cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a clear amber color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head that lasts. Very light lacing. Aroma is light smoke and sweet toasted malt. Flavor is much of the same with a good bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Full body. A very nice beer.
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Same color/ appearance as the regular old guardian. Light smoke in the aroma but not standing out too much.
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is super smokey and malty. Taste is sticky burn with bacon and booze.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013
Burnished copper color with a smallish head. Smokey sweet caramel malt with a solid shot of alcohol heat. Decent beer a bit too hot for me.
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber that pours clear amber with little lasting head, and minimal lace. Big malt aromas mixed with oranges, followed by peat and some booze. Flavors are a soft cotton candy sweetness, mixed some smoke and hop bitterness. The flavors linger into the finish with some heat. Not bad,
Mrnoluv (157) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very low head, good barley, malty aroma, you can smell the alcohol, dirty dishwater appearance, that co2 is harsh at the swallow, good bitter feel on your palate. You can certainly taste the smokey, aged malt, good bitterness.
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Trappist glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: May 28, 2013
Consumed: June 2, 2013
Misc.: 2013 odd year release
Poured a dark caramel copper murky color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head, which practically disappeared rather quickly. Sporadic spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled deep dark fruits, including dates, figs, plums and raisins. Also faint whiff of black cherries and purple grapes. Tobacco and oak also dominate the smell. Also some pinot noir, vanilla and rum.
Tasted similar to the nose, but a bit darker and earthier. Oaky tobacco comes through again, reminding me of a pinot noir. Noticed a surprisingly bitter alcohol finish. Figs, plums, dates, raisins, vanilla and some kind of liquor. Not as good as I hoped.
Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish.
Not the best barleywine Iíve ever had, but not the worst. I was expecting a bit more. In fact, I gave the regular version of this barleywine a 4.35 (96).
ajnepple (2183) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. The aroma is roasted malts, smoke and earthy hops. Similar flavor, smoky, malty, strong and lightly bitter. Full, thick body with a smooth creamy feel and a warming finish. Good, but kind of disappointing.
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good variation on a very good beer. The smoke comes through in the aroma, but not much more. Tried at the KC Hopfest in 2013.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another beer that shows that my taste buds share some sort of weird cosmic alignment with the folks at Stone. Dark reddish amber, lovely lasting compact white head. Aroma is rich caramel malts and a decided smoke note. It works in the nose, but Iím worried about the flavor. The smoke is blessedly more restrained in the flavor. Rich caramel malts, followed by some muted citric grapefruit hops, with a light bacon smoke finish, intermingled with the hop bitterness that offsets the malt sweetness. Iím not a smoked fan usually, but it was a complimentary flavor, not the whole point of the beer. The malt richness here was just beautiful. The hop shock was a bit muted here by the smoked malt in my opinion, but even though the flavors didnít really compliment each other, somehow it all worked. Well played. Makes me have a a huge jonesing to go back and sample the original Old Guardian.