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RATINGS: 1871   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16998) - 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 (1619) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2007 edition on tap at Duckworthís 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 (100) - 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 whatís 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 (823) - 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). Youíll definitely feel the alcohol, but itís well-masked.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (630) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 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. UPDATE: sample at 3 years old, way improved with more complexity. Enjoyed a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2653) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2012
2007 vintage. Draft at Brouwerís Cafe. Inviting buttery, fruity aroma. Hazy dark amber-orange w/ fine smooth lacing. Initial is balanced. Final is light w/ lingering bitterness, but then fades to nothing. Medium body. Good enough but just a little flat. After several sips, it really isnít so interesting. Maybe a bit past its prime.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Its hard to dis' a nice beer because it clearly misses its style. So I didn't. The beer is good, hoppy with decent malt body, good aroma and fairly complex with tobacco and citrus notes. However, it anin't a barleywine per se. I also don't want to fall into the trap of calling it a "disguised" IPA which is IMHO a bullshit way of lumping a beer into a category based upon one inability to critically differentiate between a beer and proper style. However, the beer is missing the residual sweetness from the typical crystal, Special B (or whatever its replacement is called) biscuit and other malts which typically lend a BW its charater and complexity. With thta said, I still enjoed this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Hazy sunny orange. Suspended particles seemed locked into place, as if in some gelatinous matrix. Aroma contains hints of belgian yeast spiciness intermixed with snippets of lemony notes and chives. Alcohol came through very prominently, and partially obscured a piney, evergreen hoppiness. Lesser malt aroma: somewhat buttery, with a hot-cereal sense. Flavor was massively bitter, with a light touch of caramel and a deep, rum-like liquorish finish. Really this is quite raucous and takes too long to calm down, making one a bit uncomfortable. Aging would do this a lot of good, but there is such thing as an embarrassment of bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
Amber body with a low off-white head. Aroma is mostly resinous hoppy, but has an alcohol extravagance that is hard to tolerate. I find the hops profile to approach soap at times, I wonder if itís all amarillow, but I know I donít particularly enjoy that breed. Taste is citric, very bitter, slightly oily, not too pleasant for me and just too alcoholic. Thereís a good floral character going on, but itís annihilated by the almost fuelic counterpart. Thin-medium bodied with medium carbonation. I prefered the 2003 I must say and I can see why some people like this, but youíve got to be in the mood for hoppy alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
Amber color with a thin head. Dominating hops aroma with sugar. Strong flavors of hops, maybe some malt too. Bitter finish. The hops are too strong for this barley wine to be very good, itís too unbalanced. The beer is probably too young.


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