Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006. Suprisingly sweet and pleasant for a stone brew. Nice malty taste. Pretty hoppy, but not as outspoken as some of stoneís beers. The balance in this one is a rarity for stone. Solid effort.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 version from the bottle. Pours with a limited light biege head that quickly disappears. Carbonation appears limited. The color is reddish orange and clear. Aroma is llmited but the beer is still a little cold. Hints of caramel and raisin are notable on the nose. The flavor was sweet with brown sugar and a strong astringent hop finish. The mouthfeel is strangely mixed, itís briefly medium to heavy but quickly dissappears. The alcohol is very noticeable but might mellow after the beer warms up. Although the alcohol keeps going up the overall product doesnít hold up to earlier examples.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange appearance, small head, fierce taste. somewhere near the end of the 22 i realized the beer had been drinking me.
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as gift, 2008 vtg. Yup a big bottle barley wine. Quite sweet. and malty. surprising low hopped for a US Barley wine. Good beer, but kinda hoped for more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.