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RATINGS: 896   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1482) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at Crunchyís in East Lansing. Nice color with carmel, sticky, and syrupy flavor. Similar to the Brown Sugga but a bit more complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syzzer (598) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
On tap at Ventiís. 2007 Vintage- drank on 1-27-13. 69 IBU. 10.6% ABV. The color is a clear brown. Nice flavor- not the typical syrupyness that one gets from barleywines. 8.9BD 5Rod
Earlier Rating: 1/27/2013 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Ventiís. 2007 Vintage- drank on 1-27-13. 69 IBU. 10.6% ABV. The color is a clear brown. Nice flavor- not the typical syrupyness that one gets from barleywines. 8.9BD 5Rod

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BK7 (769) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
On tap at Ventiís South. Vintage 2007. Dark fruit, oranges and cloves. Very smooth. Finish is sweet and boozy. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On draught at Baileyís Taproom CellarFest 2013. 2008 vintage. Deep candy, caramel flavors with a blunt hop presence, in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Draft at Crunchyís, East Lansing. Murky orange-brown body, thin cream ring of carbonation. Nose of caramel, toffee, and heavily oxidized, flabby citrusy hops; dirty and earthy with hints of alcohol. Sweet body with toffee, buttery caramels, raisin, and faded bitter hops. Rum notes develop after a few sips. Rough palate; tastes somewhat stale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1455) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
22 ounce bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours reddish/brown with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and a bit of sweet booze. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís also some bready/grainy malt noticeable. Itís very sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís very smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a good brew, and at just $4.99 a bomber itís definitely worth trying!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
From notes. Growler from Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Pours a dark cloudy brown colour with a nice tan head. Aroma is generously hopped, with very nice sweet malts and dark fruits. Flavour follows the aroma, with a bit more malts. Nicely balanced, with nice warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Pours clear mahogany red with almost no head. Smells sweet and boozy. Taste is super malty, sweet, boozy, and has a touch of bitterness. Full-bodied with a smooth, slick texture and almost flat mouth-carbonation, Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine finishes with a slick, sweet boozy kick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1137) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
May 14th, 2011 - Barleywines hit hard and heavy, like a thrown fish into a wayward tourist at Pikes Market. And Lagunitas tends to add some weight and heft to their brews, as a matter of style and signature. Put together the two and you have a recipe for a lip-smacking, thigh-slapping, organ-cringingly strong brew. And while this GnarlyWine doesnít hit you with a wound up haymaker, it does come across as pathologically unsound, a little crazy, and totally fascinating. This deep, rusty brown and hazy beer offers a savory lunchtime aroma of savory fermented flavors. Salt, malt vinegar and tangy hops give this a sour funk which I absolutely love - almost like a beer mixed with the subtle flavor of a good Japanese sake. Alcohol and caramel sweetness round out these eccentric aromas, proving that the beer is indeed a beer, but itís already a decidedly unique one. More deep, savory and practically chewable flavors appear in the taste, coupled with a hoppy astringency and heavy malt character. Collared hops flavors, not too bitter, give the beer some highlights, while a light teriyaki flavor and toffee sweetness give it some shadows, and the alcohol gives it a clarity and resolution that lets the GnarlyWine show off all of its flavors. This is an excellent beer, if strange, and thatís a rare combination.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dinkle50 (1043) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Deep brown color with a thin head. Aroma of wet cardboard. A little grass in there too. Big mouth. Taste is pretty hoppy with a huge sweet blast at the end. Full of caramel and toffee. Very sweet.

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