dansac (89) - Loa Angeles, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious. Smoke, oak. Heavy malts, sweet on the pallate, but dry finish. Hops. Just a really nice, big American Barleywine, accentuated by the smoke and oak. Amazingly priced too! Good job, Stone.
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Clear amber with a thin beige head. Peat, syrup, smoke, malty sweetness, some hoppy and bitter components. Full/medium body, low carbonation, bitter finish. Nice, but I like the original better.
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is sweet and rich. Taste is much different with lots of meat and smoke. Iím not a fan of smoked beers in general, but at least it was hidden in the aroma. Looks great in the glass though.
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->snifter. Dark amber with small lite tan head. Caramel malt, oak, toast, smoke, vanilla. Bittersweet and a bit boozy.
Prufrockstar (794) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, picked up because odd beers for odd years sounded cool in a mad fit of bottle-shopping. Consumed next to the non-smoked Old Guardian. Aroma/taste is pretty much straight band-aid. Must be something Iím sensitive to, because it really ruins a beer for me -- 4 oz was about 3.5 oz too much for me, honestly. Completely overwhelms whatever else may be under there, and tastes/feels entirely like drinking the bandages of a of a burn victim.
jefcon (1354) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great success of a beer. Great whiskey notes of vanilla, oak, straw and peat. A little short and hot on the palate, thanks to the high degree of alcohol. Still, the palate is enriched by the smoked malts, delicate hopping, and resulting pine, citrus, smoke and whiskey combination.
talionis (5) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013 release. Found this in a Pflugerville TX package store that had changed hands; bought in Oct 2013 and now drinking 12-21-2013; Smoke is prominent as is the caramel and butterscotch. Some clove but no vanilla characteristic of bourbon barrels aged ales. Not a big barley wine fan so take that into consideration. Glad to have tried it but wonít be buying more.
minihame2 (177) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Viscous feel even when pouring. Dark brown, hazy body and minimal tan head. Faint aroma with some malts and a little bit of smoke. Soft mouthfeel and little carbonation. Taste is a little bit bitter. Smoke is barely recognizable.
Itís a little bit odd because this beer feels a lot more like a double IPA than a barley wine to me. The non-smoked old guardian is one of my all time favourites and I donít recall it being anything like this.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Phoenix bottle. Bronze color with a nice foamy, khaki head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and peaty smoke. Bold flavor that starts with a nice American style barley wine (more hops) and finishes with some nice, mellow smoke. Lingering bitterness. Pretty tasty.
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light unclear medium to dark amber orange colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, smoked. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, oak, bitter - harsh, smoke. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic.