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RATINGS: 1667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Thanks to some kind RateBeerian for sending me this beer well over a year ago.

Shugga pours a deep amber body and a short-lived head. There is a large amount of what truly appears to be “un-dissolved brown sugar” settling out within the glass of brew. The aroma is largely sweet, although a hint of tart fruit in the finish. The flavor holds a plethora of fruits like plum, apple, raisin, nectarine and pear. Some heat from the ABV shows on the sticky finish but overall… this beer is Damn Good and has aged like a well pampered heiress!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Copper red pour with a thin brown head. Sweet malty aroma with some cherry and dried fruit. Medium bodied. Initial reaction is more dried fruit and a bit of sugar, some vanilla. Then the middle explodes with alcoholic warmth. Piney and resious hop finish. It’s all over the place, but it’s pretty good regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2007
2006 Bottle. Pours a translucent orange amber with hints of gold. Head was average size, foamy and kind of off white/orange in color. Laced and sustained. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, dark fruits, caramel, hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor was very smooth and creamy. Lots of hop flavor, but toned down hop bitterness due to the malt sweetness...without being overly sweet. Slight hints of bitterness towards the back of the mouth as this one sits there. Alcohol well hidden overall. Flavors of dark fruits and brown sugar also. Nice Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3543) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2007
12 oz Bottle pours out a clear amber topped with a light tan head. A very nice aroma of hops. A great sweat tast. I will have to pick up a few more of them for another time. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2007
12 oz bottle. pours a hazy muted amber with small head. nose is brown sugar, candied dark fruits, caramel, faint piney hops, flavor is very syrupy sweet and rather bitter. some faint usual barleywine flavor but this is pretty bland. pretty hot too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9448) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
This was OK, nothing special, with an edge of the brown suger in the taste. Initially above average foam, and a bit of colour. Average mouthfeel and drinkability. Of course, on the sweeter side, with sweet characteristics, caramel and the like. A decent beverage, only big in the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Despite its name this beer is not overly sweet or brown. Pretty much an ok sip’n Barley Wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2007
red-brown. really malty and caramel smelling. sweet soem alcohol and adecent hoppiness coming thru. some fig. a lasting aftertaste of alcohol. not the best tasting nor the best balanced barley. not bad for 4 dollars. if this was 8 dollars id say it sucked. but at 4 dollars its decent. although i have a soapy alcohol taste in my mouth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Draft at Latona Pub.

What if Lagunitas made a sweet barleywine?

It would have the characteristic Lagunitas hop flavors and sweet malts, and it woul d taste just like this, and it would be rather boring.

Just speculating, of course.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Pours a medium murky copper with faint head. Aroma is quite hoppy and sweet smelling. Flavor of sweet malts and a pretty big hoppiness.

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