snoworsummer (4530) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. Pours opaque orange copper with a bubbly white head. Tastes like white wine, booze, grapes, caramel. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like white wine, booze, grapes, caramel.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 10 East. Admittedly I’m a huge fan of regular Old Guardian, this kicks it up a few levels with both the wood and the wine components. Aroma is lots of caramel and malts and coming to the party is the white wine and wood aromas. The flavor is much less hotter than the bottled version or non-BA OG, and the caramel flavors really come out, along with the vanillin. The wine flavor is much more subdued, and the hop presence is noticed instead. A good switch IMO. A solid offering.
kathouse (1605) - Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Liberty Station. Cloudy orange with nice white foam. Very pleasant oak aroma. Pear and brown sugars round out the nose. Wood flavors are sharp and dry. Tart stone fruits and citric acids bury the pallette.
jkwalking05 (4572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Liberty Station. Amber in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus, pear, heavy florals and perfume, light oak, and a hint of unripe berries. Taste is of citrus, stone fruit, raisin, light pine, bitter florals (lavender mostly), pear, and oak. Dry and complex.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Tap ][ Stone Liberty Station ][ 5oz ][ Red Wine Taster ][ $2 ][ 2/2/14 ]
>> Pours a hazy bright orange, spotty lace. Skunky nose from sun, mild white chocolate, vanilla, light berry. Taste is dusty, spicy, dry, mild white chocolate. Over oaked, dry palate.
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Stone Liberty Station. Hazed amber pour with a small tan head. Smells a bit tart and fruity. Gooseberry, green apple, grapefruit, raspberry, and green grapes. Sweet caramel, some charred wood, and a hint of vanilla. Interesting. Bitter flavors of green apple skin, grapefruit peel, and pine. Some tannic oak, mild wine, grape, and a light sweetness of caramel. A touch of booze on the back end. Shouldn’t be good with the tartness, but didn’t mind it too much.
peteinSD (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Murky copper/orange pour with a froth of off-white foam. Noticeable white wine grapes in the aroma over dense, sweet malt and pine bitterness. Taste is semi-boozy white wine up front followed by thicker sweet malt with raisin and dense caramel before finishing with hop bitterness, pine, and lingering alcohol heat. There’s an interesting flavor interaction between the white wine and the heavier malt notes where the wine influence seems to accentuate the density of the malt. Coating mouthfeel. This is a great variant as the white wine clearly alters the base beer but you can still identify the components of the base beer which are quite well complimented by the white wine. Excellent.
mcberko (13863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Liberty Station, pours an opaque amber orange with a creamy medium beige head. Aroma of white wine barrels, caramel malts and resinous hops. Flavour brings out intense wine barrels, quite a bit of booze, caramel malts, and lingering resinous hops. Quite boozy, vinous but still well-balanced. A very slow sipper, but enjoyable.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Murky reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Toffee, caramel, cereal grain, grape, and wood aroma. Silky thick full bodied palate. Tastes of caramel, grape, citrus, white wine, oat and oak with a bitter finish. Very good.