haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Simply amazing. Pours a dark copper color with a smooth, creamy off white head. Nice toffee aroma with a hint of oak ages berries. Very powerful smoked flavor with a nice sweet finish. It is not overpowering, but you can sense the 12%. Very good balance and very impressive.
bookman10 (684) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rather murky reddish-copper, with mid-sized, lasting head. Aroma is largely dominated by the smoke, but some sweet malt notes also detectable. Flavor has the smoke in front, with some sweetness, fruit, caramel, toffee underneath. A very smooth-drinking beer, in which the high alcohol content is well-hidden by the smoke layered on top. Barley wines arenít my favorite, but this is one of the best Iíve come across.
daleharshman (944) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at the brewery upon release some 22 months ago ($6.00). Pours a hazy muddy red-brown hue with one finger of beige foam. AROMA of smoky malts, morning bacon, dark toffee, mild hops, and slow burning oak logs in the campfire. FLAVOR of beef jerky, spiced bacon (like in a breakfast burrito), sweet caramel, still notable pine-y hops, molasses, and just a hint of booze. Finishes with some lingering ash and some hop bitterness. The big ABV is well concealed under the campfire and meat flavors, going down surprisingly easy. This differs a whole lot from the base beer -- the hops are much more mellow (the almost two years of aging assist the mellowing) and I am surprised at just how forward all the rauch elements are here. Overall, an interesting variation on the bast beer. (403, 932)
kbudd19 (752) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber red pour with nice white head. Aroma, burnt sugar, sweet malts, and light smoke. Taste is sweet up front, the middle is rich with bitter hops and smoke, finish is bitter with some booze from the heat. Aftertaste is bitter with some lingering heat, very sold.
JStax (3316) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a teku. Pours a clear amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma is bitter smoke, honey, wood. The taste is sweet honey and oak, then finishes a touch bitter. Big body. Medium carbonation.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber orange color with a half inch whitish head, and big sheets of lacing. Smells like oak, caramel, smoke, tobacco, pine, and citrus hops. Taste is piney and citrusy hops with an underlying smokiness and caramel sweetness, fairly resinous. Finish is smoke, oily piney hops and caramel sweetness. Fairly heavy on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish
bytemesis (3702) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish hazel, large creamy beige head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. ARoma is light overall, some dark sugars but nothing special. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, smoky but not overpowering. Toffee, some pine. Medium body, high carbonation, some acidity from the smoke or oak, not sure. Decent.
GarrettB (1119) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
March 21st, 2013 - Hereís my favorite Stone beer to date, hands down. Stone has an iconic flavor and brand, but I tend to favor their brews as back-ups when other beers arenít available. The Oak-Smoked Old Guardian appears much like the non-smoking Old Guardian, a deep and murky auburn soup with a pillowy cap. The smell hits me in the fake like an oak door, leaving vapor trails of piŮon wood, cinnamon, yeast, cinnamon bark. and the indelible smell of camp fires and beef jerky. The flavor is much the same, with a thorny, spiky palate and a heavy dose of booze. Itís sweet, too, with lots of sharp woody flavors and even a touch of brandy. Deep, sultry, sweet and sharp all at once, add in some clove, all spice, cinnamon and molasses and you get a brew that makes your eyebrows sizzle and smoke.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Way more smoke than oak, especially in the nose. It didnít hide the alcohol very well but it wasnít bad in this instance. The warming the alcohol brings was pleasant. Not a ton of that barley wine aroma and flavor. Way more smokey than I was expecting.
TECHNICAL: Drank 4/14/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark, slightly orangey red with a small tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy caramel and candy; light to moderate orange and other citrus hops; light pine hops; apple; cherry; light wood; smoke; slight alcohol; smoked fish; slight barley wine smell; bacon; and something bourbon-like even though I donít think bourbon barrels were used. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, molasses, burnt caramel, maple syrup, smoked malt, brown sugar, citrus and pine hops, apple, cherry, bacon, smoke meat and fish, wood, alcohol, orange rind hops, candy, bacon, wood-smoked bacon, and a fruitiness. The medium to full body was oily and a bit syrupy with soft but lightly tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.
Johnsense (881) - - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper pour with a baby finger of head. smoke, caramel, fruit in the aroma. taste of smoke, oak, bread, caramel, citrus fruit, candy. medium body.
AWISLguy (1472) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/16/13 bottle date from La Primera. Cellared for 11 months, served at cellar temp. Pours reddish orange with a cream colored head leaving coats of lace. Continual bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Aroma immediately kicks in with rich meat smoke. Also some caramel malt. Later in the glass, pine and sweet fruit shows through. Taste has sweet fruits, tangy pine, some alcohol and phenols. Down in the glass, some of that "gratzer-ish" sour wheat comes through. Along with the alcohol. Medium to full bodied, and syrupy. Finishes long and alcoholly sweet with a lot of tang and burn down the throat. Reasonable version of the solid base, perhaps overkilled by the aging. 13.8