Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ntmuch of a barley wine, more like an am strong, with oak and subtle smokeyness, very bitter as well
PilsnerPeter (3032) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Hazy amber with a thick tan head. Big barley wine aroma: thick caramel malts, piney hops, and a leathery smokiness. Big body with a big toasted caramel malt back and a rich hoppiness. There’s notes of mint as well that mesh with a leathery smokiness that’s somewhat subtle. There’s a huge piny bitterness. This beer will need time to mellow out the hop intensity and bitterness, however, over time the smoke would fade as well (wish is undesirable IMO). Pretty good, just curious as to how time will treat this.
teorn88 (4734) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Aroma of smoked meat, a little bug spray, and vanilla oak. Pours red and clear with a nice medium head. Taste is sweet with hickory, smoke, sweet butterscotch, and a pine hop. Very smoke filled and a little distracting. Warms up nicely.
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sized beige head of fine and dense bubbles. Hint of smoked malts in the aroma with some sea salt, sweet malts, ethanol and tea leaves. Color is a slightly hazy dark copper brown. Lots of roasted grains in the flavor with some leather, smoked malts, caramel, more strong brewed tea leaves and a noticable drying bitterness. Also a strong alcohol presence that makes the gums tingle. Finishes strong and malty with lingering bitterness and alcohol burn. A pretty good yet subtle variation of the Old Guardian.
spacecube (1483) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle, pours rich golden brown with a white head. Rich malt & caramel aroma, oakiness, pine hops, smokey bacon, quite bitter to finish. Sweetness of the malts is great and balances really well with the finish. Really easy to drink for the abv. I sometimes find a Barley Wine bomber tasty but a bit too heavy, but I enjoyed this a lot right through to the end.
radarsock (1143) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Three Penny for $8. Pours a light, blood-red golden-ruby with which sustained an off-white-grey ringed head barely a pinky nail in length. Aromas of ash, Bible piper, bile, bourbon oak, molasses, roasted corn, mixed nuts, and leather. Tastes of everything described above, with the addition of mint, sweat, cured ham, dog hair, tobacco smoke, and brief toffee. Tangerine peel, cinnamon sticks, and pungent hops hops by swallow. A lot more going on than the regular version, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. A little too smoky for my likes without enough of a cohesive and notable oak character wrapping it all together.
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber to tawny with a large, creamy and frothy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is lightly smoked meat with pineapple, apple, and pear notes, fresh oak, caramel, toast, and cookie malt with earthy, herbal, and spicy hops. Flavor is medium hops with moderate bitterness, accentuated by the alcohol spice, substantial malt backbone with light fruity esters, soft smoke and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours amber with a little light coming through. There is a nice tan head, some carbonation. The aroma was a bit of a let down but has some light resin, a little smokiness.. seems pretty on par with regular guardian. The taste is an absolute assault on your mouth. We’re talking smoke, caramel, bitter hops, a drying sensation on the tongue, very limited amount of booze. I dig this.. but the bomber will be a 2 day event.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a dense, amber tinged, full tan colored head that is a fat-three-fingers thick; it leaves some light, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a bright, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, nice red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet, caramelized and malty at first, but then picks up some savory, smooth smokiness, and some roasted, smoky raisin like notes. The hop character seems fairly muted here, but if you dig for it there is a signature pine / herbal character and the citrus notes seems to be a big part of the fruitiness here, but it is the malt character that seems to play the dominant role in the aroma.
Somewhat sweet, rich, chewy and malty up front, the finish is smoky and bitter, both of which combine to give this beer a bit, and almost harsness in the finish. Sweet, caramelized, concentrated malt notes, toasted brown sugar dense whole grain crackers, and sweet brown bread notes up front move towards smoky, savory, almost salty leaning notes in the finish and ultimately this picks up a woody, bitter note in the finish. The sweetness accentuates fruit notes of smoked, caramelized raisins and perhaps some berry like notes. The body is definitely chewy and rich like a good Barley Wine should be.
This is quite enjoyable, I am not sure what I expected, but I am definitely happy having this beer as my finish to a long day. I was expecting more hop character, but I am not sure that would have worked very well with the oak-smoke character, so I am glad that this was not the case. The smoke and residual hop character can get a bit harsh in the finish at times though.
ben4321 (5085) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from jcos, 7/3/13
Aroma: The nose has some sweet malts, oak, a little bit of smoke, wood, and some fruit
Appearance: It pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head with some spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is heavy malty, with lots of oak/wood, plenty of smoke, and some bitterness too
Palate: The body is fairly full, it has a sticky feel, plenty of boozy heat, and a dryish finish
This is a heck of a beer, and certainly a sipper. Based on my (I’ll be it fairly old) ratings of the regular and the Belgo, I think this is my favorite of the Old Guardians that I have tried. I guess the oak-smoke worked for me.