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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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Very hoppy scent, sweet off the top. Sugary, thick, great lace -- almost looks like icicles. Sharp flavour, very pleasing,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 I had originally given a more muted opinion of this, but I tried some that I found languishing in my pantry for a while and it aged really well. This beer ages into a very nice barleywine. It has an interesting mix of strong alcohol and earthy bitterness, with some complexity and rich, musky sweetness to compensate. The bottles I had new were a little rough and a tad harsh, but after others from the same batch aged, the flavours mellowed together very nicely. The bodys is a murky/hazy light red-brown with a fairly thick light tan head leaving good lacing. It thus looks a lot like Third Street Aleworks’ Brass Parachute, which it also tastes somewhat like when aged.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
10/31/05 12 oz. Amber with small beige head. Hoppy sweet malty aroma. Caramal malt sweet flavor with some contrasting bitterness.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Ugly 12oz bottle. The label looks like i could of made it on my inkjet printer. Had this dec 06, but forgot to rate it. I remember little to no carbonation, dark pour, and smooth finish. Although interesting and fairly complex, i would not go out of my way to try this again. But extra points for hiding the alcohol amazingly well. Rerate: Had this at Valhalla, better cause i’m not a n00blet anymore.. but still not very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Date: 03/04/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005

clear amber with a nice tan head, sweet carmel malt aroma, rich carmel malt flavor, balanced with just enough dry bitterness to keep it from being too sweet
-------- /> Date: 03/11/2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.0 to 2.6

thin, sweet, and bitter,
-------- /> Date: 09/08/2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 2.6 to 3.0
Words: cellar party

rich sweet caramel and brown sugar grittyness with lots of earthyness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Very pleasing, though just a tad too cloying for daily drinking. Not that you’d want a 9.9% daily drinker any way. The alcohol, though, is hidden beneath a veritable blanket of sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee, with a mild bit of figs in the background. All of that would be far too sweet if it weren’t balanced by nicely understated, though by no means mistakable or forgettable, hops. I’ll drink this one again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2011 Interesting beer. Not having had Old Gnarleywine, I can’t compare. But this is a decent West Coast style BW, very heavy on the sugars, but with a fairly insubstantial body and a one-dimensional flavor profile. Decent sipper, but not enough complexity.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle enjoyed on 4-20-2007!...Copper with beige head....mainly malt in the sniff, an undertone of hop and spices?...what kind?...well I sure don’t know...malty flavor with an unbalanced creaminess versus bitters...oh and sugar of the brown variety....DON’T THINK SO....it must have all converted into alcohol cuz I don’t taste it

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Although I consider myself a hophead I can be a sucker for a tasty sweet Strong Ale and ths was a good one. Pours a deep brown color with amber-orange hues. Props up a creamy and thick beige head with superb retention. As expected the aromas lean toward a sweet molasses and brown sugar presentation with the addition of some subdued notes of dried dark fruits, toffee, caramel and some faint hop spiciness. Mouthfeel was average with a moderately creamy and chewy body but seems to finish a touch on the thin side. Flavors were admirably balanced and fairly assertive. Notes of sweet dark sugars, figs, raisins and roasted malts were nicely combined with a slightly tamer hop spice and bitterness. This saves the beer from becoming too cloyingly sweet. The big alcohol is hardly perceptible and this is easy goin’ down for 9.9%!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Pours a hazy apricot colour with tan head that fades to a spotty film. The aroma is vinous, sweet and sour, with loads or caramel, fruity hops, raisins briwn sugar (duh), and a bit of chocolate. Very sugary. The flavour is fruity and piney with a malty, sugary backbone that is mostly caramel and candied sugar. The after-bite is pine, lemon rine, licorice and alcohol, with a nice warming. There is a nice balance of complementing flavours here. The hop presence is not as prominent as in other american micros. The body is full and syrupy, sticky on the palate. Very tasty and a real slow sipper.


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