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RATINGS: 1736   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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3.7
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Poured a cloudy brown color with an off white head. Aroma was very sweet and malty, mainly the brown sugga i guess. Flavor was much the same, actually tasted like brown sugar, hardly any bitterness to be found.

3.2
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Tawny kind of color,....a light caramel tone... Rich, sweet malty nose....sweetness in the nose, as well...brown sugar dominates anything...malty-riffic....lush brown flavy flavory...yummy, yum, yum... rich, cocoa-tinged flavors, full, lush, very tasty...

3.5
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Muddy brown pour with lots of floaties and huge chunks in the bottom of the glass, the head is thin and white. Nice aroma of caramel and malt. Good flavor of caramel, malt and hops, there’s also a sugary presence along with sweetness. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and moderate carbonation.

3.9
tgncc (3136) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Sweet aroma of malts, brown sugar. Color is an attractive ruby red, persistent but thin white foam. The flavor is true to the barley wine style, sweet, sugary, slightly hoppy on the finish. Oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. Respectable barley wine overall.

3.6
Headbanger (4012) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2008
12oz bottle(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-pours a nice ruby amber body with a small loose off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, caramel, and of course brown sugar. Taste of the same with a nice sweetness and brown sugar present. This medium to full bodied brew is one of the better Barley wines I’ve had. Very well balanced and drinkable at 10%. Great brew.

4
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Pours a pretty, clear darkish amber with a quarter/half inch cream colored head that subsides quickly but continues to leave some nice lacing behind. Aroma is sweet with lots of molasses/brown sugar and some complex dark fruit esters. Very pleasant flavor as well - forward with malty sweetness, but with nice bittering hops for balance and some fruity esters, although again they take a bit of a back seat to the sweet malts. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth with just a touch of warmth. Very drinkable for 10%. This is certainly a happy mistake; a very accessible, tasty, and easy drinking strong ale/barleywine.

4.1
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark amber with a tan head. Aroma was of roasted caramel malt with a hint of citrus hops. Flavor was sweet malt and of course you get the brown sugar with the hoppy bitterness in the finish.

3.5
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2008
2007 Bottle - Pours a translucent amber with a small white head, like the name says...all brown shugga, malts and bitter hops...caramelly front end, toasted caramel on the back, also slight citrus and dried fruit, good beer...

3.5
KimJohansen (10510) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2008
Amber with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and hops. Very sweet flavor with caramel, hops and toffee notes. Ends bitter.

3.6
Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Received 12-oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.biz in Portland, Oregon. Pours a semi-clear dark amber brew with an average sized light beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin head and creamy ring with some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, citrus zest, a touch of molasses and some grapefruit. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated with flavors of roasted caramel malt, some light brown sugar/molasses character and some dark pitted fruit. Finish is semi-sweet with a light caramel aftertaste that finishes with an alcohol warmth. Could use a little aging.


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