WabashMan (1023) - 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 (8314) - 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 (2110) - 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 (6033) - 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 (1799) - 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 (8894) - 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 (15570) - Dublin, 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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at johnny browns. Cloudy brown copper color with a small creamy off white that left great lacing. Nose held some candied fruits, some oak and faint vinous notes. Flavor was much more pronounced with light barrel character and a ton of caramel and candied peaches and tree fruits.
dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definately a lighter barleywine nose with wine hints. A hay copper appearance. Solid medium bodied barleywine with a nice hop finish...also a bit of wood and maybe wine bitterness in the finish.
Notes: On tap at the Pints for Prostates/Denver Rare Beer Tasting at Wynkoop Brewing Co, 2009 Great American Beer Fest
BillKismet (3780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, luminous amber body with light head. Deep cabernet and fruity nose translates into a similar flavor. Smooth, with some cough syrup viscosity and a cherry finish. A solid fusion of elements in this potent brew.