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RATINGS: 452   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2015) - 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 (3078) - 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 (5031) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Draft. Aroma is of belgian yeast. The appearance is a reddish brown with a little tan head. The taste is belgian from the start. It is a muted belgian flavor, though. Palate is very belgian. Overall, good for being belgian, as in i would buy it again. I would not in most cases. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joakgust (962) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle, 650ml - Hazy amber beer with a nice white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of spices, caramel, coconut, vanilla and dried apricots. Flavor is fruity with notes of spices, caramel, dried apricots, licorice, nuts, oranges and with hints of alcohol. Well balanced beer with a pleasant warming end which blends the two styles of Barley Wine and Belgian Strong ale nicely together.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (203) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
22oz bottle 2011 release: pour is clear mahogany with an off white head. Aroma is mostly of caramel malt with some fruitiness. Hints of spiciness and alcohol are present. Lots of caramel malt sweetness up front. Raisin, date flavors. Smokey phenols and some bitterness on the end. Alcohol is noticeable at 12% but overall an enjoyable drinkable beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2013
A - Pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights. A 1/2 inch off-white head. S - Moderate banana, deep caramel malt, mineral Belgian yeast, perfume alcohol, T - Heavy dose of caramel/crystal malt slaps the tongue, banana phenols, candied fruit, maple, the yeast has a muted spiciness. The hops band together with the alcohol and starts a salty astringent bitterness at the end. Finishes hot with vodka solvent heat. M - Full bodied and not too heavy. Alcohol doesn’t show up until the finishes. I’m kind of on the fence with this one. If the heat was backed down a few notches this would be really good. The Belgian yeast definitely adds great layers of character to an already great Barleywine. Serving type: bottle 04-03-2011

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aenima (275) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Aroma of raisins and nuts. Taste is similar. Very well balanced. Some belgo yeast in the taste adds complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1783) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Lagrad i två år. Smak och doft av malt, humle, citrus. Frisk, fruktig, lagom söt. Jästsmak med en trevlig beska.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2013
22oz 2011 vintage bottle. Shared with taylor. Mostly hazy orange-red color. Good thin off-white head. Respectable lace, especially for a 12% barleywine. Caramel malt, light hint of belgian yeast noticeable in the nose. Definitely some mustiness, some dark fruit. Taste is mostly sweet, light bitter. Alcohol not as bothersome as I’d have thought for a 12% belgo-barleywine. Some light sweet bite in the finish (more so as it warms), but it’s not bad at all, really. Bigger body. Light, smooth, creamy carbonation and texture. No lingering viscosity. Some alcohol warmth, but it’s all enjoyable, pretty smooth and well-integrated overall. Better than I expected.


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