JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating went up 3% in the last 5 hours. But looking at the posts, no one has posted anything since Feb.20- its now March 19th. Isnít that wierd? How does it work.
So thatís what I was thinking, and then I noticed I was on the 2003 and before section. So I was totally wrong... It all works fine.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours out in a cloudy dark sunset oarnge with a tannish off white head that appears to be thin but is holding well. there is nice lacing and the body is cloudy dark oarnge with no to many bubbles rising. smells of a yankee candle citrusy fruity pine sol aroma. very piney and floral. it has awsome mouthfeel to it with notes of roasted malts that give it a toffee taste and kind of wheaty with the unmalted barley used in this this beer. hoppy also ,but not like an ipa or an american strong and does not leave a bitter aftertaste. moderate carbonation and i can sense some of the alcohol in the flavor. finishes kind of dry and has a plesant aftertaste. nice barley wine.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Limited Early 2010 Release. Pours out deep rusty amber in colour, with honeyed hues. Big creamy head which recedes quite quickly to leave a good tight covering and lace over the beer. Nicely carbonated, lazy in style. Aroma is really quite different to last years offering, much more toffee, fudge and caramel aromas. Nice bit of rich sweetened barley, sugar, tons of golden syrup and maple syrup, then some pine and citrus from the hops in the background. Once again, more focus on the sweeter, richer notes in the flavour with the hops bringing a welcome bitter balance. The 2009 was dominated by hops and was thinner bodied than this one. Enters with a good full bodied feel, sticky candy flavours, heavy caramel, a touch of licorice - but not much, more like bitter-treacle, manuka honey, really rich warming barley, then in comes some good bitter, quite earthy, hops with mineral flavours, wet stone, pine, lemon, grapefruit and so on. Finish is moderately bitter which keeps the beer remarkably fresh tasting and also makes it very drinkable. The finish also has great length and leaves a flavour of lemon peel, pithiness, vanilla and bitter orange as well as boiled sweets and yet more treacle. Alcohol - as ever with Stone - is impeccably tempered. Mouthfeel is excellent; somehow keeps quite clean and shows itís complexity well without any muddiness. This really is an excellent barley wine, and Iím not really even a fan of the style, but the hops keep me interested. It is a hell of a lot better than the 2009, which I found to be thin, stupidly bitter and a little one dimensional for Stone, this has totally redeemed Old Guardian in my eyes. Iím glad I gave the new Vintage another go, as I had my suspicions that the í09 was a slightly lesser vintage. However, I expect that the í09 had better aging potential due to the amount of hops, and therefore these would integrated well to give wide ranging complexity. But all in all the 2010 is a stunner, and I will certainly be buying another couple bottles to drink and age. [As a side note to "INBE" below me, glad you liked the beer, but surely you must realize that Barley Wines are brewed for High Alcohol... You donít get 6% Barley Wine. The Term Barley wine pretty much implies High alcohol, as they are classed as "Wine Style" brews.}
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Orange red in color with just head enough head to lace the glass as it is drank. Full malt aromas. Taste contains a strong fruit presence, the high abv is very well masked. Very good barley wine.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich amber coloring with minimal head. Aroma has a decent grapefruit to it. Palate is smooth with minimal bitterness, though the taste is akin to grapefruit toffee, with a definite taste of hops but not overwhelmingly so.
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good barley wine, highly hopped which adds to the character. However I felt the alchohol was not as well hidden as say, the bigfoot barley wine.
uvajed (174) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark golden color, coppery I guess. Smallish, light tan head disappeared fairly quickly. Light citrus aroma, with hops, alcohol and something I couldnít pin down. Kind of sweet. Flavor was a bit sweet as well, with noticeable alcohol, hops, and barely. Malt component was there but not overwhelming. Certainly not the best barley wine youíll find, but fairly available and still very good. Not my favorite style but I was disappointed when the local retailers ran out before I could get a second bottle. 2005 vintage, 22 oz bottle.
Tjoxen (173) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2012. Pours clear brown red with a small beige head. Roasty aroma. Some caramel, orange peel, sweet alcohol. Clear bitterness that stays. Its fantastic!
coachd (173) - Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2014 Old Guardian. I was surprised at the low cost for a high ABV. Aroma is sweet and malty. Not too sweet, some honey and light floral notes. Great clean aroma. Great reddish-copper color with an off white head that is larger than most barleywines I have seen. Taste is not too sweet, not too bitter up front. Gets more bitter in the aftertaste, but still manageable. Alcohol is well hidden. Palate is slightly oily, slick, smooth. Fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. This was great. It is changing my opinion about barleywine, which has not always been my favorite style. In terms of getting your moneyís worth, this is one of the best Iíve had.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is all malty sweetness with some piney hops in the background. Thick, full body. Big malt backbone youíd expect from a barleywine but with very present bitterness. Seriously bitter, finishes for a while. Solid barleywine, one of the hoppiest Iíve tasted.