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RATINGS: 1525   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2010
I liked the smell of it because it smelled like brown suger of course. Anyhow I was expecting something like a mild sweet stout (it does not say barley wine on the bottle). What I got was total hops hops nothing but hops. It was so bitter I couldnít believe it. I was ready to pour it out but my girlfriend said I should give it one more sip. I did and it was just as bad. In fact it kinda of wrecked the Allagash white that I drank next as I couldnít get the bitter taste out of my mouth. Iím obviously not a fan of bitter beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1789) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2014
I first had this beer many years ago, before I had a Ratebeer account. I remember it was one of my first Barleywines, and I was extremely impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersammich (3) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
A decent offering, not bad by any means. Iím a big fan of this style and wasnít that impressed. Still very worth a try though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilloc1204 (10) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Smells a little like an IPA, which explains the hoppy finish. The first couple sips screamed of malt, but once the hops kicked in that was forgotten. No doubt after about 4 oz that this beer has a high ABV. Overall, a delicious beer but I doubt I can drink two in one sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarLeeMa (16) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
A slightly sweet delicious beer that I extremely surprised to find out is 9.9% abv. Nice color and a good head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJ_Pain (138) - 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 (675) - 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 (2216) - 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 (4066) - 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

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