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, it’s 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. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours attractive reddish orange with a layer of a cream colored head. Nose is sweet malts, vinous fruits and wood. Same in the flavor with a bit more wine influence and some vanilla. Smooth on the palate with a bit of heat in the finish. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a hazy, reddish-orange color; huge, textured off-white head with great retention and significant lacing; great pour. Soft red fruit notes, light tea and earthiness in the nose; hidden alcohol; quiet. Huge earthy bitterness in the mouth, red fruits, pleasant candy and complex earthy malts, if just a touch rough at the edges; softly presented red wine notes and toasty wood. Lasting finish of toasted malts, light red fruits; complex sugar and fine toastiness. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft at Bistro BA Fest. Caramel colored pour. Musty toasted oak / wine aroma. Flavor is the same, with sweet syrupy malt and some bittering hops still present in the finish. Very balanced and nice BA beer. nickd717 (4682) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro. Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a substantial off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is loads of sweet malt, citrus hops, red wine, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is sweet pale and caramel malt, red wine, oak, vanilla, and faded citrus/pine hops. Body is medium-full and alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is high for the style and ABV. Overall this is pretty solid, but falls just a tad short of regular Old Guardian.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head. The nose is caramel, grapes, vanilla and hops. The taste is citrus hops, brown sugar, vanilla, light wine and pine. The wine barrel character is muted by the hops compared to the 070707, but it’s still good. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2009
On tap at Stone. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is faded hops, malt, grains, red wine, oak. Flavor is faded hops, oak, red wine is apparent but overshadowed by the base beer. Finish lingers with hop bitterness and a touch of the wine barrel. Good experiment. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Sampled at the Denver rare beer tasting at Wynkoop. Red/orange color with a small white head. Nose is very hoppy, piney, winey. Taste is very thick, hoppy, with a nice barrel-wine flavor. Very strong but easily drinkable. Nice. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
[Draft @ UJ’s Manatawny] Murky red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, red wine, citrus fruits, sherry, vanilla oak, toast, and toffee. Taste of pine, tobacco, sherry, red wine, citrus, caramel malts, red grapes, grapefruit, dark fruits, and a good amount of hops left, finishing with a fair amount of alcohol. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Tap at U Jacks barrel event. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of oak, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, red wine, nuts, toasted malt and light citrusy hops. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, red wine, oak, vanilla, grapes and moderate hop bitterness and flavor.