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RATINGS: 1683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2007
Bottled. Thanks Fredrik. Copper colour. Not the biggest of heads. Aroma is a bit rough with notes of almonds, sweet sugar and citric hops. Somewhat raw in mouth but very tasty with a sweet, malty backbone followed up with grapey hops and then finishing with a long, good bitterness. Bottle was 1/2 year old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bomber. Pours copper/brown with a medium just off white head. Aroma of sweet candy sugar. Taste of sweet candy sugar. A bit too cloying for me. Thought this was a brown ale by the name until I tasted it, then looked on this site to find out its a barley wine. I am a moron. I wasn’t in the mood for this heavy of a beer. Even if I was expeciting a Barley Wine its not that good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bomber. Clear bright copper orange. Aroma of caramel malt, orange, apricot, and candy with some earthiness underneath. Sweet citrusy and minerally malt flavor with a a woody hop finish. No real "brown sugar" character I could detect. Slightly oily palate. Put together well, but in the end just another barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2007
On tap at the Maproom in Chicago. The body was very dark copper with a creamy white head on top. The aroma was sweet lemons along with some sweat socks. There was also a hint of toffee. The taste was pancakes with cinnamon spice. There was also some pear character. Dissapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Dark amber color with large off-white head that diminishes quickly and leaves a nice thick lacing. Aroma has sweet syruppy hops. Flavor has great sweet candy malts, bitter fruity hops. Very good!
4/1/2007: (6)(4)(7)(4)(1 transparent dark orange/amber color with big frothy cream head, bubbles slowly floating to the top, and decent lacing. Aroma is very hoppy. Flavor is good, lots of hops with a little sweetness. Left my lips sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
bottle thanks to jasonmechi77: pours a misty brown orange with little tan head. aroma is full and very rich of dark fruits and sweet malts and some earthy hops. flavour is sweet and dark fruit like the nose some very nice hop bitterness to balance out some of the sweetness. quite sweet but seems to work with this BW and just enough alcohol feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Full hop flavor, with a malty sweetness. Seemed a bit too sweet to me, and the 9.9% alcohol crept up quickly. The second time I tried it I appreciated it a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Well this was interesting. Without knowing I would have thought this was an APA maybe. Aroma was good nicely malty light hoppiness. Poured a coppery color. Tasted kind of metallic hoppy rust with a hint of sugar. Palate was ok but a bit bitter and astringent. All the same it was okay. Thanks to TBC2 for the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 24, 2007
A slightly vinous aroma hides notes of fruit. A deep, deep brown and very inviting. A sweet flavor with hints of nuttiness and dried fruits. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2007
22 oz bottle. Poured a hazy reddish-brown color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Smells of plum, figs, alcohol, and dried cherry. Full bodied with modest sweetness. Tastes of dried fruits, alcohol, and toffee. There is also a brown sugary aftertaste.

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