HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well this beer had little head, but such a pretty copper color, strong smell, taste was strong as well. aftertaste left you wanting some more. Really did not remind me of a barleywine..... but worth drinking!
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great copper amber clear color. A nice mode white head. A very strong licorice aroma, sweet and strawberry. very nice indeed. A very bitter hoppy feel, deep roots of trees are there. Very, very hoppy. I like it, its a solid deep body without the natural licorice comparison, i like it, cause it stand on its own two feet. Alot of hopps, but a sick ass background to back it up.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall a good barleywine, but it wasn't particularly unique. Maybe I was expecting too much. It is pretty hoppy...
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a lot of candy coming through and fairly balanced, very sticky but unsatisfying body, perhaps a tad young, not a great barleywine but very distincitvely stone
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 2005- Poursa clear orange/amber hue with a small, lightly frothed off-white head with mediocre lacing. Aromas of roasted nuts, a little cereal, hints of oranges and spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a lingering finish. Very bitter on contact with the tongue. Favors of spruce, a little perfumy, and finishes with a soapy residue. MMMM.....Not up to par with last years, but will have to age a few as this brew seems to have some sediment unlike most of the big brews from stone as of late.
2004--I don’t think I was the biggest fan of the old ’old guardian’ but now I can say I love it. The new recipe is just what the doctor ordered. Hoppy, malty, with a good flavor of malts coming through. 8/4/8/5/17-4.2
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this here pond of alchemistic brilliance divulged a burgoo of succulent shades and induced thoughts of sun-torched blood oranges, watermelon flesh, and simmering fluidic lava...piercing acidic laced fruits fuel the aroma bringing an essence of papaya and white grapes and embracing oddities like watermelon jolly ranchers, grass, sour green jello...and closing with wet grass, alcohol, and sticky hop buds...a mellower progression of flavors awaits..soft, delicate, yet refined...fruity notes of peach, watermelon, grape, papaya,strawberries, and alcohol...stinging bitterness appears surprisingly at the end laying comfortably on a velvety coated mouthfeel...indeed a much needed improvement! Ay Ay!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 Had this right after a Bigfoot. They are kind of similar. Both are hoppy resembling an IPA in ways. I enjoy this one more. It has a little more sweetness than the bigfoot. Apricot and honey come to mind. Color is lighter than bigfoot and much lighter than the 2001 Old Guardian I had on tap. This is a beautiful hazy orange with a few floaters in it. The aroma is not very strong. Is has apricot and alcahol notes. It’s a very nice aroma, but just not that strong. I’ll probably buy a case, and hold on to a few since this is bound to get very good with age. Too bad I don’t have much patience for that. ReRate: Same tasting as original, but changed glass from pint to my Delerium Noel snifter. Oh boy, that sure improved the aroma. Dried papaya, apricot, yellow raisons, and bubblegum? are jumping out of the glass now. Caramel is also in the flavor. Not carmelized apricot like the 2001, but caramel with apricot instead. Alcohol is more prevelant in this glass. Rerate 2005 bottle 060505: Kind of light on the palate. Letting breath a little mellows everything out. Taste is buttery with loads of caramel. Syrupy with a prety good hop balance. Getting better.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 This year’s 2006 is a bit different than I remember last years. I think last years was a bit more bitter. Perhaps my taste buds are numbing. Does not need much age, if you ask me. Great right now.