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.
cards04 (2415) - 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 (2226) - 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 (1458) - 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. There’s gobs of Muscavado sugar here and masisive medjool dates. Christmas pudding abounds and the hops mend nicely on the loooong finish!
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - 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 Guardian’s 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 (1480) - 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 that’s either good or bad depending on perspective. I’m somewhere in the middle.
douglas88 (7426) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a medium white head. A big sweet bourbon and malt nose. Sugary sweet, light bourbon, oxidized. A mellow sugary beast. Good.
Marheb (3377) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 (Pendant le ’’Calm before the storm’’ à Stone Liberty Station): Etiqueté ’’Guardian’s Slumber’’: Un délicieux dessert de caramel riche aux racines profondes et de houblons floraux.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Big caramely and vanilla nose. Flavor is nice, very hoppy , some caramel. Seems to be stuck in the middle, in a few years its probably a nice caramel bwine, fresh its probably nice and hoppy. lots of potential
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a clear orange copper with no head. The aroma is wood, booze, vanilla. Sweet malt, vanilla, light booze, very good.