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RATINGS: 1660   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Clear sparkling copper, thin frothy white head. Subdued nose of toasted brown sugar, toffee brittle, vanilla caramel and hints of pine and citrus. Warming peppery flavors meld into sweet brown sugar and caramel tones. Touches of earth and citrus aim to balance, but fail just short. Full bodied, soft carbonation, dry, lightly bittersweet finish. A good sipper...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1492) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Aint serindipity great? Two of these at work today. Sweet and rounded body with a pungent aroma that filled the workshop after about five minutes. A serious crisp fisnish....kind of like you missed the last two steps on the stairway effect. The balance wasnt quite there but a porch sitter at sunset it certainly is. O5 Bottle from theBeercellar in trade. Tinny and a bit more unbalanced. (3.3)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 Draft at Galway Tribes. Luminous brown sugar body. No head remains after the first minute. Definite sweet brown sugar smell and taste. Carbonation is almost still, or like an industrial engineer drilled microscopic bubbles into the beer mass. Nice hop backburn, plenty of alcohol taste. Another good CA BW.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a medium sized orange head. The aroma is lovely grassy combined with notes of grapefruit, hops, and some caramel, as well as just the faintest hint of alcohol - a very inviting aroma. The flavor is very sweet - a bit too sweet for my liking, with strong notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, grass, pine needles, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a very bitter end with the hops, grapefruit and alcohol lingering, the bitterness finaly turns dry. The body is thick. Just a bit too aggresive in sweetness and alcohol for my, but still nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours a deep amber hue. The aroma is a sweet blend of molasses, honey and citrus. The taste is definitely a mix of honey sweetness and malty alcohol. You can sense the alcohol as it goes down the throat.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2007
This poured as amber as amber could be, citris nose with the hint of brown shugga hence the name. alcohol present, of course. Later taste of bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
22 oz. bomber. Heavily alcoholic - I did’t think it was hidden very well, and I like high abv beers. The brown sugar aspect really showed through in the malt background...didn’t feel like drinking the whole bomber, and it was nothing I would ever crave again. Enough said.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This offering from Lagunitas pours a rusty brown leaving a thick frothy tan head that sticks with this brew. The aroma is toffee, caramel, brown sugar, leafy citrus hops. The taste is smooth on the palate, it hits you with some alcohal heat upfront, but it is not overwhelming it actually is pretty hidden for almost 10%. The beer then takes you to a sweet brown sugary feel that is offset by pungent citrus rind hops, medicinal in feel, that finishes with a cooked sugar, cookies, sweetness in the end this is another great offering from Lagunitas, one that is made for winter sipping.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2007
Incredibly nice copper-red color and the head is nice and creamy. The aroma is hoppy with light sweetness and notes of grass and resin. The flavour is sweetish with notes of caramel, cane sugar (more than brown sugar to me), aroma hops, citrus and a hint of resin. Quite nice, not outstanding. 2013

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2007
Pours amber with a small head. Sweet brown sugar aroma, caramel as well. Sweet stuff, light bitterness to finish. Alcohol hidden well.


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