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RATINGS: 1463   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Poured a deep red with full head and good lacing. The best way to descibe this beer is balance. Very sweet and malty backbone with a perfect amount of hops to counteract. Alos a gentle spicyness that adds depth. Too sweet to drink a lot of, but well done.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev, jerc, blankboy & HogTownHarry - courtesy of tupalev. Dark amber colour with a few little floaties. Aroma is quite sweet (brown sugar, natch) and warm, with a well hopped end note. Flavour is sweet as well, with some boozy warmth and hop bitterness coming through in the finish. A bit simple, but nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 17, 2006
Amazing nose of spice, malt, perfume, fruit, flowers, & oddly enough, brown sugar. This brew pours from the bottle a dark copper with ruby highlights. The large frothy beige head has good retention and lacing. This brew has exceptional balance. The somewhat warm middle finishes with a bold intensity. The full body is dry and soft.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobaidan (505) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a dark amber with a small head. Nose is Fruity with hints of brown sugar (duh). Flavor is a bit bitter, which I wasnít expecting. The borwn sugar and malt flavors are definately there too. The alcohol is well hidden behind the other strong flavors. Good, but more bitter than what I normally drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, and Jerc, my bottle obtained in a trade with Presario (thanks). Really nice sweet and alcoholic aroma - lots of brown sugar (no really). Golden/dark brown, small white head. Lovely burning alcohol in taste, and very sweet (and a little burnt sugary). Nice and simple and straightforward but very well done. Just a nice sweet alcohol sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a cloudy dark amber with tons of sediment and a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, brown sugar, hops and alcohol. Flavour follows the aroma, itís sweet with a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. Itís simple and perhaps not complex enough for a Barley Wine but I enjoyed it and would gladly have it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2752) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2006
bottle. Pours amber with a nice frothy head. The aroma was suprisingly hoppy, I guess I was expecting a sweet brown ale or something of the sort. The nose is rich of pine, grass, and then the sweet caramel/sugar base makes itself known. The flavor lives up to the aroma, itís like a pale ale with a ridiculously rich malty base that almost offsets the hops. 9.9%? I canít detect it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2006
22oz Bottle. Sweet aroma and some alcohol. Brown body with tan head. Had a decent mix of sweet malts and hop bitterness. Sweet sugar dominated the flavor to give it a sticky feel. Smooth on palate thought this one would be too sweet but wasnít.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle. Ruby brown body with a creamy beige head and lots of floaties. Mild aroma of malt and brown sugar is pleasant but restrained. Big sweet malt and sugars in the flavour are quite pleasant. Fairly prominent alcohol is distracting but not abrasive. Medium palate. Pleasant but likely best served on its own in a snifter, not amidst a crowd of other beers.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - tupalevís bottle. Poured cloudy dark amber, plenty of light largeish floaties, and a small off-white head. Pungent wood duff roast malt aroma, with alcohol and some mild hops - very warming and sweet. Mild flavour at first (too cold?) - orange rind, alcohol, hardwood, sweet thick malt - has a decently long linger, with a pleasantly balancing bitterness to finish. Mouthfeel was alcoholic (seemed more than 9.9%), syrupy and bitter, with a decent body. Not bad at all - perhaps a wee bit too much alcohol burn, and certainly sweet, but pretty much on style - could use more hops to balance the sweetness.


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