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RATINGS: 1466   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


3.7
   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 Iíve 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 winesólight 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 Iíve 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Poured dark amber out of the bottle with a sizable white head. Aroma had brown sugar and caramel plus courant, dark fruits and hops. Taste was wonderful with the balance being terrific. Mouthfeel was so malty and chewy. Perfect palate in my opinion because the body was thick. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2005
A deep dark brown color with a lot of molasses finish coming off the brew. A good strong head. This was a great beer and very strong but not to ones taste can you tell. The flavors of malt with a hint of hops where awesome. These are the best season beers. The strong malt notes are good and I like the ending flavor I could eat anything with this beer. Great Beer!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
only $2 for a deuce duece, I had to snag it, clear amber body with a lightly laced creamy head, syrupy brown sugar nose, hoppy sweet yeast flavor, crisp and dynamic, belgium stylee, wow I had no idea this was a brley wine, I just noticed that, huh, I thought this was a burley brown ale, that changes everything, this is the mildest barley wine I have ever had, hands down but itís flavor is delicate and delcious, that 9.9% is hidden remarkably well, though not very burly for a barley wine. this is different in a very tastey way. well worth a try

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Dark brown with a thin white head. Smells like brown sugar and molasses. Tastes the same, very VERY malty. Alcohol is hidden well but beer is just too sweet. Decent beer but I donít know why it is listed as a barleywine here, no barley taste at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Paid $4.49 for a 22-oz single. Pours murky brown with some ruby in there. Has an anch head, frothy and tan. Sweet fruity aroma, light, but itís there and quite pleasant. Mmm, very sweet fruitiness in the mouth- passionfruit & grapefruit. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Bottled. Pours a clear Amber/ copper color. This is a Barley Wine? It looks pretty light in color. Almost no Aroma. Wow, the flavor saves it! And thatís all that really metters any way, isnít it? Sweet flavor with some bourbon notes. Hoppy with some alcohol warmth. Yum.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
9er (75) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Fruity aroma, a balance between a citrus and passion fruit. Light amber in color, well balanced palatte similar to a sweet stout. A hint of robust hops at the back of he pallatte. Sweet return of amber and dark chocolate. Medium to heavy carbonation but settles well on the swallow.


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