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.
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 it’s complexity well without any muddiness. This really is an excellent barley wine, and I’m 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. I’m glad I gave the new Vintage another go, as I had my suspicions that the ’09 was a slightly lesser vintage. However, I expect that the ’09 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 don’t 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.
Oldschool_Mike (175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 2015 release. Bottle into snifter. Pours a clear reddish amber colour with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is big jammy hops. Taste is bitter overripe stone fruits and alcohol. Great barley wine
-- rated via ’Find A Beer’ for Blackberry 10
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 couldn’t 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 you’ll 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!
Sparf (171) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enastående fruktig, aning vinös doft med inslag av torkade fikon, vanilj och karamelliserat plommon. Aning läder i bakgrunden också.
Vackert kopparröd färg och ett utmärkt skum med ovanligt lång halveringstid för stilen.
Den för barley wine så karaktäristiska sötman bryts här av med en rejäl dos humlebeska, som framför allt drar åt tall och citrus. Annars märks toner av läder, vanilj, ek och en lite saltaktig avrundning.
Kroppen är fyllig, silkesaktig och varm. Dock utan att alkoholen tar över. Tvärtom är de 11 procenten bra tillbakadrivna för att inte förstöra upplevelsen.
Tyvärr tar beskan över alltför mycket i eftersmaken där den dödar alla andra, mer subtila toner.
hank37 (171) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber with generous white head. Aromas of stonefruit which is backed up in the taste, some spice and rich toffee flavours. Sensational.
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 you’d expect from a barleywine but with very present bitterness. Seriously bitter, finishes for a while. Solid barleywine, one of the hoppiest I’ve tasted.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very ruby color, completely clear, and with a thin head. An aroma of port wine, raisins, and chocolate came from this beer. Initial taste was a bit "hot".... lots of alcohol, but after the shock a warming flavor of port and chcocolate shined through till i finished my glass.