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RATINGS: 1467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2487) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2005
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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
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!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2579) - GERMANY - APR 9, 2005
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
(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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2005
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Nice shiney ruby color. Thin creamy off-white head that leaves a dusty coating / ring. Aroma is good, but nothing exceptional. Nice hop aroma bite... piney orange with sweet caramelly malt with some leather. Mouthfeel and balance is a little off-kilter. At first it seems watery, but it has some underlying syrupy/resiney hops. Taste is mostly malty and peppery orange/pine hops. The finish approaches a sweet / dry woody thing. As for balance, the orange hops are deviating from the pine and approaching sour. The sugary malt is there for a decent amount of balance, but it just seems like that; sugary malt.


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