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RATINGS: 1731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
From a 12-oz bottle--Poured a tawny brown body with a slim white-beige head. Nose of brown sugar (duh!), boozy alcohol and fruity malts. Crisp, carbonated mouth feel. Sharp booze accents the sweet bitter flavor. Finished a little hot. Easy to believe the high 9.9% ABV.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Aroma is oddly hoppy with sour fruit tones. Color is a very foggy orange/brown with good carbonation and a very thin head. Taste is sweet and fruity. It starts with a medium body that goes down crisp. Finish is a mild sweet taste that seems to have a bit like pear to it then a citric hop flavor and ends with a faint bitterness. In the after taste there is a slight sour tone as the bitterness grows. Its interesting and complex but its not a Barley Wine. Overall as a Barley Wine its poor but if its just there Winter brew its good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2007
12 ounce bottle from Brad
Pours very clear orangey brown with a dirty off white head. A decent amount of lace left behind.
I smell oranges, grapefruit, and pine air freshener.
Pretty mild flavor. Hop forward, but not the whole story. Plenty of carmely sweetness to go on with the pine and citrus.
Medium/light body. Oily and resinous. Left my lips kind of sticky. High carbonation. Fairly dry finish.
I was pretty pumped up to try this beer. It didnít quite like up to what I was looking for, but they donít most of the time. Still really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
This is cool. A very strange overripe pear flavor, and an aftertaste thatís definitely spot-on brown sugar. The beer itself floats through stages of brown, barleywine and stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Love the label on this bomber. It pours out a murky pale orange to dirty brown with tan head. It does become clear with time. Nice barleywine smell with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramelization, pale malts and molasses. The flavor is sweet and sugary with essentially all that was noticed in the nose. I get plums, dates and candied peaches. These mix with malty caramelization, brown sugar and molasses. Very tasty but with out food accompaniment the sweetness does build up as the ounces are consumed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle. Pour is a beautiful, coppery brown color with a two finger head that is somewhere between tan and off-white. Aromas are decidedly sweet and have a bit of a piney hops lingering in the background. Brown sugar sweetness mixes with some toffee flavors that dominate the front end of the flavor spectrum, only to give way to a generous dose of piney hops that drive you down the homestretch. Well done brew, but not going to be one of my staples any time soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
350 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pretty golden orange color with a small white head. Good sweet caramel, alcohol, and candy aroma. Caramel, molasses, and abundant hops to the taste with a nice bitterness and alcoholic warmth in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Caramel liquer aroma,with a good dosing of grainy hop,taste is a very pleasantcaramel and maple with more hops and a growing alcohol presence. ,Sweet and bitter finish,The malt and alcohol dominance precludes any hope of this being any outstanding barleywine,but a bottle of this is a good computer companion

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2007
No head, sweet aroma, very light. Lightly hopped, spiced flavor. Brown sugar barely noticeable. Overall very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6282) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2007
For a barley wine, it is very light, very sweet. Not super strong and malty. But thatís fine. This is a drinkable beer for those who donít like barley wines and a nice easy barley for those, like me, who canít get enough of barley wines.


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