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RATINGS: 83   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. Its hinted with his flavor of choice, making Lunker a choice brew and just a little bit GANGSTER!

5000's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle:   Very dark, deep brown, burnt brown sugar hues, thin foamy beige head, little lacing.   Huge graham cracker, rye, whiskey, woody nose, with hints of caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, and dark chocolate.   On the tongue its equally complex, and smooth too.   Not cloying, not thin, just perfect.   The 14.4% ABV is shockingly easy to drink.   Dont get me wrong, it is very warming, but its not burning or alcoholic.   Very clean, and very English like in that its on the malty side.   Hops are... well, who cares, this is sweet, malty, with all the whiskey like aromas and flavors that you want in a whiskey barrel aged Barley Wine.   So smooth, so easy to drink, just wonderful.   Big thanks to Skyview for sending this gem my way!   Thanks Bob!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (371) - , 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 (6112) - 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 (1247) - 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. Im 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 thats mixed with the booze and it doesnt taste all that pleasant. The mouthfeel does get a bit sticky. Overall a pretty solid BA barleywine, which just serves to perpetuate Steel Toes reputation of producing consistently good beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7712) - 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 (1103) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6787) - 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, thats strong! Really flavourful as well, its fruity, malty and boozy. Moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Boozy but still really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3920) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5030) - 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.

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