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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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When our illustrious brewing team spiked a few barrels of the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine with our Belgian yeast strain last year, we absolutely loved it. So much, in fact, that we knew we needed an excuse to make more. So, in our unending quest to constantly challenge the status quo (even our own), we came up with Odd Beers for Odd Years, a program to release odd beers – e.g. Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine – in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015…). It was met with a bit of resistance (to say the least) since we weren’t originally offering the traditional Old Guardian alongside it, but we’ve mended our ways and decided to make both. You’re welcome.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter. Great reddish-amber-brown color with thick tan head that held pretty well. Good lacing and legs. Full body and medium carbonation. Aroma is of toffee, some mahogany, medium roasted malt sweetness. Taste is funky. The big thing that throws me off is that it tastes like burnt marshmallows. That burtn flavor is front and center and I’m glad I was splitting this bottle because I would’ve drain poured it if I tried to finish it myself.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewballs (190) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
Stone is always hit or miss for me. They tend to play it safe by doing IPA’s. With their barleywine there is sense this is where they need to go. It has an amber hue. Lacy head. A little boozy but the hops override it. It has a smooth wash down maybe too clean. It needs a bit more bitterness but overall it is a balanced beer. I’d like to try on tap definitely next time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6158) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
(Bottle) Hazy reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange marmalade, dried apricots, rye bread, honey, citrus peel, red fruit, caramel and hints of spices. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, apricots, rye bread, orange peel, marmalade, hints of liquorice and spices (clove?) and a certain sweetness and alcohol bite in a finish with a good citric bitterness. Almost full body, soft and chewy mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Solid and well made barley wine with a spicy touch. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at Commercial Taphouse on 04/14/2011. Clear copper amber body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet banana, clove, belgian yeast and caramel aroma. Sweet banana, clove, belgian yeast, fruit, caramel, and slight alcohol flavor. Medium full body with moderately high carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sunni05 (32) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Very thick like a Barley Wine should be. Hint of figs and apricots. Nice bitter aftertaste...love the hoppiness! The aroma of apricots mixed with the piny scent of the hops makes your nose come alive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8445) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel, sticky orange candy, Belgian yeast, toffee, light oxidation/sherry, fruity esters and touch of banana bubblegum. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1967) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Draft cole house pizza. Pour has a deep burnt caramel color and a thin coating of off white head. Aroma has belgian yeast, light oxidation, sweet sticky malt, and light aged hops. Mouth feel is hefty with low carbonation. Flavor is rich on the malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel, mild oxidation, and a bit of heat into a lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

2011 Odd Year Release

3/09/2011: Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine Style Ale... Aroma: Strong, yeasty, lots of ripe, fleshy fruits (peach, apricot, plum, orange, grapefruit); sharp, metallic alcohol (like rubbing alcohol at times). Appearance: Orange color (leaning toward amber), cloudy; dense, thick, and lasting ivory-colored head. Flavor: Lots of esters - very fruity with some banana, yeasty, Hawaiian bread, lots of bubblegum; plenty of alcohol shines through along with some burn. Palate: Overall: Definitely drinks like a Belgian Barleywine! Good, but I’ll take the "standard" Old Guardian over Belgo since this one is just quite a mouthful and shows every bit of 12% alcohol and maybe more...

1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (12% Alc/Vol) from Marty’s Hops & Vines in Cincinnati, OH. Rating #431 for this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4652) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle bought at Systembolaget a couple of years ago. Slightly hazy amber with a small head. Malt, dried fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Also some light spices. Nicely balanced and a great one to sip.


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