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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at stone. of all the epic beers on tap this night... this was my fav. pours reddish brown with no head. aroma is all bourbon and vanilla. mouthful was full on bourbon that gracefully faded to allow the great old guardian come through. the big bourbon note was amazing and delish...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draftat the Bistro. Pours a hazy maroon orange, with a small off white head. Smells oflight bourbon, dark sweet malts, and some dark fruits. The flavor was pretty intense. Pretty sharp and biting on the palate. Good dose of some boozy bourbon mixed in with some bready yeast flavors, malt, and sweet fruits. Some smooth, rich vanilla came through to balance it a bit. Pretty strong brew. Maybe a touch boozy, but quite complex and enjoyable. Pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On draft at Stone. Pours a ruddy brownish red color, with a fuzzy white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is spicy, with bourbon, some chocolate, and subdued caramel. Flavor has a nice feel to it, with caramel, some chocolate, sweet malts, subdued hops, and an interesting liquor element. Surprisingly crisp. Bitter, sticky body. Slides right down the throat easily, and considering what this beer is made of, is fairly impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 What a nose! Huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak and dried fruits. The flavor tags right along with the nose in complexity and fullness. A bit hot and biting, but coating on the palate. Finish is a bit hot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Draft at Stone Bistro for RBSG, 2006 vintage. My pour was a deep brown, much darker than the regular OG. Aroma of rich malts, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of dark caramel, molasses and vanilla countered by a nicely balance bitterness. Finish has a hint of wood, and is not too hot or bitey. Nice use of the barrel and has aged well.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Tasted at brewery for RBSG. This was a really amazing beer. Nice copper red with creamy tan head. Bourbon, spice, and caramel aroma. Smooth buttery palate. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, spice, toffee, and oak taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Stone RBSG luncheon. Pours orange with an off white head. Nose is sweet and amazing with a lot of sweet bourbon. Taste is really good very sweet and very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone’s RBSG incredible luncheon. Cloudy orange amber color. Nice small bubble head. Medium carbonation. Malty sweet aroma. Mellow flavor. Sweet. Tiny bit of alcohol bite. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (513) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2008
(bottle) This barley wine has an orange copper body with a small beige head. The aroma is very sweet and spicy that somehow seems to fill the room with its floral bouquet. The alcohol and bourbon notes as there, as well. The first thing I notice when taking a sip is how creamy, soft, and full bodied the beer feels. Sweetness and alcohol are apparent upfront, but it finishes very dry with some hop bitterness and some alcohol burn. Don’t have much experience with barley wine, but this was really quite good and much better than which ever barley wines I have had before.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Had this beer on draft at Mad Mex in Oakland. Excellent spicy version versus my standard Old Horizontal. Very modest head, cloudy, sweet but nice balance with salittle Stone finish. The alcohol does not dominate and carbonation is just right.


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