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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine

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301 Reviews

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Reviews: 301
Hads: 570
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.59%
Wants: 16
Gots: 96 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: srroos on 02-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of nlmartin
1.18/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Where to start with this beer? I guess the beginning is the proper place. This beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: This is the beers shining moment. The body of the beer is a bright shining caramel amber coloration. The head of the beer looks a creamy caramel tinged off white. No real head retention but not expected for the ABV. The beer is wearing a wonder bra. Now you may ask what brings a wonder bra to mind? You think your girl has a great rack and she takes her bra off and you wonder where her tits went. The beer looks like its got a great rack but leave me wondering what the hell happened?

Smell: The aroma of the beer is confusing to say the least. Heavily peppered caramelized apples, wet band aids, grapefruit, pine citrus slamming into a wall of solvents, rubbing alcohol, an odd mint and clove. This beer smells very odd to me.
Taste: This beer taste awful! This is like biting into a band aid used on a chemical wound. Lots of rubbing alcohol and other solvent flavors. Very very astringent flavors. Sure its hopped up but the hops are ramming against a wall of astringent cloves.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is astringently dry. Just bitterness and more bitterness complete with alcohol burn. Drinkability this is a drain pour. This is awful! Is this beer an Arrogant Bastards joke on fanboys? You guys will drink anything and love me! Sorry it aint so. Stones stumbled with Emperial IPA. A very poor offering. This beer is a straight up piss pour effort. Hopefully this beer goes the way of new coke. Yuck!

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Photo of Overlord
1.28/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I admit, I was not enthused when I heard about this beer. I think stone should retire their belgian yeast strain and burn all samples, this beer is that bad.

Pours a beautiful orange amber. Great head. The cake is a lie!!!

Smells like cleaning solvent with abrasive citrus, nasty yeast, and alcohol. Wow. This is horrid.

Taste, if anything, is worse. Pine cleaning solvent, harsh awful booze, truly atrocious rotting citrus yeast....one of the worst beers I have ever had. I must, however, praise stone for having their bourbon aged beers at the winter storm. I love stone! But not this beer. Awful bitter earthiness, runaway spicy yeastiness, nothing melds and the entire thing is dry, solventy, and abrasively harsh.

One of the least drinkable beers ever.

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Photo of GoldenChild
1.42/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

bomber into a glass

A-Dark amber body very small layer of head that dies down to a ring of foam.

S-Smells of candied bananas, band aid phenols, peppery spice, and some toffee.

T-Tastes of bananas sweet rich malt cotton candy some apples Belgian yeast peppery spice burnt band aids and TONS of alcohol. Bitter hops add to the confusion.

M-Lots of body and light carb.

O-Can you say drain pour? Gross beer i could'nt even finiah half of a glass of it. Ended up pouring it out. Confused awful mess of a beer. Maybe it would get better after a few years of sitting in the cellar? But i would have to say that every mouthful was a struggle. I'm confused by allot of the reviews on here. I would skip this beer at all cost

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Photo of MbpBugeye
1.77/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

2011 Odd Year release. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A- The head will rise to a good 2.5 fingers height but its too shy to hang around long. The color is very nice though. Its a partly hazed red, just a shade lighter than ruby.

S- The Belgian style yeast really changes the aroma around on Old G. Its very peppery with lots of green apple and pear. Caramel lays a base to big piney and grapefruit hops.

T- This is pretty weird. Its nearly all over the place, and its certainly very potent. It starts out very spicy. The Belgian yeast flavors are STRONG. Lots of pepper, apples, pears and lots of earthy, chalkiness. It gets very bitter at the back end. Pretty much pure bitterness without any good flavors to offset it. Indeed there is a flash of grapefruit that acts as a transition between the tripel-like yeast and the bracing bitterness, but its not long lived enough. The bitterness lingers and returns in flashbacks.

M- Fluffy carbonation, dry finish with long lingering bitterness and spices.

D- Bahhh.

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Photo of nrbw23
1.89/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a hazy red color with a nice cream colored head. Head has ok retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up is the Belgian style yeast. Quite a bit of spices, pepper, and green apple. Caramel and toffee here with a piney hops.

T- Like the normal version its a mess, but the yeast puts it over the top. Very spicy, the Beligan yeast is putting the beat down on my tongue. Bitterness is here in full force and nothing keeps it in check. It was bit easier to drink after I let it warm up for quite a bit.

M- Fuller side of medium and carbonation was ok.

D- I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of billshmeinke
1.99/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Dark amber body slim layer of head that dies down to a ring of foam.

Smells of candied bananas, band aid phenols, peppery spice, and some toffee.

Tastes of bananas sweet rich malt cotton candy some apples Belgian yeast peppery spice burnt band aids and alcohol. Bitter hops add to the confusion.

Big full bodied luscious carbonation.

Confused awful mess of a beer.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Say what you want about Stone but they create buzz. I didnt want to try this beer but had to. Not expecting much and didn't get much.

