Travlr (17714) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Churchkey. Good body, nice aroma of wood, dark fruits, bread dough. Taste is more complex than most Stone offerings.
Leighton (15381) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London during Scopey’s 10k - I picked this one up at the brewery. Old fruits in the nose, earth, bread, toasted caramel. Medium sweet flavor with earthy bitterness, some oily pine, dried fruits, berries, leather, orange peel. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, plenty of oiney bitterness, jammy fruits, leathery berries. Great stuff. It’s a few years old now but there’s still a lot of kick here. Good beer.
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, massive thanks to LKS, 26/11/15.
Rich chestnut brown with reddish hues topped with a decent beige head.
Nose is rich malt, toffee, red berry, spice, tannins, red wine barrel, figs, toasted sugars.
Taste comprises dark malt, fruit loaf, red wine notes, leather, plum duff, caramelised sugar, dates, red berry snap, candied fruit.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close.
Solid BA barley wine. Well rounded and balanced.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, 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.
argo0 (12512) - 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.
Ratman197 (11778) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy cream colored head, no retention or lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, bread), average hops (floral, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol and wine. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), heavy hops (floral, pine, citruus), and average esters with notes of wine and plum. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
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
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler… Cloudy dark caramel ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose furnishes caramel and toasted oak with a splash of red wine. It’s just a hint medicinal, but fortunately no more than that... very slight. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Bittersweet, caramely flavor with additional notations of toffee, brown sugar, oak and a faint medicinal component. Lengthy, lingering, bittersweet finish. Growler courtesy of Dstructo!
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is a pretty solid one. Blend of red wines but it doesn’t take away form the classic base beer.