vtafro (4485) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ EBF. Amber pour with some light tan head. Sweet fruit, belgian sugar, apple and pear aroma. Belgian qualities overtake beer, sweet malt and fruit flavors accompany with some yeast and a light warming.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at hams on my birthday. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet and rich with maybe a touch of belgian flare. Ok, I can taste the belgian yeast and candy sugar in this, its really different and really good.
Narnad (1492) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour with tan head and lace. Citrus and yeasty aroma. Citrus hops and abv dominate an unusual flavor. Aggressive carbonation.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
drowland (6662) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.