Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a fresh bottle of 2012 old Guardian reviewed fresh.
Poured into the very cool stone old guardian snifter a nice bright and clean copper with a thick and long lasting tan head, some light lacing and good head retention.
The smell is light and bready, with a bit of sweet toffee and some light herbal and medicinal hop notes.
While the nose seems to be more malt focused, the flavor is definitly hop centric, waves of big piney bitterness wash over my tongue all but drowning out the light underpinnings of brown sugar and caramel. Big lingering bitterness with a heavy pine last long after each sip. Just a touch of sweetness and sourdough manage to sneak through the hop assault a bit after it warms.
Very thick and resiny, leaving an oily hop coating on my tongue.
This is a solid west coast style hop bomb barleywine, a bit one dimensional, and by the time you finish a bomber of this it starts to get monotonous.
Bright92 (9) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby coloured, with a nice head and some lacing. Dark fruit, spice, brown sugar, and some alcohol on the nose, along with floral and fruity hops. The hops mixed with the malt body gave it a really juicy aroma. Tasted of toffee, spice, dark fruity, fruity and floral hops, and a bit of alcohol. Nice bitter finish. Creamy, sticky body with nice alcohol warming. Great example of an American barley wine.
azzj97 (9) - - JUN 26, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber white head with tight nit bubbles. slight citrus and hoppy. great BW for price!
Redserpent (8) - USA - APR 22, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It was a 2007 beer that I had in 2009 It was a special release. A amber almost pink color when held up to the lights. The beer was smooth and malty with a nice balance. The alcohol level in this beer does not push over the taste. A nice Big beer.
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, hazy orange color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of hops. The taste is intense...again malty and just chock full of hop flavor. Another fine Stone brew.
mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This slightly foggy, amber beer had a small, frothy off white head, which quickly faded away. The aroma was heavily hopped, slightly sweet (maybe grapefruit) and the scent of pine was also apparent. The flavor was a little bitter, presumably because of all the hops. Again could detect a sweet citrus flavor. Its finish had a moderate alcohol burn. However, I noticed that as the beer warmed, the alcohol aftertaste diminished and I was left with a more pleasant beer to savor. Personally, if I am going to drink a Barley wine I would prefer the English styles, such as Thomas Hardy’s or JW Lee’s. If, however, you prefer extremely hoppy beer, go for this one, you may enjoy it.
CSchenning (8) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Think I’d age this if given the opportunity...poured almost ruby with a fleeting cream-colored head. Good deal of alcohol to the nose and initial taste, but not exactly harsh. I’ll give it another shot in a year!
finalcut (8) - , Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark orange beer poured into a glass. aroma of mostly malt with a hint of hops. the taste has a good balance of hops and malt. it leaves a satisfying taste of hops hanging in your mouth after a bitter finish.
NewGuardian (7) - Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love the bottle design. the aroma consists of toast, spruce, ginger, grass, and wood. Nice red color, hazy, white foam.
hydros (7) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber color with white head. Hoppy taste as most Stone beers, but with a strong vanilla flavor as well.