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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Unfortuantely I have to post a dissenting review of this beer. I saw that it received great ratings and scores, so I had to try it. But I can’t share in the acclaim of other member’s thoughts. I didn’t appreciate this offering at all. This beer poured a reddish copper color with a very minimal off-white head. The head left no lacing around the glass at all. The nose was full of dark red grapes, a little whiskey, alcohol and barley. The body was smooth and offered a great drink, but I couldn’t get past the flavors. This beer tasted more like an expired and sour merlot than a decent barleywine. It featured too many characteristics of aging in wine barrels. The finish was especially too much to handle. The grape and alcohol and notes were too overpowering. Unfortunately for me, this offering missed the mark.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, Wynkoop Brewery 25/09/2009 (2008 Vintage) Hoppy aroma. Big white head. Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a crisp and warming malt finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a hazy amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of red wine, carmel, citrus and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, red wine, citrus, oak and pepper with a crisp dry lingering fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice reddish-orange color. Smells of some citrus with alcohol flavors present. Tastes of some fruit, malt and a bit of hops. Slight bite in the taste due to the high alcohol content. For an 11% + beer though the alcohol is hidden well. Fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Draught at the Bistro Barrel Aged Festival 2009. Blood orange with a thick off-white head. The aroma maintains much of the huge hoppiness of regular OG (well, it’s not as pungent, but the alcohol is also smoother) but with a generous red wine addition and plenty of oak. The aging has really smoothed out the bitterness and alcohol from the regular version, though maybe not much different than a year-old bottle or regular OG. It is still pretty high on hop flavor though, with a nice vinous touch adding complexity and apparent dryness. Smooth texture with just a little heat. Good use of red wine in a non-sour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours attractive reddish orange with a layer of a cream colored head. Nose is sweet malts, vinous fruits and wood. Same in the flavor with a bit more wine influence and some vanilla. Smooth on the palate with a bit of heat in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a hazy, reddish-orange color; huge, textured off-white head with great retention and significant lacing; great pour. Soft red fruit notes, light tea and earthiness in the nose; hidden alcohol; quiet. Huge earthy bitterness in the mouth, red fruits, pleasant candy and complex earthy malts, if just a touch rough at the edges; softly presented red wine notes and toasty wood. Lasting finish of toasted malts, light red fruits; complex sugar and fine toastiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft at Bistro BA Fest. Caramel colored pour. Musty toasted oak / wine aroma. Flavor is the same, with sweet syrupy malt and some bittering hops still present in the finish. Very balanced and nice BA beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro. Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a substantial off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is loads of sweet malt, citrus hops, red wine, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is sweet pale and caramel malt, red wine, oak, vanilla, and faded citrus/pine hops. Body is medium-full and alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is high for the style and ABV. Overall this is pretty solid, but falls just a tad short of regular Old Guardian.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head. The nose is caramel, grapes, vanilla and hops. The taste is citrus hops, brown sugar, vanilla, light wine and pine. The wine barrel character is muted by the hops compared to the 070707, but it’s still good.


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