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RATINGS: 1661   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


3.9
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Pours clear brown with a light brown creamy head. Beer has plenty of carbonation. Nose is malty with some chocolate and alcohol. Taste is sweet! Bitterness comes in on the finish. Overall, a pretty good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
On tap at the Clarke Street Ale House. Reddish beer with a light orangy head. Smells of caramel, sweet, a slight hint of alcohol. Tastes very sweet, and very strong, a bit too much for my liking. Complex though, hints of fruits, grassy, pine on top of the obvious sweet brown "shuggary" taste. Thick body and smooth. But overall the taste is a little too overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1935) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Moderate oat malt aroma. Dark orange color with a small brownish head. Initialy sweet moving to bitter in the finish. Caramel malt tangyness. Very Drinkable barley wine but nothing to spectacular as far as barley wines go.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2007
It poured an opaque brown with a small, tan head. My first impression was a tongue twisting sourness, The malt was there but was overbalanced by the hops. The sweet malt experience, promised by the label, was not there. There were large,floating pieces of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Perhaps I was influenced by my son. After a couple of sips his bomber went down the drain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Orange Fiery Glow with Autumn Hues and Off White Ring. Sweet Syrupy Barley and Piney Citrus Notes on the Nose...The Aroma is Amazingly Balanced.. Medium to Heavy Body and Syrupy Mouthfeel. Sweet Almost Creamy Malt Notes, Quickly Being Forced to Compete with Clean, Wet, Citrusy and Piney Hop Notes....Leaving a Sweet but Wet/Dry Aftertaste. Solid but Not Overbearing Hop Taste Stays in Your Mouth. Very Smooth Drinker and although the Aroma was More Balanced Than the Taste, it Proves to be a Very Nice Barleywine and Worthy of Aging.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2007
Hefty sweet malty beer with resiny, thick hop aroma. Clear and dark amber with laces. A whole lotta malt dominates the flavour, that is thick and sweet, is complimented by the nice hopflavour of citrus, grapes and pine. Quite bitter. The palate is very balanced. A nice barley wine that is a bit on the light side..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
Not a bad one, good for the holidays. Not as overhopped as many American barleywines, but enough IBUs to combat the intense dark sugar sweetness. Pours dark gold with little to no head, syrupy body with clingy mouthfeel. Treacle, toffee, yeasty bread. And w/ a pleasant punch.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle - shared with Bager, Per, Jannik og Mette. Clear cobber - offwhite head. Brown sugar, barley, dark bread, berries, dried fruits, nice hoppy, citrus, grape, light flowery. A bit too sweet, not powerfull enough.


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