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.
eachnotesecure (81) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2009 Vintage) I think this actually smells better than it tastes, but still tastes quite good. I was pleased overall though I think it could stand another year in the cellar.
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.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
PattyBat (78) - - FEB 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bomber poured into snifter. Nice caramel body with a light, off white head. Smells sweet of malt and caramel. Nice on the tongue with sweetness of the caramel, which is almost immediately checked by the tartness of hops and the burn of alcohol. Mouth left with the sweet body dominated by the bitterness of hops and the alcohol sting. Quite surprised because this is an older bottle. Still a fine barleywine at that.
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Overwhelmingly bitter. Lots of hoppy citrus. Malt characteristics are overpowered. Not at all what I expected from a barley wine and not one Iíll buy again.