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RATINGS: 1802   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bwilley (24) - Fullerton, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Woodsman52 (23) - , Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
route9 (21) - milford, Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrobman (20) - Knox-Vegas, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4mencc1701 (20) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
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.


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