mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m getting a little smoke in the aroma, a bit more flavor, and then much more in the aftertaste. All increase as it warms. Just the right amount to not overwhelm the rich toffee malt and barley wine style beery-alcohol. The smoke though does interfere with the hops, leaving a dry burnt bitter aftertaste. Overall great, but not as good as the original. Age it a few years to round out these flavors.
Kavu (3473) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 0,65l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is bready roasted malts with smoke. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with bread, alcohol, smoke and hops. Quite nice.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy, slightly roasted aroma with a nice balance of sweet malt, resinous hops, toasted oak and smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are subtle but show up more as it warms with hints of dry wood, campfire and BBQ. These notes are faint however, and the American barleywine characteristics of Old Guardian still stand out. Slightly floral with grassy, piney hop oils and faint citrus countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Lots of caramel sweetness along with toffee, hazelnut, raisin and fig. Smells pretty good but I was hoping for more smoke and oak character to make it really stand out from the regular version.
Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a flavor profile that’s very similar to the aroma. The aggressive hops, sweet malt and alcohol flavors overpower the smoked/oak wheat notes. Not too smokey at all really with faint charcoal and smoked meat flavor but it does have a dry burnt wood flavor from the oak. Aggressively hop forward with resinous hop bitterness and a touch of citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. The dry bitterness is countered by a strong malt presence with notes of roasted barley, caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and boozy sweetness. Subtle leathery presence with hints of raisin, date and fig in the back end. The high ABV is relatively well masked but there’s subtle heat and some nice warmth in the finish. Flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink. I just wish that the oak, and especially the smoke flavors were stronger. Dryer than usual but too similar to regular Old Guardian for me.
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Deep amber color. Lots of crap floating around that for the most part is uniformly small. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a beer this big, but a formidable ring of lacing is left.
3.75 S: I bought this looking for smoke. I got some. I want more. Otherwise, this is still the just-a-bit-too-hoppy BW. However, I dare say the smoke brings everything together and it’s a lot nicer than the original. Caramel, plum, brown sugar, some toastiness, and a nice neutral maltiness. Herbal hops with citrusy and floral components.
3.5 T: Tastes good, but I wish the smoke came through stronger. Like the original, this is a bit too bitter for me. I like my BWs on the sweeter side, but Stone doesn’t do things like not hopping the shit out of everything. Anyway, caramel, brown sugar, toastiness lead the way with plum and raisin fruits underneath. Mild smokiness underneath that. Strong herbal hoppiness, again with notes of citrus and floral.
3.75 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with well hidden alcohol.
3.5 D: Tasty beer. It’d be better with less hops, but it’s still good nonetheless.
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DavoleBomb, Nov 27, 2013
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a amber topped with a sand head. Nose is smoked meat toffee caramel sweetness along with a hop kick. Taste is more of the smoked meat sweetness malts over the top as stone does best. Not a big smoke fan but I do like sweet just so so in my book.
crajun (1121) - , Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2015
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
take this rating with a grain of salt; not a fan of the style nor hops and this was loaded with hops. high scores for app and palate - just couldn’t get past the bitter hops; I hope this was via a trade and I didn’t buy this
dfearnley (1486) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Oak, toasted malt, bacon, and caramel. Clear amber, with decent effervescence, a 1/2 cm mottled off white head with good retention. Taste is bitter up front, with wood, malts, some booziness, and a touch of orange. Okay, but not stunning.
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 12/31/15. Opened this one for new years eve to ring in 2015. I have had this beer for almost a year now and it seems like a good time to pop it open. Aroma is kind of surprising, the smoke is practically non exisitent, plenty of hops-citrus and pine with oak and sweet caramel malts. The body is a deep copper with a thick and chewy head that leaves some thick lace. The flavor is about the same as the aroma, not much smoke but thats o.k. its aged nicely, smooth, slightly syrupy and flavorful.
kryon (2103) - Hässelby, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky red amber low copper white head
Aromas of german sausage, smoke, hints of caramel
Taste has caramel, dried fruits, hints of smoke, vinouos alcohol
Ktwse (3166) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy copper with low off-white head. Aroma of smoke, german sausage, light caramel. Taste is sweet, light smoky, caramel, toffee and resin bitter finish. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.
CObiased (183) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bomber - pours a dark amber, some suspended particulates and slight head. Big aromas of licorice, caramel malts, smokey maple wood and raisin cookie. Lots going on here - more licorice, rich & syrupy malts, touch of smoke, burnt bacon and long bitter finish. Big, chewy, intense, complex, earthy and burnt.