danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma is of grape, caramelized sugar, and alcohol. The taste is VERY full bodied. Vanilla, woody, dark fruit (grape, apricot, etc.), and brown sugar flavors are all coming through as well as a bitter hop flavor that lingers along. I really canít say enough about this beer. Highly recommended for anyone who like barley wine.
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 one of the best looking bottels iíve ever run across. Smells of dough & fine wine. Pours a beautiful dark crystal amber like fresh maple syrup w/ a medium lasting caramel head. Tastes of brandy, grapefruit, & a sprits of orange. Goes down smooth w/ a medium texture. Has a lingering aftertaste thatís almost as intesne as drinking it. Goes straight-->ToTheHead. yum, delicious. there area also bubbles that sink, similar to Guinnessís. This beer is good at any temp, but i like mine warm.
duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tastes of molasses. Better with age as time has mellowed the alcohol flavor. Robust in texture, full in complexity. This beer could definitely use more time. Fruity aftertaste as it goes down. This is a great year for O.G. I could not contemplate why Greg would possibly write an essay on the back of the bottle though. Non the less this is a great beer with an awesome taste on its own of a stone beer. Cheers!
pandafisk (15) - SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 release 60cl. Freakin awsome. bitterness, alcohol and this amazing "Stone" taste makes this beer allmost flawless
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great hazy amber color. Thin head with average retension. Little lacing.
Very aromatic, slightly citrusy smell.
Tastes great. Lots of subtle citrus flavors. Still has a bit of an alcohol taste after aging for 4 years, but itís not overwhelming by any means.
Very smooth mouthfeel. Goes down with ease and makes you want to take another sip.
This one seems to be easier to drink if itís served on the cooler side. As it warms up, the alcohol taste come out a bit more.
I went to the Stone Brewery last night and they had a special tap of 2004 Old Guardian for growler fills. After aging for 4 years, I was very excited to try this one, and it doesnít dissapoint.
This is an excelent example of how a barleywine should taste, and how they get better with age. All the subtle citrus and spice flavors (orange zest, anise, etc.) are more evident when drinking this on the cooler side. Itís very smooth with a bit of tangyness to it. As it warms up to room tempature, the alcohol flavor starts coming out more, and makes it a bit harder to drink.
EvilKingWilson (14) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had the 2009. super potent barley wine with a nice malty flavor. hops were also present and balanced out the flavor very nicely and gave it good aroma. would like to try some of the older ones for a vertical tasting.
McCracken (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 2008. This is a really amazing American Barley Wine. Poured with a creamy off white head and a turbid amber appearance...maybe a little too cloudy. The aroma is divinely fruity with sweeping toasty and caramel notes. The citrusy hops blend into a nice chocolatey-orange note to the first few whiffs. Fits the American profile very well. The flavor is intensely malty and bitter. A wonderful note of dried fig and a touch of fresh pear come out with time and temperature. Very creamy and full bodied. I would love to taste this with a few more years under the cap. This is a great barley wine, man; probably one of the best Iíve ever had. Thanks to Cellar Door for suggesting I do this.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2005. Crushing. Somewhat similar to my beloved 03 but ramped up, especially in malt. Drinkable fresh, but would probably be best with years of cellaring. Not recommended to pound the last third of the bottle. (Long story, even longer morning the next day).
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. Dark amber pour with a long lasting head for a barleywine. Strong alcohol aroma (of course), with malt and hop notes. More hops than say, Rogueís Old Crustacean, but nothing extraordinary in tha flavor. A sweet, caramel flavor followed by the alcohol and a direct hip of bitterness from the hops. Highly recommended, but age it a while.
oldstock23 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally had a chance to open my 22oz í04 bottle. Well worth the wait. This is my favorite barleywine. Small head, light color with a very bitter dominant profile. Very dense - it has an underlying dark cherry undertoe that meets a malty, burnt, cognac edge. Large beer that starts out very smooth and ends not as warming as one might expect. However its perfect in a snifter while watching a fire. Donít forget to match it with a strong blue cheese. Take your time with this one.