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RATINGS: 1725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 24, 2007
A slightly vinous aroma hides notes of fruit. A deep, deep brown and very inviting. A sweet flavor with hints of nuttiness and dried fruits. Full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2007
22 oz bottle. Poured a hazy reddish-brown color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Smells of plum, figs, alcohol, and dried cherry. Full bodied with modest sweetness. Tastes of dried fruits, alcohol, and toffee. There is also a brown sugary aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Light brown, medium head. All malt in the nose. Toffee, caramel, coffee. Very smooth and malty, just a touch of bitterness. A little sticky, sweet in the finish. Intoxicating...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2007
I really like this brewer so far. Not as sweet as one would think based on the name and aroma. I was waiting for a molasses explosion, but it wasn’t there. Good amount of hops for a b wine. I like hops! ABV is nicley covered and not overpowering for a 10% er.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
12 oz. Pour is deep orange amber with a strong white head. Aroma is sweet malt with light hops. Blah Blah Blah nothing special here. An easy drink though at 10%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Pour a nice deep amber color with a nice white head.Aromas of sweet malt dominate the nose with hints of hop.Nice hop bite followed by sweetness.Heavy notes of brown sugar,followed by a wierd off after taste.Not too bad though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
THOUGHTS: Smelled sweet but not too intense. A little to much bitterness in the finish. I like hops but not this much in a barley wine. The brown sugar flavor is nice but something seems missing in the aroma. Mouthfeel is great until the metallic finish. Not a bad beer. I may not try this one again, but it is well-made and based on another sample at the Philly Craft Beer Fest, I will definitely try more from Lagunitas. TECHNICAL: Bottle: Poured a medium brown with and average-sized head with an off-white head that mostly diminished and laced a little. There was also nice visible carbonation. The aroma was light caramel malt, banana, honey and brown sugar. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with and average duration. The body was medium to full and syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 14, 2007
Pours a thin brown with some cranberry red with a huge, off-white head. Smells of brown sugar of course, dark honey, and nuts. Taste is sweet and strong, with caramel and strong west coast hops. Alcohol is big, but the palate is understated for a barley wine and doesn’t let the prodigious hops muscle the other flavors around. Think balance. Not overly good in any way though, just a straight shooting, interesting rendition of my now favorite style.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hippystomper (35) - Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 13, 2007
This ain’t bad. A bit hoppy for my taste, and the high alcohol is not overpowering but is present in the end. Overal pretty good. If you like hoppy beer then you may want to try this one. My second taste and probably not my last.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Pours a deep orangey amber with a thick, soft off-white head that laces the glass heavily. The aroma is sweet with malts. The aroma has also some honey, molasses, and hops. The beer starts off quite hoppy and bittersweet on the tip of the tongue. There is a lot of sweet malts with toffee and caramel in the flavor, a sharp tingle of carbonation, some hops, and a bit of alcohol. The beer finishes hoppy but mostly sweet and full-bodied. The after-taste is of hops. The mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy in body. Overall - a well balanced barleywine.


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