TonyDiUlio (679) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is Medium copper with hazy body. Little white head. Nice lace. Aroma is mild fruity grapes and fall leaves. Flavor is a bitter with hints of the barrel wine and yeast. clingman71 (300) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
reddish color, tan head, aroma of sweet malt, flowery citrusy hops, and fruit. sweet up front, hop presence throughout, oakey, smooth, has an odd but pleasant slightly zippy spicy thing going on wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
On tap at DLD 2010. Rich red color. nose of some citrus hops and crystal malt and some mild fruits. noticable wine and barrel character in the nose and flavor. I prefer this over the standard ol guardian. TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Guest tap at DLD shared a glass with BDR poured copper orange with beigh head nose of caramel and hops taste was of sweet caramel pine,citrus and cabernet an upfront hoppy barley wine punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2010
08 on tap at Dark Lord Day ’10. Orange colored pour with a loose off-white head. Faint vinous note with lots of pine, very sweet, some light fruit, floralness, clover honey and slight cardboard. Sticky slighty thinnish body with lots of carbonation and a little astringency.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Tap at Oakquinox. Orange copper color with a thin head. Aromas of some sweet malt. Taste of the standard OG with a bit of wood, fruit sweetness. Some bitter hops of course but mellowed a bit. Prefer this to the original. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Guest tap at DLD 2010. Pours a cloudy, copper-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a solid mixture of fat caramels, juicy citrus pines, and red wine. Perfume-like spices and a mixture of oranges, apricots, and a light amount of grapefruits make up the hops, but they have clearly taken a bit of a back seat in comparison to the original. Some toasty toffees and a bit of a vanilla-barrel smell accompanies the red wine. Flavor is pretty similar. Lots of thick caramels and toffees with the toast coming out a bit from the wood. The hops seem to kick it up a bit in the flavor as compared to the aroma with a solid piney citrus and apricot. It all blends nicely with a somewhat subtle red wine and vanilla flavor that is definitely not meant to overpower. The wine seems to bring out a few extra fruity flavors that I didn’t pick up in the aroma though, which is nice. Ends a tad boozy, sweet, and still a bit resiny with a mostly dry, oaky finish that leaves a balanced, moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a round and full, somewhat sticky body and soft carbonation. A bit thick drinking at times. Overall, a nice take on the original. The red wine and barrel is fairly subtle and added a nice complexity. I guess I was expecting a bit more, but this was still very enjoyable. Glad to have had the ability to try this. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
First beer of the day at DLD 2010. Pours reddish copper with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malts, hops, and faint red wine notes. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, faint hops, little bit of dark fruits/red wine and just a little booze. Much more mellow than I remember the regular Old Guardian to be. Pretty good stuff. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
Sampled thanks to some generous person on DLD. This one was a blur as well, but I remember it being way better than the original...the alcohol was much more tame and the hops and fruit stood out a lot better. Very good beer. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2010
Sampled on draft at Dark Lord Day 2010.
Pours a nice, ruby tinged brown, with a big nose dominated by the hops and alcohol, but with that characteristic barley wine sweetness, as well. The big, hoppy flavor of Old Guardian seems a little mellowed in this offering, but it makes for a more mature flavor and a nice offering.