Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2013
2013 bottle into a snifter. Pours a reddish amber pour with an off-white small head. Smells heavy on the oak. Sweet malt going on too. Taste is very smokey, pine hops back it up, bitter after taste. It is sort of all over the place. Probably might be better with some age. andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
Purchased at Evolution Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at a friends house prior to grilling. Appearance is a moderately clear dark ruby brown with a moderate white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is nice, light oak with a bit of caramel malt. Taste also good, I can't remember the last time I've had this brew, but it's similar to what Stone did with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I'd like to say maybe a less abrasive Old Guardian? Either way, good stuff. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle.mmmkay (51) - - APR 5, 2013
Pours a rich mahogany with a nose of plastic smoke and lightly soured oak chips. Flavor is oaky plumb with a hint of whiskey chips. Not bad on the tongue. One bottle is enough; tastes too mainstream. Not enough pizazz.
It's alright. Comes out thick with lots of alcohol. You can definitely taste the oak barrel. Not a strong smoke flavor but its there in the background. Should've just got the regular Old Guardian.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bomber. Pours a deep ruby brown, nice thin head. Barely wine nose, with just a hint of smoke. But on the attack the smoke really jumps out. Good balance, not overly smoked. Good sipping beer.
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Nice satisfyingly smokey aroma. Clear dark red color. Thin off-white head. Good lace. Hoppy, as fresh Old Guardian usually is. Dark fruity hops, earthiness. Some toasty, sweet malt, but more hoppy. Good, big smoke malts... Never had a barley wine this smokey. Not exactly drinkable with the somewhat boozy bite, but it’s very interesting. Sweet, some big lingering bitterness in the finish. Big body. Kind of creamy texture, but more dry. Lighter, smooth carbonation. Nice, long warm smokey bitter earthy aftertaste. Kind of harsh beyond sipping portions... But it’s making a very enjoyable sipper. Alicia tried some, she commented that she wouldn’t have recognized this as a barleywine had I not told her. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of smoke, dark dried fruits, earth, leather, caramel and red wine. Dark amber hue with a large cascading off-white head that really wanted to stick around and left fantastic lace. Flavor is very sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall an interesting twist on a good barely wine but this would need at least a year in the cellar before I’d really know if the smoke is a positive. Old Guardian is just too hot when fresh. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Semi-hazy caramel red pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is oat, roast, light bacon, and smoke. Taste is smoke up front followed by some hop bitterness, dense caramel and sweet malt, and roast flavors into the finish. Some lingering hop bitterness after each sip. Coasting mouthfeel. I like the smoke treatment but it seems to knock down the hops a bit much which was one of my favorite aspects of the beer. Nice variation though. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2013
Tap at Beer Study. Pours a rich/soft copper amber with a thin wispy tan head. Candy-ish aroma with a soft cured meat character. Some wet hay and grass. Lots of candied fruit in the flavor. Turns very sharp and very hot. AndySnow (8305) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
Bottle at Antenna America, Yokohama. Brown colour with an off-white head. Smokey hops, malt aroma. Mild smoke flavour with some sweet caramel.