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RATINGS: 1713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
I think this might be my least favorite Lagunitas beer so far. This just really didn’t do anything for me. Aroma is sweet, yes but there is this sour vomit-like character that is also lurking underneath it all. It really trumped any sort of other aromas trying to escape. Appearance was a chocolatey brown, very cloudy (nearly opaque) with a decent head and no lacing. Mouthfeel was too cloying for my liking, with a near soda like consistancy. Flavors were just plain blech for me. Nothing really standing out except the sweet factor (and I love sweet beers) but the hop character didn’t have a chance to shine. It didn’t have much of a chance to do anything. There was a slight orange peel coming out on the back end, but overall I found it to be just a sweet sweet mess of a beer. Now I’ve got 5 more to pound back. Yea for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jclzony (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Copper color with a nice fluffly white head. Aroma is has a nice sweet malt with a bit of hops and alcohol. Flavor is with brown sugar dominance with a bit of molasses and some citrus tones. Alcohol is very noticeable after finishing only one. There is a definite presentation of malt and has a sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3722) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Pour is a copper with a large fluffly white head. Aroma is a sweet malt with a bit of hops and alcohol. Flavor is of course brown sugar with some citrus and molasses. Alcohol is there in a big way. Still this is just alright not really a barley wine. Good enough to try just once.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
From a 12 oz. stubby bottle with a short blurb outlining the front label, no freshness date, but this is the winter ’06 release. Poured a hazy reddish orange with a frothy, foamy white head, small amount of sticking. Aromas of fruity esters, melted brown sugar, a light caramel and a mild pine resiny. Moderate carbonation and a softly crisp, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting, brown sugar and caramel, a sour citric fruity, a herbal hoppiness, a light alcohol flavor shows up towards the end and a sour citric, oily and malty finish with a slight warming alcohol taste lingering in the palate. I would call this more of a strong ale than a barley wine, a nice sipping drinkability, well worth trying.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
The best thing about this beer was the color. Mesmerizing amber/copper color. No head. This beer all caramel and brown shugga with some sort of tart flavors.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. $1.69. The beer pours to a nice glowing red/amber/orange body with a very creamy off-white head. The aroma is sweet brown sugar with light grapefruits. The flavor is caramel syrup, more like molasses than brown sugar, toasted nuts. When it warms up, it doesn’t smell all that pleasant. Barley wine? Hardly. I’d say more like a malty amber. Tangy malts that have a brown ale feel. But, in this, it’s not all that good.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Amber, clear and filtered looking. Weak in aroma, maybe some yeast and spice. Taste is also weak, however typical of Lagunitas. Has a sour and sweet twang. Not very appetizing

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Has that nice barleywine molasses aroma. Extremely sweet and sugary; almost too much. Nothing bad about this really.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
cheap (4884) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 So, I bought this because it said brown shugga. Smells like yer typical beer. Pours like a yuengling original-same color. However, it has a very bitter offensive flavor with no brown sugar flavor at all. If you like IPA or imperial/foreign stout, you better try this. Otherwise, a lasting bitter finish that is hard to forget. Will not buy again. Reminds me of McEwans scotch ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
11/4/06. Bottle.
Orange-brown body. Nose of citrus hops. Flavor is malty and hoppy (brown suga’ with a touch of citrus). Notes of orange peel. Slight bitter finish.


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