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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
On tap at Barley’s #1 in the Short North of Columbus, Ohio. Nice copper color with lingering head and mild lacing. Sugar sweet aroma. Way more malt than hops (though they play a supporting role – citrus). Alcohol hints in the line of fortified wine or sherry. The flavor has an English style barley wine feel. Sweet with minimal hops. Caramel and hard candies. Warming alcohol and hints of wood. Very nice. Syrupy slick body that really leaves the after taste around your mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
I like it. I might not know there was brown sugar in it if you didn’t tell me. It does come through in the aroma as it warms. Nice hop balance, with enough hops to stand up to the alcohol. A well crafted brew. Aroma of honey, toffee or burnt butterscotch. Flavors of apple, pine, citrus peel, caramel, cream, beer. Just really good. A sleeper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours a deep dark amber color, with a two finger off white creamy head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
12oz bottle pours copper with a fair offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the snifter.. Aroma is of floral and grapefruit hops over light caramel malts. A touch of brown sugar actaully makes it into the nose as well. Flavor is quite sweet but not overly so. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some grapefruit hops finish it off.. Silky smooth on the palate. Full bodied. Alcohol is completely covered. Pretty tasty for a mistake as the description says.. I liked it..

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle from Belmont in Dayton. Poured dark brown with a medium off-white head that diminished slowly. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Moderate bitter sweet malt flavor with a small bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
The flavor of this one kind of sneaks up on you. The aroma is very sweet with no trace of bitterness. However the flavor is nicely balanced with the sweet malty flavors you expect from something called brown sugar, to a nice bitter hoppy finish that comes out of no where. Very solid brew, I look foward to trying more of their beers.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
A sweet aroma consisting of molasses, hops, and citrus. Copper colored with no head, only archipelagos of bubbles. The taste defiantly doesn’t hold up to the aroma—it is bitter and rather non existent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Sweetest barleywine in town. Pours clear mahogany with a minimal tan head. Aroma is all brown sugar with some hops. The taste is different from anything I’ve ever had. Very malty up front, with some hops that moves quickly into the brown sugar finish. Alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. Based upon the taste, you would think this a sweet stout over a barleywine any day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
This beer pours a clear, medium brown with a tiny, diminishing off-white head that leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma contains notes of raisin, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel and a strong hop character. The palate seems thinner than most barley wines—light to medium with a slightly creamy texture and average carbonation with a strong alcohol bite at the very end. The flavor is initially sweet giving away to an average-length, hoppy/piney bitter finish. Pretty tame compared to the barley wines I’ve had this far.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Aroma of brown sugar or caramel, along with orangey citrus. Appears a crystal clear copper-red with a miniscule tan head and noticeable effervescence of fine bubbles. Flavor is sweet in front, with a hop blast in the middle, and with a brown sugary sweet finish that ends with noticeable hop resin. The flavors are well-layered but not truly blended. Perhaps aging would help. Palate is medium-thick and barleywine-appropriate. Overall, this beer could stand some aging for purposes of blending, and it is just slightly less than the sum of its parts.


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