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RATINGS: 1810   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkeh (231) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2014
2014 release. Bottled a month ago. Pours an amazingly beautiful red amber color. Nice off-white head settles on top, and settles to a thin white mat that stays throughout the life of the drink. The aroma is BIG malts and hops. Sweet caramel, some toffee, citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy, which I really enjoy, It has an immense malt backbone though. This one reminds me a lot of Old Ruffian from Great Divide. Iíd like to taste them side-by-side to see the differences. Nonetheless, a great Barleywine

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (827) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (295) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Super malty grainy aroma. Pours slightly opaque copper with a tan head. Great malt flavors, goes down smooth with an aftertaste of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (565) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (638) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdavidh (153) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (657) - 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 (150) - 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 (4066) - 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.


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