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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2008
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2008
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2008
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2008
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours hazy orange with no head. Dense bourbon aroma with mild fruity accents. Smooth caramel malty base flavour and a dense bourbon flavour coming through. Good balance between the malt and bourbon. Slight burning alcohol finish though.

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...


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