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RATINGS: 1507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (308) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Dangerously smooth, especially at 9.8%. Nicely balanced, and probably the only barleywine I like.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (159) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Quite a moderate and enjoyable barley wine. The aroma is very unusual, vaguelly reminiscent of pork fat, brown sugar and booze. The flavor is a bit broader and takes those components and adds a serious amount of citrusy hop flavor moderate bitterness and some caramel but no toffee. Easy to drink, the ABV is well concealed but overall the beer is very warming.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy browish dark red with an off white head. brown sugar sweet malt and lots of hop taste. very drinkable beer for such a high abv

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (463) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Pours mahogany with an thin ivory head. Good lacing. The aroma is sweet with alcohol and floral hop notes. The flavor is malt dominate and sweet with vanilla, floral, oak, and candy notes. There is an alcohol presence but it doesn’t have a solvent character. The hop bitterness is moderate and shows up more toward the finish, which has a lingering spiciness. The body is medium to full with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2224) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is mahogany amber with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet and malty with the advertised brown sugar up front. The body is medium to full. The taste is malt forward with brown sugar and a modest bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ssantanello1 (10) - - DEC 6, 2014
Did not pour it into a glass like all of these reviews. Drank straight from the bottle. It's delicious. Not too bitter, not too sweet, and I can't believe it's almost 10% ABV. Lagunitas does a perfect job of disguising their alcohol content.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheCaptMatey (109) - Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Poured a dark amber colour a medium cream coloured head that left lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar with hints of herbal hops. Taste is rich of dark sugars and pine hops with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden in this medium bodied brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tonypreto (123) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Good brown sugar aroma. A goid brown gold color with a rapudly dissipating head. Tastes a little too sweet for my liking, definitely could only drink a little.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Color is rich clear amber, middling head. Juicy and fruity. Rich bitter notes, dark fruit, burnt caramel finish. Quite drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Clear copper color, moderate off-white head. Grass and pine foremost with some caramel malt in the background. Pointed bitterness that’s more appropriate for a mediocre IPA. Lively, somewhat oily, and a little more than medium bodied. Long resinous finish. Not sure how Sucks (a much better beer) is related to Brown Shugga.


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