Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guest tap at DLD 2010. Pours a cloudy, copper-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a solid mixture of fat caramels, juicy citrus pines, and red wine. Perfume-like spices and a mixture of oranges, apricots, and a light amount of grapefruits make up the hops, but they have clearly taken a bit of a back seat in comparison to the original. Some toasty toffees and a bit of a vanilla-barrel smell accompanies the red wine. Flavor is pretty similar. Lots of thick caramels and toffees with the toast coming out a bit from the wood. The hops seem to kick it up a bit in the flavor as compared to the aroma with a solid piney citrus and apricot. It all blends nicely with a somewhat subtle red wine and vanilla flavor that is definitely not meant to overpower. The wine seems to bring out a few extra fruity flavors that I didn’t pick up in the aroma though, which is nice. Ends a tad boozy, sweet, and still a bit resiny with a mostly dry, oaky finish that leaves a balanced, moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a round and full, somewhat sticky body and soft carbonation. A bit thick drinking at times. Overall, a nice take on the original. The red wine and barrel is fairly subtle and added a nice complexity. I guess I was expecting a bit more, but this was still very enjoyable. Glad to have had the ability to try this.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First beer of the day at DLD 2010. Pours reddish copper with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malts, hops, and faint red wine notes. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, faint hops, little bit of dark fruits/red wine and just a little booze. Much more mellow than I remember the regular Old Guardian to be. Pretty good stuff.
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled thanks to some generous person on DLD. This one was a blur as well, but I remember it being way better than the original...the alcohol was much more tame and the hops and fruit stood out a lot better. Very good beer.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at Dark Lord Day 2010.
Pours a nice, ruby tinged brown, with a big nose dominated by the hops and alcohol, but with that characteristic barley wine sweetness, as well. The big, hoppy flavor of Old Guardian seems a little mellowed in this offering, but it makes for a more mature flavor and a nice offering.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a huge cream colored head. Light grapefruit and light caramel aroma with light wine. Light grapefruit and caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Light grapefruit and caramel lingers with light fruitiness. Wine character by far in background.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ small bar. Hazed orange creamy head. Juicy red fruits Lots of hops bitter fruit. Red fruit and alcohol makes it a little cough syruppy. Bitter and winey. Too much booze. This might be nice with some age. 7/3/7/4/14 3.5
Nisse666 (4948) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Provdatum: 2008-12-27, flaska, Göteborg
Färg: Grumlig Trocadero, härlig bestående skumkrona
Doft: skotsk kolkällare, lite metallisk
Smak: stor humle smak, oljig, bra beska, vanilj fudge (Jonas och Heather: päron/jordgubb, jag är mer skeptisk, men det är någon frukt där).
Eftersmak: lång och ihållande, angenäm
Notera: Fantasifulla skumridåer
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on tap @ surly goat 2008 vintage.)murky reddish/orange body with a nice white head.aroma of red wine,cotton candy,oak,brown sugar,dark fruit,and sherry.alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel is outstanding.
marcus (7453) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Graduate, Davis. Pours amber with a thin off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a sweet citrus/pine flavor. The barrel aging did not seem to improve this brew.
brokensail (12886) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: A rich copper color with about one finger of head that quickly dissipates.
S: Like you would expect from Old Guardian, very malty and sweet. The red wine barrel aging has definitely imparted some fruitier characteristics to this beer.
T: The taste is very much like "regular" Old Guardian, but a slight fruity sweetness is present here (on top of the malty sweetness). A slight bitter hoppiness is present as well.
M: Enormous body, no carbonation.
D: Not a beer you drink very quickly, but incredibly tasty.