JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
1 liter growler fill at Stone during the first day of Winter Storm 2010. Poured a golden amber color with a tiny white head. Aroma had strong presence of the Belgian yeast, sweet sugars, and some hops. Taste was the same and really tasted different than regular Old Guardian. I prefer the regular version as I think the Belgo yeast overpowers this beer. wetherel (1905) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Tried from a sample from a growler fill at Stone’s 2010 Winter Storm. Amber color. A little Belgian yeast in the aroma. Sweet, but not as sweet as regular old guardian. Higher IBU is a little odd combo with the Belgian yeast. Interesting, but I like regular Old Guardian better. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Growler filled at the Stone Winter Storm...Pours the same as regular old guardian..Aroma is basically just belgian yeast which I am starting to shy away from, can’t really pick up any of the regular Old guardian notes..Flavor is sweet and malty with the belgian yeast again..Cool to try something different. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Tried from a metallic growler shared by DuffManSW, thanks for popping this. Rating #4. Dark copper pour with a small white head. Aroma was a little spicy, very belgian like, it really dominated the aroma. Flavor was similar, peppery spiciness, really hard to get any of the regular Old Guardian characteristics out of it, still pretty nice though. (1116) doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
On tap at Stone yesterday. Pours cloudy, burnt amber with a medium sized white head and some lace. Smells bready and yeasty and biscuity. Not a ton of malt character in the nose. Tastes yeasty and biscuity with only mild malt sweetness through the sip until an explosion of alcohol and spice and malt flavors on the finish. A little over powering. Full body, vibrant carbonation.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
On tap at Stone. Orange-gold pour, looks like OG. Aroma- caramel, sweet malts, bitter hops, estery fruitiness. Taste- banana-honeydew fruitiness intermingled with a hopped-up OG. Overall not a great idea. Not as good as it might sound. JohnnyJ (5573) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2010 release, growler fill only. Pours a deep golden amber with frothy off-white head. Caramel malt, sweet fruit bread, banana, fruity esters, fresh floral hops, and some alcohol coming through. The belgian fruitness and yeast flavors are noticable and adds a very nice twist. This is a fantastic barleywine.