geologyguy (773) - 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 (8680) - 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 (1796) - 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 (1108) - 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,
Rando7 (752) - Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle pours clear reddish with medium off-white head. Aroma dominated by smoky bacon. Taste dominated by smoke. Finish of bitter hops and smoke. Nice thick barleywine palate. Way too smoky, the smoke dominates everything else in the beer. If you’re rating to style in the liquid smoke category then it’s a 5.0.
Nephilium (1413) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smokey aroma, with hints of vanilla and caramel behind it. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a huge light-tan head. This one is very smoke forward, with quite a bit of alcohol heat hiding behind it. There’s a lingering smoke finish, with some underlying sweetness. It’s not terrible now, but I’d want to pick up a bottle or two of this and see how they are in a couple of years.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle - pours clearish orange-red with full, thick, tight lasting white-tan head. Cool, big lacing and lasting. Big notes of bacon, smoked salami, slight vanilla and oaky maple come through on the nose. Creamy palate at the front. Big malty notes, finishing with a hoppy presence. Nice dark orange notes, thick smokey oak, touch of citrus on the end. Big bodied, intense and complex. Not for the faint of palate.
AskForJenny (1024) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz - Lots Going on. Nose like smoked salmon, flavors the same way too. This is a busy palate.
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of meaty smoked notes brown sugar caramel fresh oak some dank treasonous hops. Orange brown amber pour thin head. Flavors of salty smoke dry sharp woody notes brown sugar floral almost aspirin bitterness more smoked meat and campfire. Big lingering chewy Smokey bitterness. Some alcohol burn notes in finish. Interesting treatment.
joeneugs (3483) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. It pours a very clear dark orange/copper color with a nice off white head. Lighter colored than I expected. The aroma hits you with some brown sugar first with nice notes of woody, hammy smoke coming in next. Maybe some dank hops and caramel, but they are surprisingly subdued, at least for Stone… The flavor is a bit more rough with big alcohol presence, a thick, thick body with lots of smoke and piney hops. Not my favorite combination, but there is some caramel in there to slightly set those flavors off. Besides all that I wouldn’t call this sweet at all, just thick, piney, smoky and alcoholic. A little more brown sugar and maybe some rum soaked raisins come out as it warms. A bit of a chore, but pretty good for what it is.