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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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!

bookman10's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (806) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Just not my style of beer, but still glad to snag a couple of bottles of this. Pours a dark brown with mid-sized, thick head that very slowly dissipates. Aromas include sweet malt, ripe fruit, booze/liquor, some woodsy notes, and caramel and coffee. Flavor is very sweet with quite a noticeable liquor flavor/element to it. At first, I was tasting some licorice, then caramel, vanilla, rye whiskey, and toffee. Very smooth with a long-lasting finish. Think I’ll let my second bottle age a bit more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2432) - 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 (3667) - 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 (7519) - .....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 (7194) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (385) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
25.4oz bottle. Hazy brown hue with minimal foam. Big cocoa/chocolate, dark treacle, caramel flavor; whiskey was hidden until the fade/aftertaste. Full bodied and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6308) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Keg @ Steel Toe. Deep reddish brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is rich, fat and sweet. Caramel covered plum, candied cherry. Toffee. Mellow accents of vanilla. Flavor of smooth, sweet cereal. Toast. Caramel and forest fruits. Nicely balanced, eminently drinkable. Fat and oily. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1260) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
(bottle) Having this as a birthday beer. This is the 2015 bottling which clocks in at 13.5%. Pours a muddy reddish-brown with a tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma right off of the bat is a big bomb of barrel, with charred wood, oak, and vanilla. There are also underlying scents of dark fruit with a bit of a Red Vines vibe going on. Once the beer warms more, the aroma flips to being more dark fruit prominent. I’m getting a good amount of dried cherries and some plum here with just an undertone of barrel. This is definitely an improvement. Flavor also has an abundant dose of plum with a prominent toffee character emerging towards the finish which is accompanied by the barrel. With further warming, I get a little hit of bananas foster (weird). The barrel gets a little rough towards the finish with a little peek of char that’s mixed with the booze and it doesn’t taste all that pleasant. The mouthfeel does get a bit sticky. Overall a pretty solid BA barleywine, which just serves to perpetuate Steel Toe’s reputation of producing consistently good beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
[7376-20150710] Bottle. Light fruity grainy malt aroma. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet malty grains flavour has quite a sweet base. Medium body. Average. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o blankboy, shared with friends)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crajun (1121) - , Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2015
bomber - aged 1.5 years. still not a fan of this style but I think I like the English (non hop) versions better. Got a vinous/sherry in aroma followed by toffee and dark fruits. no carbonation. nice mahogany color. Taste similar to aroma with some alcohol. Much going on, not my style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Scott. Two years old, I think? Dark, murky brown pour with almost no head. Big aroma of whiskey, dates, prunes, caramel, light papery oxidation, mild anise, a touch of smoke. Sweet flavor; very sweet. Lots of residual sugars. Brown sugar, dates, caramel, candied prunes, some strong whiskey and black cherry undertones lingering in the finish. Woody with a hint of charred cocoa & oxidation. Not bad.

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