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RATINGS: 454   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5260) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1796) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6259) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4544) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Old Guardian 2010, Belgo
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: hazy burnt orange, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: big spicy phenolic aroma, sweet fruity esters
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, caramel and estery sweetness, plenty of earthyness with a touch of spicy phenols

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Guardian 2011, Belgo
Date: June 16, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: clear dark rusty red, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, caramel sweetness, fruity esters, lots of phenolic spicyness to match the esters and the sweetness of the base barleywine
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, touch of candy, fruity esters, robust spicyness with a light earthyness provides great balance, long bitter finish with a spicy phenolic edge

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
(Growler) Pours a clear deep amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cherry, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor of caramel, fruit, grass, bread, pear, and Belgian yeast with a bitter finish.

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