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RATINGS: 1731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3893) - 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 (3360) - 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 (5428) - 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 (5152) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1713) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Pours a clear reddish amber with a decent pale tan head. Aroma of sliced honeydew melon and a little spice. Taste is accertively sweet malt and hops simultaneously. More mapley than brown sugar (though I’m sure they called it that because they just liked the sound of it). Well balanced for as busy as it is. Alcohol only slightly present. Very good effort - - for a "mistake"!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Clear amber with a fluffy, beige head. Subtle nose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, light orange, raisins, whole grains, maybe some rye-ish spiciness, oily nuts, molasses and even some light marshmallow. The body is big and slick with an almost sticky, oily texture and very little carbonation. The flavor definitely shows off the malts and is extremely sweet. I wonder about the calories in this bad body because of all the residual sugars that never got fermented. There is some grapefruity-type hop bitterness near the finish, but it can’t counteract the intense sweetness. The best aspect of this beer is the how well they’ve hidden the 10% ABV, at least to my senses. The sweet, malty Barley Wine is nice, especially in the US, where we continue to expect massive hopbombs. That said, this is not going to compete for space in my fridge on a regular basis.


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