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Specialty malts bring intimations of brown sugar and vanilla, which meld into the Gnarly’s character. Roasted coffee malt flavors and residual sweetness dance in harmony, obscuring the line between brown ale and porter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
steelhead3686 (254) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. No real aroma to speak of. The taste is bland. It’s almost like flat soda. The body is light and the texture tickles the tongue. I had this on tap during Ohio Brew Week. So maybe I got a bad batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3092) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Can. Nutty coffee and milk chocolate malt aroma. Deep mahogany with a large creamy tan head. Roasty coffee, slightly lactic, and toasty herbal hops flavor. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (710) - Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Can - nice dark tea brown with a generous head. Full bodied malty coffee aroma and a bready biscuit taste. I normally go for the hoppy beers but I sure like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2826) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a translucent brown from the can with thin khaki head that leaves light lace. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and toasted nuts, almost a cross of porter and brown. Tate follows, nutty and dry with hints of roasted dark malt and bakers chocolate. Lingering bitterness and a hint of a burn in the gut, light carbonation, good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malaclemys (421) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2014
pours brown red with off white head. A: coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, malty. T: coffee, chocolate, floral. medium body with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (829) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Can. Clear brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body with heavy milk chocolate, a light brown sugar sweetness, and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pouts a deep burgundy 1 finger head that disappears leaving a layer of suds. Get peanuts, milk chocolate, roastyness on the aroma. Light mouthfeel. Some hops. A very nice brown from the buckeye state. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1830) - Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Can, courtesy b3shine, thanks! Pours lighter transparent brown, tan head. Some retention/lace. Aroma of chocolate, light coffee, nut, light hop. Taste is lightly bitter, chocolate, light roast coffee, light nut. Palate is soft, a bit thin, light bitter finish. Not bad but hard to believe this is 7%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (920) - - MAY 15, 2014
Brown pour, huge head. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate. Somewhat hoppy, toasted malt, nuts, woody. Bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Fairly good representative of a style im not usually a fan of.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fluffy (1893) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2014
A decent brown ale, though a bit hoppier than I would prefer for the style. Decent but wouldn't get again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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