chucklemation (1763) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a foamy white head. Has a caramel, fruit, and brown sugar aroma. The fruit is less apparent in the flavor, which has a sweet caramel/sugar taste at the start before being dominated by medium bitterness. Not quite as bitter as Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale, and not quite as deep in its flavor, but still pretty good. Maybe a little raw. Has a warming alcohol burn. dodskenta (127) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2015
This beer has a nice and clear copper color with a small off white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, sweet malts, bit of booze, toffee, grassy hops. Flavour goes the same and it goes hard, malty, toffee, bitter hops, bit boozy, a slight raisin flavour. Full bodied and with an oily texture, carbonation is not too big, enough to tickle your touge a tiny bit. This is a heavy barley wine, would probably benefit from sitting a year or so imo. It’s really nice, although I prefer the english kind. Sarlacc83 (2290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle. 2008 vintage from Corvallis Brewing Supply.
A: Semi-clear reddish brown in color with a dark creme colored head and lacing.
N: Toffee, marshmallow, pines, very earthy and dirty hop notes, toasted biscuit, woodiness, a hint of iron and oxidation - but not much.
T: Quite sweet and surprisingly bitter given its age. Seems to be holding together pretty well, too - not breaking down at all.
M: Medium heavy body, sticky, foamy carbonation, alcohol is there, but it doesn’t have the usual Stone punch.
O: Fine barleywine, especially with some age on it. Doesn’t pull any punches, but it’s more restrained now than fresh - when I would give it a much lower score in all likelihood. AdmiralVernon (1200) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2015
A: Amber red colour, one finger head. N: Sherry, caramel T: Follows nose. O: Nice carbonated and a nice taste to it! GIJOE (1256) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Reddish brown pour. Sparse lacing. Sweet caramel aroma, with notes of spice and dark dried fruits. Taste is quite sweet and a bit boozy. Oily, sticky mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Very pleasant.
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weihenweizen (4111) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Refrigerated 2007 brown bomber poured into a snifter. Clear dark Amber with small white head. Aroma is caramel malt, lower carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and a little alcohol. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 2005- Poursa clear orange/amber hue with a small, lightly frothed off-white head with mediocre lacing. Aromas of roasted nuts, a little cereal, hints of oranges and spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a lingering finish. Very bitter on contact with the tongue. Favors of spruce, a little perfumy, and finishes with a soapy residue. MMMM.....Not up to par with last years, but will have to age a few as this brew seems to have some sediment unlike most of the big brews from stone as of late.
2004--I don’t think I was the biggest fan of the old ’old guardian’ but now I can say I love it. The new recipe is just what the doctor ordered. Hoppy, malty, with a good flavor of malts coming through. 8/4/8/5/17-4.2 bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle. Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Toffee aroma with a hop backing. Flavor of hops, then a strong alcohol presence, followed by a toffee/coffee malt that lingers in your mouth. It's balanced between the hops and malt, but the alcohol presence is much higher than I'd like (yes, it's a barley wine, but in this one the alcohol is too much in the forefront). Leaves a nice hop bitterness in your mouth. gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
pours golden brown with a large off white head. aroma is fruity apples mostly, and hoppy, with pine needles. flavor is hoppy, and of grapefruit with a strong alcohol flavor. this beer is strong though not sticky like many other barley wines. however I prefer the previous old guardians to this one. maybe aging will do this one well. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Boozed-up pine trees treading on wet earth...Dried apricots and plentiful pale fruit falling like leaves and grabbed by hop bitterness and alcohol...At this point in its young life, it feels agressive and not cohesive...I’ll have to come back in a year or two...3.5/5
1-year-old bottle : Hops have wonderfully laid back and let the rich malts shine...Superb unity of flavors, balance is achieved and the smooth and nourishing mouthfeel warms the body...4/5
Young 2007 vintage: This newly-bottled vintage was quite disappointing to me...None of the complex maltiness required to develop with age, none of the blooming hops to seduce the nostrils and tastebuds, this is just a smooth, überclean barley wine for those in search of a thoughtless evening sipper...Not what I usually expect from Stone...3.2/5