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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6300) - 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.   Don’t 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (393) - 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 (7456) - 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 (9771) - 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 (221) - 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 (9996) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2014
750 courtesy of Mike G. at Falco242’s tasting. Murky dark brown body with an engine oil consistency. Wonderfully rich, complex b-wine that has nearly perfect balance. Considerable hops but by no means a hop bomb. Somehow this one had not yet reached my radar and was probably the king of the tasting among an incredible lineup. Another world class offering from Steel Toe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7323) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2014
750mL bottle. Poured deep burgundy with a smoked, darker golden head. The aroma picked up rich darker fruits, aged caramel, molasses, and a hefty dose of peppery rye whiskey.. quite a bit of booze was evident, but no more than the ABV suggested.. toasty oak rounded it out nicely. The flavor was anchored by warm, aged caramel and molasses.. peppery rye whiskey and related alcohol heat laced throughout.. oak and vanilla on the back-end.. a tad hotter than I wanted, but solid. Heavy-bodied with low-moderate carbonation.. spicy and aggressive, with a bit too much kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2499) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
Thanks Brian. Dark body off white head. Dark fruit and cocoa aroma. Taste is sweet dried fruit a touch of bitterness. Abv well masked. Very smooth. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2148) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
Thanks so much northropfrye for this. Awesome corn syrup, caramel aromas. Dark brown pour. Flavors are awesome. Sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. A little boozy and hot but man this is good.

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