Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-orange. Fairly dynamic aroma, full of malt (caramel, pit fruit, toffee), hops (resin, grapefruit), along with a huge dose of brown sugar. Flavor is very much lke the regular Old Gnarleywine, with an added sugary malty sweetness. Less resiny and less hoppy overall, but still very hoppy. Still coating and very flavorful. An enjoyable beer, but it has its flaws.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark orange brown color. Small fluffy head, good lacing, soft carbonation. Yeast and apricot also alcohol and almond nose. As it warms up it smells more and more like wet grass. Instantly hoppy kick followed by a sugary honey taste. Balanced well with the alcohol. Stays long in the back of the mouth with a somehow weird garden sorrel aftertaste.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle: Clear sandy gold with a modest tan head and thousands of streaming bubbles…sugary alcoholic nose with a slight burn and hints of strawberries. Slightly thin palate that seems to lack depth, but is intensely intriguing in its own sense – what did they do to make this; not quite a barely wine, more than an IPA, and way crazier than a normal brown ale. Clean and lightly bitter finish with a bit of sweet fruit…I haven’t had one in a while that I can say was a truly interesting and unique, here it is!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big sweet(not cloying though) malty mutha of a beer. This has been in my "cellar" for a year and the hops are perfectly balanced against the rich malty body. Just enough grapefruity hops to add a little bite to it. Very nice brew and I’m glad I let it age.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Syrupy orange color with a deep tan head. Lemony notes, malty and sweet too. Definite grapefruit flavor to this bottle - I would hope it’s just this bottle and not indicative of the line. The sugary tones come out later, and the flavor hangs around for a long time. Don’t drink this on an empty stomach!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - APR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of fresh hops amidst a sweet malty nose, cloudy auburn color, low clinging head. Fat, chewy, doughy sweet body. Sugary sweet. Powerful hop finish that is dirty and rough - grapefruit tart at times. This lingers forever. Like a barleywine in many respects. Overall blend and mesh of flavors isn’t there. Still an interesting beer.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber body with a yellowish beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and some cherry cough syrup. Flavor of malt, brown sugar, lots of alcohol, and some spices.
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 It’s about as fun as the entertaining drivel on the label would lead you to believe. Rich, sweet, strong alcoholic kick - you can taste the brown sugar, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice mahogany color. As others have noted, it has somewhat of a sour finish, and if you drink these regularly (say 1 a night for a week) the sourness becomes more pronounced and leads to acid stomach. Still, a good beer - I wish I had the discipline to hold on to a few bottles to sample for next year to see if it would improve with age.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had in 22oz bottle. Pours red in color with a dark beige head that hangs on to large amounts of lace in the glass. Aroma is light grapefruit, malt, and alcohol. Flavor comes on strong with a good malt presence and strong alcohol note, a slightly medicinal and bitter finish. Aftertaste is dry and leaves the sugary and sticky impression in the mouth. Not quite as sweet as the label would have you believe.....it does have some flavor of brown sugar, but this is a mouthfull for sure though. Not quite refined but has good amounts of flavors to it. A little too much cough syrup taste for me.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
04.03.05 Bomber. Fiery, dark amber pour with middling and creamy tan head that fades to a trace. Smells barley wine-ish, but not hoppy at all and too much alcohol. The flavor is very sweet from front to back, especially sweet on and after the finish. Bready malts are really pumped up and readily overwhelm any chance a hop might have of coming through to visit the palate. Some orange/berry, but fragrant as with a tea. Hints of cocoa. Interesting, but not exciting.