phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml cork and caged bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! 2010 is on the bottle, but I guess this was released much more recently. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, earth, rye, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, dried fruits, leaves, and brown sugar. Simple. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, earthy, sweet mouthfeel and modest carbonation. A little thin and subdued. Maybe this should have been released sooner.
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle, courtesy of artmcd8, at Dog Days Tasting. Alcohol, nutty and oaky. Sweet and malty with light hop character. Smooth nose with some licorice. Dark coppery amber clear with thin lacing off-white head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Sweet with raisin, alcohol, bourbon and oak, and vanilla. Still hot with lots of warming. Heavy viscous sweet finish.
TheJester (1912) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cole’s. Simply a beautiful beer to look at - amber, with a fluffy tan head. The aroma is mild - probably a draught thing. But the nose is dominated by oak. Tonnes of smoke in the flavour - it’s almost like peat. Syrupy body. Lots from the barrel, but the base beer is not quite obscured. Boozy finish. What a barleywine should be.
Syzzer (591) - Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6-4-12 @ Venti’s on tap: Light bourbon color, Head around rim lasts. Alcohol present, bitter finish. Alcohol over powers. 8.05 BD 8Ben- tasting alcohol, tastes kinda like bock
Beerman6686 (4404) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a dark orange color with a beige head. Aroma was dark fruits, barrel, hops, and burnt sugar. Flavor was similar, a lot more hops than expected for this being 3 years old. Light barrel and some sweetness. Alcohol is subdued luckily.
artmcd8 (1653) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2013 2010 Bottle thanks to docjitsu. Shared at dog days tasting. Pours a reddish copper color. Aroma of bourbon and dark fruits. Tastes a bit harsh and astringent. Oily thick mouthfeel with proper carbonation.
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, corked and baled. 2011. Thanks j! Pours a murky dark amber with a light creamy tan head. Big bready sweet bourbon and orange nose. Thick sticky body, soft carb. Oranges, apricots, vanilla, brown bread, caramel. Long sticky sweet finish.
Ktwse (2078) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep murky amber with low off-white, almost yellow, head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma of distinct bourbon barrel, toffee, butterscotch, bread, very light resin and some brown sugar. Taste is again distinct bourbon barrel, sweet fruit and sugar at first, with some creamy butterscotch as well, before a balanced bitter finish. Body is rich and creamy with nearly flat carbonation.
GoForShlomo (46) - - JUL 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong caramel and bourbon aroma; beautiful siena appearance with creamy aroma; sweet, bourbon taste; fantastic silky palate with just a touch of fizz; overall, it's all about that sweet bourbon taste and your appreciation of the beer will be tied directly to how much you like that sweet malt flavor, though it has a palate that may be without parallel and worth trying just for that
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Rojum55 (12) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: 2010 Old Guardian Aged in Bourbon Barrels Batch (?)
Aroma: caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, smells excellent.
Appearance: Dark Amber.
Taste: Heavy Dark fruits, barrel character from the bourbon, excellent Old Guardian Aged taste.
Overall: Too good, an excellent bourbon barrel aged barley wine!