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RATINGS: 1745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
lancelot323 (1) - - NOV 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 Snifter at Trappe Tavern, Trappe, PA. Pours a rich, dark, maple syrup-amber. Small head, decent lacing. Piny, resiny. Nice and hoppy, decent maltyness. You can definitely feel the ABV in this one.

4.4
donandres (681) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - NOV 24, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017 5:48 PM
Bottle 12 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: Light amber, small head, almost no lacing
Smell: hoppy aroma, slight boozy scent not overpowering
Taste: Medium bitterness, sweet, bold and complex
Mouth feel: very good, ice follow through, long finish, sticky, strong bitter aftertaste
Overall: Excellent beer, specially with the price. Definitely something to look forward to.

3.8
Bill Becker (1908) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017
From Jun 2008

I got this bottle from russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy amber colour with a slight tinge of orange and a 1 finger head of off-white foam. Lots of lacing and the head retention is quite good. It's a fine looking brew in the glass.

Taking a few whiffs, I get a lot of sweet caramel and sugar with an almost equal amount of citrus hops. Nice. I'm also getting a touch of fruitiness.

The taste is just as impressive. Super sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar that seem to be heading to beyond what I like but....there's that citrus doing a fine balancing act and bringing the tastes back in order. Very tasty. The finish has just the slightest bitterness to it and that works fine for me.

The body is on the light side and the carbonation is medium light. The alcohol is *very* well hidden and because of that, the contents of my glass are disappearing at an alarming rate. Oh well. That's a problem I'll deal with and I give a salute to Lagunitas for brewing a fine American Strong Ale. I'd drink this again, no problem.

4.4
pappabear (22) - Granbury, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Pours clear Golden/Amber (more amber) with 1 1/2 finger white head that has good lacing. Smell of light hops and caramelized brown sugar. Taste is slightly sweet, very smooth, with a slightly bitter finish. Another good beer from Lagunitas.

3.8
meccahh69lol (366) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2017
OK, here's another Lagunitas offering and it is fine but not one of their very best. It pours an amber brown ruby thing with a thin head and has a brisk pungent head of tootsie pop and malty malts. It tastes of sugar syrup, heavy doses of malt, some strident hops, and the odd whiff of the supernatural. It goes down surprisingly easy for a 10% abv b-wine all things considered. Good for a night of female Bloodsport remakes and couch cuddles with boo boo on the eve of her bday.

4.8
xSASQUATCHx (1) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2017 does not count
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear copper with a nice foamy head. Not too bubbly, not to velvety smooth in appearance, it's just right. Smell is very floral, with the perfect amount of alcohol vapors to let you know you are in for a good time. Taste is that of burnt sugar and hops, with a nice mild alcohol burn at the end.

Not too bitter, not too sweet, and a nice alcohol burn makes this beer one of my favorites. When I see Brown Shugga in stores, I know the holidays are near, and this beer helps bring the cheer.

3.5
teamsale (317) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle pours a clear copper with a two finger tan head and abundant lacing. Aroma is a nasal clearing burnt sugar, toffee, and Christmas tree. Taste is a bit heavy and sweet, bitterness is fairly tame, alcohol is noticeable on the back end. Leaves a pleasant, bitter, lasting aftertaste.

4.1
Itzjerm (3134) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2017 Really a triple IPA with a malty sweet back bone. Nice incredible head. Nice hoppy head. Very enjoyable. Balanced sweet malty. More malt than many beers. more hop than a barley wine.

3.7
jsnicholas (689) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2017
Bottle (12oz). From the bottle. Try again. Tasted like a brown ale. Not as sweet as most barley wines. Lost of chocolate. Nice. I think I need to add. Little more.

2.7
ghostbeer (250) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Well balanced with malty sweetness with some hop bitterness. Warm, rich and satisfying. Not one that I would drink often, but very good for something a little different.


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