DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a powerful yet refined beer. It pours a dark cloudy amber color with a thin white head and good lacing. The aroma has fruit and bourbon. The flavor is assertive, with strong notes of fruit, caramel, malt, some bitter hops, spice and earthy tones. The high alcohol is almost unnoticeable until the thick and warming finish. An excellent beer for any occassion.
GenDV138 (5469) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml caged & corked bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle of the 2010 Old Guardian aged in bourbon barrels, 10.7% ABV. Dark amber brown with almost a finger of beige head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit and raisins, light whiskey. Tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit and raisins, whiskey, oak, light floral notes. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Aged very well, nice balance of barrel and barleywine.
rejtable (2205) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with no head or lacing. Nose is molasses, cherries, cheerios, bourbon, vanilla. Taste is big sweet, big bitter. Mouth is full creamy with lively carbonation.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Decent retention for style and ABV.
Strong boozy barrel aroma thatís nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Strong toothpick and toasted oak presence along with spicy, boozy bourbon but you can still pick up leathery malt, caramel sweetness and vinous dark fruit notes. Subtle grassy hops in there but they are really overpowered by the charred oak, bourbon and heavy malt bill.
Full bodied with a nice barrel presence that gives off strong dry oak and spicy bourbon sweetness that lingers over the leathery malts and sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Barrel is a bit stronger than I like with strong booze/heat but the caramel malt sweetness, toffee and dark fruit flavors come through. Dry toothpick and burnt oak followed by boozy bourbon with sherry like notes and vinous currant and fig. Could use more sweetness and toned down barrel flavors but itís still pretty good.
bytemesis (6292) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle purchased in 2013. Pours hazy hazel, medium tan head, dissipates leaving decent lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramelized sugars, some oak, bourbon, hints of vanilla and marshmallow, something a bit harsher, pine needles. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium plus bitter, caramelized sugars, bourbon, pine resin. A bit harsh, honestly. Medium body. I am glad that this is not so sickly sweet, but the bitterness is quite aggressive without any actual character.
cards04 (2601) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks kathouse for this gem. Pours a murky maroon color. Aromas are big vanilla, coconut, bourbon, sherry. Nice and sweet.. But hoppy too. A nice boozy warmth as it goes down. Dried fruit, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, hops, oak... Great beer.
Errl (2440) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...Pour is red with hazy white head..Nose is alcohol, spice, bourbon, heat....Taste is cream, spice, alcohol, heat, caramel..
asceticbrewer (69) - Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to tulip. Pours a hazy reddish brown. Thin, lacey off white head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, vanilla, and oak. Taste is tannins, toffee, charred oak, vanilla, and tree sap.
neepsntatties (1696) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled served at a Stone Brewing dinner at the west Burnside Zupans (Portland, OR). Many thanks Micah and Peter! Colour...cloudy-dark Amber with garnet hues and a thin ecru head. Nose...burnt sugar, turbo ado syrup, date paste and steeped Zante currants. Palate...incredible booziness, hot, and volatile. Thereís gobs of Muscavado sugar here and masisive medjool dates. Christmas pudding abounds and the hops mend nicely on the loooong finish!
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/20/15] Draught at Stone Brewing World in Escondido. As Stone Guardianís Slumber 2013. Deep amber color. Lovely aroma of bourbon, vanilla, malt, cookies, caramel and a boozy hint. Sweet flavor with malt, cookies, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some bitter resinous hops and some alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel. A bit boozy and bitter. Very nice.
Sarlacc83 (1769) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sent awhile ago. (Shane?) Thanks!
A: Light mahogany color, creme colored head, legs.
N: Bourbon, vanilla, oxidation, caramel, toffee, candied cherries, heavy hops - pineapple, pine, and peppercorn. Burnt brown sugar, marshmallow.
T: Quite bitter, medium sweetness.
M: Sticky, heavy body, big alcohol, fizzy biting carbonation.
O: Big burly Old Guardian with some well-integrated bourbon characteristics. The underlying beer, however, is not tamed, so thatís either good or bad depending on perspective. Iím somewhere in the middle.