Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 On tap maybe a year ago at Clark St. Ale House, Chicago. Very sweet and alcoholy-- but not over the top. Really enjoyed the brown suger flavor-- it was a great beer on a cold winter evening. Didn’t realize this was a limited release-- should have had a 2nd glass!
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Didn’t even taste like the same beer as last year. I thought the bartender poured me the wrong beer-- it tasted more like an ESB. Didn’t detect much of the brown sugar flavor that was so sominant last year. Maybe it’s just me-- but this beer was thin and bitter-- didn’t even taste like the same beer. Very disappointing.
On tap Small Bar- Division, Chicago. Just as disappointing as at Map Room. I swear this is not the same liquid brown sugar beer that I had last year. Maybe Chicago got some bad kegs or something, but this year’s beer is a cheap clone-- you’ve been warned! t4h2c0 (96) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Thank god for brewing mistakes, I am currently aging some of this and I suspect it should do extremely well considering its high alcohol content, barley style characheristics, and overall dankness. Almost tastier in bottle than on tap. Unique flavor in this beer and yu can almost tatste the brown shugga crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Amber pour, small white head. Sweet sugary aroma. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, candi sugar, some berries and a big caramel sweetness. A roasted touch in the aftertaste with a perfurmy sweetness. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Very hoppy scent, sweet off the top. Sugary, thick, great lace -- almost looks like icicles. Sharp flavour, very pleasing, Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 I had originally given a more muted opinion of this, but I tried some that I found languishing in my pantry for a while and it aged really well. This beer ages into a very nice barleywine. It has an interesting mix of strong alcohol and earthy bitterness, with some complexity and rich, musky sweetness to compensate. The bottles I had new were a little rough and a tad harsh, but after others from the same batch aged, the flavours mellowed together very nicely. The bodys is a murky/hazy light red-brown with a fairly thick light tan head leaving good lacing. It thus looks a lot like Third Street Aleworks’ Brass Parachute, which it also tastes somewhat like when aged.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
10/31/05 12 oz. Amber with small beige head. Hoppy sweet malty aroma. Caramal malt sweet flavor with some contrasting bitterness. Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Ugly 12oz bottle. The label looks like i could of made it on my inkjet printer. Had this dec 06, but forgot to rate it. I remember little to no carbonation, dark pour, and smooth finish. Although interesting and fairly complex, i would not go out of my way to try this again. But extra points for hiding the alcohol amazingly well. Rerate: Had this at Valhalla, better cause i’m not a n00blet anymore.. but still not very good. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Date: 03/04/2005shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005
clear amber with a nice tan head,
sweet carmel malt aroma,
rich carmel malt flavor, balanced with just enough dry bitterness to keep it from being too sweet
Score: 3.0 to 2.6
thin, sweet, and bitter,
Score: 2.6 to 3.0
Words: cellar party
rich sweet caramel and brown sugar grittyness with lots of earthyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Very pleasing, though just a tad too cloying for daily drinking. Not that you’d want a 9.9% daily drinker any way. The alcohol, though, is hidden beneath a veritable blanket of sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee, with a mild bit of figs in the background. All of that would be far too sweet if it weren’t balanced by nicely understated, though by no means mistakable or forgettable, hops. I’ll drink this one again. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2011 Interesting beer. Not having had Old Gnarleywine, I can’t compare. But this is a decent West Coast style BW, very heavy on the sugars, but with a fairly insubstantial body and a one-dimensional flavor profile. Decent sipper, but not enough complexity.