EtTuCthulhu (1387) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is light with hints of smoke and hops, and the appearance combines a auburn color with a large off-white head. The taste is quite bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet, and the palate fuses a long, bitter and astringent finish, soft carbonation, full body, and a sticky texture.
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a long time. There’s also a lot of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells mostly like smoked malt/meats, and there’s also some cherry, caramel and oak noticeable, too. It tastes like smoked malt/meats, caramel, oak, citrusy and pine hops, toffee, bready malt, and a bit of booze, chocolate and cherry cough syrup. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for an 11.4% ABV beer. I’m a fan of this brew, I’ll have to pick up another bottle soon. A pretty good deal for $7.99 a bottle.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with a ridiculous back label. Pours with a clear orange to bronze hued body . Off white head lasts. Aroma is smoky, maple, toasty, caramel, alcohol, malty. Low hops, smoky. Flavors are extremely bitter and tannic, smokey, soil, earth. Tons of tannin. Mild ester including some isoamyl acetate (banana). Bready malt, low hops and some alcohol. Extremely rough. Bacon. Massively bitter finish . Fuller carbonation and body, rough and warming finish.
Beerenberger (1584) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of vanilla with a touch of citrus. Pours a dark amber with rapidly dissipating white head and no lacing. The taste is a "softer rounder" version of the original Old Guardian. Peat, astringency, alcohal, and wood which seem to present themselves as you begin to swallow. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an equally enjoyable after dinner sipper. Good job Stone.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
typical copper, with one finger head. Crystal malts on the nose, and a distinct smoke aroma, not the bacon-meat type, but more a wood aroma. Big malt, and bitter hops up front. The oak smoke notes take over after. Leaving bitter, sort of charred characteristics on the end of the palette. Some lingering manageable smokiness. The smoke tones have really evened out the hops nicely. What a great variation.
haddon90 (1587) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Simply amazing. Pours a dark copper color with a smooth, creamy off white head. Nice toffee aroma with a hint of oak ages berries. Very powerful smoked flavor with a nice sweet finish. It is not overpowering, but you can sense the 12%. Very good balance and very impressive.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from AVe, aroma is some very sweet malt and booze. Taste is a lot of piney hops and some caramel, quite harsh and bit of a mess.
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savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Clear deep amber with a small thick off white head. Aroma of toffee, smokey campfire, fruity esters and grain. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, smooth smoke, bitter hops and some alcohol warming. Medium body with a soft smoith mouth feel. I like this, the smoke is a nice touch and it seems like the hops were scaled back, which works good in this one.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright amber-orange in color with an off-white head, this is a really beautiful beer. The aroma is of a soft Old Guardian with a touch of light smoke. It’s quite shocking in the mouth, with such a unique flavor palate that you’d almost never guess this was an Old Guardian at heart.
A warm, smoky, almost pepper-like flavor sneaks in up front, followed by a sweet, almost candy-like flavor, and finally finishing with a soft, slightly woody flavor that delivers a bitter clutching sensation in the throat and such an acute smoky bite on the tongue and in the sinuses that you’d think there was capsaicin in this. It’s all-around incredibly balanced, offering a different experience every step of the way. There’s a touch of sweetness that persists through the drink, but it’s well-balanced with the rest of the beer.
\This beer makes me happy. It’s not over-smoked, over-oaked, over-sweet, over-alcoholic, or over-anything. It’s wonderful.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Venti’s South. Sweet malty barley wine background with oranges and pine up front. Light smoke and no oak. Flavors did not mesh but might given time to age. Bitter finish.