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RATINGS: 1450   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, candy-colored amber with a thick, creamy British khaki head. A good bit of hops in the nose with oranges at the forefront. Some brown sugar and a little alcohol round things out. Medium to full-bodied. Fairly sticky. Not much of a surprise that this is quite sweet. Lots of candied sugar and malty caramel flavors with some oranges. Just a bit of bitter, resiny hops in the finish along with some orange rinds. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in both taste and warmth. Not bad, but not the flavors I prefer in a barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. APA-like floral hop aroma embedded in a fruity malt sweetness. Orange-red-brown with dead head. Hadnít guessed this was intended to be barleywine. Itís a bit too easy-drinkin for that, which works in its favor to some extent. Tasty bitter sugar, expect to see crystals of it floating around in there. A little bit 2d bittersugar about it, with some nice hop in the finish that gets easily overpowered by the sweetness; if you let a few mouthfuls linger, you can feel some nice hops stuck firmly to the roof of your mouth. Doesnít really need the sugar, could almost work as a strong apa if it wasnít quite so sweet. An acceptable drink to be sure, but nothing Iíd seek out. Actually after a few more sips and time I changed my mind. Tto be honest i kinda like it, the sweet hop feeling of the finish in your mouth is really nice, if a bit simplistic. Itís not overly stong either and for a 9.9 thatís no mean feat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle. Brown and clear with a large head. Aroma of hops a molasas. Very sweet, lives up to the name. Well hopped and the balance is good for a heavy beer. Finishes a bit sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1280) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Poured a slightly hazy orange red color with a small amount of fizzy white head. Aroma very sweet and molasesy, yet very very fruity. Flavor is very sweet and malty with a tad bit of bitter sour citrus and a strong alcohol prescence. Overall, pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours brown pecan with a medium foamy off-white head and spotty lacing. Pine floral hop aroma, malt (caramel, nutty, medium roasted grains) with brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Flavor is medium bitter, hoppy pine, caramel malt and creamy, smooth brown sugar. Medium bodied and creamy palate that leaves dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Amber resin-like color with a tall, off-white, almost cinnimony head. Buttery aromas of maple syrup, rose petals, and hoppy residue. Slightly sweet, caramelized brown sugar mingles on the tongue in its syrupy texture with a pleasant herbal hoppy note toward the finish. Clean, buttery conclusion to a very nice beer with very little bitter bite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 [22 oz. bottle] Looks like a nice clear red/amber color. To me, this bridges the gap between modern hopped-up IPA (or IIPA) and straight-up barley wine. I like the overall balance of sweetness turned to hop aromatics and alcohol burn. I can really feel the alcohol presence in this one. But, as I continue drinking it and it warms, I taste more citrus and slight ginger. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 12 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Clear reddish-amber color whith a thin fading off white head. Aroma is barley wine sweet with hints of citrus.and alcohol. Flavor starts honey sweet turning fruity with a moderately bitter orange rind finish. Medium body and creamy with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
22oz bottle. Iím not a big barleywine person, but this was tasty. Nice and tingley on the tongue, sweetish aftertaste. Pretty complex in flavors. I agree with previous review in that the taste of the alcohol comes through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2006
As sweet as youíd suspect from the name, I thought it had a unique style for a barleywine. Fairly medium-bodied, the taste of the alcohol really seemed to come through (but not in a bad way). Easy to drink, but still complex enough to enjoy thoroughly.


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