Lagunitas Gnarlywine poured a slightly carbonated reddish orange into the glass with a foamy, yellow-orange head. The nose was centered around a pine hop profile, with more exotic hints of anise and caramel.
Lagunitas GnarlyWine met my palette with a piney start that was immediately rounded out and mellowed by sweet melon and vanilla flavors. Hints of licorice and brown sugar showed up as the hops faded and the ale warmed, but not as aggressive or cloying as I’ve come to expect from a barley wine. GnarlyWine ended with a warm, alcohol and toasty, dry mouth feel.
At 10.12 ABV and only sold in 22oz bottles, Lagunitas GnarlyWine is a commitment one shouldn’t make before an important meeting, but it’s an enjoyable drink for starting off a night of relaxation… just make sure it isn’t drinking so easy you pop open a second!