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RATINGS: 1871   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
I really like barley wne, but one thing that can let me down with a beer is too much alcohol taste. IMO, it ruins the flavor. This is a good beer that could have been a great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Holy hell, is this strong. 2005 that just came out, Iíll be buying more and storing it for a long time because one can tell how it would benefit from more aging. This yearís is 12.26% so beware the strength, after the first sip my stomach started burning. Sweet but exquisitely balanced with just the right amount of hops, and despite the intensity it still goes down well. Taste doesnít linger in my mouth as long as some other barleywines, but this is still probably the best Iíve had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 22oz, 2005 bottle. Smells heavily of butterscotch and hops. Sweet and malty start. Really thick, oily hop taste. Definitely needs time to age and blend flavor. Right now itís a little harsh and not as complex as I imagine it will be eventually. Still, the balance of both intense sweet and biter taste makes it drinkable and worthwhile. Will try to age a bottle and rerate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - DEC 12, 2012
2012 edition, bottle. Deep amber and clear with a offwhite head. Aroma is raisins and malt, quite barleywine! Taste is full bodied with lots of sweet malts, biscuit and surprising huge amount of hops! Lingering bitterness. Great balance, awesome! Smooth mouthfeel. Maybe this much hops isnít basic barleywine but tastes great as the hops balance the sweetness. The second pour is a tad hazy and balances some of the bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigben873 (158) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
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.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - AUG 14, 2013
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

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sathorael (153) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
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.


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