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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
crystal clear, a trademark of most of lagunitas beers, yet this one had a very luminous reddish orange gleam and a jiggly, creepy, climbing, tan head which faded as usual..creamy aroma touching at cherry twizler, tangerines, alcohol, and bing cherries..the mouthfeel of this was damn creamy..flavors of orange creamcicles, bitter grapefruit,and tangerines... The balanced finish is very impressive with creaminess, subtle orange citrus, and grapefruit bitterness combining in such a delectible and faultless way that it left me pretty damn impressed...The alcohol skillfully hidden, the whole experience was just smoothness..only fault i can find is that it might not be as full bodied as i like em'..but its still creamy, so its all good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
(15Feb2003--draft) My wife had this on tap at Great Water in San Francisco. Like usual, this beer was underprimed. Argh! I got it for her because I thought it was a brown ale. Boy was I wrong! Need to re-rate, as I was having a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, which is waaay over the top with the hops. Still, from what I could tell, this is a pretty unspectacular, but solid barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2003
I was suprised by this beer. I had passed it over before just because of the name. My wife brought some home. This is similar to "Arrogant Bastard" to me... The marriage of an almost-barly wine and a lot of hops. Big in all the areas. Malty, hoppy, alcoholy (?!?)... A good, long lasting head. Next time I am drinking it more slowly. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2003
My first reaction to this was enormously positive, thinking up into the 4.2 or 4.3 range for me (a big compliment). This wore off by the bottom of the bottle (despite the enormously positive effect of the 9.9%!) But I still think this beer has a lot going for it. Very drinkable, with alcohol that is not hidden but still pleasantly mild. Great mouthfeel. The flavors...well, very good, although a bit over the top on the hops as far as the overall balance is concerned. Still, a beer worth drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Nice golden amber color with a long lasting creamy head. Malty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. It reminds me slightly of drinking an Arrogant Bastard. A big beer with strong malt and hops. There is almost an IPA type hoppiness to it but not dry, rather quenching and well balanced with malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Medium dark amber; crystal clear. Teeny bubbled dirty white foam with adequate retention. Jellied fruits, toffee firmness, alcohol, mint, butter rum, sweet caramel maltiness, vague earthiness, yams, and traces of piney hops in the aroma. Astringent alcoholic swallow upon first sip. Straightforward flavors of light tropical fruitiness and sweet malt flavors. Finishes slightly interesting with fresh caramel, yams, salt, and bready aspects. Lots of acidity. Alcohol is far too noticeable. A run of the mill barleywine. Last year’s (2002) 12 oz. version was far more impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Pours a clear copper with a slightly jaundiced head. Malty grapefruit aroma. Some fresh grapefruit along with some pasturized grapefruit aromas. Strong presence of caramel, bread, and brown sugar/molasses with notes of butter and roasted malt. Sweet flavor with a muddled bitter finish with a touch of grassiness. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2003
A beautiful red-brown pour that resulted in a full but quickly dying head. Aroma was very floral with some faint sweet undertones. Hops were noticable up front smoothing to a slight pineapple flavor in the middle. The finish was sweet with a warm glow resulting from the by then evident alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Brown Shugga, how come you taste so good? Didn't really taste like a barleywine, but was still pretty good. I had this after I was already a few too many deep, so what can I say. ReRate Feb 2004: Off cask at the Horse Brass, no idea what vintage this is. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced in a beer. Seems to just chill in your mouth, then coats your throat all the way down. Leaves a great taste of hops and roasted malt. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2003
brown sugar with slight hop aroma, flavors of brown sugar with slight hop and alcohol bite

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