xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Max’s: 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.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer was terrible on tap at DLD. Incredibly harsh hops with no other redeeming quality. I simply can’t believe that this is rated so highly.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A 2008 sample at Rozi’s 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 wasn’t blown away by this barley wine, fine but not really great.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: Old Guardian 2008, red wine barrel
Date: April 25, 2009
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
Score: *** /4
Bartzilla (590) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 didn’t translate as much into the flavor, but I wish this were a bottled staple that I could get more often. OG is good, on it’s own, but these new flavors and smells just set it up another rung on the ladder. Good stuff.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nimbleprop (6657) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Max’s 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.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a growler I picked up at Stone W.B. Very interesting - Pretty much standard Old Guardian, with a slight touch of oak and a good amount of red wine. Actually, the wine was so present, it was almost as if a mix of Old Guardian and a cabarnet. Would have liked to taste a tad more oak, but that’s a minor complaint. A tad bit boozy, as well. Overall, this was really tasty.