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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 Ė 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 Ė Capone did both, except his cellar was Alcatraz. Itís hinted with his flavor of choice, making Lunker a choice brew ó and just a little bit GANGSTER!


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (746) - 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 Iíll let my second bottle age a bit more...


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - 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)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crajun (1084) - , 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3122) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
[My bottle (750ml) shared with friends -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a murky dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit along with caramel malt, alcohol and earthy notes. Flavour: Whoa, thatís strong! Really flavourful as well, itís fruity, malty and boozy. Moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Boozy but still really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Dark brown, cloudy, thick, no head. bottle is like 2 years old. Great aroma. Bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, coconut and brown sugar. Good sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. Good brown sugar and fig and a lot of raisin. Great booze. lots of flavor. very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1517) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2 year old 750mL bottle from Scott, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Thanks! Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma is molasses, date, raisin. Flavor is molasses, dates, mild whiskey and oak on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
750 ml bottle thanks to Scott on BA. Two year old bottle. Dark brown, super murky. Aroma is sweet with mild traces of whiskey. Lots of English influence.

Flavor is sweet right up front with huge English malt base, dark fruit out the ass on this one. Dates, figs, sticky sweet raisins dipped in sugar. The texture is sticky/ syrupy. Well, I really like it, the whiskey barely cuts through sweet malts. But, I enjoyed this a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 At all pints north. Brown color, and brown sugar .Very sweet. Some dried fruit. Lots of malt and earthy drynes at the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
2015-07-10. Hazy dark brown body with a small quick head. 3+ Aroma is big, fairly alcoholic, rich malt character. Flavour is similar, boozey, rich malt, earthy, lightly herbaceous undertones. 7+ Medium to full bodied palate, carbonation. Bottle shared by Blankboy. 7/4/7/5/16

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2966) - 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.


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