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RATINGS: 455   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Growler at RBWG. The pour yields a hazy, dark golden-orange amber body with a small, swirly head of off-white foam. There’s some wet sheeting that shows on the glass, leaving behind small, rounded spots of runny lace. The nose is a little grainy, strongly suggesting cereal in the malt base, with notes of caramelized biscuit, gummy fruit, and faded citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds some estery, airy spice elements. Flavors are primarily sweet up front, again showing caramelized grain, biscuit malt, bread, and various stewed orchard fruits. Hints of sherry-like oxidation seem out of place, and hops again seem somewhat faded and lacking juiciness, despite the bitter finish. Yeast mostly lends bready tendencies and some fruity spice. Medium-full in body, the palate sports moderate carbonation and a smooth consistency that is slightly drier than the standard version of the beer. Still, alcohol is too apparent. I found this one to be a little strange overall. I’m not a big fan of the Belgian yeast in this recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a clear deep amber with a massive, off-white rocky head with excellent retention and giant lacing. Nose is thyme, sage, white pepper, sweat, old hops, toffee, malt husk. Taste is spicy, perfumey, bitter. Dry moving to oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover. pours a clear copper with a creamy, off-white head and great lacing. aroma is awesome with cool juxtaposition of belgian tripel notes of citrus, banana esters, clove, and cinnamon with the heavy, sweet barley wine notes of toffee, piney hops, caramel malts, and orange pulp. flavor is a definite "wow" with great complexity provided by the sweet belgian yeast, spicey clove, cedar, and pine esters with citrusy hops, toffee malts, and warm booze on the back end. palate is full bodied, dry, yeasty, and slightly spicy with a bitter, mildly sweet finish. overall, a great, unique, barley that i went back for seconds for because it was so deliciously different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Amber/brown with some haze and a medium head. Aroma of dark fruit, some spiciness. Medium bodied with a bitter, musty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white head. Malty and spicy, Belgian yeast, peppery. Medium bodied, creamy, sweet malt. Spicy peppery yeast, tart grapefruit, esters and quinine. Neat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
On tap during Chicago’s Stone Week. Pours clouded amber with a creamy head Belgian yeast red fruits n malts in the nose. Sweetness and bitter pine is balanced well. Lots of fruit slightly sour but solid. 8/4/8/4/15 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Draught at TND: A muddy, mixed up aroma of Belgian yeast, hops, light Brett, slight oak, and slight vanilla. Poured copper/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Brett, alcohol, hops, Belgian yeast, oak, and vanilla.Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Light Brett, Belgian yeast, hops, malt, and oak finish is dry. 11.2%ABV is noticeable but well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11820) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2010
BCTC, draft. Medium beige head atop hazy dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some Belgian yeast, light grapefruit/straw. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, Belgian yeast, straw, some alcohol/vinous. Medium-full body, some Belgian yeast dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
[BCTC 2010] Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, citrus, dark fruits, floral hops, caramel malts, spices, and alcohol. Taste of more cherry with more Belgian spices, caramel, citrus fruits, pine, grass, and some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6535) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
BCTC 2010, OG lightly tamed & altered by the addition of Belgian yeast. Still very rich & aggressive but with a little Belgian floralness added. Still boozy & strong but with a new unique twist. didnt seem to alter it all that much though.

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