TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the strongest beer Iíve ever had. This is like the beer version of the Chantico at Starbucks because you had to sip it for a while. Itís stronger than La Fin du Monde. I had this last night at some place, but I donít know what vintage it is.
Arayaga2 (1707) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lotsa head, reasonable honey-color with an awesome honey and pineapple aroma. Taste is the same as the smell, only slightly muted, but for the hops, and alcohol. Pretty good tasting, but itís hard to live up to its smell . $4.75/22oz
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great barleywine style brew from reliable Stone. Warms you up from the first sip. Nice murky amber pour with a nose of hops, malt, and some caramel. Taste similar but the alcohol becomes a little more persistent. Very tasty. Thanks to brewbandit for this one.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice light amber orange ,white head dissapears quickly leaving a slight film that the bubbles seek as I sip.Nice citrus hop aroma.Taste is sweet malt balanced with a lot of hops.. orange and grapefruit
when you swallow.A little more refined than bigfoot
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 this is a nice change up from the double bastard I have been drinking. Itís a slightly more elegant beer with a pleasant thick mouth feel.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was nice w/ dark fermented fruit, citrus, and flowers. The flavor was a nice orange zest and grapefruit on the tail end w/ a slight hint of flowers and pine. The beer poured a brownish orange color w/ thick head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy. This is the í04, but I also tried the í05 and I didnít like it as much. I gave it a 7,3,6,3,12.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Crystal clear, orange ale with a fruity and malty nose with notes of butterscotch, toffee and caramelized pineapple. The flavor is mostly the same with additional undertones of alcohol and orange peel. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, sweet finish. Top notch brew!
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light amber with almost no head. A classic sweet barley smell to it, that is the trademark of this style. Intense sweet barley taste to an odd, but good bitter taste. A long lasting changing aftertaste going from bitter back to sweet. Another nice stone beer.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Deep amber, almost ruby color, thin white head, left good lacing on my glass. Aroma is incredibly complex, fruits, alcohol, malt, some gentle spices in there, my nose was glued to the rim of my glass. Flavor is bold, malt, hops, a very noticable alcohol bite, finish has a lot of oak and smoky flavors in it. A little too aggressive in my opinion, a little harsh, it didnít have the sturdy palate to back it up (like say the Speedway, which I lauded for itís bold flavor, but since these are different styles itís apples and oranges). Mouthfeel is smooth, the alcohol really stands out along with the oak after each sip. Wish I could have tried the older vintages, but then again this beer was still quite a treat. A small step below the Old Numbskull and the Old Horizontal (two of the finest beers Iíve ever had, so thatís legit company to be in). Hoping that after aging a bit the flavor will be a little more rounded and less overwhelming, Iíll check back in 6 months or so. Also, drinking an entire bomber by yourself will get you feeling great, I can sense my writing ability decline with the level of the beer in the bottle.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 Note: This rating is for the 2005 Old Guardian, less than two weeks after retail distribution transcribed from a hardcopy tasting log....Deep golden color, nice foamy white head with decent retention. Sharp hop notes in aroma contend with a deep malty sweetness. Heavy body, syrupy mouthfeel of an infant barleywine. Hop character in the flavor rather tangy and citrus-like, segregated from the cloying sweetness of the malt. Very young, I await tasting at the 6 month and 1 year mark, as the hop and malt flavors should meld to a greater extent. In true Stone fashion, it is big character (as if a true barleywine couldnít be) with an intention to create an equilibrium of assertive ingredients. I will update my rating entry with subsequent tasting.