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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Tasted at brewery for RBSG. This was a really amazing beer. Nice copper red with creamy tan head. Bourbon, spice, and caramel aroma. Smooth buttery palate. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, spice, toffee, and oak taste.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Amazingly good barley wine. Perfect balance of hops and malt, but of course more malt than pine/citrus. Loved it, had at Mom’s May 14th. :/

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rojum55 (12) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2008
An easy going barley wine. Feels about 10% alcohol and hides it well. Tasty esters and dark fruits, peaches and berry inhibit the body.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at stone. of all the epic beers on tap this night... this was my fav. pours reddish brown with no head. aroma is all bourbon and vanilla. mouthful was full on bourbon that gracefully faded to allow the great old guardian come through. the big bourbon note was amazing and delish...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2004 edition on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover. pours a hazy, orange-copper with hints of gold and a thick, creamy, off-white head. aroma is wonderful with massive vanilla, oak, and coconut with hints of orange creamsickles, lemon citrus, and big notes of toffee. flavor was absolutely fantastic with tons of vanilla, oak, and toasted coconut with fruity notes of oranges, peaches, and lemons backed by grassy hops and light pine esters. palate is full bodied, smooth as silk, with a hint of sticky sweetness and light warmth on the swallow. overall, an amazing bourbon barrel barleywine.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2013
Sample from bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Bottle from 2010.deep amber beer with a small but lasting beige head. Fruity malty aroma, hazelnuts, caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, plums, roasted notes, vinous, grapes, warming alcohol, biscuits, woody notes, vanilla, creamy notes. Perfection! Malty fruity flavor, nuts, caramel, sweetish, warming alcohol, raisins, prunes, vanilla, bourbon notes, toffee, woody. Incredibly smooth and with a great body. Long vinous fruity finish with candy, caramel, prunes and raisins. Huge beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 On tap at Stone. 2006 vintage. Pours a burnt orange copper color with a disappearing head. I get lots of bourbon in the nose along with candy sweet malt, perhaps candy apples. Notes say, "Wow"! Flavor is straight bourbon up front followed by a nice super sweet fruitiness. Some hops do peak through on the backside, but are subdued, but there still is bitterness. Also, I get a little oak in the flavor as well. Full bodied and hot alcohol, but still pleasant. Lingering bourbon flavor. Damn fine nightcap.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2008
RBSG ’08: Tap @ The Bistro. 2006 vintage for the Old Guardian. Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head. Forward but smooth bourbon with notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Very nice. The flavor is of bourbon, wood and perfectly aged malt. Woody dry finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a full body. This was awesome stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone’s RBSG incredible luncheon. Cloudy orange amber color. Nice small bubble head. Medium carbonation. Malty sweet aroma. Mellow flavor. Sweet. Tiny bit of alcohol bite. Delicious.


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