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RATINGS: 1496   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours brown pecan with a medium foamy off-white head and spotty lacing. Pine floral hop aroma, malt (caramel, nutty, medium roasted grains) with brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Flavor is medium bitter, hoppy pine, caramel malt and creamy, smooth brown sugar. Medium bodied and creamy palate that leaves dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Amber resin-like color with a tall, off-white, almost cinnimony head. Buttery aromas of maple syrup, rose petals, and hoppy residue. Slightly sweet, caramelized brown sugar mingles on the tongue in its syrupy texture with a pleasant herbal hoppy note toward the finish. Clean, buttery conclusion to a very nice beer with very little bitter bite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 [22 oz. bottle] Looks like a nice clear red/amber color. To me, this bridges the gap between modern hopped-up IPA (or IIPA) and straight-up barley wine. I like the overall balance of sweetness turned to hop aromatics and alcohol burn. I can really feel the alcohol presence in this one. But, as I continue drinking it and it warms, I taste more citrus and slight ginger. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 12 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Clear reddish-amber color whith a thin fading off white head. Aroma is barley wine sweet with hints of citrus.and alcohol. Flavor starts honey sweet turning fruity with a moderately bitter orange rind finish. Medium body and creamy with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (656) - 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 (818) - 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 (1270) - TAIWAN - JAN 17, 2006
a very tasty barleywine, malty chewiness and certainly full bodied, this is a textbook brew. well balanced.


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