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RATINGS: 446   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
On tap at Firkin in Libertyville. Dense creamy white head with a deep red-orange color and some very light haziness to it. Aroma is very clean, mild banana esters, strong hoppy citrus nose and some light piny notes at the end. Flavor has a mild banana ester note with some light funky character early but then a smooth hoppy bite takes over with orange citrus and piny flavors that leave your tongue puckering from the bitterness. Flavor finishes with a mild caramel malt and yeasty ending. Body is moderate to heavy with a modest carbonation lends a very creamy feeling. A terrific brew overall! The melding of Belgian characteristics with a hoppy barley wine worked extremely well. As it warms, more of the Belgian esters and yeast come out in both the flavor and nose, making this beer sparkle with a sensory overload. A really, really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
growler at RBWG, pours light brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is pine hop and lots of fruity yeast. This is a nice representation of Belgian yeast melding nicely with a hoppy BW. There are notes of pear and candied sugar with touches of plum in a very boozy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4872) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2010
Orange pour with tan head and lace. Citrus and yeasty aroma. Citrus hops and abv dominate an unusual flavor. Aggressive carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a beige creamy frothy film.

Aroma: Abbey Tripel like yeast and big and herbal hop notes.

Taste: Tripel yeast (pencil shavings and clove), fruitiness and abraisive bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and astringent.

Overall: I’ll take OG OG any day over this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 Sampled at RBWG 2010. The aroma is esters and heat and the flavor is Belgian with a nice bitter kick.
7 4 8 3 15

Re-rate 4/13/11. Bomber. Nice hazy red pour with a small off-white head that fades to a ring and dissipates. Funky bubblegum aroma with caramel and a hint of smokey bandaid. Sweet fruity flavor upfront that fades to a bitter, dry Belgian flavor with a bitter, herbal, leafy edge. A bit weird.
6 3 7 3 13

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
Tap at twisted spoke during Twisted Stone... Pours a mostly clear caramel brown with a thin offwhite head... Aroma of predominantly tropical fruit and saison type of fruity yeast... Flavors are very similar to the nose with sweeter accents. Totally different from old School guardian with more of a fruity type of essence. I appreciate it but kind of enjoy the standard a bit more....8/4/7/3/13

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
16 oz massive draft at Twisted Spoke event (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice dark brownish copper, very hazy with decent offwhite head that laces ok. Some vanilla and light spice, some darker malt character with floral hops and a decent bitterness. Raw malty sweetness of caramel and toffee, grains, with good sweetness, mellow. A bit of a warming booziness grows into a wave. A bit fruity, caramel and toffee seem to domonate to me as the Belgian yeast provides minimal spice. This is a bit overrated. Finish is malty, decent bitterness lingers

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Sample at RBWG. Pours orange with a white head. Nose is caramel, yeast, dust, sweetness, and booze. Flavor is similar with tangy, boozy hoppiness. Not my favorite of the Old Guardians, but pretty good medium-to-full bodied barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft at Twisted Spoke. Kind of sad that this is replacing the regular Old Guardian. Looks the same as the original with that deep amber color and offwhite head. Nose is pretty phenolic with clove notes, fruity, cherries and bread. Taste is slightly more subdued, though still quite round and fruity. Malt sweetness comes through as well. Okay.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
On tap at PP Belgian Fest. Copper clear color. Aromas of belgian yeast and bread. Plenty of bitter hops with a tad sweet malt. Pretty dry finish overall. Not loving this one.


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