brokensail (13596) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber in color with a white head. Smells much hoppier than I expected. Not a ton of barrel/bourbon character. Some vanilla and a bit of booze, but mostly pine and citrus with caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same. Probably the most bitter barrel aged barleywine I’ve ever had. Pine and citrus with caramel, a hint of vanilla, some oak, and maybe just a touch of bourbon.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 batch. hoppy for a barley wine and that keeps it from getting too rich. there’s still plenty of brown sugar and fruit but it’s more like a ’triple ipa’.
Thisis12ptfont (996) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee, caramel, raisins, and some hops. Very dark brown appearance with a thin foam top. Taste is flavorful coffee, bread, barley, black liquorice, raisins, caramel and some leafy/earthy flavors. Very smooth, crisp taste with a thin palate. Overall, a full-flavored and easy drinking brew. I’d give this an A rating.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’10 bottle. Pours a clear caramel red with a large and frothy white head. Aroma is faded hops, very slight bourbon, roast, caramel, raisin, and some grainy malt character toward the back. Taste is light hop bitterness, raisin, caramel, subtle and soft bourbon with a touch of vanilla, and a bit more hop bitterness through the finish. Mouth feel is even, clean, and even somewhat dry given the 11%+ abv. I was really surprised at how minute the bourbon character is on this beer but putting that aside the beer is still very enjoyable and it’s nice to enjoy this variant in the comfort of my home. Nice beer.
symphox (3) - - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice off-white pillowy head. 3 fingers. Subtle aroma in general; malty. Dark orange appearance, slightly cloudy. Fairly carbonated. Medium body, sweet, slightly salty, and almost smoky. Good with heavy food as the finish (which is a hoppy punch in the nuts) cuts right through the fats on the palate. Good beer!
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Vintage on tap at Stone. Lots of bourbon on the nose. Bright deep orange. Smooth, the easiest old guardian I’ve ever tasted. Bourbon flavored from start to finish, and some alcohol is present as well. OG’s usual characters have receded a bit in favor of the bourbon.
JohnnyJ (4943) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 on draft at stone. Hazy amber, with a caramel colored head. Sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, bits of fruit, even some coconut, bourbon, and rum character. I like it.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Old Guardian 2006, Bourbon Barrel
Date: October 06, 2010
Source: Duckworth’s Stone Tour
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, scant head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, balancing earthyness, light oak
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, caramel sweetness, bourbon and vanilla adds to the fruity sweetness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle from stone). Pours a clear garnet color with light tan head. Aroma is wood, caramel and some bourbon, vanilla. Taste is sweet, with some bitterness. Medium bodied and oily. Bitter finish is distracting. Much better than the belgo treatments. This one might age ok.
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel colored pour, light cream head. Caramel, bourbon, dried fruit aroma. Flavor is rich with caramel, toffee, hops, some honey. Good. Thanks dcschiller!