surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Early 2007 vintage 22 oz. bomber bottle. Pours cloudy peach-amber, with a small yellowish tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some light lace when present. Sweet, malty, bready aroma with strong fruity esters (think apricot brandy). Flavor is still fairly hoppy, though now mostly bittering. Sweet, fruity, and boozy with some bready notes. Dry and warm on the finish. Medium full mouthfeel. Great, creamy palate with moderate very fine carbonation, and nice warmth in the finish. Real nice barleywine that has aged well.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
í07 edtition. The pour was beautiful wtih a small fading white head. It was a light copper in color. The malt nose was there and it was strong. An almost perfect balance of hops and malt. An oak-like caramel flavor. These guys know what they are doing. I do get an off tastes at the end, and I canít quite explain it. It almost taste like grass or fresh hay. But the alcohol is there but not in your face. This is green, but no worries, I have two more to cellar.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
an amazing beer. so much to enjoy but it feels like a bit of a bully. Bully wine. itís huge. enjoyable all over, huge bitterness balances the huge malt body but, man, its firm as. its roughing me up! Probably a benchmark if youíre looking for the biggest barley wine around...
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brown with a large head that laced the glass as it disappeared. Aroma of molasses, hops, malt, grain, and fruit. Flavor was wonderful; an amazing experience. Bitter on the palate, alcohol was apparent in the flavor and in the mouth. Before the aroma, I expected a standard "barley wine." Old Guardian, however, was much more rich, much more well balanced, much more provocative.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Vintage-I donít think Iíve given many 10ís for flavor before, but this beer hit it for me. Just a nice, well hopped b-wine. I wish I had a few more to age and see how it matures. Next time Iíll buy a case. One of the best beers Stone makes.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice light amber orange ,white head dissapears quickly leaving a slight film that the bubbles seek as I sip.Nice citrus hop aroma.Taste is sweet malt balanced with a lot of hops.. orange and grapefruit
when you swallow.A little more refined than bigfoot
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle. Deep amber pour with foamy off-white head. Nice lace. Aromas of sweet malt, strawberries, brown sugar, and caramel. Hops, caramel, and melting chocolate flavors in taste. Beer is very sweet and has a big alcohol presence. 11.26% ABV is upfront and in your face. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet and bitter finish with an added dose of heat. Very nice. Looking forward to sampling a sample that has been put down for a few years.
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í09 bottle from VBS. Aroma is barley and lots of it. You can almost smell how thick this is going to be. Pours a deep amber and relatively clear with a thick luscious off-white head. Taste is slightly sweet with a some bitterness. Leaves an almost fruity flavor (pear maybe?) as well as that bready barley taste. A very tasty beer, but at 11%, this oneís a sipper.
kromamc (192) - ITALY - AUG 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
colore ambrato scuro opalescente schiuma bianca sottile... naso delicatissimo: frutta secca cereali caramello... estremamente bilanciata al palato, gli 11,26% totalmente coperti... finale lungo e molto morbido... incredible!
o_Merlin_o (191) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a beautiful red oak color, with zero head. Very little aroma. Initial flavor is quite sour, rapidly changing over to a cherry and orange peel flavor. Overall, a little too sour for my taste.