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RATINGS: 452   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (258) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Orangey-red body and an off-white head that well lingers. Smells like a barley wine and is very yeasty. Not a strong beer, but a good middle-ground ale. Lacing goes all the wY down my pint glass. A bit of caramel and good balance if sweet and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (522) - 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..

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2743) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - 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."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2014
A little on the bitter end, which shouldn't be a big surprise coming from stone. Just not loving it as I hoped I might. Still, a decent representation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1485) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
2011 version Pours red amber low white head Aromas of barley malts, caramel, dried fruits, sweet fruits, red fruits Taste is loaded of caramel malts, fruit cake, apricot and peach jam, dried fruits. Has matured nicely!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1632) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
Pours cloudy caramel with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, figs, dates, slight tartness and marinated tropical fruit. Taste is caramel, raisins, figs, dates, marinated fruit. Mouthfeel is quite oily and sticky with low carbonation. Aftertaste is caramel, ripe tropical fruit and resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3084) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 30122011. Colour is dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, sweetness and malts.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bomber. Deep orange amber opaque, thin wispy white head. Aroma is big caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Slight Belgian yeast note but in the background, mild booze. Flavor is off the charts, big dark fruit and caramel notes almost a boozy bourbon sweetness. Some sweet citrus and spice, mild hop bitterness. Big tasty malt bomb, wish I could get another.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1018) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2014
Poured 2011 from bomber to glass. Reddish copper hue with off white head that lingered with decent lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, clove, port-like, slightly buttery, raisins, esters. Mouthfeel is great with full body and good carbonation. Somewhat slick texture on the palate. Taste is sweet up front with a nice bitterness following and an estery ethanol finish. Overall this is an interesting and nice Barleywine. Beginning to show oxidation but not in a horribly bad way, more of a different layer in this complex brew.


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