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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

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   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
650 ml bottle at Mackan, thanks! Amber with off white head. Aroma complex, sugar, toffee, malt, yeasty esters, woody notes and alcohol. Taste is similar, complex, fairly sweet, malty, sugar, wood and yeast in nice harmony. Really nice!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
tone_leggett (14) - - MAY 10, 2015
Complete miss for me. From first sip to the after taste bitter throughout Somewhere in the middle i think there was a slight sweetness but it quickly receded into the bitterness. Not smooth at all and this was not due to the alcohol content... if anything positive is to be found it is that the alcohol % is masked well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (2915) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Amber with no head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, caramel and hops. Full body with a very nice, bitter sweet after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (577) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Crazy experiment. Was rating this at one house. Not crazy about it. Went to another house and finished while eating a spicy homemade Chili. The taste improved dramatically. Like a Bourbon stout, strangely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours copper with large tan head on tap. Aroma of herbs, malt, and hops. Flavor of thick malt and hops with sticky finish. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vjohans (636) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015
caramel, herbs, alcohol, brown, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours a clear copper color with an aroma of dark fruit, toffee, and Belgian yeast. Toffee, caramel flavor with fruit, and Belgian yeast. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (658) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2011 bottle..medium caramel brown color with 1/2 finger cream color tan head that manages to stick around throughout..nose is a bit muted with honey..sweet malt..caramel..taste is subdued at first for the high abv, in fact quite smooth on initial sip that molds into a medium-full bodied presence that warms the palate...sticky sweetness..not hot yet bold character..fruity esters come aboard from the belgian yeast that give this barleywine some character for sure..quite enjoyable and will be seeking out more of this if released in 2015..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, caramel, dark fruit, toffee and raisins. Flavor of caramel, dark fruit, yeast, toffee, orange and had notes of spices. Slick texture, full bodied, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8389) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"12% big boy, same as the classic 2011 version. lots of sweetish fruit esters, yeasty spice and earthiness. dry and malty. not a lot of hops coming through other than some back end bitterness, but the hoppage in the classic is toned down this year as well. very nice, glad i have more."

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