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Sleeping Lady Old Gander Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Old Gander is a beer brewed to the strength of some wines. This beer should be allowed to warm slightly in order to experience the rich maltiness, balanced hop profile and warming alcohol. GOld Medal Winner at the GABF 1999 (OG 1.105, IBU’s 70)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft: Poured a dark brown. The nose is very complex. Taste was sweet buttery with soft alcohol balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Sampled at Alaskan Barleywine Festival. Brown, hazy, tan head. Big malt character with toffee, bread crusts, figs, raisins. Resiny hops. Bourbon barrel character evident and contributes some coconut notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Growler. Murky copper/brown with a small, dense, beige head. Aroma of toffee, dates, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor is sweet toffee malt, warming alcoholic bourbon, dark fruity esters and oak tannins. Medium to full body with a soft, smooth mouth feel. Very good English style barley wine, lots of dark sweet malt and great barrel character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sampled at the Alaskan Barleywine Festival. A great example of a barleywine. A big malt bomb, sweet, vinous, raisin. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5035) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2012
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Super sweet dried fruit aroma. big nose and lots of alcohol. Big malt and a lingering fruit and light hops bittering affect. A very tasty Barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3452) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Draft at brewery: Rich, sweet, boozy, woodsy and smooth. Very mild carbonation. Had loads of chewy caramel and sappy maple. Fortunately, the big alcohol cut through it a little, leaving behind faint elements of whiskey and wood. Malt flavors were tasty, but it seemed like it had too many unfermentables, and it didn’t have enough hop bitterness to balance things out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1392) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
(tap) hazy medium brown colour with small light tan head; aroma of smoked prunes, raisins; rich, balanced flavour with long light bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Great Alaska Beer And Barleywine Fest 2011. Clear copper brown color/ tan head. Big toffee, molasses, vanilla, wood, dark raison aromas. smooth full body. Rich, hearty dark raison, toffee, spicy caramel, pit fruit, vanilla, wood flavors, nicely warming, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2008
[1673-20080906] Tap. Sweet caramel roasted malt aroma a super sugar molasses shot. Clear, medium brown red body with quick white bubbles. Sweet molasses syrup flavour with a hint of evergreen and smooth brandy. Full body is boozy. Fairly alerting with the alcohol but not bad.
(@ brewpub; Anchorage, AK)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
2008-09-06. Dark ruby brown body with a smallish tan head. (3+) A sledehammer of rubbing alcohol spearheads a port-like precursor to a caravan of sugar containing molasses, maple and brown sugar representation, sherry touches, brief raisins. Light bitterness fights valiantly to balance things but ultimately fails. A lovely finish and glorious aftertaste of sweet malts brings along the best of the sugar posse and mostly makes up for the abrasive front end. (7+) Aroma of alcohol and sugary malt is surprisingly mild considering the behemoths looming in the flavour. Molasses character is the last to depart, and there are some really nice highlights to this but it never comes together as well as it could. Still, it has its charms. On tap at the brewpub.

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