015 release. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a darker brown body, slightly murky, opaque, dark. One finger white head, fair retention and minimal lacing. Smells of toffee and caramel, a bit of tobacco, a minimal amount of whiskey, fair bit of oak. Flavour is similarly toffee and caramel-forward, malty, much like an English barleywine should be. Not complicated, but a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel is substantially medium-full; good carbonation, nice toffee forwardness with a minimal tobacco aftertaste. Overall, tasty, not a huge barrel presence but plenty of malt.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N_Schleret
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frumious_Bandersnatch
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The brewer at Steel Toe came from Pelican Pub & Brewery. Guess he learned something about making world class Barleywine... The 2015 lives up to the previous vintages.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer4B
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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