Block (1762) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel. Flavor is also sweet. Itís much more mellow than the original Old Guardian. Itís maltier and a bit smoother. The alcohol is masked much better, too. One of the best barley wines Iíve had.
DavoleBomb (1614) - 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 youíd 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 itís 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 doesnít 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. Itíd be better with less hops, but itís still good nonetheless.
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BuckeyeBoy (3839) - 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 (1090) - , 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 couldnít get past the bitter hops; I hope this was via a trade and I didnít buy this
dfearnley (1363) - 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 (341) - 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 (1973) - 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 (2879) - SWEDEN - 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 (127) - 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.
Ferris (8442) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Bacon, wood smoke and tons of caramel. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Caramel,wood, smoke and a light bitter finish. Nice.
Beerhammaren (1405) - FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
.75l bottle @Vihreš Haltiatar. Pours hazy amber with low head. Aroma is smoked ham, malts, alcohol, caramel notes and dries fruits. Flavor is mostly damdy. Nice.