hman43 (202) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone Old Guardian 2013 vintage. There is a heavy caramel aroma along with other malt flavorings. It is a cloudy, amber color with an extremely fluffy, clingy light brown head. It has a creamy texture with a burst of caramel flavors with a tinge of hops. The combination of bitter and sweet flavors is complex and delightful.
Salmoniform (195) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Amber-reddish with off-white head. Aroma of biscuit, caramel, hops, cirtus, pine, resin, sugar, pepper. Mouthfeel is great with light/medium body and great carbonation. Taste is initially sweet with a bit astrigency from roastedmalt and nice bitter finish. A slight bitter essence lingers. Overall, this is a really nice American style barleywine and is a tad hop-forward....which is kind of expected from Stone.
Oregon_butcher (59) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden in color. Smells of sweet malts, fruity aroma. Light carbonation. Malty taste with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. A good not so sweet barley wine. Little bit hoppier than your average barley wine, which I prefer.
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AshtonMcCobb (2027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared at allmyvinyl’s homebrew gathering. This was really rich in flavour and still remarkably hoppy considering the style. It was still a bit gnarly, though, something of a rough diamond.
allmyvinyl (1814) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle from Brewdog AGM between 4. It’s a damn good US-style barley wine. Amazingly full of fresh hop aromas even after 3 years in the bottle. Smooth and easily drinkable. Good stuff.
tcane7 (1515) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2009 bottle with Jay, Ray, Chris and Pat. Pours a murky orange amber with one finger of beige head and good lace. Nose of caramel, cardboard, oxidation. Medium body. Sweet, hot bitter. Would have thought this would have aged gracefully but I could barely finish a small pour.
Doofgoblin (242) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicious! Aroma is prominent and malty. Taste is toasty, malt, and toffee. The finish has a bit of bite to it with plenty of hop bitterness. I was expecting a smoother, creamer finish but it actually works great! I wonder how it mellows over time....
Beese (939) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Exmouth Arms, London on 21 September.
Poured a dark copper colour with a light hazy and a large, dense off white head. Aroma of caramel, west coast hops and sweet alcohol. Full, smooth mouth feel. Big flavours of grassy hops with honeycomb dates and other dried fruit. Leaves with pine hop resins, butterscotch and warming alcohol.
BOSSbrewer (1238) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber with thick head. Aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Dark fruits. Hops overwhelm this beer though. Almost harshly hopped. Maybe this is ok for style for an American barley wine but not for a British and not for why I like. So a good beer but not my preference.
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish orange with a little head. Big caramel sweet body followed by alcohol and a sticky sweet finish. Finish is just not my favorite for such a big beer.