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Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barley Wine - Red Wine Barrel

Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barley Wine - Red Wine Barrel
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
I write this the Tuesday following our Stone 15th Anniversary celebration. More than 6,500 folks came out to help us celebrate our 15 years of being in the biz. And as with every other year, we are excited to find this one filled with many many interesting and exciting things. New "Stone Quingenti Millilitre" 500 ml cork-and-wire-bale program announced? Check. New coffee table-worthy book "The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes & Unabashed Arrogance" released late September 2011? Check. Another tome I co-authored called "The Brewer’s Apprentice" also coming out in September? Check. New Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station announced? Check. New "Stone Company Store" in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego opened? Check. Stone Europe announced? The idea, check. The location... not just yet. Hotel across the street from our brewery in Escondido to be built with new offices, a catering kitchen and event space announced? Check. The announcement of a building expansion to the south of our brewery that may allow us to brew a half a million barrels per year? Check. Impending secession from the city of Escondido to form our own city-state of Stonelandia? Uh, no. Not yet. We like Escondido. Although it’s pretty amusing to ponder the thought... hmmm... Stonelandia. I like the sound of it. Heh. Ok, back to the moment. The thing I left out in the list above was the announcement that along with the hotel and event space mentioned, we’ll have a new barrel-aging room. Enough room for many hundreds of barrels, which will mean a future filled with a lot more of the likes of what you have here in your hands. You could call it "a tasty barrel-aged future" if you like. I think I will.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4700) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours opaque reddish copper with a fizzy bubbly white head. Tastes like red wine, caramel, booze, dry toasted malt, dried fruits. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like red wine, caramel, booze, dry toasted malt, dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
500 ml bottle shared by brew3crew. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, wood, vinous, some fruitiness, tannins with much of the normal hop character replaced by the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle, shared by JD and Andy at Beer Study. Thanks fellers! Pours a light cloudy orange, layered, no head. Nose is sweet and sugary, light marzipan, Belgian candi sugar, raisins, boozy dates, some grapey vinousness. Flavor is a little lighter, dark fruits, brown sugar, light oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark grape, toasted malt and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark grape bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This also a complex solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
500ml bottle, shared by brew3crew. Mostly hazy amber color. Very little white head, couple dots of lace. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. Nice, smooth belgian yeast, some light caramel malt, moderate vinous notes. Flavors work pretty well together. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Some good earthy hop. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8114) - Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
500 ml bottle to snifter (2010 vintage; muled by brew3crew for the group). Looks solid; a semi-transparent caramel orange off-white lacing. Smells good; sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee, and a nice red wine backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2010 Vintage 500ml series from the book release. Pours with a mildly hazy copper hued body with a medium sized off-white head. Aromas are of red wine, vinous, jammy, strawberry, raspberry, plum, moderate fruit. Fruit rollups, oak, leather, chewy. Flavors are of currants, craisins, malty, medium oxidized hops. Chewy. Caramel. Medium to fuller bodied with medium carbonation. Warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3481) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Slightly hazy orange with a small and rapidly fading off white head. The aroma brings barrels, wine, grapes, malt, booze. Nice flavor, with grape skins and wine barrels. Present alcohol, hut not overpowering. Lots of flavor. Malty, fruity, a bit sweet. Good stuff. Complex and well balanced. Would have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-31-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
2010 Bottle-Pour is a dark amber..Nose is wine, belgo yeast, cherry, fruits, wood,Taste is yeast, barrel, wine, cherry, fruits..Palate is nice with wine and barrel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 amber/copper pour with no head. sticky wood, vanilla, candied sugar, and yeast. very smooth on the palate, sticky, cotton candy, wood, nice finish.

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