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RATINGS: 1669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a dark copper brown body with a well retained, foamy, cream colored head. Thick rings of lacing coat the glass well. The aroma is sweet up front, with caramel malts and brown sugar showing strong. Earthy and citrus hops complete the nose, adding balance. The flavor is again quite sweet, which overshadows the signature Lagunitas hop profile a bit. Caramel and brown sugar dominate, with orange and grassy hops lurking in the background. Medium-full bodied and smooth, though the after effects are pretty sticky. Very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew. Solid offering, but not one of Lagunitasí best.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Aroma slight breadiness with light hops and sweet brown sugar. Creamy white head was mostly lasting. Flavor was heavy on the sweet side with some slight acidity. Palate was medium to full bodied. Hides the 10% alcohol very well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Not usually a big fan of hoppy beers, but this one is very well done. Caramel and of course, brown suger flavor dominated the taste. The high alcohol content is not even noticable. Great beer!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours a dark caramel brown color with a quarter inch head that fades to a tan cloud and ring of bubbles on top. The aroma is candy sweet, with a hint of spices blending in. A bit of sweet fruits as well. Flavor has a light dry bitterness throughout but most noticeable is the fruity sweetness. The body is quite refreshing for such a sweet, strong brew. Quite a nice surprise.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
pours a rich dark copper color with a short lived off white head. malty aroma is packed with brown sugar, caramel, earth, citrus, pine and grassy hops. the taste is pretty much the same with a kick of alcohol coming in late. pine hops and their dryness really cut the level of sweetness down and make it rather drinkable. sweet but not cloying. medium bodied. mouth feel picks up some creaminess as it sloshes around. not very complex but a good and drinkable BW style

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Being a man who loves maltiness, this one had just a hint of hops to go with excellent, caramel malty flavor and brown sugar. One of my favorite local brews to date.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (885) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Amber copper; small head. Aroma of caramel, molassas, tropical fruit and brown sugar. Big toasted malt and bitter hop flavors. Notes of hop oil, toasty malts, molassas, alcohol, clove. This is best with at least 6 months aging. Re-rate Sep. 17, 2013...hereís the deal...for years Iíve been saying this brew does well with 3 years of aging. I believe it and so I went and aged a bottle for 7 years. OK...7 years is too long for prime but itís still good and gives me an urge to raise a notch my initial rating. This is truly a beauty (although, mistake brew, so to speak) with up to 4 years of age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5602) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Unique reddish body color on this beer with a late forming tan colored head. Aroma is sweet and malty but not a lot of presence. First taste is harsh flavors and alcohol. Shortly, the harshness settles in and flavors of brown sugar and caramel come through. This beer has a sweet and powerful taste that is a accentuated by the high ABV. I like a sweet beer and this one is sweet to the nines.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3014) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
A nice and tame barley wine. Just the kind I like. Aroma of sticky malt and sweet caramel. Pour was a murky and cloudy dark brown with no head. Taste was sweet caramel malt with a very wet and sticky mouthfeel and a moderate hop burn going down. Decent carbonation in this one. Tastes like a Sugar Daddy candy. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2008
Light brown in colour with white head that dissapeared quickly. Big caramel hop aroma. Big hop flavpours with hint of citrus. Huge bitter flavours that lingers for ages. Thanks John.


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