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RATINGS: 1619   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Brown sugar nose. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Starts sweet but complex flavor, hops are here balancing the brown sugar and malts, the high ABV is not noticeable. Good beer to savor. $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Aroma and flavor are all caramel malt, with decent citrus hop bitterness towards the finish. Has a strange yeasty fruitiness in the finish, that I can’t pinpoint. Really didn’t get any brown sugar, though. Still very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
I was suprised, but this has an aroma that smells a little like brown sugar. There was also a spicy note in the aroma. Poured an opaque amber color. Big ole fluffy dirty white head. Wow very bitter in the fore then switching to a minty sweetness that is slightly medicinal. Very unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Hazy dark amber w/ small beige head. A complexity of hops in the aroma w/ wafts of leafy mint & grapefruit supported by a malty, caramel & brown sugar backbone. Thick, creamy feel. Sweet, mildly cloying flavour of brown sugar & burnt caramelized sugar w/ notes of grapefruit & mint. Dry, peppery, fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5272) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of beerguy101 via trade. Caramel aroma with a moderate citrus hop presence. Maybe a hint of brown sugar. Pours a bright transparent amber with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Nice lacing. Caramel and light banana bread. Again, maybe only a hint of brown sugar. Finishes moderately hoppy but something with the hops just seems off. I don’t know what it is, but they just don’t blend right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Copper color with off white head. Aroma is acidic, slightly sour, loads of caramel, fairly sweet, fairly strong alcohol notes. Flavor is malty, bready, with burnt caramel, sticky, chewy, pretty sweet, with a healthy bitterness in the finish. A decent barleywine, on the sweet side, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a smallish tan head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, strong nuts, alcohol, pit fruits and what else - brown sugar! Medium-bodied; Nuttiness strong up front with a mild sugar and malt flavour coming strong behind. Aftertaste shows more character with pit fruit, alcohol and some light vanilla. Overall, not bad at all for a brown, but not my favourite style, so some more interesting characteristics were lacking far behind. Worth trying, especially if you like browns. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 06-February-2005, Super Bowl Sunday.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Caramelized brown sugar and leafy green tea in the aroma. Clear copper body is ringed by a shy, off-white head. Caramelized, almost burnt brown sugar and leafy, green tea in the tannin-full flavour along with spicy, peppery, spinach-like herbal tones and a strong bitterness. Medium-full body with moderate yet soft carbonation. Sweet and syrupy, yet somehow seems dry. Bottle enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4660) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pours a near headless top on a very orange brown body. White flakes floating within. Nose is mildly butter. Maple syrup and the 9.9% give a strong kick but the malt is lacking. Many thanks to MartinT for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Couleur orangée aux reflets allant vers le brun cuivré. Mousse beige mi-abondante et plutôt diminuante. Comme quoi elle porte bien son nom, sucre d’orge, cassonade, bonbon et dessert au sucre et plus de sucre nous détournent complètement l’attention des houblons à caractère de citron. Très sucrée en bouche, quelle surprise!, laissant, en arrière plan, les houblons épicés, le poivre et les feuilles de laurier de reposer. Carbonatation très active et piquante semblant essayer de propulser davantage ce monstre sucré.

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