mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Limited Early 2009 Release bottle. avg. rocky off-white head (mostly dissapating) with some lacing present into a murky copper. aromas of okay tons of hops. hard to get much else (not really bothering me cause the hops are so damn good). alcohol is well hidden (not even much warmth). oh wait, there is the malts. flavor is initially mod bittersweet and finishes mod-strong bitter. dry sticky long-lasting stuff. I overall really enloyed this one but I think the hops may have hid other aromas...wait there is a bit of (other) aromas that are more familiar in barley wines.
Mr_Pink_152 (1557) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BrewDog Liverpool. Deep reddish brown beer, with tiny tan head. Aroma has raisins, spicy and sweet toffee. Taste a moderately sweet, with medium body.
tmrmwel (1172) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, vintage 2012, enjoyed march 2015. Pours dark maroon, with a rocky head. Aroma is roasted grainy malts, with sweet notes of toffee and raisins. Medium body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet grainy malts, with kandi, toffee and caramel. Sweet grainy malts in the finish.
unclemattie (4336) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 Vintage. 22oz bottle. Rusty color. Flavor of honey, malts, bitter hops. Sharp hops bitterness in the finish. It’s big. (4333)
Franckg (340) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Édition 2014, dégustée en mars 2015, 1 an après l’achat. Vieillissement plus ou moins voulu mais rien à craidre avec ce type de bière. Robe orangée et foncée, aux reflets ambrés mais un nombre impressionnant de particules en suspension vient ternir l’apparence. Au nez, arômes caractéristiques des vin d’orge américains avec son sucre d’orge et pamplemousse. On décèle de petites notes poivrées, peut-être un résidu du haut taux d’alcool mais ca reste assez subtil. En bouche, le houblon est bien présent. Goût de pamplemousse et zeste d’orange, le tout enveloppé dans des saveurs sucrées rappelant le sucre à glacer et le caramel fondu. La finale s’étire et dévoile un côté plus amer qui s’accroche longuement au palais. L’alcool se fait sentir lors des premières gorgées mais se dissipe rapidement plus la dégustation avance. J’ose croire que le vieillissement y est pour quelque chose. L’équilibre des saveurs est superbe, le sucre du vin d’orge se fait bien sentir et le houblon est bien dosé, ce qui est souvent une lacune avec ce type de bière que je trouve personnellement souvent trop houblonné. Le corps est liquoreux et la faible effervescence permet de savourer toutes les subtilités du liquide. Bue à température de cellier, elle est douce et savoureuse. Sans aucun doute une des meilleures du genre que j’ai eu l’ocasion de goûter.
patricks110 (1935) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 Classic Release. Pours a bright, cloudy orange/amber. Big, puffy yellowish head. The aroma is hopped up with tons of citrus fruits, leafy and grassy notes. Sweet, grainy malt up front with caramel and grassy lemon rind notes. Lighter carb with a big mouthfeel. Heavy body with a finish of heayv hop presence, light resins. Astringent and bitter to the aftertaste.
reebtogi (4583) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle (2015 Classic Release) pours a murky orange amber color with a generous head for the style and leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits with some herbal and grainy notes. Taste is a fruity and grainy malt sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness. Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation that leaves a good sensation on the palate. Overall, this is definitely an American barley wine, with a lot more hops than its English counterpart. Well balanced with a great taste and definitely recommended.
Chad9976 (1342) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone is a brewery I always associate with hop-forward beers and one imperial stout, though they’ve been making their Old Guardian Barleywine for years – I’ve just never tried it until now. This is probably the embodiment of the American-style barleywine in that the hops are prominent and give the beer balance, but not to the point of being an outright hoppy beer. It’s weird drinking a beer from this brewery that’s genuinely malty, but also a nice change of pace.
I split a 22oz bottle with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses. There was no specific bottling date, but it was clearly marked as the “2015 Classic Release”.
Appearance: Kind of an ugly shade of rusty orange/brown. It’s actually a pretty reddish color from a distance, though. Opaque. Pours to a large, yellowish, frothy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Strong dark fruits and berries: cherry, strawberry and plum especially. Floral hops, but not as overtly hoppy as most Stone brews.
Taste: Slightly aggressive, dry bitterness immediately. Mild floral/herbal hop flavor up front, which is in turn followed by rich fruity notes of cherry, mixed berries and some stone fruit (no pun intended). The second half – and the finish especially – is rich with a caramel and toffee sweetness, but not to the point of being cloying. The alcohol is surprisingly tame, imparting just a subtle woody/vanilla note but doesn’t really define the palette. I might even say this beer is a little too well balanced as more malt character and complexity would’ve been nice, but what’s here is much more than simply passable. A vintage would be interesting to try as the hops would fade and the sweetness could come out more.
Drinkability: Going into this beer I expected it to be a beast. At 11.2% ABV, I figured Stone Old Guardian Barleywine would essentially be carbonated syrup. Though sweet and full-bodied, it’s surprisingly clean on the palate. In fact, the malts don’t linger on the tongue, the hops do (so few barleywines can make that claim). It’s extremely comfortable in the mouth and smooth going down with just a gentle warmth from the alcohol. Probably the only barleywine I’d recommend pairing with an entrée course rather than a dessert.
Oldschool_Mike (148) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 2015 release. Bottle into snifter. Pours a clear reddish amber colour with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is big jammy hops. Taste is bitter overripe stone fruits and alcohol. Great barley wine
-- rated via ’Find A Beer’ for Blackberry 10
Rune (8929) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 650ml bottle, vintage 2013, 11.6 % abv, that I bought at Systembolaget in Växjö a while ago. Deep amber-red body, opaque last pour. Beige head blanketing the glass. Sherry nose, toffee and dark fruits. Rich in flavour bringing details of dried fruits, almond, bread, herbal hops and brown malts. Prolonged ending with integrated alcohol. Well bodied. A typical late eve sipper enjoyed for an hour or so (Tromsø 17.04.2015).
sic1314 (4750) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful reddish orange with a disappearing tan head. Aroma of red berries, bread and caramel malt. Full body, smooth, flavour is sweet berries, toffee. 2015 version, could probably be improved with a couple of years in the cellar.