Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried from a metallic growler shared by DuffManSW, thanks for popping this. Rating #4. Dark copper pour with a small white head. Aroma was a little spicy, very belgian like, it really dominated the aroma. Flavor was similar, peppery spiciness, really hard to get any of the regular Old Guardian characteristics out of it, still pretty nice though. (1116)
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone yesterday. Pours cloudy, burnt amber with a medium sized white head and some lace. Smells bready and yeasty and biscuity. Not a ton of malt character in the nose. Tastes yeasty and biscuity with only mild malt sweetness through the sip until an explosion of alcohol and spice and malt flavors on the finish. A little over powering. Full body, vibrant carbonation.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Stone. Orange-gold pour, looks like OG. Aroma- caramel, sweet malts, bitter hops, estery fruitiness. Taste- banana-honeydew fruitiness intermingled with a hopped-up OG. Overall not a great idea. Not as good as it might sound.
JohnnyJ (3908) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 release, growler fill only. Pours a deep golden amber with frothy off-white head. Caramel malt, sweet fruit bread, banana, fruity esters, fresh floral hops, and some alcohol coming through. The belgian fruitness and yeast flavors are noticable and adds a very nice twist. This is a fantastic barleywine.