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RATINGS: 1670   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Pour a nice deep amber color with a nice white head.Aromas of sweet malt dominate the nose with hints of hop.Nice hop bite followed by sweetness.Heavy notes of brown sugar,followed by a wierd off after taste.Not too bad though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
THOUGHTS: Smelled sweet but not too intense. A little to much bitterness in the finish. I like hops but not this much in a barley wine. The brown sugar flavor is nice but something seems missing in the aroma. Mouthfeel is great until the metallic finish. Not a bad beer. I may not try this one again, but it is well-made and based on another sample at the Philly Craft Beer Fest, I will definitely try more from Lagunitas. TECHNICAL: Bottle: Poured a medium brown with and average-sized head with an off-white head that mostly diminished and laced a little. There was also nice visible carbonation. The aroma was light caramel malt, banana, honey and brown sugar. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with and average duration. The body was medium to full and syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 14, 2007
Pours a thin brown with some cranberry red with a huge, off-white head. Smells of brown sugar of course, dark honey, and nuts. Taste is sweet and strong, with caramel and strong west coast hops. Alcohol is big, but the palate is understated for a barley wine and doesn’t let the prodigious hops muscle the other flavors around. Think balance. Not overly good in any way though, just a straight shooting, interesting rendition of my now favorite style.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hippystomper (35) - Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 13, 2007
This ain’t bad. A bit hoppy for my taste, and the high alcohol is not overpowering but is present in the end. Overal pretty good. If you like hoppy beer then you may want to try this one. My second taste and probably not my last.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Pours a deep orangey amber with a thick, soft off-white head that laces the glass heavily. The aroma is sweet with malts. The aroma has also some honey, molasses, and hops. The beer starts off quite hoppy and bittersweet on the tip of the tongue. There is a lot of sweet malts with toffee and caramel in the flavor, a sharp tingle of carbonation, some hops, and a bit of alcohol. The beer finishes hoppy but mostly sweet and full-bodied. The after-taste is of hops. The mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy in body. Overall - a well balanced barleywine.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
25-ounce bottle. Clear, nut-brown color with little to no head. Aroma was lacking, which is different from that of other raters. Aroma contained malt, toffee, hops, brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor was amazing. Strong and very well balanced with malt, brown sugar, and hops. Alcohol numbed the palate. The finish was bitter with hops, sweet with brown sugar, and fruity with grapes. Wonderful! If the aroma had been stronger, I would have rated higher.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a light copper, a bit lighter than most barleywines with a thin white head. The nose is absolutely heavenly. Big voluptuous malt, with an very vinous port-like character. I swear I smell grapes! A little bit of bubblegum. Alcohol isn’t perceptable, really well balanced. The palate is solid, low carbonation and high viscosity make for a nice combination, also a bit sticky. In the mouth, this is creamy and sweet, though the malt isn’t too round, I’m not complaining. Again, some bubblegum. There’s a definite hop presence, not huge, but more muted, noble hops? The vinous character is more woody, and the alcohol is certainly more noticeable, however, this brew is still very balanced. A creamy, to slightly hoppy finish with a tannic aftertaste leading to some old hop sort of flavors. I enjoyed this and hope to pick some more up during my travels!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Like chocolate covered pretzels or kettle popcorn, this beer masters the perfect sweet/salty combination. Poured dark wood color, filtered, with a large carbonation factor. Taste of shugga’ very prevalent with other notes of tree bark.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Sample as part of a winter brew pack. Very nice. Poured dark with a thick white head. Taste of brown sugar was very prevalent and sweet to the lips. A very well crafted beer that anyone should enjoy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1101) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAR 1, 2007
A rich mahogany brown, like a strong sun tea with a touch of milk, foamy creamy beige head quickly fades leaving thick lacing and a sheet of creamy small bubbles floating on top. Smell reminds me of Japanese food, the tang of shoyu with the vinous herbal scent of wasabi mixed in as well as the meaty sweetness of Yakatori. ( I’ve been over here too damned long!) Sugary sweet front, feels a bit thinner than I expected, piney hops but not as strong as I thought they would be. If anything, I wish it was a bit hoppier to balance the cotton candy sweetness. I’d like to try the Old Gnarly to taste the difference. Alcohol well masked. Not bad, just left me wanting for more.


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