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RATINGS: 1754   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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3.7
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Medium brown color, medium head. Brown ale brewed by feeding brown sugar cane to the brewery yeast. There are suspended solids in this beer. Malty and sweet. Full flavored ale. Malty and hoppy. Brown sugar gives the beer somewhat of a Belgian Ale flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is a little crisp. Aftertaste slightly harsh. Some bottle aging would help this beer a lot. Still a nice taste and a very interesting idea.

4
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Gnarly looking amber with chunks of gunk suspended throughout the liquid. Thin and compact light tan head. Little if any carbonation. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, mild hops and estery alcohol. Thick body, the definition of chewy. Sugary sweet, but bitter enough to keep it at bay, ice cold. Solid caramel malts and chocolate wisps. Warm alcohol underbelly. Bitterness builds in the long and lingering aftertaste. Pine resin hoppiness, light as it may be. Quite drinkable and amazingly balanced between the intense sweetness, hoppy nature and alcohol esters. Finishes remarkably thinner with a Bock like alcoholic maltiness. Interesting. If they goofed, the good batch must be primo. Please screw up some more batches. My bottle said 9.9%ABV.

4.2
Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Deep cloudy amber or orange if you like, the head is generous, long lasting, the lace in sheets upon the glass. Nose is malt, brown sugar sweet, a tad earthy. Begins sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, acidic, and well hopped for a bitter-sweet ending which I like. Ranks #180 on my master beer list.

4.3
dukedomer99 (1) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2002 does not count
This dark, thick barley wine is very sweet with almost a stout flavor. .....

3.7
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - JAN 23, 2002
very drinkable. dark and sweet -- but not too sweet.........................

4.1
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 10, 2002
Wow, what a shock! This is a sweet, dark wonderful brew. The alcohol is hidden in the flavor, this does not taste like a 10% beer. A treat for the senses.

3.4
joet (2678) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2001
This years, 2001, must be the light beer version at 9.9%. A gorgeous deep golden color. Sweet and hoppy but neither cloying nor effusively aromatic. Bright, clear and pleasing despite the rounded and heavy mouthfeel. Much more palatable than the Gnarly Wine.

3.7
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2001
Very appropriately named, as the main flavor is a sweet caramelized brown sugar flavor. Has the dense fruit flavors you'd expect in a barleywine, but they are muted somewhat, allowing the beer to go down quite easily. Lagunitas is a superior brewing force in the beer world.


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