bigguns22 (623) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking with twindog. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavors are full body,bitter,smokey and caramel. Lingers on the palate and is a great beer to pair with a full body cigar.
raphael (865) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I know no meat was used in making this beer (though with Stone anything’s possible) but I smell smoked ham coated in brown sugar--smoke, sweet, charred fat, & cloves (just a week ‘til Easter.) the oak smoke flavor less meaty but just as rich, add toffee, lumber-ish hops, & alcohol, very well-balanced. finish bitter & sticky. the smoke seems to linger in my mouth. What a great beer and experience!
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby-orange color with a huge, creamy, light tan head. Very clean look to it. Aroma has a very strong citrus orange, light smoke with hints of peat, toasted malt, light caramel malt sweetness and a little bit of pine and grassy hops at the finish. Flavor starts off with a modest smoke wood flavor early with a modest bitterness in the middle - grassy, light orange comes through most. Body is oily, heavy and has low carbonation with a light amount of alcohol coming through ( I would never have guessed it was 12%). A very tasty brew as a whole. The smoke is there but works very well with hops malt in the brew.
StefanSD (2069) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. The aroma features toffee malts and some smoke. The flavor, like the aroma, is toffee malt forward with light smoke playing second fiddle, besides toffee and light smoke; I get some grains, nuts and white fruits. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering bitter filberts. Overall: Glad to see this is a classified as a barleywine, because the smoke character is way in the background--to the point that I might have missed it had I not been looking for it. As a barleywine I quite enjoyed this, as a smoked beer I was somewhat disappointed.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, orange color with thin wisp of foam, aroma is fatty pancetta, flavor is malty with some strong hoppy bitterness, not much smoke , sweet bitter finish
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper color with off white head. Moderate smoked malt aroma with caramel and some alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor with some smokiness and slightly boozy. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.
geologyguy (631) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells a little bit like bacon, taste like a lot of bacon too, but too much hops...wish it was a tad more malty...hops kill it :(
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: This brew pours a clear ruddy amber color with a medium foamy beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and caramel. Full-bodied with flavors of smoked meat, peaty malt and fruit. The finish is smoky with a charred oak aftertaste. Above average overall.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright amber with a fluffy tan head that subsides to a thin soapy cap, leaving thick foamy lacing.
Aroma: Smoked malt, sweet toffee notes. Strong smokey note, taking away the hoppy nose Classic Old Guardian bears.
Taste: Spicy smokey malt. Very woody, not meaty like some smoked beers. Spicy bitter hops, apricot, some toffee notes. Finishes bitter and woody.
Mouthfeel: A bit rough, full bodied.
Overall: The best spin on Old Guardian they’ve done yet. Very sharp and woody and bitter. I can’t guess what age will do to this beer, maybe smooth it out, but I would hate to lose the ‘OAK-SMOKED’ in the process.
Westchesterco (823) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
brown, medium bitterness, lightly bitter, full body, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,