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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 13, 2012
This is my big problem with stone. Bitterness and hoppiness it great, but when your slamming it into a barley wine, it destroys it. This was not enjoyable, it was well made (thus the 3.3), but not enjoyable at all. Don’t get me wrong, stone is an amazing brewery, one of the best, but outside of their ales (IPA, strong american, etc) I’ve been underwhelmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
fairly yeasty, aromatic, alcohol well hidden, smooth, heavy buy not cloying. A touch of brown sugar. Fairly hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
From notes, 5/14/11: Poured a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Aroma: Strong medicinal alcohol and piny hops. Can’t detect the malts until it warms up, caramel is faintly there at that point. Appearance: Dark amber that’s lighter around the edges when held up to the light. White head fades quickly. After warming up, carbonation bubbles disappear. Taste: Peppery, alcohol, hops. Caramel malt, honey, & fruit (grapefruit?) are all too subtle and give an unbalanced taste. Palate: Hard to tell with my mouth being a little overwhelmed by the alcohol and hops. A little on the thick side for a barleywine. Carbonation is light. Overall: Worth giving a try. I was expecting more complexity. Alcohol just overpowers and drowns out everything else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (845) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Not what I was expecting. Sweet and sour smelling with alcohol. Cool cloudy copper color with paper thin head. No lacing. Slight fruit sourness with heavy malt. There’s no mistaking this is a barley wine. The alcohol was hidden well. I’m all for hoppy BW’s, but the hops presence didn’t seem to blend as well as it should. It left a very dry and lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
pours a dark caramel brown with a very small tan head. smell is of caramel, malt, and fruit. taste is strong, fruit, malt, and caramel. ends a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Thin head of fine bubbles. Fruity aroma with some sweet tarts, lemons, caramel malts and some roasted grains. Color is a hazy copper brown. Rich and malty flavor with lots more caramel, some spices and a tad of floral hops. Somewhat pasty mouthfeel with a decent alcohol kick and warming. Not the same hops presence as the traditional Guardian but you can certainly taste the fruity belgian yeast characteristics. I usually love belgian yeast brews but this one is not exciting me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle from 2011. Pour is hazy amber with a thin orange/red head that fades almost instantly. Aroma is extremely boozy with some floral and fruit/sweet notes hidden in the background. Flavor is alcohol at first with a body of caramel sweetness and wood. Finish is herbal with more alcohol. Close to being a hot mess but holds it together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle, pours hazy copper with small off white head. Aroma is spices, some tropical fruits, toffee. Taste is spices, some nuts, tropical fruits, toffee, caramel, some clove. Pretty warming, the alcohol is there but isnt that disturbing. Full body. Nice, warming bw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2012
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Fontainas, vintage 2011
Amber color, bright, with creamy generous head. Mild malt aroma, with some yeast and alcohol, later some light aroma of roasted nuts. Malt and caramel flavor, with moderate sweetness, and an evident nutty touch; medium to low bitterness.
Not enough sweet to be a true Barley Wine, not enough character to be Belgian; just a normal pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5524) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2012
Bottled from Systembolaget. Murky dark amber with almost no head. Spicy aroma with nutmeg and tropical fruits. Very vinous. Tropical fruits and spicies in the flavour aswell. Medium, söightly harah bitterness and an oily palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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