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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 432   ABV: 14.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6862) - 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!!!



3.7
GTAEgeek (2190) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2017
750 mL bottle, shared. Thanks TheHoff43! It’s been a while since you sent this to me. Pours unclear brown, with a small, tan head. The aroma is intense toffee, vanilla, syrup, walnuts, and rye. Sweet and boozy, with a mild bitterness that serves to balance this out nicely. Heavy body, sticky, warming, and clinging. This is a lovely beer, and the barrel adds a nice level of character.

3.7
Ronritter (669) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2017
on tap pours dark mahogany with a small light beige head aroma and taste is chocolate, toffee and red grapes.

4.1
badgerben (5131) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Rating 4900. Bottle, May 2015; tasted Nov 28, 2016. Murky brown color with a whispy head. Big molasses, sugar, boozy aroma. Rich caramel, toffee, prune, and fig flavors. Some light chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied. Quite sweet, but short of cloying.

3.6
Carlisle (736) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle (750 ml). Pours dark brown with no head. Whiskey and malt aroma. Raisins, plums, and and whiskey notes. Almost viscous mouthfeel. Very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
tom10101 (6040) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (750 ml) shared at tasting. 2012 vintage. From SourNotes, thanks! Dark amber with no head and leaving no lacing. Flavors of bourbon, alcohol, caramel/toffee, chocolate, oak, rotten fruits and a bit of cardboard. Taste is quite sweet and also rather boozy. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous mouthfeel. Disappointing that this nearly 15% abv monster can’t hold 3-4 years before starting to show signs of oxidation. It’s malty but I’ve had less strong beers with much more malt depth. Bourbon is still strong. Unbalanced a bit. Subpar.

3.3
Whatup14 (1979) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille 750ml, bottle share. Couleur bourgogne presque opaque, absence de mousse. Arôme de malt caramélisé, alcool. Goût d’alcool, malt caramélisé, un peu harsh. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen-dense.

3.4
JulienHuxley (5792) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle shared. Hazy copper red pour with no head. Aroma is super chocolaty, powdery cocoa. Taste is sweet, super boozy, cocoa, light vanilla. Palate is full bodied with light carbonation.

2.9
czar (9022) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
pours unclear dark mahogany, with a small light beige cap, no lacing. coconut and bananas, chocolate, toffee, sweetness - demerara; rotten fruits, red grapes, red wine, acetone. moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet, woodsy and tart-is finish. blah.

3.3
jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Sampled at the Societe Party 2016. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, vanilla and whiskey. The taste was similar to the aroma with more vanilla, whiskey and some bread. Tasty.

4
Strykzone (7311) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Sampled at a fest and one of the highlights for me. A lot of goodness going on here. Aged fruit with smooth whiskey. Sweetness and oak. Vanilla. Just a lot of nice flavors all working together.


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