maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013Skinnyviking (9550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2017
A: A beautiful dark amber with a 3/4 inch head of foam. Decent retention with great lacing.
S: Very sweet and malty smelling. I smell some hop character in there too.
T: Very hoppy and malty at the same time. Biter from the beginning to the end.
M: Not heavy, but very bitter. Can taste the bitterness for a long time after.
O: A great looking beer and the aromas are nice. But the taste is to bland and bitterness doesn't match up with the taste for some reason, because I love bitterness.
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Draught at MBCC 2017. Low fluffy lasting white head. Clear red body. Spicy sweet fruity caramel aroma. Wineous sweet malt caramel flavor without much hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish. llkc (2323) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2017
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smag. malt sød stør eftersmag tfredvik (1939) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2017
Hazy deep brown body with a small, beige, long-lived head that sticks to the glass. Strong aroma of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits and overripe fruits. Very strong flavour of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits and burnt sugar. Incredibly well integrated alcohol. Moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter and long-lasting finish. Full body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. A wonderful beer that has aged magnificently. There is hardly any hoppy elements left in the aroma or flavour, this is all bitter malt and caramel. I’d like to taste a fresh Old Guardian one day, it will probably be a completely different beer. brnandersen (3870) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2017
[65 cl bottle, 2012 edition, enjoyed 5 years after bottling]
Draught sample at MBCC 2017, green session. Clear, amber colour with a thin, white head. Sweet aroma with rich caramel malts, resin, spruce, dark, dried fruits, some alcohol dense notes. Taste is sweet. Full bodied. Finishes slightly dry and fruity with rich caramel malts, toasted notes and citrus fruits. Big, fat, vulgar - American Bidd (33) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Nice toffee notes, low hops level and too sweet. But nonetheless very good beer.
DonGregorio (372) - POLAND - APR 18, 2017
Shared 2016 bottle. Unclear dark amber colour, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, biscuit with light floral and dried fruit notes. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter, toffee, biscuit, caramel, some nuts, dried fruits. Medium to full body, oily texture, average carbonation. Great, powerful barley wine. Ronritter (652) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2017
bomber pours amber with white head aroma is caramel and booze taste is similar Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a soft dark muddy brown color with an eggshell white foamy finger’s worth of head. Solid sticky stringy lace.
The aroma had some dark fruits, sweet apples, caramel and toffee malts closes with a light tobacco quality. Grassy hops.
The flavor balances between a strong semi-malty sweetness to the dark and apple fruits. Nicely blended aftertaste. Dry semi-smooth sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a solid sipping quality about it. Fairly dry, hop bitterness hits appropriately. Carbonation seems to have died off a bit. ABV still feels on par.
Overall, very nicely done American styled barleywine that I would love to have again. TimE (5789) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2017
Sticky mouth, very hoppy, lots of grapefruits and apples. Very full body. Nice. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Pours clear amber with a small beige head. Smells of caramel and resinous hops. Taste is oak, bitter, hints of sweetness. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Stone Old Guardian 2015 Classic Release finishes with a lingering woody dryness.