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RATINGS: 1670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biergoddess (1) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
Really nice holiday beer. A little on the sweet side, but I won’t hold that against a beer called shugga!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Nice shirly temple colored red tint to this one. Copper and shades of brilliant gold. Creamy head. Perfect hops on this one. I dont taste the brown suggah too much but its sweet. good brewski.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Nice sweet aroma, heavy on the sugar-brown sugar, light toffee-caramel, fruity esters, malty sweetness. Alcohol vapors, vanilla and a bit of oak. Golden dark amber clear, brilliant, with thin off-white creamy lacing head. Medium heavy body, not quite syrupy, with medium carbonation. Light alcohol warming and mild carbonic burn, but otherwise smooth. Starts sweet and vapory, fruity esters, cherry wood and vanilla. Light toffee and caramel maltiness. Alcohol is definitely present, and ends up being a little harsh, I think. The sweetness and alcoholic punch comes from some extra sugar, I think, and that gives it a rough edge. Also, there is quite a high level of bitterness in the hops, here. Almost balances well with the sweetness, but they don’t synchronize completely. Finish is sweet but not overly cloying, and the bitterness and mild acidity of the hops helps clean up the sugary residue on the tongue, leaving a mild sweet dry-bitter coating with cherry wood notes. Alcohol keeps warming. A nice barley wine, but might be even better if I let it age for a year or so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1720) - 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 "It’s 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 it’s followed by a prolonged sweet one (I guess that it why it’s called brown shugga). The carbonation seemed high alonf with the high alcohol flavor that I didn’t think was disguised to well. Overall, a nice BW.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1565) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bought this 22oz bottle at Norm’s 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 I’ve been longing to try it!

   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.

   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 Barley’s #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 – 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.

   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 didn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3263) - 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 isn’t 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.

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