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RATINGS: 1731   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pours a clear coppery orange with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, tangy citrus and hops. Taste of tangy citrus and biting hops. Has a malty backbone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Its funny, when I saw this on the board at my favorite local bar it described it as a brown ale. First taste, total barleywine inspired brew. Tastes like a home brew, a well made home brew, but I donít think itís sure what it wants to be - kinda like Madonna.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle pours an amber color with a white head. Has a medium body with a medium mouthfeel and laces as you drink it. Smells like brown sugar. Taste is pungent upfront with a hop blast and finishes with a sweet malt base that this brewery is known for. Tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
The aroma is like grapefruit, toasted malt, carmel, and bread. The appearance is amber with an average but nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall itís nice but too astringent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. A fairly solid barley wine style ale. Pours a somewhat opaque copper color with a very small/almost non existent white head. Notes of very sweet brown sugar, yeast, and hops to top it off. Overall taste is quite reminiscent of smell. Nothing really makes the taste stand apart from the aroma, which I would consider a downside. I really wish something would pop out when I tasted it, but unfortunately it didnít happen. Its still a solid beer, but it could definitely be better...

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 (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2016
2016-02-25, draught at St. Augustineís, 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 itís 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, itís 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 (4721) - 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 (3489) - 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 itís Ok. Itís an easy drinkiní 10% Iíll say that.


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