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RATINGS: 1815   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
22 oz 2006 bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium off white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet and spicy candy-like caramel with some hoppiness and a bit of watery DMS. It’s kind of metallic and phenolic as well.

The flavor is spicy caramel and a strong watery alcohol with a sharp and spicy bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Overall, not so great. It’s too alcoholic and not very complex. I wonder if this bottle might be a little bad (especially from the smell). I’ve had it once before and remember not being impressed though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13118) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber color, small white head. Rye malty, alcoholic aroma. Malty, ryeish, alcoholic - American hops are there. Boring, yet another strong American beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
I look at the picture and wonder how did they get that head on this beer? For me and the bottle I had ; no way it is not happening, no head. Aroma and taste are mostly malts, caramel with not much hops, a sweet taste. Not bad but the alcohol is dominate in taste, for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Pours a ruby red with a foamy white head. Aroma is fruity, little bit of alcohol, Taste is bitter and dry, little bit of citrus. Finish is dry with an alcohol aftertaste. Decent barleywine, nowhere near as good as bigfoot, old foghorn or the other top barley wins.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Pours red-brown in color. Nose is maple, malt, bourbon, and some hop on the nose. Medium-high carbonation. Flavor has some sweetness with medium malt character balanced by hop. The finish has some butter, reminiscent even of burnt popcorn.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (1276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz. bottle, labeled “2012 Release.” Hoppy, tangy aroma features toffee, caramel, caramel sucking candy, prune, and leather. Pours a clear copper with a moderate amount of bubbles rising at moderate speed and a moderate amount of light taupe head. Sweet candy dominates the flavor: Caramel, licorice. Very sweet; excessively so. Slightly bitter, dull aftertaste. Moderate to heavy body. Silky in the palate. A challenge to imbibe. Old Guardian is over the top and inappropriate for most moods; it is very much a dessert beer. Disappointing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LarsEngen (366) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2013
65 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. 2012 edition. Pours unclear deep golden with a nice creamy offwhite head that leaves fast and leaves a lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of herbs/floral. Light bitterness, medium sweetness, low carbonation, full body. Some alcohol notes in this one. Not my favourite Barley Wine.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (668) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle (2013 classic release). Hazy light amber brown with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread malt, mild hops, alcohol. Flavour has an overpowering piney bitter finish with a little kick of alcohol. Maybe it was just this bottle, but the balance on this one is pretty off in my opinion.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
I was expecting a lot out of this 2005 OG (the only OG I’ve had as of this review) Now I like barleywines just as much as the next beer geek, but this one was pretty... gross. It looks great, smells decent (a bit of cherries and quite fruity) but when I drank it, it tasted a lot like Robitussin cough syrup. Towards the end it had the same moutfeel as Robitussin as well, which turned my stomach a bit. Perhaps I should have aged this one a bit more. As a fresh brew it’s not so hot.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2005
amber color and small head. caramel aroma full bodied. very hoppy and malty.


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