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RATINGS: 1824   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
On tap at Collins Pub REAL Stong Beer Festival. 3 tasters/$6. ’04 vintage. Dark orange copper color with huge frothy head. Banana aroma. Toffee/banana taste. Good stuff, but I was expecting more.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1140) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Trade via Ogglethorp, thanks Brian! Pours a light hazy brown color with tan head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is of intense caramel, subtle touch of dark fruit and not much else. Taste is of caramel, dark fruit, light hops and some alcohol. It has an astringent finish and a fusol alcohol burn that is a bit harsh. Also has some soapiness coming through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a hazy medium orange color with a decent sized fluffy tan head. Pine, malt, flowers and notes of fruit and caramel. Very intense flavors well mingled together for a burst of flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and crisp with good carbonation. Ending is of flowers and caramel notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2010
bottle at musa ... hazy amber ... big bubbbly off white head ... sweet juicy pine hop ... bitter front ... lots of pine ... big hop ....little floral hop ... juicy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1551) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2007 edition on tap at Duckworth’s in Charlotte. Aroma is redolent with butterscotch. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a slight amber head. Starts sweet but immediately hits yo with a hammer of bittering hops. Hoppy throughout but with butterscotch sweetness, Old Guardian has a soft slick mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
emarkd (98) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2010 bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a small head. Looks very nice in the goblet. Aroma is quite complex with raisins and earthy smells predominant but a nice fruity strain underneath, I think mostly apples. Flavor is well-balanced between the bitter citrus hop flavors and the huge bready, raisiny malt hit, but the alcohol just comes on way too strong. Before I can get a good taste of what’s going on in my mouth the burn just drowns everything out. Not my favorite barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (781) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours hazy orange-amber with an ivory-colored head. Aroma was sweet-reminiscent of melted caramel. Palate was slightly thick and syrupy. Sweet caramelly flavor with a very slight burnt note in the finish (not unpleasant though). You’ll definitely feel the alcohol, but it’s well-masked.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2011
Fra flaske, dufter af rosin, let grumset gylden med svagt hvidt skum, smager dejligt af humle.... eftersmagen er humle... mmhh ! en dejlig řl

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1194) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2012
(bottle) Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium sized light tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma is full of dark fruits, with plenty of plum and raisin accompanied by an adequate dose of strawberry jam. There’s also some toasted malt and caramel appearing as well. Light scents of piney hops escape from the weight of the dark fruit overtone, and alcohol is present. Aroma continues to improve with warming. Flavor takes a sharp turn towards unpleasant however, and begins with a sticky sweetness that is mostly indeterminable (taste some of the strawberry jam and caramel) before switching over to an obnoxiously bitter finish that’s coupled with singeing alcohol. The flavor actually follows suit with the aroma and begins to improve with warming as well. Once my tongue was accustomed to the bitterness, the sweet-bitter transition became less jarring and the bitterness rounded to expose some flavors of grapefruit and candied orange. Overall this is not bad as is, but some aging should do this beer wonders.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (623) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Somewhat typical barley wine, although significantly skewed toward the hoppy side, which is good because it mostly avoids the common over sweet, over malty, overly simplistic approach of many barley wines. However, it still lacks complexity, depth, and interesting notes that would make me want to buy it again. Overall, slightly better than average.


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