Concealer (728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Clear red amber with a thin off white head that laces. Aromas of citrus, pine, light smoke, and caramel. Flavor is bitter pine resin, caramel, light citrus and biscuit. Medium to bodied, slightly dry finish. Lingering bitterness.
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super malty grainy aroma. Pours slightly opaque copper with a tan head. Great malt flavors, goes down smooth with an aftertaste of alcohol.
JohnGalt1 (439) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 vintage just picked up at the COOP last week for a decent $7ish... enjoyed tonight from my HotD tulip.
great 2 finger head.. nice cap and a lot of leopard spot lacing.. the brew is crystal clear orange/lite amber...
plenty of pithy grapefruit in the nose.. lite pine with some warm caramel notes.. the hops are more than citric as it warms... sorta tropical fruits.. with a good slam of pale malts..
Flavor is great American BW .. triple C hops are abundant from front to back.. as it warms the bitterness is a great push with the pale malt.. a little bit of vanilla sugar cookie.. caramel essence ... The body is great and the carbonation pushes lite/medium with a less than plush mouthfeel... A bit brutally bitter right now when fresh.
HIGHB4LL (421) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Festival; 2012 vintage. Appearance:finger of copper head, copper color, cloudy. Aroma: light oak, bourbon, floral and more floral. Palate: bitter lasting finish, soft-average carbonation, full body, sticky texture. Taste: malty sweetness to hop bitterness. Overall, great heavy tastes and aromas, unique, and delicious. One of my favorites of the event.
jdavidh (143) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. Nearly a half inch of sediment on the bottom. Nose was surprisingly light for such a beefy beer. Color is an interesting cloudy copper. Taste is heavy with malt and hop, and plenty of alcohol. Quite sweet up front with a typically bitter Stone finish. Interesting mix for sure.
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high_on_hops (582) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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Lectvay (109) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ben4321 (3750) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
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
I was pretty excited to try this one, but I wasn’t all that impressed. It was a decent Barley Wine, but I was expecting it to be better. Maybe the bottle I got wasn’t so great? I split it with a friend and he agreed that it wasn’t quite as good as we had hoped it would be. I’d try this one again if only to see if it was the bottle I got or the beer that didn’t do it for me.
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 I’m 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.
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.