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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9682) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Graduate, Davis. Pours amber with a thin off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a sweet citrus/pine flavor. The barrel aging did not seem to improve this brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: A rich copper color with about one finger of head that quickly dissipates. S: Like you would expect from Old Guardian, very malty and sweet. The red wine barrel aging has definitely imparted some fruitier characteristics to this beer. T: The taste is very much like "regular" Old Guardian, but a slight fruity sweetness is present here (on top of the malty sweetness). A slight bitter hoppiness is present as well. M: Enormous body, no carbonation. D: Not a beer you drink very quickly, but incredibly tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Tap at johnny browns. Cloudy brown copper color with a small creamy off white that left great lacing. Nose held some candied fruits, some oak and faint vinous notes. Flavor was much more pronounced with light barrel character and a ton of caramel and candied peaches and tree fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Definately a lighter barleywine nose with wine hints. A hay copper appearance. Solid medium bodied barleywine with a nice hop finish...also a bit of wood and maybe wine bitterness in the finish. Notes: On tap at the Pints for Prostates/Denver Rare Beer Tasting at Wynkoop Brewing Co, 2009 Great American Beer Fest

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3949) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Rich, luminous amber body with light head. Deep cabernet and fruity nose translates into a similar flavor. Smooth, with some cough syrup viscosity and a cherry finish. A solid fusion of elements in this potent brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2299) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Unfortuantely I have to post a dissenting review of this beer. I saw that it received great ratings and scores, so I had to try it. But I cant share in the acclaim of other members thoughts. I didnt appreciate this offering at all. This beer poured a reddish copper color with a very minimal off-white head. The head left no lacing around the glass at all. The nose was full of dark red grapes, a little whiskey, alcohol and barley. The body was smooth and offered a great drink, but I couldnt get past the flavors. This beer tasted more like an expired and sour merlot than a decent barleywine. It featured too many characteristics of aging in wine barrels. The finish was especially too much to handle. The grape and alcohol and notes were too overpowering. Unfortunately for me, this offering missed the mark.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, Wynkoop Brewery 25/09/2009 (2008 Vintage) Hoppy aroma. Big white head. Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a crisp and warming malt finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (14048) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a hazy amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of red wine, carmel, citrus and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, red wine, citrus, oak and pepper with a crisp dry lingering fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice reddish-orange color. Smells of some citrus with alcohol flavors present. Tastes of some fruit, malt and a bit of hops. Slight bite in the taste due to the high alcohol content. For an 11% + beer though the alcohol is hidden well. Fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Draught at the Bistro Barrel Aged Festival 2009. Blood orange with a thick off-white head. The aroma maintains much of the huge hoppiness of regular OG (well, its not as pungent, but the alcohol is also smoother) but with a generous red wine addition and plenty of oak. The aging has really smoothed out the bitterness and alcohol from the regular version, though maybe not much different than a year-old bottle or regular OG. It is still pretty high on hop flavor though, with a nice vinous touch adding complexity and apparent dryness. Smooth texture with just a little heat. Good use of red wine in a non-sour.


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