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RATINGS: 1936   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 (19716) - 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 (1830) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (4657) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
22 oz bottle (2014) from Evergreen Discount, poured into a snifter at home. Ruby reddish brown, lightly hazy with sediment and a lingering tan head, moderate lacing. Aroma of alcohol, resinous hops, caramel malts, toffee, earth, pine and fruity esters. Similar flavor, strong, almost harsh, bitter, boozy and lightly sweet. Medium to full body, lingering, somwhat dry finish. Could use some aging.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CroftyCuts (24) - - FEB 25, 2015
W/ JJ tasting. I'm an infant in the Barley Wine world. This smells like malt and booze. Tastes like malt and booze. It has a light carbonation and compared to previous encounters w/ BWs, quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
Keg at BD Edi. Pours clear ruby. Nose is boozy, berries, caramel, earthy notes. Taste is caramel, berries, alcohol. Strong hops at finish. Quite boozy and mediocre.

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 (6166) - 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 (3487) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Luminous peach with tiny specks of yeast. Thick, sticky, and creamy white head. Notes of honey and powdery pale malts covered with toffee in the aroma. Miniscule hop presence with vaporous alcohol and firm phenolic esters. Unmistakably two row malt in the aroma, which far outweighs the Munich. Soft body. Spongelike carbonation. Abundance of bright and juicy hops quickly become buried within the fervid alcohol. Scattered hints of dates and leafy hops. Strong rubbing alcohol presence overwhelms the toasted cracker notes, which try to beef up the body. Candied malts soften the roast astringency. Soft hop presence creeps into the finish with a lasting solvent flavor and some overripe peach subtleties. Ugh. This badly needs something else (like more dryness and, dare I say, more hop emphasis), besides a simplistic malt character and understated hop presence, to deter the sugary sweetness and hot alcohol. Even now, after having three bottles of this, I still find it unimaginative and uninteresting.


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