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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2014
A little on the bitter end, which shouldn't be a big surprise coming from stone. Just not loving it as I hoped I might. Still, a decent representation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2104) - Hässelby, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
2011 version Pours red amber low white head Aromas of barley malts, caramel, dried fruits, sweet fruits, red fruits Taste is loaded of caramel malts, fruit cake, apricot and peach jam, dried fruits. Has matured nicely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2211) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
Pours cloudy caramel with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, figs, dates, slight tartness and marinated tropical fruit. Taste is caramel, raisins, figs, dates, marinated fruit. Mouthfeel is quite oily and sticky with low carbonation. Aftertaste is caramel, ripe tropical fruit and resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (4481) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 30122011. Colour is dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bomber. Deep orange amber opaque, thin wispy white head. Aroma is big caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Slight Belgian yeast note but in the background, mild booze. Flavor is off the charts, big dark fruit and caramel notes almost a boozy bourbon sweetness. Some sweet citrus and spice, mild hop bitterness. Big tasty malt bomb, wish I could get another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1268) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2014
Poured 2011 from bomber to glass. Reddish copper hue with off white head that lingered with decent lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, clove, port-like, slightly buttery, raisins, esters. Mouthfeel is great with full body and good carbonation. Somewhat slick texture on the palate. Taste is sweet up front with a nice bitterness following and an estery ethanol finish. Overall this is an interesting and nice Barleywine. Beginning to show oxidation but not in a horribly bad way, more of a different layer in this complex brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (333) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Orangey-red body and an off-white head that well lingers. Smells like a barley wine and is very yeasty. Not a strong beer, but a good middle-ground ale. Lacing goes all the wY down my pint glass. A bit of caramel and good balance if sweet and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6919) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
[My bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman] Pours a murky reddish-orange with an average size long-lasting frothy tan head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt, a hint of toffee and some light Belgian yeast. Lovely flavour, fruity and hoppy with a long bitter finish. medium bodied. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Draft at Eulogy. Poured a very, very dark copper brown with some soft tan foam. Aged dark fruits. Burnt molasses candy. Body feels a bit thin and watery, though complex, (like an aged Belgium Dubbel) but there is definitely a strong spicy hop bite in the finish. Unusual combination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
bomber shared by blankboy with me and biegaman. Hazy very deep amber with a decent frothy beige head. Classic fruity/light resin american barleywine, alcohol and that floral/sweet Belgian thing - intriguing. Taste - yep, more Belgian, less malt body, quite clean and balanced - dangerous. Slightly light body, good carbonation, increasing sweet floral bitterness - oh yes. Damned good. How old??

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