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RATINGS: 1625   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wharfrat (26) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pours a pretty clear amber with some head. Smell is brown sugar with American hops. Kind of nice. The hops really are at the forefront in the flavor, with the brown sugar coming through. Not a lot of malt flavor in there. Mouthfeel is thin with carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Hoppy spruce/pine barleywine with particularly nice mouthfeel. No alcohol burn. It doesn’t seem like 9.9% at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
on Draft omg! big fan of Barleywine...Pours a beautiful red coper hue, small to no head. Sweet honey and flowery aroma. Taste is pine hops, honey, molases. The alcohol is strong but it balances out the bitter and sour aftertaste. X mouthfeel... Please after a couple get up slowly.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Honestly this beer tastes pretty much just like hard candy... Not really what I would be used to in a barley wine (or botched barley wine). Couldnt really taste any molasses from the brown sugar. If you like sweet this is where its at, its also pretty unique in that sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle from Bottle Barn; Nose of raisins, prunes, and apropriate to it’s name "brown sugga". Clear rusty colored with a small beige head; flavor is sweet and fruity with an alcohol finish in the medium body. Quite hot for 9.9% ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2264) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Draught at Lunar Brewing. Cardboard aroma which is a quality I got from several of the brews I had at Lunar. I’m guessing a dirty tap line issue. Slightly hazy, reddish amber color. Very sweet. Tastes a little flat. Strong. I enjoyed the Lunar Big Bang Barley wine better than this barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2007
bottle donated from etowneraser-- pours a golden ruby copper color. small offwhite head dissipated quite fast. smells, sour, hops- caramel malts some citrus. tastes citrusy and quite hoppy some brown sugar is evident and goes quite nicely with the amount of carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Light amber/brown and a small, tan head that disappears quickly. Cheerios, rotten plums, alcohol, subtle fruit cake, all sprinkled with brown sugar. Strange, but not in a good way. Medium/full body is balanced and nice on the palate. Weird. Extra point for the pro capitalism shout out in the commercial description.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle sampled at Issac Newtons. Pours brown/bronze with a decent size beige head. Aroma of spices, alcohol, hops, and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet, brown sugar, spices, alcohol, and a nice bitter hoppy kick. Good brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 22 oz bottle via Roths. Pours a hazy dark amber with a large beige head. Nose is mostly candy and some floral hops. Taste starts out with some sweet carmel, some spices, then quickly turns quite hoppy. Lots of orange in the finish/aftertaste. Alcohol makes it’s presence known in the finish as well, as it is a bit hot. Average carbonation. Full body.


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