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RATINGS: 1743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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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
bhensonb (15756) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Great grapefruit aroma. Reddish amber color with a decent off-white head. Full bodied with near chewy carbonation. The flavor is brown sugar, grapefruit, kiwi, caramel, and other stuff. The finish is sweet until the sugar washes away. Then there is still brown sugar/caramel flavor and well balanced hop. The alcohol hardly seems noticeable (til it hits the brain). Something to look forward to each year.

3.9
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Nice dark amber pour. Beautiful lacing. Sweet flavor. Brown shugga, green apple, grapefruit, caramel and just the perfect amount of hops. Very tasty brew. Amazingly drinkable for 9.9% abv. You can’t beat the price either! Only 6.99$ for a 6 pack. *Update : Tried another 12oz. Unfortunately this bottle did not taste the same even though it came from the same 6 pack. This one had a very light flavor of grapefruit and hops. No brown shugga taste. The taste was more bland. I will try another one later. I hope it was just from a bad batch because I loved the first one.

4.2
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2008 Copper with big, foamy tan head / Hop and brown sugar nose / Medium body, very dry with good, bitter finish / Flavors of brown sugar, pineapple, grapefruit, and dry pine / Another superb strong ale from Lagunitas. 2008 Batch.

4.1
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Good Grief, does this brewery make a bad beer? Poured with a nice lacy head and a very light amer color. There is a slight hint of hops with a sweet malty flavor. If this was a mistake, then they should make more. Fantastic beer.

3
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!

4
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

3.6
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.

4.2
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,

4.4
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.

3.9
footy (348) - 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.


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