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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalhead (641) - 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. Iíll have to stash a couple of these 12 ozíers for a spell(if I can,yum)

   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.

   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.......

   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.

   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 Iím 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear orange red with a one finger light beige head. Aroma of raisins, cinnamon, scorched caramel, grassy hops, toasty malts, some alcohol. There may be a hint of sweet brown sugar, but I could be making it up on account of the label. Flavor is fairly vinous with not a ton of sweetness, bitterness is more towards the finish. Finish is dry with the alcohol being just a tad too warm. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Not spectacular, but definitely not too bad either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is raisin and some roasted notes. Taste is sweet malts and some fruit. Kind of boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2007
22 oz bottle. Beer is thick mahogany and very rich. Smooth, balanced on the carbonation. Tastes sweet molasses. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is great, I dont like beer too sweet. Alcohol taste is present, a really strong beer. Had another 22 the same night, tasted different but this is an estimate of personality between the two beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3575) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head that lasted almost halfway through the glass. Orange was the most dominant aroma with some pine and sweet notes as well. The flavor was quite different I thought. Brown sugar, malt and brandy were all present. Some strong hops bitterness kicks in after several seconds as does a strong alcohol burn. Definitely something different and worth a try, just not sure if Iíll be back for a second bottle.

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