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RATINGS: 1972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2014 Pours rich amber color with off white frothy head. Hop, malt and toffee aromas. Hop, malt caramel and toffee flavor with a hint of alcohol. Very bitter caramel finish. Very tasty. 13, 14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llkc (2261) - rhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2017
duft: malt sdme karamel lidt rosin dybe mrke toner smag. malt sd str eftersmag

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1912) - 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. Id like to taste a fresh Old Guardian one day, it will probably be a completely different beer.
[65 cl bottle, 2012 edition, enjoyed 5 years after bottling]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (3846) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2017
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bidd (31) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Nice toffee notes, low hops level and too sweet. But nonetheless very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonGregorio (316) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ronritter (576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2017
bomber pours amber with white head aroma is caramel and booze taste is similar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5917) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a soft dark muddy brown color with an eggshell white foamy fingers 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5712) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2017
Sticky mouth, very hoppy, lots of grapefruits and apples. Very full body. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turboninja (710) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2017
2015 patch. [email protected]s, Tampere, Finland.
Ar: Medium, soft aroma with plum, sweet fruits and malts.
Ap: Brown color with minimal, light beige head.
Ta: Strong, balanced and soft taste. Great balance between wood, vanilla and bourbon. Wide taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with hops and malty fruits.
Pa: Strong,/medium body with medium/light carbonation.
Ovr: Great, bold and matured. Perfect. Period.

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