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RATINGS: 1754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (552) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours a deep orange/amber with an off-white head and lacing. It has a deep resin hop aroma with some dried fruit and malt. The flavor is pine and resin hops along with some apricot and amber malt flavors leading to a syrupy sweet and bitter finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lectvay (74) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Amber, caramel color, decent aroma, a little floral, honey. Very smooth, rich, a little sweet and a slight burn, but very drinkable. Maybe a little safe, lacking complexity, but very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3564) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Location: Cask at Hay Merchant, 2/25/14

Aroma: The nose is a good mix of hoppy and boozy, some citrus/orange and a little spice
Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a large, lasting frothy head and coating lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same a little boozy and plenty hoppy, citrus, floral, and spice
Palate: The body is medium-full, it is sticky, creamy, and smooth, with light heat, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I actually enjoyed this quite a bit more than the original. The cask treatment and the dry hopping both work really nicely. This is very good.
Earlier Rating: 5/27/2009 Total Score: 3.3
Location:22 oz bottle from Capital Ale House, Innsbrook, 5/7/09

Aroma: Sweet fruits, caramel, maybe a little raisin, earthy hops
Appearance: Amer/orange color
Flavor: Nice hops character, a little tangy, seemed to improve as it warmed
Palate: Decent mouthfeel, long finish
Overall Impression: I was pretty excited to try this one, but I wasnít all that impressed. It was a decent Barley Wine, but I was expecting it to be better. Maybe the bottle I got wasnít so great? I split it with a friend and he agreed that it wasnít quite as good as we had hoped it would be. Iíd try this one again if only to see if it was the bottle I got or the beer that didnít do it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
Stone Old Guardian 2013 Vintage. 11.6 ABV. 22oz poured into my usual Flying Dog tasting snifter. Wonderful aroma once the seal was compromised. Minimal head no lacing. Citrus and malts battle it out on the nose. Caramel and raisin for the malt side as for the citrus notes they are a bit more vague and cryptic, hard to pin down. Though you do get the feeling that some sort of tropical citrus is in play. Dry and medium to full bodied. Flavor profile and characteristics achieve a harmonious balance. This brew did a fine job disguising the alcohol content from my pallet but Iím afraid not from my fine motor skills. I have a feeling that this one could benefit from a few years in a dark cellar. It might round off the rough edges that there are on the younger vintages. Either way drink now or later.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2206) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in 2/2009, 5 years old. Pours very hazy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, prune, pear, apple, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toast, toffee, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, prune, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, toffee, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy/fruity hop/yeast flavors; with an awesome hop/malt balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barleywine at 5 years old. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (776) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle, 65cl - Semi Hazy amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of toffee, caramel, herbs and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of toffee, caramel, herbs, citrus, earthy hops, alcohol and cloves. Could use some more ageing but a great beer nonetheless.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbtbone (3) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2014 does not count
2010. Iím very happy with this barleywine. I just hope I can find more before it disappears

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2035) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Caramel malts, raisin and plum. Clear amber gold with a huge beige head. Toffee, caramel, molasses and a hoppy dark sugar finish. A little one sided with tons of sugars but little other interesting flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (152) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2011 VIntage on Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Nose is toffee and caramel. Taste follows the same notes. Very little hop presence but this is likely due to the aging. Very sweet and smooth. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Nose is greeted by an alcoholic caramel fruitcake. Still red orange appearance. Chewy bitter malt taste, not a sweet ale at all which makes sense. Moderately harsh burn. Slick and sharp, nice and dry too. A quality big beer from Stone.


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