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RATINGS: 1734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Very pleasing, though just a tad too cloying for daily drinking. Not that youíd want a 9.9% daily drinker any way. The alcohol, though, is hidden beneath a veritable blanket of sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee, with a mild bit of figs in the background. All of that would be far too sweet if it werenít balanced by nicely understated, though by no means mistakable or forgettable, hops. Iíll drink this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2011 Interesting beer. Not having had Old Gnarleywine, I canít compare. But this is a decent West Coast style BW, very heavy on the sugars, but with a fairly insubstantial body and a one-dimensional flavor profile. Decent sipper, but not enough complexity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Funknmilla (738) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle enjoyed on 4-20-2007!...Copper with beige head....mainly malt in the sniff, an undertone of hop and spices?...what kind?...well I sure donít know...malty flavor with an unbalanced creaminess versus bitters...oh and sugar of the brown variety....DONíT THINK SO....it must have all converted into alcohol cuz I donít taste it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Although I consider myself a hophead I can be a sucker for a tasty sweet Strong Ale and ths was a good one. Pours a deep brown color with amber-orange hues. Props up a creamy and thick beige head with superb retention. As expected the aromas lean toward a sweet molasses and brown sugar presentation with the addition of some subdued notes of dried dark fruits, toffee, caramel and some faint hop spiciness. Mouthfeel was average with a moderately creamy and chewy body but seems to finish a touch on the thin side. Flavors were admirably balanced and fairly assertive. Notes of sweet dark sugars, figs, raisins and roasted malts were nicely combined with a slightly tamer hop spice and bitterness. This saves the beer from becoming too cloyingly sweet. The big alcohol is hardly perceptible and this is easy goiní down for 9.9%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Pours a hazy apricot colour with tan head that fades to a spotty film. The aroma is vinous, sweet and sour, with loads or caramel, fruity hops, raisins briwn sugar (duh), and a bit of chocolate. Very sugary. The flavour is fruity and piney with a malty, sugary backbone that is mostly caramel and candied sugar. The after-bite is pine, lemon rine, licorice and alcohol, with a nice warming. There is a nice balance of complementing flavours here. The hop presence is not as prominent as in other american micros. The body is full and syrupy, sticky on the palate. Very tasty and a real slow sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Pours clear brown with a light brown creamy head. Beer has plenty of carbonation. Nose is malty with some chocolate and alcohol. Taste is sweet! Bitterness comes in on the finish. Overall, a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
On tap at the Clarke Street Ale House. Reddish beer with a light orangy head. Smells of caramel, sweet, a slight hint of alcohol. Tastes very sweet, and very strong, a bit too much for my liking. Complex though, hints of fruits, grassy, pine on top of the obvious sweet brown "shuggary" taste. Thick body and smooth. But overall the taste is a little too overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Moderate oat malt aroma. Dark orange color with a small brownish head. Initialy sweet moving to bitter in the finish. Caramel malt tangyness. Very Drinkable barley wine but nothing to spectacular as far as barley wines go.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2007
It poured an opaque brown with a small, tan head. My first impression was a tongue twisting sourness, The malt was there but was overbalanced by the hops. The sweet malt experience, promised by the label, was not there. There were large,floating pieces of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Perhaps I was influenced by my son. After a couple of sips his bomber went down the drain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Orange Fiery Glow with Autumn Hues and Off White Ring. Sweet Syrupy Barley and Piney Citrus Notes on the Nose...The Aroma is Amazingly Balanced.. Medium to Heavy Body and Syrupy Mouthfeel. Sweet Almost Creamy Malt Notes, Quickly Being Forced to Compete with Clean, Wet, Citrusy and Piney Hop Notes....Leaving a Sweet but Wet/Dry Aftertaste. Solid but Not Overbearing Hop Taste Stays in Your Mouth. Very Smooth Drinker and although the Aroma was More Balanced Than the Taste, it Proves to be a Very Nice Barleywine and Worthy of Aging.

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