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RATINGS: 1770   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2008
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington. pour is a clear amber-orange with a thin dirty yellow head. smell of nuts, some dark fruit, hops, touch of caramel. taste is grapefruit, caramel, malt, nicely bitter, dark fruit.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
malrubius (2790) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2008
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Clear amber with ring head. Mild aroma of hops sugar port alcohol and wood. Brown sugar sweet, very cherry/raisin fruity, medium bitter finish, faint alcohol. Full body medium-low carbo. To me, this has a disagreeable funky combination of fruity sweetness and alcohol. Fruity sweetness lingers like cough medicine. Might be ok for other people; obviously it is because people go crazy for this stuff. I dont want to finish it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (447) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
Pours a ruby chestnutt. Excellent clariy with a foamy white head. Smell- fruity sweetness. Taste- initial flavours are hops and fruit. Sweet malts come through in the middle and finish is bitter and dry. The extra sugar has fermented down nicely. Not cloying but you definitely know its there. Like liquid caramel. Good sipper on a winter night.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Draft. Caramel brown color. Soapy, thick 1" head. Malty. Hoppy. Tart, tangy with milky smooth delivery. Like a cross between a milk stout and an IPA. No harshness on finish and leaves warm fuzzies in tummy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours a robust copper color with a thin, sudsy, swiftly subsiding head. Bright aroma that includes an unexpected herbal hoppiness, metal, and also stewed fruits. Richly, and perhaps overly, carbonated. Mouthfeel is bursty but goes down gentle. Slightly smooth and slightly harsh too: the alcohol is not as well-integrated as it could be and yet the Shug remains a strongly appealing sipper.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jbuzz (825) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Had at a tasting at Three Cellars. The arouma of brown "sugga" is slightly over powering. Rich Amber color, not to sweet and a strong sence of the beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Tasted from bottle at PP bottle shop. Amber color. microbubbles fighting to the surface. Maybe a hint of sour or oxidation. Somethings off. The brown sugar/molasses can be noticed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
This was actually much better than what I had anticipated, given the mediocrity that has traditionally come along with Lagunitas for me. Quite a hoppy brew with plenty of sweet caramel notes. Certainly covers the alcohol quite well with a luscious body and sweetness. nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a cloudy medium brown color ale with a good size head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some notes of toffee. Taste is a very interesting mix between some toffee, caramel and butterscotch malt with a light hoppy finish that is well balance. Full body with limited filtration and some great carbonation with no apparent alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
12oz. bottle. Poured down the middle of the snifter it has a lacy off white head and a deep ruby color. Nose is dry, slightly fruity and has a noticeable alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is malty, with a touch of dark fruit and subtle sugar cane flavor. Not nearly as sweet as its moniker would lead you to believe. The 9.9% is very well hidden as it goes down behind the malt backbone and bittering hops, but is still present in the nose. Solid offering from Lagunitas, highly quaffable and available in sixers.


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