kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 itís still good.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is faded hops, malt, grains, red wine, oak. Flavor is faded hops, oak, red wine is apparent but overshadowed by the base beer. Finish lingers with hop bitterness and a touch of the wine barrel. Good experiment.
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Denver rare beer tasting at Wynkoop. Red/orange color with a small white head. Nose is very hoppy, piney, winey. Taste is very thick, hoppy, with a nice barrel-wine flavor. Very strong but easily drinkable. Nice.
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Draft @ UJís Manatawny] Murky red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, red wine, citrus fruits, sherry, vanilla oak, toast, and toffee. Taste of pine, tobacco, sherry, red wine, citrus, caramel malts, red grapes, grapefruit, dark fruits, and a good amount of hops left, finishing with a fair amount of alcohol.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at U Jacks barrel event. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of oak, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, red wine, nuts, toasted malt and light citrusy hops. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, red wine, oak, vanilla, grapes and moderate hop bitterness and flavor.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/orange. Nose is vinous, grapey, malt sweetness, floral hops. Flavor is dry wine, oak, grapes, unripe fruit, mild tartness balanced nicely by sweet malts and sweet hops. Lovely!
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Draft sample poured by Mitch Steele at The Denver Rare Beer Tasting event during GABF week on 9/25/09. pours a deep orange with a white head... big body with the hops faded away... very smooth throughout... some light banana... some wood notes, light fruit and sweetness on the nose... finishes well with more barrel notes... really glad I got some of this.