footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, RBSG. Tasted in an amazing outdoor setting at the Bistro. Warm and syrupy. Fruity and caramelly. I really love the regular version and this was so well done with the aging that I knew I was still drinking the same beer just with a few added extras. Yeah, it was a bit sweet but sweet with many wonderful flavors. What a nice treat from Greg and Stone.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. 2006 Vintage. Clear caramel body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassas aroma. Light boubon notes. Sweet caramel and vanilla bourbon flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation.
Ungstrup (30267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
To celebrate my rating number 11,100 I enter this much sought after top-50 beer. Draft at The Bistro during RBSG 2008. An unclear amber beer wtih a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet amtly with notes of caramel, alcohol, and bourbon. The flavor is very sweet - almost cloying with lots of alcohol burning the palate and top of throat, but also strong notes of caramel and a subtly bourbon note.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ RBSG. Dark amber color with very little head. Rich caramel and background oak aroma, rich malts and alcohol, smells damn good. I expected a quite hot alcoholic taste, but it’s well integrated into the beer. The bourbon is there but doesn’t dominate, and accents the rich dark fruits of the OG well. Another tasty one.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Stone bistro. Pours amber with tan head. Huge bourbon in the nose. Great aroma. Very creamy mouthfeel. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Awesome beer.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at Stone Bistro during the 08 RBSG. This Barley wine pours a deep amber color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is bourbon, malt, oak and sweet. A full bodied barley wine. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Laced with nice touches of vanilla and oak. It’s added some sweetness and a whole lot of bourbon flavors in the barrel. Very smooth tasting. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet with some wood and alcohol.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 on-tap after RBSG came through. Pours hazy, copper/amber with a super thin, whispy white head. Smells sweet malty and hoppy spicy with sweet vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. Tastes of some spicy alcohol, wood and bourbon with some spicy hop notes and a warming alcohol and sweet malt finish. Full body, good carbonation. This was my favorite of the BA beers they had on tap after RBSG.
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Clear golden ale with not much of a head. Big, hearty bourbon and caramel nose. Full-bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Tons of bourbon and alcohol. Lots of caramelly sweetness backed up by a fair amount of hop and alcohol bitterness. Finishes boozy and bitter. World class beer!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Stone Bistro. Pours a burnished caramel amber color, partly cloudy, topped with a thin layer of wispy off-white head. Woody aroma of stringy oak, mild vanilla, and a moderate bourbon booziness. Softer notes of caramel malt, fruitcake, and mild pear esters lie beneath. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a slightly sticky texture. Flavors of caramel and vanilla up front, along with some sherried pear. Mild fruits, light bitterness, and wood. There aren’t any clever tricks or miraculous transformations happening here; it tastes exactly like OG with bourbon. The BB character isn’t overdone and works well with the base beer.