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RATINGS: 1731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (554) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Clear brown color with minimal white foam. Strong hoppy aroma with coriander and sweety honey. Nutty hoppiness with mellow bite. Not tasting the brown sugar. More like an imperial IPA than a barleywine

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Big hoppy, lightly floral, boozy malt aroma. Medium PA coloring, with an almost yellow cream-colored head. Nice zing to it - tangy, woody, slightly candied. Medium mouth. The alcohol is masked pretty well - not too much hopping or syrupy sweetness. So many high ABV brews come off as if you were sucking on a bottle of Pine Sol cough syrup. That said, the finish is prominently piney and grapefruity, with a mellow IPA cast. Very good, but one a night is fine by me. Market Square Liquors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3006) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pours out a nice copper caramel color with a thick slightly off white head. Hop, pine, grapefruit, and brown sugar aroma, kind of a thick smell (if you can smell "thick"). Smooth malt taste, lot of dark sugar, nicely balanced. OK, maybe a touch to much sugar, but I like it. Hoppy up front, malty in the middle, and then ends slightly sweet with a hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Now that I am at the end of the glass, sneaky alcohol. You have been warned.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2007
ABC liquors Tallahassee , 12 oz bottle. this is the kinda barley wine you could give to someone to introduce them to the style. it smooth and sweet, not powerful in hops and extremely deceptive in alcohol. the aroma is pine and fresh sugar cane. the taste reminds me of biting into a fresh sugar cane stalk, very sweet but plant like. gives to a very fresh clean taste. mild earthy hops come in to finish the beer off leaving a bitter lingering sugar cane flavor. like i said before, the alcohol is hidden so well i would swear its a 5%.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Huge caramel nose, with hints of citrus and a sliight piney nose. Pours a cloudy amber, oranger with a thin white head. STRONG brown sugar flavor, malty, a little yeat, with a powerful spice. This does not taste like a 9.9% beer!!!! So smooth! Good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13982) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Great grapefruit aroma. Reddish amber color with a decent off-white head. Full bodied with near chewy carbonation. The flavor is brown sugar, grapefruit, kiwi, caramel, and other stuff. The finish is sweet until the sugar washes away. Then there is still brown sugar/caramel flavor and well balanced hop. The alcohol hardly seems noticeable (til it hits the brain). Something to look forward to each year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Nice dark amber pour. Beautiful lacing. Sweet flavor. Brown shugga, green apple, grapefruit, caramel and just the perfect amount of hops. Very tasty brew. Amazingly drinkable for 9.9% abv. You can’t beat the price either! Only 6.99$ for a 6 pack. *Update : Tried another 12oz. Unfortunately this bottle did not taste the same even though it came from the same 6 pack. This one had a very light flavor of grapefruit and hops. No brown shugga taste. The taste was more bland. I will try another one later. I hope it was just from a bad batch because I loved the first one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2008 Copper with big, foamy tan head / Hop and brown sugar nose / Medium body, very dry with good, bitter finish / Flavors of brown sugar, pineapple, grapefruit, and dry pine / Another superb strong ale from Lagunitas. 2008 Batch.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Good Grief, does this brewery make a bad beer? Poured with a nice lacy head and a very light amer color. There is a slight hint of hops with a sweet malty flavor. If this was a mistake, then they should make more. Fantastic beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 On tap maybe a year ago at Clark St. Ale House, Chicago. Very sweet and alcoholy-- but not over the top. Really enjoyed the brown suger flavor-- it was a great beer on a cold winter evening. Didn’t realize this was a limited release-- should have had a 2nd glass! On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Didn’t even taste like the same beer as last year. I thought the bartender poured me the wrong beer-- it tasted more like an ESB. Didn’t detect much of the brown sugar flavor that was so sominant last year. Maybe it’s just me-- but this beer was thin and bitter-- didn’t even taste like the same beer. Very disappointing. On tap Small Bar- Division, Chicago. Just as disappointing as at Map Room. I swear this is not the same liquid brown sugar beer that I had last year. Maybe Chicago got some bad kegs or something, but this year’s beer is a cheap clone-- you’ve been warned!


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