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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009

Source:Guest tap at DLD.
Glass:Tulip.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:oak, vanilla, red wine, caramel malt and a hint of alcohol.
Flavor:Oak, fruity wine and caramel malt with a warming finish.
Palate:Medium/full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Didnít care for this as much as the regular OG.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
xs2500 (180) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 27, 2009
As I say when I rate all Stone brews, you should expect nothing less from this company. Flavor is strong yet palettes well. Nice semi sweet fruity aroma

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Draught at Maxís: Aroma of oak, hops, red wine, caramel, slight bleach, and light alcohol. Poured deep orange/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white/pinkish head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, oak, vanilla, slight red wine, hops, slight alcohol, and marzipan. Tastes like a certain holiday cookie I do not know the name of. Medium to full body. Smooth , slightly sticky texture. Averae carbonation. Oak, vanilla, slight caramel, and hop finish is a little dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(Stone tasting at Brickskeller) Lightly hazed amber body with soft beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, caramel, grapefruit, light vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit, buttery, alcohol, light vinous, molasses. Smooth medium-full body, some stickiness.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
This beer was terrible on tap at DLD. Incredibly harsh hops with no other redeeming quality. I simply canít believe that this is rated so highly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
A 2008 sample at Roziís Wine House Stone Brewing event. Very light citrusy aroma. Poured a medium orange and cloudy body with a small bubbly head and little lace. Strong kick with bubbly mouth feel. I wasnít blown away by this barley wine, fine but not really great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: Old Guardian 2008, red wine barrel
Date: April 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Tasting, DLD
Appearance: cloudy orange, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet wine and caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, winey sweetness brings out a fruity character, light oak along with a spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Thanks Naven! I got to try a glass of this off the growler. First thing I noticed, before I actually knew what it was, is the faint smell of grape, possibly wine. Whaddya know! The nose didnít translate as much into the flavor, but I wish this were a bottled staple that I could get more often. OG is good, on itís own, but these new flavors and smells just set it up another rung on the ladder. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Draft, ahhh just what i needed to save the OG, the dry arid hoppiness is gone leaving behind a sweeter, vinous Cabernet barely wine. Light cheery and woodiness with a strong alcohol warming. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Sampled at Maxís American Beer Fest. I was very excited to try this. Pours a translucent, rosy amber with a fading white head. Some legs like a scotch. Fruity aroma, grapes, slightly boozy. Flavor is very nice, buttery, salty, slight rosy/zinfandel flavors. Full bodied and salty on the palate. Pretty good.


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