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RATINGS: 1940   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 (20225) - 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 (1838) - 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 (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 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 (946) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (656) - 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 (3240) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2012
2007 vintage. Draft at Brouwer’s 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 isn’t so interesting. Maybe a bit past its prime.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (4702) - 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 (2611) - 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 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, it’s too unbalanced. The beer is probably too young.


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