Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick foamy white head, with a mapley color. The smell is sweet, but blends pineapple with wet dog. Taste is sweet, substantial, and almost bready.($3.75/22oz)
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle Courtesy of Darkelf. Clear reddish amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Wonderful caramel malt aroma with hints of vanilla, figs, dried fruits and doughy yeast. Slight alcohol aroma as well. Body is full and smooth much like the Gnarleywine. Just awsome in this department. Syrupy finish and clings to your mouth. Flavors are great also. Caramel malt, sugar and vanilla. This is one nice BW! I canít believe this was an aborted batch of Old Gnarleywine!!? Thanks Stephen!
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 bubblesÖsugary 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 Ė 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 fruitÖI havenít 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 Iím 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 itís just this bottle and not indicative of the line. The sugary tones come out later, and the flavor hangs around for a long time. Donít 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 isnít 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 Itís 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.