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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle of batch 2 shared by atom. Cola brown in color with no visible head. Caramely sweet aroma. Slight whiskey character. Taste nice. Lots of toffee and caramel, slight vanilla, and a little bit of heat on the finish. The rye is subtle. I can dig this, but I like before the dawn much better.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3588) - 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 (1412) - 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 (4501) - 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 (4955) - 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 (8485) - 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 (2886) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (6958) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours clear reddish brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of toffee, dough, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtclockwork (10783) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jordan - Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, alcohol dark fruit, toffee, sherry, oxidation and alcohol - full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4801) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Brown hazy pour with no head. Cinnamon, candy tones, rye and oak aromas. Dark malts, sweet malts, spice and rye whiskey Flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (426) - 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.


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