Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Olde GnarlyWine 2011

Today I'm drinking Olde GnarlyWine brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. This is Limited Release from Two - 'Aught - 11, which I guess is 2011. The front of the label says, "The first sip is for thirst, the second one for pleasure. The third sip is for knowing, and the fourth for pure madness."

There is the usual microscopic story on the side, which hopefully you can read below, but basically they are comparing making a beer like this with conceiving and raising a child. It's a terrible metaphor and has grammatical mistakes to boot. While trying to be funny they said, "Eventually it stays out all night and comes home with it's skirt on backwards. You know how it is." Um, no I don't, actually. Perhaps you could enlighten me a little more of this intriguing tale. This beer was aged for over a month prior to bottling. O.G. 1.096; Alcohol 10.6%; I.B.U. 69.39.

Isn't "Gnarly" what Sean Penn says in Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Oh, and "You Dick". I bet Spicoli taught Lagunitas their grammar!

Malty sweet caramel aroma with a spicy black pepper partner. Sweet flavor start with a bitter answer. Caramel with bread, sweet candy, brown sugar, sweet apples. Then spicy black pepper and citrus orange really give a hard bite and bitter this baby up. The spice and bitterness are further accentuated by the medium-plus carbonation. Tangy and boozy come next. The alcohol is a very prominent warming standout with a steady burn by the end of big 22. Nice, sticky medium body holds up to a lot of big attitude in this beer. Really nice flavors throughout. Priced at $4 this is a great buy! If I have any criticism it's that the sweetness in the beer gets a little tiresome by the end of the entire bottle. However, a must try beer!

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bunny said...

I had this one a few months back and, while it was not bad, I thought it tasted very similar to other Lagunita's beers I've had...Brown Shugga?? Anyway, I didn't hate it, but I was disappointed it did not stand out more. It's 6:45 am and I have not had coffee so that is the most sense I am going to make right now.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey bunny. How's it hangin? LOL.

There are some breweries that you probably have noticed all of their beers have a distinct taste to them. I don't know if it's the yeast or hops or something else, but Lagunitas definitely falls into that category. Not that they beers are identical, just you know they are related.

Vanessa said...

Grammar aside, I really like this beer :) Lagunitas is a big favourite of mine; I don't think I've disliked one of their beers to date! A huge achievement :)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Vanessa. I'm not sure I've like them all, but for sure most. They are a consistently great brewery and the price is right too!