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RATINGS: 1646   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Draft: I have to say, I love just about everything these guys do, but this was just not that good. Maybe I just expected more out of it due to it being a barleywine, but here I go: Malty aroma with mild pine notes. Red body with good head. In the mouth, This beer really focused on grassy, gummy notes, until the mild hops hit. It hid the alcohol quite well, but it also happened to lack the bitterness, complexity, or body/mouthfeel that I expect from this style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Holy smokes! This brew is a real barn burner. Sweet bitter hoppy and full on malty all at the same time. The ample alchohol content is very apparent in the warming mouthfeel, but not in the aroma, which redolent with grassy and citric hop tones. The bitterness is very round and settles over the tongue in like an umbrella, fadin towards the end of the swallow, then coming back in increased force at the very end. The sweetness is not overbearing; perhaps mroe molasses then brown sugar. Very drinkable for its strength.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Poured a clear effervescent dark amber with a creamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma is very pleasant grapefruit and grass hops, sweet candy, cinnamon spiciness. Flavor is dry with notes of candy, alcohol, some bitter grapefruit, some grass. Flavor wasn’t nearly as well balanced and pleasant as the aroma, being a bit too dry and alcoholic. However, it is still a pretty tasty strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a very nice light brown caramel color with a light tan head. Smells, of suar, caramel, and a hint of some smokey bacon in there as well. Definitely get some of the brown sugar in the taste, especially as it warms up some. Also get some cinnamon, hops, sweet malts, and caramel. Knd of bitter towards the end and it gets very sweet as it warms up. Pretty decent though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with CaptainCougar and shadey - Pours a clear amber color with a one finger off white head. Aroma is light floral hop and light caramel malt. Has a semi-sweet caramel malt flavor with some very light esters. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable. Smooth palate and medium body. A good beer. Thanks Tom and Shane.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours bright amber with a violent but quick diminishing head. Sticky sweet molasses ,some brown "Shugga" alcohol is not as hot to me as some have found. Also aroma not as prominant. Mild hoppiness in the finish along with burnt caramel. Full mouthfeel. A 2 dimensional beer thats potent,tasty and easy to drink. Sometimes being simple is a good thing. I’ll have to stash a couple of these 12 oz’ers for a spell(if I can,yum)

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Pours copper/amber with a minimal white head. Strong caramel and cognac aromas, with notes fermenting fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is full of grapefruit hop bitterness, syrupy sweet caramel, alcohol, and a hint of cognac. Palate is full, resiny, chewy, syrupy, alcoholic like booze, and bitter-sweet. Decent, but pretty unbalanced, and way too hot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
22oz big boy from Bev Mo La Mesa. Pours a light brown with a nice off white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Great brown sugar flavor along with other various malts.......

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
22 oz bomber. Holy shit this beer is good! Pours a nice clear light brown with a nice thick lasting head. A thought I was buying a brown ale not a barley wine. Nice sweet carmel taste, molasses, brown sugar, and even brandy. Definitely could not taste the 10% alcohol. Lots of flavors, however, a bit light in the mouthfeel. Not sure if this is truly to style, but I loved this beer. Lagunitas is one of my top brewers.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2007
A good beer, and a good value. Mislabeled as a barley wine, as it lacks much complexity, though I’m going to stash away a couple of bottles for a year and see what aging might do. I upgraded my overall score, because I think the nice balance of sweetness, bitterness, and carbonation makes this a very drinkable brew.


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