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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 432   ABV: 14.4%
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!

StefanSD's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2290) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2013
750 ml bottle from Levi. Thanks. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. The aroma is big, bold and complex with whiskey, toffee, vanilla, dates, anise and sherry. The taste, like the nose, showcases whiskey, sherry, dates, toffee and vanilla. The palate is full and viscous and the carbonation is soft. Finishes incredibly long with some lingering licorice character. Overall: First rate stuff, loved it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (4798) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (750 ml) shared at tasting. 2012 vintage. From SourNotes, thanks! Dark amber with no head and leaving no lacing. Flavors of bourbon, alcohol, caramel/toffee, chocolate, oak, rotten fruits and a bit of cardboard. Taste is quite sweet and also rather boozy. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous mouthfeel. Disappointing that this nearly 15% abv monster can’t hold 3-4 years before starting to show signs of oxidation. It’s malty but I’ve had less strong beers with much more malt depth. Bourbon is still strong. Unbalanced a bit. Subpar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Whatup14 (1380) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille 750ml, bottle share. Couleur bourgogne presque opaque, absence de mousse. Arôme de malt caramélisé, alcool. Goût d’alcool, malt caramélisé, un peu harsh. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen-dense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5423) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle shared. Hazy copper red pour with no head. Aroma is super chocolaty, powdery cocoa. Taste is sweet, super boozy, cocoa, light vanilla. Palate is full bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (6952) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
pours unclear dark mahogany, with a small light beige cap, no lacing. coconut and bananas, chocolate, toffee, sweetness - demerara; rotten fruits, red grapes, red wine, acetone. moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet, woodsy and tart-is finish. blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3587) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Sampled at the Societe Party 2016. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, vanilla and whiskey. The taste was similar to the aroma with more vanilla, whiskey and some bread. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6178) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Sampled at a fest and one of the highlights for me. A lot of goodness going on here. Aged fruit with smooth whiskey. Sweetness and oak. Vanilla. Just a lot of nice flavors all working together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2475) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle from thomashall. Dark mahogany with a creamy light tan head. Sweet and boozy with some vanilla, toffee, light oak, plums, booze soaked raisins, mild carbonation and full bodied, quite sweet, boozy and dark fruit finish with a bit more oak coming through on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2016
25.4 oz bottle. Murky brown with brief froth. Nose is caramel, raisin, soft whiskey and wood. Medium body with a soft buzz. Taste is whiskey butterscotch, apple, grass and bittersweet chocolate. The rye and roast overwhelm the delicate sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SudsMcDuff (7663) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
lunker? what is that? something to do with the anus? .. . booze, figs, vanilla, and rye .. mouth is a touch blasting .. boozy and strong but not overlly interesting .. . i wouldn’t age this .. . . That wicker chair looks uncomfortable as hell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (8037) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a cloudy dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong rye, bourbon, wood, vanilla. Medium mouth, strong whiskey, rye, dark fruit, very hot.

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