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RATINGS: 1647   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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2005
On Tap atBitter Creek Ale House: Usually the servers at Bitter Creek know what they are talking about -- when I asked the lady "What style of beer it was?" She replied by telling me "Itís kind of an amber." So, she only knows her beers by colors . . . whatever it was, I knew it would be a safe bet with Lagunitas. This was correct. I enjoyed it and as I was wondering what it was, I knew it had a higher alcohol % because I could smell and taste it, especially as it warmed up. It is a clear, dark amber with an initial bitter, hoppy aftertaste but different. Then itís followed by a prolonged sweet one (I guess that it why itís called brown shugga). The carbonation seemed high alonf with the high alcohol flavor that I didnít think was disguised to well. Overall, a nice BW.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
The aroma is sweet with strong hints of caramel. The color is copperish with a small white head. The taste is strongly of hops with a very slight hint of brown sugar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bought this 22oz bottle at Normís in Vienna, VA. Pours a clear copper color with hardly any head. Burnt sugar aroma, with a hint of caramel, and some sweetness on top of that. Brown Sugar taste, with some hops and malt as well. But the brown sugar taste is there. Some caramel as well. A pretty enjoyable beer, since Iíve been longing to try it!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
out of the bottle pours 3/4 of the glass amber and the bottom third is a murky orange. well carbonated. minimal, bubbly, white head. one thick ring of lacing around the circumference of the top part of the glass. smells grassy. tastes of brown sugar and grassy hops. the bitterness is really biting. too bitter for my taste really.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
On tap at Barleyís #1 in the Short North of Columbus, Ohio. Nice copper color with lingering head and mild lacing. Sugar sweet aroma. Way more malt than hops (though they play a supporting role Ė citrus). Alcohol hints in the line of fortified wine or sherry. The flavor has an English style barley wine feel. Sweet with minimal hops. Caramel and hard candies. Warming alcohol and hints of wood. Very nice. Syrupy slick body that really leaves the after taste around your mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
I like it. I might not know there was brown sugar in it if you didnít tell me. It does come through in the aroma as it warms. Nice hop balance, with enough hops to stand up to the alcohol. A well crafted brew. Aroma of honey, toffee or burnt butterscotch. Flavors of apple, pine, citrus peel, caramel, cream, beer. Just really good. A sleeper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours a deep dark amber color, with a two finger off white creamy head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isnít as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
12oz bottle pours copper with a fair offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the snifter.. Aroma is of floral and grapefruit hops over light caramel malts. A touch of brown sugar actaully makes it into the nose as well. Flavor is quite sweet but not overly so. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some grapefruit hops finish it off.. Silky smooth on the palate. Full bodied. Alcohol is completely covered. Pretty tasty for a mistake as the description says.. I liked it..

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle from Belmont in Dayton. Poured dark brown with a medium off-white head that diminished slowly. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Moderate bitter sweet malt flavor with a small bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
The flavor of this one kind of sneaks up on you. The aroma is very sweet with no trace of bitterness. However the flavor is nicely balanced with the sweet malty flavors you expect from something called brown sugar, to a nice bitter hoppy finish that comes out of no where. Very solid brew, I look foward to trying more of their beers.


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