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RATINGS: 1521   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Clear amber with touch of orange, medium-small head. Some piney hops, wood, and yes brown sugar in aroma. Pretty full body, can detect the alcohol a little bit. Balance of sweet malt and citrus hop bitterness. Manages just barely to stay away from being overly syrupy and thus possible to have a full one or two. Not my favorite but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJ_Pain (137) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Can tell that this was an aborted barley wine as it shares many of those traits to go with a better drinkability. Brown sugar is both subtle and shines through and adds to it. Very complex brew to savor and ponder. Strong alcohol presence and bitterness make this a combo of an American strong ale meets a barley wine. AGED 1 year: alcoholic is less noticeable and harshness has subdued. Add 2 points to taste and overall exp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (673) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours a copper-red with an off-white head and lacing. It has an aroma of pine and rarity hops with some toasty malt. The flavor is complex hops and malt, with pine and earth up front with a sweet backbone and finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2215) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Well, holy shit, itís a christmas miracle - i thought i was opening a brown ale, but it turns out to be a 9.9% barleywine. Far out man, you totally rock man. Not even noon dude and Iíve already watched some old school TMNT. It feels so good to be so bad. Now on to the beer man. Boozy, bitter and spicy. Not a brown ale at all dawg. A bit immature homeslice. Gotta wait until itís mature man.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
LGKdude (8) - - DEC 25, 2014 does not count
Not my type of beer. Had an interesting initial taste - spicy and slightly sweet, but had that very hoppy bitter aftertaste that I personally do not like, at least not at this time of year. Perhaps if you are an IPA fan you might like this seasonal brew, but it's not the beer for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4061) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Aroma is pine, sugar/candy and malts. The flavor is grapefruit, malts, fruit/dark fruit, mild molasses and a tart/warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophaze (180) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a light brown with medium head and lacing. Taste of caramel, biscuits, and balanced well with hops. This one does not taste like a beer that's 9.9 abv. You can get in trouble with this one. Solid beer! ----Hophaze out

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (638) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle pour - clear amber with a robust light tan head that recedes slowly into a thick film that might last until rapture if I allowed it to. Aroma is sweet malt, hops, bit of roastiness, biscuit, and yeasty...odd stuff, but its good enough. Flavor is sweet up front, gets a bit bitter later on, and finishes with a hoppy note...the brown sugar sweetness is evident but doesnít dominate. Slightly boozy at the finish as well. High level of carbonation. Unique brew that Iím happy to have once in a while...and the price point on this one, like others from Lagunitas, remains solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (104) - Minneapolis, - DEC 23, 2014
Iíve been typically underwhelmed by Lagunitas vs the hype. I really did like this one though. Very east to drink at 9.9%. I typically donít lime sweeter beers but this one works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (688) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2014
This beer is hoppy and rather unique. It looks great with a nice amber pour. Great looking head. Good tasting beer and wonderful finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DW78715816 (68) - Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours a deep Amber with a thick creamy head. Aroma is hops, sugar, malt. Taste is very hop forward with a malty slightly sweet finish. A lot going on. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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