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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 432   ABV: 14.4%
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LUNKER is an English barleywine which was aged in Templeton Rye Whisky barrels – which was the favorite spirit of mobster Al Capone. The aroma and flavor have a subtle rye whisky character followed by caramel, toffee, vanilla and toasted bread notes. The rich full bodied character and sweetness of Lunker is tempered by the moderate bitterness of this glorious brew. Drink now or keep it in the cellar for several years – Capone did both, except his cellar was Alcatraz. It’s hinted with his flavor of choice, making Lunker a choice brew — and just a little bit GANGSTER!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2834) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. A typical solid BA barley wine. Aroma and taste of raisin, malt, caramel, ripe fruit, whiskey booze and vanilla. Good stuff, but not very outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (6866) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours clear reddish brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of toffee, dough, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtclockwork (10692) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jordan - Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, alcohol dark fruit, toffee, sherry, oxidation and alcohol - full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4700) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Brown hazy pour with no head. Cinnamon, candy tones, rye and oak aromas. Dark malts, sweet malts, spice and rye whiskey Flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (413) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2015
On tap at brewery. St. Louis Park. Pours burgundy in color. Relatively transparent. zero head. Aroma is pretty nice. Bourbon aroma is strong. Oak barrels. Sweet aroma. Heavy toffee. Alcohol. A little grainy as it warms. Taste is a little sweet, but I would still call this dry. Bitterness in the finish. Body is heavy. Rich texture. Long finish-heavy on alcohol. The aroma is the winner for this beer. The taste is a bit disappointing. Seems like they took an okay beer, and did a great job barrel aging it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle at Campground Brewdown 2014. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a thin to medium sized white to tan head. Big prune and plum aromas, malt and big alcohol. Sweet and sticky malt, chewy caramel. Long bitterness, caramel. Big, sticky, and boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (9934) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle [from trade with mista] @ home. Opaque brownish color, light brown head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, huge whiskey, firm but suitable vanilla, slightly alcoholic and pretty bitter. Wow, intens but very very good! Taste malts, whiskey, lightly alcohol, slightly sweet-bitter initially, whiskey bitter with some vanilla sweetness thereafter and wood. Fantastic flavor, great mouthfeel, a bit sticky texture. Oh yes I love this beer! Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (299) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours brown caramel color. Strong caramel, toffee, and booze aroma. Taste the same...a little hot with the alcohol but goid finish. Good Barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle... Murky brown pour with no head. The aroma is a collage of caramel, rye whiskey, oak and damp leather. Full-bodied, but a bit watery with lazy carbonation. The flavor is a nicely balanced pairing of caramelized malts and rye whisky. Neither terribly sweet nor overly boozy. Nice, warming, moderately sweet, caramel and toffee finish. Bottle courtesy of Bvery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle, who knows how old. pour is a murky brown orange mix that looks like a barley wine, nose is heavy on the barrel with good amounts of vanilla that I find enjoyable. After a few years this is still a sweet beer, but its satisfying in its depth and makes for a real treat.

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