bwilley (24) - Fullerton, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Early 2009 22oz. bottle. Great golden amber color with light lacing. Sweet nose with a bit of hops. Same goes for the flavor, a nice sweetness balanced by the bitterness of the hops.
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone Old Guardian 2013 Vintage. 11.6 ABV. 22oz poured into my usual Flying Dog tasting snifter. Wonderful aroma once the seal was compromised. Minimal head no lacing. Citrus and malts battle it out on the nose. Caramel and raisin for the malt side as for the citrus notes they are a bit more vague and cryptic, hard to pin down. Though you do get the feeling that some sort of tropical citrus is in play. Dry and medium to full bodied. Flavor profile and characteristics achieve a harmonious balance. This brew did a fine job disguising the alcohol content from my pallet but Iím afraid not from my fine motor skills. I have a feeling that this one could benefit from a few years in a dark cellar. It might round off the rough edges that there are on the younger vintages. Either way drink now or later.
Woodsman52 (23) - , Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite beers. Great flavor and palate. the color is typical of a great beer. the head dies down once you let it set for a minute but does not completely disappear. smooth malty finish that has an after note of hops.
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage @ the porter. Nose: white grapes and pomegranits! Flavor: alcohol, candy, very sweet yet smooth!! Very smooth! Hops hit you at the end and linger.
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what Iíve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor.
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 release Bottle 1 pint 6 ozs. Pours a deep amber color with with small lite tan head. The malts are evident in the aroma of this beer as well as the barley wine acohol smells. Tastes suprisingly well for a fresh barley wine, as they excell with age. Hits the palete nice with hoppy, malt afternotes. This one can seeks up on you with itís suttle high acohol content. As a cashier at the store I work at, I have recomended this beer many times, one day I told a guy to give it a try. I saw him a few days later, and asked him what he thought, he said it was alittle sweet for his liking but still a great beer, but itís only draw back was that he got too bused off a pint, what can I say this is a real beer drinkers beer.
route9 (21) - milford, Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice color and aroma.the taste had a nice pine and citrus flavor.it wasnít very sweet ,which was very appealing.for my taste,it was a little too bitter,but not objectionable.
bigrobman (20) - Knox-Vegas, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Honey comb, berry, grapes, slight tart, candi sugar influence (whether itís there or not), great upfront accompaniment, finishing with the light port/ warm finish on the back of the tongue. Excellent rep of what a "Barley Wine" means. Follow the yeast around a fragrant and flavorful expedition.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Limited 22oz into a snifter. Dark red-orange, very small off-white head. The hops hit you right away like most Stone beers, but has a nice, tart warming finish, unlike the others. An excelent, drinkable barelywine with solid fruit and pine flavors. The alcohol is almost non-existant until the warming finish. Very good.
beer4mencc1701 (20) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2009, bottle from Central Market Plano. Dark gold, thick lingering head & lacing. Fine brandy, alcohol & hops on the nose with caramel & sticky dark fruit. Bold blast of alcohol on the tongue, rum soaked raisins & cedar, nice bitterness. Smells sweeter than it tastes. A very sophisticated representative of barley wine. Gasp...after taste lingers with a nice brandy-like warming sensation. Would order again- a great beer for a special occassion or as a winter-food companion.