kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burnt copper color. Superior carbonation. Willowy foam head lasts indefinitely. Aroma is light.smoke and woodiness. Taste is oak, smoke and caramel. Finish is deliciously stark bitter.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a deep brown colored body with a slight orange hue. Finger-width, dense, creamy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is woody with a medium sweet caramel and a good amount of smoke. Leathery, peppery, and a bit estery with some dark fruits and a few piney hops. Flavor is similar. Caramel, piney hops and citruses, leathery smoke, and wood. A few dark fruit notes, some toffee, and pepper before this finishes dry and bitter. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting barley wine with a lot of things going on. Dry and bitter with a good amount of wood, leather, smoke, piney hops, citruses, and sweeter caramels. Not bad.
bb (8588) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Smoke and malt aroma with light caramel. Nice smokey flavor with malt, light earth, and light caramel. Medium bodied. Smoke and earth linger with ight caramel, and light darker malts.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour thick off white head thick lacing. Aroma of oak lots and lots of caramel a touch of smoked meat. Full well coated slightly creamy palate. Good caramel a bit of pine and a hint of salt along with a light smoke. Well balanced maintains the OG taste with a subtle touch of smoked meats. Enjoyable.
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap. Pours a dark amber/ruby color with a white, sticky head. Lots of lacing. Aroma was all smoke and bbq pit and nothing else. Where is the Old Guardian aroma? Taste started out with some sweetness and fruitiness then into smoke. I really enjoyed this part. Immediately following the smoke was a horrible bitter, chemical taste. I really enjoy regular Old Guardian but this was no good. This was good at first but as it warmed it became incredibly hard to finish. I’d be interested to see what a bottle tastes like and re-rate.
Bluebane (5) - - MAR 11, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much aroma to speak of. Taste is nice full-bodied Belgian abbey style ale. Very thick, very sweet. Masks the intense strength.
Doofgoblin (495) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is somewhat smokey on the nose, but just slightly. Pours a filtered amber with fleeting head. Taste is very malty with a good bit of sweetness that is cut by a subtle but present bitterness. The finish is slightly smokey and dry. Sort of expected more smokiness, but overall it’s a interesting pour.
malrubius (2615) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 bottle from CountyWide. Dark amber with chill haze, ring and lace. Smoke, vanilla, fresh bread and caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol. Mild fruity sweet caramel ripe plum with assertive bitter dry finish with some ashy smoke. Active carbo causes mild astringency in the finish. Will recede with age I think. Medium Full body. Excellent. Can’t believe it’s 12% (after all I’ve had already. Yikes). Bravo!
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is light smoke, sweetness, a little oak. Taste is smoked malt, mesquite even, little hot, sweet, some oakiness. Leaves smokey aftertaste. Will buy another to age. Good lacing.
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber-tinged mahogany into a tulip. Off-white soapy head with good retention recedes leaving gloppy spiders. Sweet smoke and oak aromas. Thick with sweet caramel and oak upfront turning to smoke before the lasting bitter earth finish.