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RATINGS: 1734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2356) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
(tap) clear, very bright orange amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of candy; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; thick palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1487) - CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
Appearance: clear medium to deep amber with one finger of fluffy light beige head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: brown sugar, resiny pine, light earth. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter and mildly warming finish. (4/5) Not your typical barleywine - the brown sugar is lighter than the caramel or toffee I normally associate with the style, but more importantly there’s a big resiny hop note over top. This is barleywine on steroids, and I like it a lot. (16/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozzy70 (775) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper with foamy off white head. Aroma was sweet malt, pine, and fruits. Taste was sweet sugar, fruits and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikecary76 (1) - - FEB 2, 2016 does not count
Rich and malty. Tastes like brown sugar and hops. Caramel and a touch of black pepper in the throat. Sour cherry, and honey on the tongue. Dark brown with creamy head in the glass. Lets you know you’re in for treat.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Pine, grass, honey, mascobado sugar, cereal, light green mango and apricot, and fresh, herbal aromatics in the nose. Sweet, but in a "light" way -- brown sugar instead of sheer molasses. Viscous and syrupy in the mouth, but press it against the palate and it gently dissolves into foam. The taste is medium bitter with medium, sugary sweetness. Manageable and fresh, quite hoppy with a smack of sugar, with only a sting of alcohol towards the finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
Sample from bottle found abandoned on the lagunitas table, might get roofied. Clear copper-amber pour with thin white head. Aroma is malty, very sweet, brown sugar, malty. Taste is sweet, malty, light toasted notes. Palate is med full bodied with good carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (851) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
DATE TASTED: January 30, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: helping Shan chop food for a new dish and preparing to show the boys The Desolation of Smaug... APPEARANCE: slightly opaque, sparsely bubbly amber orange brown body... the head is off-white, thick and chunky to begin... then it settles to an erratic, uneven heap of bubbles, soap and clouds--frankly, a surprise for a beer that sports a 9.8 % ABV... AROMA: a blast of raw sugray sweetness, coats the usual suspects in the hop bomb that Lagunitas lights--I sense Citra, the Columbus, the garlic of Summit... being a barleywine, the maltiness is a powerfully sweet, nondeScript monolith of bread loaf... PALATE: heavy, slightly syrupy... active at the teeth and equally animated at the end... a force to be reckoned with... TASTE: dank, earthy, resinous and deeply infused with the sugary sweetness of cane; fewer floral notes of which to speak, and the malts solidify a forceful, meal-of-a-glass to experience... offers up a side dish of vegetable overtones, including prune and green bean... OVERALL: Having had--and enjoyed--the Sucks as a substitute, this presents an altogether heavier, sweeter, demanding version of its substitute--just what a barleywine should do...the overall drinking experience is sippable, stoic and contemplative...drinking into dinner,t the beer complimented a skillet comprised of chicken, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and bacon... quite a victory in that consideration....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (318) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle into pint glass Pours a clear copper colour with off white tarnish head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Taste is as well with a little alcohol. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1030) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Aroma - sweet malt, caramelized sugars, pined hops, and alcohol Appearance - clean mahogany body, with good nucleation. Nice 1 1/2" white head, that settles slowly. Taste - sweet malt, dose of booze, some caramelized sugar, and cleverly hidden pined hops. Palate - body is medium, texture slick, carbonation average, and the finish slight astringency of alcohol and some pined hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (741) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a fading off white foamy head. Aroma of caramel, orange, pine, alcohol. Taste is of caramel, earthy, pine, burnt, bitter, alcohol on the finish. Smooth light oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

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