VsXsV (4464) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Hazy rrd/ruby liquid with medium off - white head. Aroma of sweet toffee, pine, wood, bourbon, biscuit, coconut and caramel. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of pine, wood/oak and toffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice but a bit dilly. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2010 500ml bottle from the book release. Pours with a clear chestnut brown hued body with an exceedingly large tan head. Aromas are a bit hoppy, dark fruits, marmalade, tangerine, wood, dark brown sugar and mild bourbon and barrel. Flavors are hoppy, tangerine, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, medium bitter, oxidized hop character, hot. Not a lot of barrel. Medium carbonation, fuller bodied and warming. b3shine (8928) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
500 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the wife during an unexpected stop in Lafayette, IN in the middle of a blizzard; thanks deftim13). Looks good; a hazy amber with fluffy light beige head. Smells and tastes good too; sweet and boozy with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Great stuff. Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh at a Stone tasting a while back. Thanks Matt.
The beer is amber and mostly clear with a small white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers oak, malt, booze, caramel. The flavor follows suit. A bit sweet, as is customary of the other Stone barleywines I have had. Some nice notes of oak and bourbon linger. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. I enjoyed this and would have it again. Best in small doses.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-08-2012 BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
I think that this is the American BW that all others should be compared to. While not excellent, I think it represents the style perfectly.
SudsMcDuff (8438) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle, from 2010 .. . pours a grimey brown black .. mild head, lacing is quality ... oh man, this hasn’t aged all that well. quite messy. molasses and icky barrel .. . very patrick ewing DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle, purchased st the brewery and shared with Parksy and Gripp. Tawny body, hazy, thick gold-tinted crown. Toffee and bourbon nose, warm alcohol vapors, soft vanilla, oak. Sweet malty body, with an assertive bourbon character that doesn’t dominate or detract from the base beer. The body is a litle less chewy than the regular OGBW, and the finishes a little hotter, but all of the pleasing character of the base beer shines nicely. Loved it. mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours orange with faint white head. Aroma of hop faint barrel and burnt sugar. Taste is loads of hop and very little barrel hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottled, new production release. Appearance is deep brown, clear with a light
fine head. Lovely aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut & bourbon. Flavor is mellow, with notes of oak, bourbon and caramel. Perfect amount of sweetness and a nice dry bitterness is still evident. Smooth mouthfeel. Tasty! KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2012
From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.
My pour has a caramel amber color in the center, with a dark golden color at the edges. A small, tightly wound off-white cap gently forms around the edge of the glass.
A burst of bourbon is the first aroma to come across my nose. Wafting across after that are notes of caramel malt, apricot citrus, vanilla, and oak.
The bourbon comes across strong in the flavor as well, but it seems to me that the bottle has had enough time for the bourbon to blend into the base beer nicely. Good amounts of toffee, caramel, and vanilla all swirl around with the bourbon flavor, instantly showing off the beer’s fun complexity and aged smoothness. Some light notes of apricot citrus, figs, dates, oak, and spice add even further depth. The finish has a nice little bourbon kick.
Stone manages the mouthfeel of the bourbon barrel old guardian nicely. The body is cut just a little bit with the bourbon aging process, and the carbonation is still creamy and robust. A light stickiness is still present from the base beer, and there is a bit of alcohol burn at the back end of the sip. This is pleasantly smooth right now and will become more so over the next few years.
Being able to try this beer was definitely a treat, and I hope they will release it again in the future.