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RATINGS: 1725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
A deep red beer with a medium sized orange head. The aroma is lovely grassy combined with notes of grapefruit, hops, and some caramel, as well as just the faintest hint of alcohol - a very inviting aroma. The flavor is very sweet - a bit too sweet for my liking, with strong notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, grass, pine needles, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a very bitter end with the hops, grapefruit and alcohol lingering, the bitterness finaly turns dry

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2007
Bottled. Clear reddish nrown with a a rich, firm white foam. Resiny aroma with sweet notes of caramel and nuts. Full clean flavour of caramel, nuts, pine-needles and spunned sugar. Sweet finish of nuts and brown sugar with piney undertones.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5165) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
22 oz bomber thanks to Rob F. for this suprise. This is one fantastic looking beer, poured a crystal cler copper/amber with a large white head that overflowed....my bad. Aroma is sweet but not overpowering especially with a name like Brown Shugga..notes of brown sugar, molasses and maple syrup. Flavor is less sweet then one would expect with the alcohol nicely hidden and a slight bitter aftertaste. Average beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8427) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. Off-white high creamy and lasting head. Beautiful clear red brown body. Distinct barley malt aroma. Pretty hoppy caramel alcohol flavor. Low carbonation with a long hops bitterness aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Had on tap. Poured a hazy copper color. I wanted to like this beer much more then I did...Not quite as sweet as I like my barleywines, and a bit too hoppy for me! Taste was malt, toffee, caramel and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Clear sparkling copper, thin frothy white head. Subdued nose of toasted brown sugar, toffee brittle, vanilla caramel and hints of pine and citrus. Warming peppery flavors meld into sweet brown sugar and caramel tones. Touches of earth and citrus aim to balance, but fail just short. Full bodied, soft carbonation, dry, lightly bittersweet finish. A good sipper...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1640) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Aint serindipity great? Two of these at work today. Sweet and rounded body with a pungent aroma that filled the workshop after about five minutes. A serious crisp fisnish....kind of like you missed the last two steps on the stairway effect. The balance wasnt quite there but a porch sitter at sunset it certainly is. O5 Bottle from theBeercellar in trade. Tinny and a bit more unbalanced. (3.3)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 Draft at Galway Tribes. Luminous brown sugar body. No head remains after the first minute. Definite sweet brown sugar smell and taste. Carbonation is almost still, or like an industrial engineer drilled microscopic bubbles into the beer mass. Nice hop backburn, plenty of alcohol taste. Another good CA BW.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32903) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a medium sized orange head. The aroma is lovely grassy combined with notes of grapefruit, hops, and some caramel, as well as just the faintest hint of alcohol - a very inviting aroma. The flavor is very sweet - a bit too sweet for my liking, with strong notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, grass, pine needles, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a very bitter end with the hops, grapefruit and alcohol lingering, the bitterness finaly turns dry. The body is thick. Just a bit too aggresive in sweetness and alcohol for my, but still nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours a deep amber hue. The aroma is a sweet blend of molasses, honey and citrus. The taste is definitely a mix of honey sweetness and malty alcohol. You can sense the alcohol as it goes down the throat.


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