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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

Clear medium to dark amber orange colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, moderate to heavy yeasty, wood, fruity - berry, alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Good balancede and dry. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20110813]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted dark malty and dense caramelish. Sweet caramelish and smooth overripe fruity. Toasted caramelish, sweet, light alcohol presence. Dense malty and alcohol into the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29167) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2012
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol caramel, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, wood, caramel, and brettanomyeces, leading to a tart finish. Thanks joergen for sharing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Couirtesy of joergen. Pours a cloudy amber with a smallish beige head. Fruity and phenollic aroma. Rich body, heavy caramels and then a massive, brutal bitterness. Fortunately not so yeasty, but not really balanced. Quite rough. 130612

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle at yespr. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, hops and grapefruits. Sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20244) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottled@my birthdaybash@Chriso. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is alcohol, fruits, caramel and some mild earthyness. Flavour is rather similar. Rather alcoholic to be balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottled at oh6gdx’s birthday bash at chriso’s. Clear amber, small head. Intense concntrated grapefruit aroma. Sweet, full bodied and full flavoured with marzipan, grapefruit and bread, as well as ash and glue. Warming really bitter finish. Very intense.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16455) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy yeasty aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter yeasty flavor with dark fruit hints. Has a fruity malty bitter warming dark fruit finish with yeasty hints.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14469) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
24th May 2011
Hazy amber beer, ghost of a white head. Slightly syrupy palate. Rich malt. Sourish seltzer minerals that impart some bitterness. Dried fruit and aniseed. Warming finish. Pretty drinkable but I prefer my Old Guardian straight.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14340) - 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.


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