twistedviews (75) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
got it at the brewery in a growler. agreed to smelling like cognac and being creamy. you can definitely tell it tastes more like wine than beer. pretty good
SinH4 (3100) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2008, sampled from tap at Stone Garden Berlin. Hazy amber color with big eggshell head, slightly darker than the other Old Guardian variants next to it. Aroma is coffee, toffee, piney, surprisingly fresh. Taste is again coffee, surprisingly fresh. Sticky-oily mouthfeel. Not so much red-wine barrel for me, but definitely a nice and interesting Barley Wine, there’s a lot going on!
ALIBALI (690) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tja, dem Old Guardian steht halt fast jede Verfeinerung extragut zu Gesicht. Auch in diesem wunderbaren Vintagebier (2008) geht einiges ab. Viel weinfruchtige Nuancen ergänzen sich vorzüglich mit dem üppig karameligen Malzkörper. Am Ende ist der Gute vielleicht etwas zu süß, aber das ist meckern auf höchsten Niveau. 0,15/3,30€ vom Hahn in der STONE BREWERY BERLIN.
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
26th November 2015
Scopey 10K Celebrations in deepest Croydonia. Big thanks to Leighton, been after this for years! Very hazy deep amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth, semi dry. Decent fine carbonation. Smooth malts, trace of thin cream. Mildly bitter toffee. Trace of citric peel. Mild red wine builds in the mid. Modest spice. Smooth finish. Nicely layered barleywine.
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Scopey’s 10,000, many thanks to Leighton. As ’2011 Old Guardian Temecula Red Wine’, 10.5%. Very dark mahogany brown, hazy, opaque, still, small foamy tan head. Aroma is leather, resin, boiled sweets and a little mint. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, sweet fruits, boiled sweets, touch of red wine. Nice but too sweet for the likes of me.
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle split at Paul’s 10k tasting, London. big thanks to Leighton. It pours a hazed amber color with tiny beige head. Aroma is sweet lightly boozy with caramel biscuit red fruits. Taste is light sweet biscuit caramel very light booze. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, ok
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, massive thanks to LKS, 26/11/15.
Rich chestnut brown with reddish hues topped with a decent beige head.
Nose is rich malt, toffee, red berry, spice, tannins, red wine barrel, figs, toasted sugars.
Taste comprises dark malt, fruit loaf, red wine notes, leather, plum duff, caramelised sugar, dates, red berry snap, candied fruit.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close.
Solid BA barley wine. Well rounded and balanced.
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London during Scopey’s 10k - I picked this one up at the brewery. Old fruits in the nose, earth, bread, toasted caramel. Medium sweet flavor with earthy bitterness, some oily pine, dried fruits, berries, leather, orange peel. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, plenty of oiney bitterness, jammy fruits, leathery berries. Great stuff. It’s a few years old now but there’s still a lot of kick here. Good beer.
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to Leighton. It pours deep red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, sweet, juicy, boozy, dark fruits, honeycomb, red berry, vinous, red wine and earth. The taste is rich, bitter, woody, boozy, earth, leather, red grape skin, fruit cake and toasty action with a dry, warming finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Well-rounded and quite boosty. Good fun.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with a minimal off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Prominent vinous red wine barrel presence in the aroma with subtle oak/toothpick, vanilla bean and vinous dark fruit sweetness. Strawberry and cream with grape, sour cherry, currant and other dark berries. Strong wine character that sort of overpowers there barleywine notes. Underneath, there’s some leathery malt, caramel, toffee and muted hops along with hints of date, fig, raisin and port. Very nice!
Medium body with soft carbonation and perfectly integrated vinous red wine barrel flavors that linger over the leathery malts, sweeter notes and resinous hop bitterness into a slightly dry finish. Some dry roasted oak but it’s not overpowering or heavily charred. Some vanilla bean and damp wood followed by vinous fruit sweetness, notably grape, strawberry, tart cherry and blueberry. Similar to a barbera wine. Under the heavy barrel presence, there’s some leathery malt along with toffee, biscuit, fig and raisin. Really nice beer with complex flavors that are very well balanced. High ABV is excellently masked making this complex beer very easy to drink. Never would have guessed it was 11.2%. This series of barrel aged beers from Stone can be hit or miss, but this might be the best one I’ve tried up to this point.
sir__v (2049) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Stone Brewery, Escondido - CA. Color: orange brown beer with velvet purple reflection, no carbonation and white foam. Smell : malt and sugar domination. Barrel notes but not extrem red vine presence and raisin. Taste: amazing complexity very great work on malt and hops with great sugar and very strong notes of caramel and alcohol. Oily sensation. Aftertaste: alcohol finish and malt! Very great!