patrick767 (4115) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2016
bottle - Pours dark amber with a small tan head. It has a very smoky aroma with malt and strong oak. It tastes of very smoky, sweet malt with heavy oak flavor and big hops bitterness. The flavor is aggressive in pretty much every way. Three years of aging doesn’t seem to have changed that aspect. The full bodied brew has a long, bitter, smoky finish. _angst_ (4810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
Bomber bought @ Systembolaget about 3 years ago. Pours hazy reddish brown with a small offwhite head that leaves some spotty sticky trace on the glass. Smell is malty and smokey with caramel, toffee, sweet dark bread, burnt wood, smoked charcuteries, minerals and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, herbal, earthy and smokey. Mouthfeel is soft, viscous, round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and and bitter with caramel, toffee, smoked charcuteries, burnt wood, moist soil, moist grass, resin and hints of alcohol. Bitter but very smooth smoked US barley wine. Quite like this... Kavu (5038) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2015
Shared 0,65l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is bready roasted malts with smoke. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with bread, alcohol, smoke and hops. Quite nice. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy, slightly roasted aroma with a nice balance of sweet malt, resinous hops, toasted oak and smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are subtle but show up more as it warms with hints of dry wood, campfire and BBQ. These notes are faint however, and the American barleywine characteristics of Old Guardian still stand out. Slightly floral with grassy, piney hop oils and faint citrus countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Lots of caramel sweetness along with toffee, hazelnut, raisin and fig. Smells pretty good but I was hoping for more smoke and oak character to make it really stand out from the regular version.
Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a flavor profile that’s very similar to the aroma. The aggressive hops, sweet malt and alcohol flavors overpower the smoked/oak wheat notes. Not too smokey at all really with faint charcoal and smoked meat flavor but it does have a dry burnt wood flavor from the oak. Aggressively hop forward with resinous hop bitterness and a touch of citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. The dry bitterness is countered by a strong malt presence with notes of roasted barley, caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and boozy sweetness. Subtle leathery presence with hints of raisin, date and fig in the back end. The high ABV is relatively well masked but there’s subtle heat and some nice warmth in the finish. Flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink. I just wish that the oak, and especially the smoke flavors were stronger. Dryer than usual but too similar to regular Old Guardian for me. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Deep amber color. Lots of crap floating around that for the most part is uniformly small. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a beer this big, but a formidable ring of lacing is left.
3.75 S: I bought this looking for smoke. I got some. I want more. Otherwise, this is still the just-a-bit-too-hoppy BW. However, I dare say the smoke brings everything together and it’s a lot nicer than the original. Caramel, plum, brown sugar, some toastiness, and a nice neutral maltiness. Herbal hops with citrusy and floral components.
3.5 T: Tastes good, but I wish the smoke came through stronger. Like the original, this is a bit too bitter for me. I like my BWs on the sweeter side, but Stone doesn’t do things like not hopping the shit out of everything. Anyway, caramel, brown sugar, toastiness lead the way with plum and raisin fruits underneath. Mild smokiness underneath that. Strong herbal hoppiness, again with notes of citrus and floral.
3.75 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with well hidden alcohol.
3.5 D: Tasty beer. It’d be better with less hops, but it’s still good nonetheless.
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DavoleBomb, Nov 27, 2013
BuckeyeBoy (8301) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2015
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a amber topped with a sand head. Nose is smoked meat toffee caramel sweetness along with a hop kick. Taste is more of the smoked meat sweetness malts over the top as stone does best. Not a big smoke fan but I do like sweet just so so in my book. crajun (1259) - , Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2015
take this rating with a grain of salt; not a fan of the style nor hops and this was loaded with hops. high scores for app and palate - just couldn’t get past the bitter hops; I hope this was via a trade and I didn’t buy this dfearnley (2286) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle to pint glass
Oak, toasted malt, bacon, and caramel. Clear amber, with decent effervescence, a 1/2 cm mottled off white head with good retention. Taste is bitter up front, with wood, malts, some booziness, and a touch of orange. Okay, but not stunning. BeerRenter76 (1029) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Sampled on 12/31/15. Opened this one for new years eve to ring in 2015. I have had this beer for almost a year now and it seems like a good time to pop it open. Aroma is kind of surprising, the smoke is practically non exisitent, plenty of hops-citrus and pine with oak and sweet caramel malts. The body is a deep copper with a thick and chewy head that leaves some thick lace. The flavor is about the same as the aroma, not much smoke but thats o.k. its aged nicely, smooth, slightly syrupy and flavorful. kryon (3808) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
Pours murky red amber low copper white head
Aromas of german sausage, smoke, hints of caramel
Taste has caramel, dried fruits, hints of smoke, vinouos alcohol