jkwood04 (3804) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amberish brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of smoked malts, light oak notes, caramel and toffee and an almost candy-like sweetness from the malts, some light notes of alcohol, a hoppy bitterness that’s pronounced even though the beer has aged a lot, and some light dough notes. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer that balances the smoked malts well, but is a little too boozy for me.
dfroms (216) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours red amber, small white head. Good lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, plums, cherries, sugar syrup, light oak smoke but not much. Taste is sweet caramel and apricot with toasted malt, syrup, prune, oak tannins, and booze. Nice.
maddmatt639 (216) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No retention. Smells of raisins, figs and char. Tastes of smoke, dark fruits and caramel. Smokey aftertaste.
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Beerman6686 (4234) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a bright red color with a beige head. Aromawas of grapefruity hops, caramel, booze and smoke. Falvor was smokey, light bitterness, deep toffes and light alcoholc. Pretty nice
artmcd8 (1548) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy amber pour with a white-ish head. Aroma was slightly smokey with some caramel notes and grassy notes. Taste was sweet with a smokey flavor. Really glad I got to try this amazing stuff.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a small ivory colored head. Sweet nose of melted caramel with hints of charred wood. This is a rich beer with lots of malt syrup, caramel, apricot and raisin notes. The oak presents as a subtle charred wood. The alcohol comes out as it warms.
jhamp9 (1030) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep copper pour with a nice white head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, and stone fruit. Taste is strong smoke, pineapple, char, and sweet toffee. Slick palate.
jb (2158) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent for a barley wine, one of my less favorite styles. Nose is rich, a bit of bourbon, candied fruit, tons of vanilla. Appearance is quite nice, dark orange and clear, with a brilliant circling retention. Mouthfeel starts a little rough and overwhelming. Notes of smoke, oak, alcohol, carbonation, and sweetness all hit hard. FInishes dry and with that smokey wood thing, which does a nice job of quenching the barley sweetness. From One Stop.
radio_nowhere (759) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Temps abruptly dropping into the 20s (it’s April!) so this felt right. 2/3/13 bomber into a snifter glass, hazy golden-hued orangy amber color, some yeast floaties, with off-white head. Aroma of huge caramel malt sweetness, faint smoke and light citrus hops. Taste brings out a lot more dimension; dark fruit (raisins, apricots), toffee, vanilla, wood char, grill smoke and strong piney hop bitterness (even after a year). Heavy body, low carbonation, soft, syrupy with smokey boozy finish. Still a hop hit after a year but better. Overall its aggressive and a little boozy, yet feels so nice on this cold evening. Not as good as regular Old Guardian but the smokey undertone is nice.
ICEatALAMO (913) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
'13 bottle. The pour is a deep hazy orange brown. The aroma has a nice smoked and oak nose to it. The taste is big, the oak comes through for sure. Boozy for sure. Solid beer.
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