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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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2007
red-brown. really malty and caramel smelling. sweet soem alcohol and adecent hoppiness coming thru. some fig. a lasting aftertaste of alcohol. not the best tasting nor the best balanced barley. not bad for 4 dollars. if this was 8 dollars id say it sucked. but at 4 dollars its decent. although i have a soapy alcohol taste in my mouth

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Draft at Latona Pub.

What if Lagunitas made a sweet barleywine?

It would have the characteristic Lagunitas hop flavors and sweet malts, and it woul d taste just like this, and it would be rather boring.

Just speculating, of course.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Pours a medium murky copper with faint head. Aroma is quite hoppy and sweet smelling. Flavor of sweet malts and a pretty big hoppiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
67F100 (32) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Got it on tap at Brasserie Jo in Chicago after being told only three restaurants in town had it. Deep orange-amber color with a thin tan head. Fairly sweet aroma with some hints of dried fruit, almost a bakery smell due to the brown sugar. The sweetness continues to the flavor, with a bit of an alcoholy kick at the end. Enjoyable with a meal, but I wouldnt drink this by itself, particularly when parched. More of a sipping beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Not great for a barley wine. It has a strange sweet flavor, probably from the brown sugar, and a definite hoppy bitterness. Flavors are kind of fruity with caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Orange color with whitre head, aroma of hops and booze, medium creamy body, warm alcohol notes, sweetness, cotton candy, very warm.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber with a small disapating tan head. Sugarey sweet nose with hints of dried fruit. The sugar comes through in the taste and sits nicely on the tongue. It is not the best BW Ive had but its decent, the hops on the front end are little off putting and the throat burn is also a little rough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3622) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Orangish, amber color with a nice dissipating white head. Musty, leather aroma. Taste is sweet and hoppy as you would expect. Slightly alcoholic with flavors of plum. Sugary sweetness coats your mouth and lasts long after that final swallow. Very enjoyable and easy to drink barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
12oz bottle poured a clear amber color with a tiny head. The aroma had a fruity sweetness with loads of caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar. The taste was too sweet with not much hop presants and just a touch of alcohol. Overall not my fav. beer from Lagunitas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12596) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Murky brown-amber pour with a thin and foamy off-white head. Thin spotty lacing as well. The aroma is sharply hoppy with sweet fruit and molasses coming through more as it warms. The labeling on this one really threw me off as I was expecting more of a sweet brown ale. Once my taste buds told me it was actually a Barley Wine I was able to recover. Very hoppy on the front end, along with some peppery alcohol. The flavor mellows a bit as malt and fruits start to seep in. The finish is round and fruity with an alcohol burn leftover. Above average, and kind of unique to boot.


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