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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
When our illustrious brewing team spiked a few barrels of the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine with our Belgian yeast strain last year, we absolutely loved it. So much, in fact, that we knew we needed an excuse to make more. So, in our unending quest to constantly challenge the status quo (even our own), we came up with Odd Beers for Odd Years, a program to release odd beers e.g. Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015). It was met with a bit of resistance (to say the least) since we werent originally offering the traditional Old Guardian alongside it, but weve mended our ways and decided to make both. Youre welcome.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 Baltimore event. light tan-amber, thin pale ring. Dusty booze nose with orange, a bit stinky. Flavor Is dryer, more yeast and pepper than stink, compliments the bright orange hop. A bit hot through the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 7, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a caramel color with a small off white head. Aroma of candied malt, fruit, hops and citrus. Taste is much the same. Sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1544) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Pours like a glass of sherry. Surprisingly generic feel to the nose- some piney booze quality to it. Pine, citrus, and caramel in the flavor department. Not bad but surprisingly forgettable, hence the shitty notes.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (13060) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Tap. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, no retention or lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of barnyard and pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, cookie), average hops (floral, citrus), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of alcohol and barnyard. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation , low creaminess and a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (9007) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft (2010). Pours amber with an off white head. Spicy belgian yeasty aroma with some sweet citric notes. The flavor has spicy belgian yeast and sweet tropical fruity hoppy notes. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is bright reddish-copper color with a slight haze and a small white head. S: The Belgian yeast is more noticeable here than it was in the IRS. Some coriander notes along with fruity esters. Nowhere near as intense as the regular thing, however, both in sweetness and hoppiness. T: Sweet dark fruits and mild spice esters are much more noticeable than the usual barleywine flavors. Bits of toffee and sugar, but not the intense caramel character of Old Guardian and a real lacking bitterness. M: The body is medium, maybe a little thin, with a moderate carbonation. D: Much more of just a Belgian Strong Ale than a barleywine. I am not sure if I like this quite as much as Old Guardian, which is one of my favorite barleywines.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2593) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 On tap at 2010 Stone/RattlenHum event, also had some in a bottle. A sharp, fresh barleywine, with plenty of honey malt flavor. Yeasty, sweet, some brown sugar, well hopped, with a warm aftertaste. Doesnt Stone ever make a bad beer? It wasnt this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (24004) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Great nose, nice taste that really lasts. Malts dominate everything, pretty straightforward stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
On tap. Pours with a hazed amber body and a lasting barley off-white head. Aroma of grapes (yes?!), caramel, alcohol, toffee, and brandy. Flavors are strongly alcoholic, belgian and boozy. Burnt toffee. Lively and sweeter than normal. Interesting for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Drafts. Pours dark gold with an off-white head. Flavors of yeast, mocha, dark fruits, hops.


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