Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SPDickerman (880) - Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
GarrettB (912) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dinkle50 (900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - OCT 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle & Hum. Cloudy amber to chestnut colour. Thin off-white head. Nice lace. Nose is vanilla and creamy nice and malty, complex. Mouth is sweet and smooth, with a sour biting coming through, cloying to start but really cleans up as the taste progresses. Lasting vanilla character with dryness at the end, wonderfully yummy. Alcohol burn at the back.
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer aged for two years. Hops well balanced and less sweet than when originally bottled. Very smooth with Carmel and hop notes. Smells like candy sugar and grass.
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Blairgus (2414) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
5 Oct 2012, bottle, 2007 edition. clear, ruby, no bubbles. nose is big, sweet, raisins, and alcohol. full body and lightly syrupy and almost flat. sugary, lots of ovaltine, golden syrup, slightly dark chocolate (like 65% cocao). Amazing!
JanLaursen (2731) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22 oz, 2009 vintage. Cloudy orange amber with a small off white head. Malty sweet nose with caramel, toffee, alcohol, dried fruits and a whiff of peat. Flavor follows the nose, smooth and bold at once, alcohol is very evident, resulting in a warming finish.