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RATINGS: 1465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20616) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber colour, mediumsized white head. Alcohol, candy sugar, malts and caramel in aroma. Flavour is malts, caramel, candy sugar, and a lot dark fruits. Some slight hints of nuts also. Aftertaste is candy sugar and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Just you average, everyday, drinkable barleywine. More malty than hoppy. Nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2006
(06.11.06) 12 oz brown bottle from Beeronthewall.com. 9.9% ABV. OG 1.100. IBU 51. Poured clear dark amber with small offwhite head. Soft carbonation. Caramel/malty aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts with substantial malt sweetness and fruity/hoppy/brown sugar flavors. Some sharpness (carbonation?) in the mouth. Finished with lingering hop bitterness. Flavor and palette similar to a barleywine. This beer could use some aging to take the bitter hop edge off. Otherwise, a very good drinkable after dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle from Bert (slob) Thanks! Pours out a cloudy brown color. Smell is full of brown sugar, and candy. Taste is overly sweet and not very pleasing at first. If I was only to have drank 1 oz of this, I would not have liked it. After sticking it out, I was enjoying it rather nicely towards the end. A very unique barley wine, and I have never had any that tasted like this one. Its almost TOO sweet, but it was very good as an after dinner drink. Thanks bert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2006
On tap @ Brouwer’s Cafe. Pours a copper color with an amberish dark red hue to it. A slightly frothy tan head hugs the glass. Aroma brings a sweet fruit, lots of brown sugar, barleywine aroma, and malts. Flavor has very barleywineish taste to it while brings heavy loads of brown sugar, malt backing, and what seems to be cherries. Somewhat of a thick body with a small hop and sugar finish. I love me some brown shugga!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2262) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>DarkElf, thanks Stephen. Hazy copper-amber in colour. Medium sized off-white coloured head, lingering patchy lace. The aroma was of alcohol first, lots of piney hops, caramel, and biscuits. The flavour is a bit on the sweet side, noticable alcohol, dark fruits, caramel and toffee, light smoke. Chewy mouthfeel, medium/light body, high carbonation. Finishes warm and lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 BW #6. Bomber pours reddish brown with small head. Aroma is cherry alcoholic and extremely strong aroma all together. Good malt presence. Aroma is malty with a hint of tangerine-chocolate. Fine stuff but a bit thinner than I like.8/3/8/3/15.

rerate: Late 2006/early 2007 12 oz bottle. Poured into a large brandy snifter. Really not as good as the previous sample. Maybe its just too young or its a bad bottle/batch, who knows. But it barely resembles a barleywine. Aroma is vegetable alcoholic cheap cherry fruitiness. Amply hopped but its like the hops went bad. Taste is rather empty, mineral-like skimpy malt flavor. A bit thin, watery. Finishes like mineral water and over carbonated. 6/3/6/2/12. Keeping the first rating but will revisit again to see what is going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This baby pours a dark ruby red color with a brown head. The aroma is incredible--maple syrup and molasses for sure. The aroma is sweet, and so is the malt. The taste is very malty when it first hits your mouth, with the brown sugar coming through just enough. The finish has just enough hops to balance the sweetness. I found this beer to be very satisfying, and I would love to have it again."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2897) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
"Sweet Release" (whatever that means). Geez, Lagunitas sure doesn’t have much diversity. They’re all the same stuff: hoppy or higher abvs, or both. I mean, I’m ok w/ these, but where is the creativity? Poured a deep amber color with a brownish tint. Aroma was of hops, caramel malts. The flavor was an odd sweet flavor, some grapefruit with other citrus notes, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. The flavors are comparable to a DIPA. I dunnot, noting special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 10, 2006
22 Oz Bottle. Opulent aroma of wispy creamed malts and drenching caramels. Fruity and lightly complex. Again, reserved. There are raisins, figs and port aching and screaming to climb out of the aroma of this beer, but they’re bogged down by a slick heavy coat of sugary resin. A nice rim of lacy silk edges the snifter in ivory. Pour is a slightly too clear cranberry juice, with a hint of burnt sienna and an even hue. Flavor is a rich creamed malt with touches of caramel and what else, but light brown sugar. Really not that deep or exciting, honestly. Fairly one dimensional, here. Palate rides a slow train of candy and brazen fusels. Alcohol reads hot on the backend. And the hops are a unifying grassy Goldingsesque event. Smacks with more grass. I’m glad I drank this beside the Gnarlywine; it’s interesting to compare two very similiar beers from the same brewer and see that the other shines significantly. Regardless, Andy you know I love a shot at any Barleywine!

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