jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours adeep copper to amber color has an unfiltered appearance thick tan head strong alcohol burn sweet malt flavor good hop bitterness not as much aroma as BIgfoot still nice fruity malty aromas and flavors a little light on the bite chocolate flavors emerge upon warming, good solid malt lacks depth in the hops but still a good barley wine.
beeratarian (86) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 doesn’t live up to Stone’s over-the-top hops that they sold me with. Trying the Belgo Tomorrow.
robzilla (86) - - JUN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Carmel, toasty, molases and licorice on the nose. Pours a reddish hue with a surprisingly small head. Taste is a punch in the face but still pretty balanced, both very malty and hoppy. Body is full. I enjoyed this one more than I expected.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
HUGE in taste a blast of hops and malt this may be true ruination on taste buds as nothing after this will compare very pretty dark redish orange huge malt scent from goblet no head damn one bottle is more than enough i recomend sharing
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. This pours a deep copper color with a small amount of fizzy head. The aroma is sweet with a slight malt/hop mix that smells REALLY good. I only wish the taste matched. This is the same old over-hopped bitter beer from Stone with a sharp alcoholic bite to it. For some reason, it reminds me of sake, only bitter.
hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brassy colour with minimal white head. Aroma hints at banana, caramel/toffee, nuts and hops. Suprisingly syrupy and pushing towards sweet. hop bitterness is present, but not as strong as i’d have first expected... esp. in a beer from Stone. the 11.26% abv is well hidden in this beer with the exception of the syrupiness. Excellent.
coachd (84) - Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 money’s worth, this is one of the best I’ve had.
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
sigh_borg (81) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 would’ve identified that note if I hadn’t 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. I’m not too familiar with barley wines so I can’t really put this in the context of that particular style. Pretty damn delicious nonetheless. Would love to try this on tap.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Guardian 2012
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.