DWestrick (804) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2016
2016 release bottle. Great barley wine - well balance malt and hops with some uniqueness. Very good commonmac (1314) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Big bottle consumed in bowling spring session finale. Pours an attractive copper/almost amber color. Full finger of head...off white. Caramel and toffee aroma with elements of peat and bourbon. Taste is malty and biscuity with the caramel, toffee, and burnt sugars. Alcohol presence felt and grows with further consumption. The hoppy bitterness waits until the end to come into play. Oily and resiny mouthfeel. The galaxy can feel comfortable drinking this one. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2016
Super great and sweet pour with rich caramel, oat, malt, yeast, and sugar textures. The nose was balanced with hops as well as candied sweetness with an earthiness. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.
markducommun (1213) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Deep reddish brown, very clear, small tan head. Vanilla, molasses, caramel. A some of pine resin. Bitter, some sweetness. Quite upfront alcohol, oily, acidity. Longish finish. Good.
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zacgillbanks (5446) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2016
660ml 2013 Classic Release Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy copper coloured with a rich orange marmalade and burnt toffee flavour followed by a spicy, earthy bitter pineapple and pine finish. Superb! JFParnell (70) - Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2016
This is a very difficult beer to rate, since they keep changing the recipe year to year. I felt the last vintage I had tasted like ass, but this Pekko Hops version 2016 is the bomb. MetalNHopHead (2130) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Leave it to Stone to craft one of the most aggressive and unapologetically West Coast style Barleywines I’ve ever tried. To be fair, there is a decent amount of caramel malt in here, but the hops are the main smelling/tasting point. Piney resin and orange (peel and juice) all the way through. Feel is creamy and the hops elevate the large malt bill to keep it from becoming heavy. I’ll need to have some of the other variants. You know, strictly for scientific purposes. HuskerTan (2338) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
A- Pine, fish pond.
A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head.
T- Seaweed, pine, spruce.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- Pretty poor actually. A lot of bitterness but not aggressive and a weird stale water and seaweed aspect. Definitely a Stone beer. George999 (463) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2016
From the bottle I’m rating the 2016 release of the old Guardian dry-hopped with Pekko hops. The pour is clear with burnt red hues and a medium off-white head, the aroma is initially hop and aromas of oak barrel aging, the taste is raisins, some caramel notes, little bit of hop and bitterness toward the finish. My overall impression is this is a complex flavored beer with different flavor notes that as the beer warms a little the other flavors will start coming forward.