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RATINGS: 1787   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark heavy beer, incredible taste, flavor and palate. Not as hoppy as I expected. Good with a big meal.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Clear light amber with a thin head. Aroma has notes of caramel/toffee butter, sherry, resin, and fruity esters. Sweet malty flavor with a smooth hop finnish. Medium-light flavor with residual alcohol warming. Great barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warfield (17) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
ridiculous.....epic bitterness, great hops, 11% barleywine...have a 22oz cellared!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stephenbush (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2009
caramel, resin, floral, citrus, woody, orange, hazy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2006
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pandafisk (15) - SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2012
2012 release 60cl. Freakin awsome. bitterness, alcohol and this amazing "Stone" taste makes this beer allmost flawless

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2004 Vintage. 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
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).


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