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RATINGS: 1804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown, much like an IPA, small bubbles, cloudy, nice hop flavor, warming aftertaste, tastes like an IPA but not as strong, the alcohol is well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coachd (120) - Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
oc4111 (119) - USA - MAR 25, 2012
22oz bomber poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark copper color with a minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is hops, alcohol, dark stone fruit. Taste comes across the same. This the 2012 version Iím trying now. Curious to see how this compares to last years version. I have a bottle of that and the belgo version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Sweet juice-like aromas of pear and banana dominate. Lavender and cinnamon notes. Produces a laquer-like burn on the nose. Pastry dough malt aroma, hint of hops. Flavor of carmel apple up front, some sour hops in mid, toasted malts. Finishes slighlty bitter, but fruity, like sour apples. Groggy alchohol flavors, like cherry coke + whisky. Acidic palate,major alchohol burn. Vibrant hops-induced dryness that I didnít expect in a B-wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2010
This is the 2008 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber/light brown with a big, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves decent lacing. The nose is fresh, citrus hops, deep caramel malts, some deep vinous fruit, a vanilla/woody character, some alcohol and maybe leather. In the mouth it is initially sweet malt, caramel is dominant, vanilla, following through with some fresh, spicy hop bitterness, some alcohol, sweet fruit and light chocolate. This is a great beer. It is smooth and very easy drinking for the abv...

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
The previous reviewer took the words out of my mouth -- I think the beer I had was fresh, and Iím pretty sure this could use some cellaring. The nose is cereal and band-aid, and that ainít good. The color is nice and coppery, with a fair head. First sips are some caramel and earthiness, but then youíre hit with some fairly intense brackish bitterness. This latter soon dominates the palate. I like bitterness, but not this bitterness. I got some alcohol-y brandied fruit on the finish, which is definitely good, but it struggled to break through that brackish taste. As I got through the bottle it seemed that big mouthfuls brought out more of the good flavors, but really, who wouldnít rather sip a barleywine? So I canít recommend this, but again, maybe with age...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
suprisingly minimal nose for the amount of hops tasted in the first sip. after half a glass, the intensity had me dizzy. still to me, more palatable than the bigfoot, which i think is overhopped. worth having, if you don't pay through the nose, and sharing is a must.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2006 vintage. Clear and reddish brown pour - almost no head but it lasts throughout. Just a little sweet and very strong on the alcohol aftertaste but certainly expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2006
impressive beer. I expected a barley wine heavy in hops and bitterness, considering everything else that I have tried from Stone, but it had a suprisingly even finish. Great fruity/toffee aroma, with a caramel/toffee like flavor. Nice beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2008
The hops really take you by surprise wit this beer...great malt flavor with a lot of hop punch in the foretaste. Sweet fruit and yeast finish the beer smoothly, almost covering the alcohol taste completely.


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