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RATINGS: 1726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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An aborted batch of their Old Gnarleywine ended up tasting nearly as good as that they were hoping for, so they bottled it. God bless capitalism. OG 1.100 IBU 51.1


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
draught. tapped a clear light brown with thin tan head into a chalice. aroma notes of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and citrus. had a cloyingly sweet sticky malt flavor. a bit of floral and alcohol flavors also present. long bitter finish. good but way too sticky.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18057) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2016
2016-02-25, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 9.8% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Amber color, clean, with creamy head. Malt, but also caramel, so it has the expected body strength and sweetness, but it’s not cloying and it has more character; it also has some fruity esters in the aroma. The final is delicately nutty, it has a reasonable bitterness level and some hop resins, more balanced than a few others American Barley Wines.
Very good.

2008-03-13, bottle, 9.9% ABV, 8-5-8-5-16=42
Hazy dark amber color, with a big creamy head. It has a perfumy and spicy (vanilla) hop aroma, sweet and malty, inviting. It has a powerful body, with a good malt and caramel flavor; compared to other American Barley Wines, this one has the alcohol that wins over the hop; anyway, it’s well bitter and the alcohol is not too much. It has a balanced final with caramel. Very good, solid, straighforward.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4706) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany-hued body with a small beige head. Smell: Earthy, sweet-smelling caramel maltiness with bright citrus, maple, and spruce notes. Taste: Caramel malts with a hard candy sweetness. A drizzle of maple syrup. A nice mergence of citrusy grapefruit and Valencia oranges. Spicy spruce component. Lightly acidic. Moderate, resinous hop bitterness. A bit of hot alcohol warmth around the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Not nearly as graceful and seamless as some of the great barleywines, but decent enough for the price, I suppose.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3454) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Pours dark reddish brown with small tan head. Aromas of malt, molasses and brown sugar. Initial flavors of sweetness and hops and finishes with malt and alcohol. Decent, but there are alot of better barley wines out there.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle. Deep, clear mahogany. Thin tan head. Aroma: obviously brown sugar with alcohol and malt. Somebody mentioned autumn leaves, I agree. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky. Med-Full bodied. Sweet, sugary malty up front with a bitter hop bite that is followed by some heat. I kind of like this. It is a bit rough around the edges like a SN Bigfoot and slightly watery but it’s Ok. It’s an easy drinkin’ 10% I’ll say that.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours dark amber with a minimal heat. Aroma of brown sugar, citrus, and yeast. Strong malt taste with a big sweetness. Taste like what it is, a very sweet barley wine. Decent bitter hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Poured a light amber color with an off white head. Aroma was a little bit of fruit, malt and hops. Hops fairly dominated the taste, but there was a little sweetness to it, as well. It was OK... nothing worth getting excited over.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
A nice rusty pour with a minimal beige head. Some sweetness in the aroma. Sugary dried fruits. Flavors of butter candies, definitely brown sugar and a touch of hops. Finishes with some bitterness. Not too bad!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of alohaC. 2006 vintage. Pour is hazy orange-copper, with some golden highlights. Off white head faded almost immediately. Aroma of honey, baking caramel, nuts and some strong orange citrus (not fresh oranges, more like baking oranges). Complex nose, and nice. Taste is big sweetness, though not cloying, the cane sugar comes through strong. Behind the cane sugar are all of the elements of the nose (honey, caramel, nuts, orange citrus). Full bodied, yet slick and drinkable. Really no evident heat in this one. I think the age really helped this beer a bunch. I couldn’t taste the shark or gerbil in this, did I just misread the label? Thanks Christian!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a dark copper/ brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma is brown sugar, cinamon, hazelnut and hops. Flavor is similar to aroma with a nice balance of brown sugar, cinamon and a strong hop presence. Finishes sweet and bitter.


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