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RATINGS: 1739   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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3.1
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Hoppy and brown sugary....enough to make up words! Copper casting call, malts are ample. 10% subdues the actual taste a bit and it takes a bit of swigging around on the palate to bring them out. Semi fruity like aftertaste. well done.

3.4
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Sweet strong and heavy body. Nice little head. Amber copper coler, strong aroma of malts, hops and sugar. Nice and balanced but strong.

3.2
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Draft. Medium brown body, mild hops and brown sugar in the nose. Mild bitterness, brown sugar dominates the flavor, some hoppiness, sort of weak flavors for a 10% beer.

3.3
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
From a 12-oz bottle--Poured a tawny brown body with a slim white-beige head. Nose of brown sugar (duh!), boozy alcohol and fruity malts. Crisp, carbonated mouth feel. Sharp booze accents the sweet bitter flavor. Finished a little hot. Easy to believe the high 9.9% ABV.

3
RSRIZZO (2020) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Aroma is oddly hoppy with sour fruit tones. Color is a very foggy orange/brown with good carbonation and a very thin head. Taste is sweet and fruity. It starts with a medium body that goes down crisp. Finish is a mild sweet taste that seems to have a bit like pear to it then a citric hop flavor and ends with a faint bitterness. In the after taste there is a slight sour tone as the bitterness grows. Its interesting and complex but its not a Barley Wine. Overall as a Barley Wine its poor but if its just there Winter brew its good.

3.5
tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2007
12 ounce bottle from Brad
Pours very clear orangey brown with a dirty off white head. A decent amount of lace left behind.
I smell oranges, grapefruit, and pine air freshener.
Pretty mild flavor. Hop forward, but not the whole story. Plenty of carmely sweetness to go on with the pine and citrus.
Medium/light body. Oily and resinous. Left my lips kind of sticky. High carbonation. Fairly dry finish.
I was pretty pumped up to try this beer. It didn’t quite like up to what I was looking for, but they don’t most of the time. Still really good.

4.1
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
This is cool. A very strange overripe pear flavor, and an aftertaste that’s definitely spot-on brown sugar. The beer itself floats through stages of brown, barleywine and stout.

3.8
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Love the label on this bomber. It pours out a murky pale orange to dirty brown with tan head. It does become clear with time. Nice barleywine smell with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramelization, pale malts and molasses. The flavor is sweet and sugary with essentially all that was noticed in the nose. I get plums, dates and candied peaches. These mix with malty caramelization, brown sugar and molasses. Very tasty but with out food accompaniment the sweetness does build up as the ounces are consumed.

3.5
MrBunn (2844) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle. Pour is a beautiful, coppery brown color with a two finger head that is somewhere between tan and off-white. Aromas are decidedly sweet and have a bit of a piney hops lingering in the background. Brown sugar sweetness mixes with some toffee flavors that dominate the front end of the flavor spectrum, only to give way to a generous dose of piney hops that drive you down the homestretch. Well done brew, but not going to be one of my staples any time soon.

3.9
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
350 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pretty golden orange color with a small white head. Good sweet caramel, alcohol, and candy aroma. Caramel, molasses, and abundant hops to the taste with a nice bitterness and alcoholic warmth in the finish.


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