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RATINGS: 456   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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10268) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2069) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3136) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (5376) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (432) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joakgust (1075) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (204) - 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!

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