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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
22oz bottle. I’m 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 you’d 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Dark reddish brown with a nice thick head and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, brown suger and ripe fruits. Flavor is mild sweet and not overpowering. Ripe fruits, citrus, black cherrys. Good easy drinking barley wine. not overpowering, alcohol is well hidden. Not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Clear brown; oily. Aroma of malt and citrus. Flavor is very heavy on brown sugar with amazingly hot spicyness and citrus; surprisingly hoppy. Full and sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
From Bottle

I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A BARLEY-WINE. It’s my first.

Poured a reddish amber. Big creamy/frothy white head. Aroma fruity and sweet. I picked up grapefruit in the nose. Sweet flavor. I definitely tasted the brown sugars. I got a fruity flavor but couldn’t pick up what it was, caramel, and I also picked up some hops in the aftertaste. Not overpowering though. The hops came out more in the flavor as it warmed. Nice alcohol warming in my stomach. Medium bodied, full-complex flavor and well balanced. I was very impressed with this brew especially because I didn’t think I would like it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JAN 17, 2006
a very tasty barleywine, malty chewiness and certainly full bodied, this is a textbook brew. well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Strange looking pour, falling into the snifter with a hazy rusty-copper color. Cracked, windshield glass looking head with decent slowly cascading, beady lace. Ripe raspberry fig neutons channel straight up the nose, joined by sodden oak vats containing leaking cherries, sage, prune, dates and cranberries. It’s a perfunctory fruity ripeness that elicits a sinus headache with each sniff. Oily, syrupy and viscous impressions imparted as raspberry danishes and boysenberry pancake syrup flavors resonate. Elemental sun-spoiled peaches foray with a vinaigrette quality. Not a flavor whomp, but well-composed. Suggestions choc full of V8 Splash similarities, principally pulling on mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Alcohol presence is barely discernable. Syrupy, fluid and dispersing on the palate, yet gentle, delicate and slippery at the same time. Significant citrusy hops but not much of a bitter brigade, finishing with sweet mango, black cherry juice, strawberry cream cheese and spruce accentuated potpourri. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Red orange copper ale with a light moka head. Aroma of brown sugar, light hops and citrus. Sweet candi sugar with lots of c-hops and citrus, and alcohol warmth. rich and lightly oily. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Clear reddish copper colour with thin off white head. Mild sweet hop nose with mild carmenl malt comming through. Bitter hop taste with lingering blend of bitter hop sweet malt and alcohol finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2006
This is one nice refined American barley wine. The hops come out quickly in the nose right after some sugary sweet malt smell. Hints of caramel linger around the citrus towards the end. Fortunate for me, the hops do not bombard my mouth with bitterness. There is a nice strong malty backbone, a thick but not overbearing alcohol presence. Mouthfeel seems to be only a slight bit bitter and very viscous. Fills the mouth with its presence but goes away quickly. This would make for a nice regular strong ale.


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