Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.78/5 rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Poured from the bomber into my big DFH snifter(c'mon DFH make these available again). On the red side of copper in color and a little hazy. Some sudsy head formed initially but faded quickly to just a skimming. A decent amount of soapy lacing.
Smell is boozy initially, followed by lots of caramel sweetness. There's a noticeable fruitiness as well as some hop aroma. The smells fight for attention and honestly don't mix well with each other.
The flavor is much improved over the smell but still a little messy. Fruity on the front of the tongue, caramely and sweet in the middle and plenty of bitterness on the sides. Plenty of good flavors, but none of them interacting well with each other. I can't help but think this is the fault of a strong booziness that penetrates every sip.
Mouthfeel is slick with hop resin and has a pretty hearty body. Carbonation is good for the style, just enough to bring out the hops. Finish is fairly sweet with a solid warmth after every sip. Lot's of good pieces to this puzzle but as a whole it just doesn't work.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2011 23:23:08 | More by dciBA
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3.34/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Bottle poured into a snifter. Great reddish-amber-brown color with thick tan head that held pretty well. Good lacing and legs. Full body and medium carbonation. Aroma is of toffee, some mahogany, medium roasted malt sweetness. Taste is funky. The big thing that throws me off is that it tastes like burnt marshmallows. That burtn flavor is front and center and I'm glad I was splitting this bottle because I would've drain poured it if I tried to finish it myself.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 03:55:48 | More by mverity
Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.