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RATINGS: 1463   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
One of those beers that some will love while others hate. Had it right off the bottling line before it got a label. Thought it was a brown ale, and then after a few pulls realized I had some alcohol going on. Complex, alcohol/sweet balance, with some almost corn liquor things happening. Hard to categorize. Good beer. Like some Belgians, does not overtly show the high alcohol. I’d want some in my cellar on occasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very piney aroma with mild caramel notes. Extreme pine-tree aroma. Sniff sniff. Mostly transparent garnet-copper color with a small to no light tan head. Piney, sweet, moderately hoppy notes to start. This turns into an elegant mildly sweet caramel. This finishes nicely and has a great mouthfeel. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Nice copper-caramel color, little head, so sweet and mild smelling. Taste: straight-forward sugar, caramel, alcohol, hops. Buttery notes in flavor and aroma as it warms. A bit cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
Pours a short copper colored head that recedes quickly. Body is slightly hazy deep brownish red. Strong aroma of cherries and molasses, grassy/citrus hops, lots of alcohol and red grapes. Big blast of sweetness, brown sugar? Heck yeah, and well supported a strong bitterness. Light doughy yeastiness. Full body, light carbonation. I consider this the chewiest of the chewy. Goes down slow and sticky, lingering medicinal taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2005
This beer pours a hazy light amber color with orange highlights. It is topped by a thin, wispy light amber tan head that is generated by a quick swirling to actuate this beer’s medium carbonation. The aroma is lightly sweet smelling with notes of candied orange peel, pine needles, toffee, alcohol, a hint of molasses and sherry.

The taste is only lightly sweet up front, at least for a beer of 1.100 starting gravity. The beer is quite malty with notes of caramel, a bit of toasty malt notes in the finish. The finish is lightly astringent with notes of fresh hop character as well as a solid bitterness that allows the malt and Brown Shugga to shine through. This beer is certainly on the malty side of the spectrum, but the hops certainly add a discernible character, that though supporting is a nice respite/ counterpoint to what would otherwise be lopsidedly oriented towards the malt. The brown sugar is evident but not overwhelmingly so, its most obvious contribution being a lightening of the body and palate. There is also a sort of twang in the finish of this beer which has a hint of molasses to it.

This beer is pretty enjoyable, and I like that it is not too sticky sweet. It reminds me a lot of the first sample of their IPA that I had, because the IPA tasted like it had lots of unfermented wort in it, and I almost wonder if I had a bottle of the Brown Shugga’ that had been mislabeled. Regardless, I do like this beer and I certainly recommend it if you find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Very maple and brownsuger induced nose. with some caramel and marzipan hints. Very sweet and sticky brew, very oily and round mouthfeel. Very good and unusual beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Tap at Kclinger’s publik house in Etters, PA. Pours a tawny amber--resembles an I.P.A. or a pale ale. Small off-white head. Hoppy, caramelly aroma. Medium-bodied. Very sweet and fruity flavor. Not very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
Tasted in Los Angeles. Obtained from a store in Berkeley. Appearance is a light brown / orange colour. Little or no head was present during the ceremonial pouring. Aroma has notes of syrup, malt, yeast/bread, corn biscuit and alcohol. Flavour is intense and almost hilbert space n-dimensional. Begins sweet, as per the label. However, it transmutes into an absolute avalanche of despair, but in a good way. The flavours apparent in this beer meld in an intricate dance of destruction. Slightly sour initial taste (potentially, as notably documented by the rating precursors) possibly as noted grapefruit, but this is not a a unity decision. The binding of sweetness and richness to balanced hoppiness and tartness is truly close to masterful. This beer is subtle, malign and ambiguos. Almost desctuctive and abnormal. Hmm....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2005
bottle . this has a sweet hop aroma. amber bronze color, nice malty cookie taste but its got the hops there too. really good balance kinda sticky body still the Alcohol is barely noitceable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Honey sweetness in the aroma. Brown Shugga is a spot-on designation. Flavor is a tug-of-war between the traditional and california barley wines. Linger of cheap liquor.

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