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RATINGS: 1812   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Well this beer had little head, but such a pretty copper color, strong smell, taste was strong as well. aftertaste left you wanting some more. Really did not remind me of a barleywine..... but worth drinking!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robzilla (86) - - JUN 19, 2012
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.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 16, 2006
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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2010
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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crille (85) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2013
Dark amber colored beer with large white head. The nose is full of sweet woody aromas, and some dried fruits, peach. Full bodied beer, of course. Creamy texture. Flavors of orange, alcohol, bitter hops and grass. Nice bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2008
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sigh_borg (83) - 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 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.

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.


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