jdavidh (158) - 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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EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Old Guardian on draft. Pours dark amber with a big head that laces well along the glass. The aroma is sweet and the taste is almost a honey flavor. Smooth for such a high alcohol percentage. A great sipping Barleywine.
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StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma has a floral hoppiness that dominates. Mouthfeel is very oily and thick. Appearance is good. Too sweet for my tastes. Perhaps I am just not a barley wine fan.
Landmonger (156) - USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass, very nice beer with like the description says malt upfront with citrus, some earthy taste and sweetness finished with carbonation is very smooth and velvety and a nice warm finish
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007, 22 oz bottle. Pours with a small frothy off-white head. There is hardly no lacing and the head fully diminishes. Looking through the glass it looks flat, there are no bubbles floating to the surface. The color is half-way between brown and orange, probably mahogany. The aroma is of caramel, some citrus and slight alcohol. Then for the first taste. Very deep caramel malt notes, along with pine and citrus hops, possibly lemon? There are also hints of raisin, pineapple, cherry and some brown sugar. The first taste is very sweet with a moderate bitter bite to it, then the sweetness falls back and the true bitterness comes through which sticks to the back of the tounge for quite a while, it has a slight alcohol finish. It also has a very full body with a creamy texture. The carbonation is very soft.
Overall I feel this is very good, I bought 2 bottles, one to drink fresh and one to celler for a few years to compare notes.
Sathorael (153) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage on draft at Stone Oceanside. Pours amber brown with small, quickly dissipating, off white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, a bit of doughiness, alcohol, pine, chlorophil, and a little bit of woodiness. Taste is rich salty caramel, toffee, bread, grassy, chlorophil, still a bit of woodiness but a bit more oxidation/ cardboard than in the aroma(not overwhelmingly so). Finish is a bright alcohol warmth followed by sweetness and further moves into a dull bitter acidity. Would love to do a vertical tasting of this beer.
bigben873 (153) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong malty, buttery flavor with a little bite. Clear dark amber. A little too abrupt a finish. Really want to love it, but not quite there for me.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Vintage. 22 oz. Bottle and draft at Dilly Deli. Pours just a tad cloudy, deep orangish amber. ~1cm. off white, tannish head. Dissipates quickly to a layer of foam that ends up going away completely. Not much lacing. Huge, fruity hops and big sweet malt aroma. Citrusy, grapefruity, carmelly, grapes, cherries, fruit punch. Flavor is nice and bitter, then really sweet with a big malt backbone that carries a ton of complexity. It’s hard to pick out individual flavors. Really florally and grapefruity after the swallow. Mellows as it warms. Palate - high level of carbonation. Really nicely balanced between a ton of bitterness and a big, thick, chewy, but smooth malty mouthfeel. Feels light for how big it is. Little bit of alcohol warmth, but hides 11% really well. Great Barley wine. Not as sweet as some others. Right now it has a ton of hop flavor and aroma. Really nicely balanced, ton of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma with a big, thick malty backbone. I bought a case and look forward to re-rating as it ages.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Pours a hazy copper with nice cream head. Aroma is light with slight hint of pineapple. Flavor is big on hops and citrus with cherry in the finish. Alcohol is pronounced as you would expect. Nice mouthfeel. I thought this was actually less aggressive than I would expect from Stone...not a bad thing...very well balanced.
After about a year in the cellar this one has really mellowed. Aroma is honey and pineapple. Alcohol and hops have both been tamed as the sweeter maltier flavors have really come to the forefront. Still a very nice and well balanced barley wine. I believe the extra time in the cellar improved an already excellent ale.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Angry red, amber beer with butterscotch head. Aromas of savoury hay, marmite, some strawberry maybe? Flavours are intense - plum brandy, malt liquor, it’s like arrogant bastard times 4. Strong alcohol burn.