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RATINGS: 1753   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
Bomber. Red-orange with tan foam. Aroma is sweet candy, rubarb, passionfruit and oranges. Taste is full sweetness of citrus, rubarb with slight sour-bitter grape aftertaste. Full body, creamy and sticky, average carbonation, a little alcohol and bitter finish. Overall: Great beer, drinkable and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeroverthere (81) - USA - FEB 20, 2012
Old Guardian 2012 Color:Copper red Aroma: Caramel, bread and a hint of citrus hops Body:Toffee and some alcohol sweetness, big hoppy bitterness, hint of bread Finish:Hop bitter and dry, some alcohol Over-all/Mouth-feel:This is a big beer! A little edgy and you. Some ageing would make it smoother.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Tulip. Red amber tall head but disappears fast, very clean body. Aroma is not very strong but, resin, alcohol, and woody. Taste of hops up front very malty in the middle, a bit sweet and ends with more bitter hops. Medium body, good carbonation and a good accent of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sigh_borg (80) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Pours orangish-copper with a tiny head. Aroma is smoke, fruit, citrusey hops and honey. (Someone mentioned bacon, which I can smell too, but never wouldíve identified that note if I hadnít read it elsewhere!) Taste is a nice, strong mix of sweet and simultaneous bitterness. Finish remains bitter. Mouthfeel is full and thick. An intense beer. The sweetness functions nicely to balance the bitterness. Iím not too familiar with barley wines so I canít really put this in the context of that particular style. Pretty damn delicious nonetheless. Would love to try this on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Limited winter í04 release, 10.06% alc...evidently they vary. This is the second barleywine Iíve tried and they seem to keep getting better. Caramel, citrus, and malt maybe roasted malt flavor with a surprising dry hop finish. Medium white head with a caramel hop aroma. Iíd love to try it on tap some day, maybe my next trip to San Diego. Anywho, great beer...Itís really starting to kick in now so Iíll enjoy whatís left of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeratarian (77) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2011 @ home 22 oz... Thick,medium brown to dark amber pour leads to a thin, tight, ivory head. Aromas of dried fruit and sweet malts. Alcohol is present with a smooth malt balance. I remember this one to be more hoppy and biting but this year seemed to smooth out. A descent barleywine, but doesnít live up to Stoneís over-the-top hops that they sold me with. Trying the Belgo Tomorrow.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
This is the strongest beer Iíve ever had. This is like the beer version of the Chantico at Starbucks because you had to sip it for a while. Itís stronger than La Fin du Monde. I had this last night at some place, but I donít know what vintage it is.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Stone Old Guardian. This brew pours out a nice reddish-orange hue that was a tad cloudy. It had a white head and It has a floral aroma coming from what seems to be the hops, raspberries, and wheats. It was pretty hard for me to place to be honest. It feels warm in the mouth, probably because of the 11% abv. Itís a fairly strong brew but the strength doesnít distract you from the flavors of strong hoppiness with a slight sweetness in the middle. I want to say caramel, but again, I canít seem to place it. Great beer to sit with and simply enjoy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone RBSG, 2004 vintage. Cloudy butterscotch with no head. Exceedingly smooth with background alcohol and aged malt. Very caramel-like. So strong and thick... Age did a great deal of good to this. Very tasty!! I could drink this often!! I think this might have been the highlight of the afternoon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PMgep (73) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2008
pretty nice color kind of amber, nice aroma. the flavor is hops and caramel.


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