The best parts of the beer are the look and the smell. It looks beautiful and smells delicious. Thats where it ends.

Every other sip with this beer is different. But only 1 of 2 tastes. Either good syrupy sweet sipper to harsh unbearable drain pour awfulness.

Overall its way too laborious and misses the mark entirely. I guess with three years of age on this it would balance out. I dont know if im going to finish the bottle, and mos def would not try again.


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Photo of bierguru
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a - body is a clean orange amber pours a thin creamy off white head what i did not like was it laced out rather quick

s - pungent overripe orange peel with a spicy booze backbone

t - tart orange peel with a spicy overly sweet malt finishes with a firey booziness

m - overly tart sticky body dries the mouth out and leaves it kind of flemy leaves a flavor of a really really bad cigar

o - usually enjoy barleywines and stone products but this may be the worst to date however i am happy to see they have moved away from grapefruit in that sense this beer is refreshing

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/2/11 while listening to Wesley Willis Greatest Hits

2011 Vintage (duh)

This is a nice looking beer; can't lie there. Toasty amber brown hue; looks very much like a fluid spectrum of autumn leaves. Two finger head has almost a soft yellow hue. The head thins but leaves an impressive enough amount of lace.

Maybe I should have popped this critter sooner because it doesn't smell nearly as bad as I've been told or subsequently feared. Orange peel, tangy apple, random fruit juiciness, toasted bread, some caramel-ish type sugars. Hey Seth, where's the band-aid? I mean, there are some musty, off-aromas going on and it smells disjointed and over-ripe but it could be way worse. No booze.

Eh, this tastes like an perpetual back and forth of "kind of ok" and "unpleasant bull jive." Caramelized sugars, toasted bread, earthy hops and some decaying citric tones seem fairly standard for Old Guardian; however, the belgo yeast imparts a musty (almost vegetal) notion and annoyingly spicy finish.

Medium-full body with appropriately moderate carbonation. Booziness is kept in check, considering the abv (at least for the abv). Still, it's more than warming. It finishes rather dry with some residual hops, too.

This could be so much worse, but I haven't exactly enjoyed it. Thankfully I was able to pawn half of it off on one of my friends. he happened to enjoy it. We'll be cracking the Belgo Anise shortly. It's even less pleasant as it warms.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.47/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange honey color with a 2 inch beige head. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Smells solely of Belgian yeast. That's it. I get no other smells. Taste is of Belgian yeast up front followed by bitter citrus zest hops and a faint sweet malt finish. Decent carbonation with a bubbly but somewhat full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a Belgian yeast bomb. The other flavors are drowned out in the long run. I am disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of Pahn
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bomber into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving no lacing. Pours a translucent red and leaves spots of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and citrusy, piny west coast hops. Smells like Houblon Chouffe only a bit sweeter. Very airy and inviting. With warmth it gets very boozy.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast up front with piny hops, leading to a confusing finish that's mainly dry and astringent. Some roasted flavors and maybe some malt sweetness are in the background, but they're overtaken by harsh bitterness and dryness.

Once I start to get used to the strange, flavor-draining bitterness mixed with dryness, the overwhelming solvent burn comes out to take its place as the other dominant flavor in the beer. After the first sip, there's no sweetness to the flavor whatsoever (this is a barleywine??). Some interesting things happen occasionally, like Belgian yeast playing off of, I guess, some of Old Guardian's big maltiness, but they're so fleeting and so kill-flies-with-sledgehammers annihilated by the alcohol, dryness, and astringency that they may as well not have happened at all.

This beer tastes over-attenuated, abrasive, yet bland. Rating to style, it probably deserves a 1 for taste, but at least it didn't taste like garbage.

Mouthfeel: Extremely dry. Medium bodied, very carbonated, and bitter, but hard to get anything from it besides aggressive dryness.

Drinkability: The best thing I can say is that I finished the bottle. I would have happily given it away and drank something else.

I was excited for this beer, because Stone is my favorite brewery and Old Guardian is a great barleywine. This beer was a hot, dry, bland mess. I can't even see years in the cellar doing anything to improve it. I don't understand why this beer is so dry, and so bad.

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Photo of DrJay
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks great. Clear reddish colour with some orange highlights topped by a large, dense beige cap. Great head retention, especially for a barleywine at this abv, clumpy lacing. The aroma was heavy on the "Belgo" - peppery and phenolic, heading into band-aid territory, bready, alcohol, pears and apples. Fruity and sugary up front, slowly faded into bitterness and booze. A bit peppery on the finish, slightly phenolic, lots of alcohol warmth. Hop character was herbal and bitterness somewhat harsh. It left a bitter, medicinal aftertaste lingering long after each sip. The texture was alright, until the booze and spice kicked in and obliterated all other flavours. I'm not sold on this Belgo thing, it seems to just muddy the beer's character. And be warned, this one is a palate shredder. Maybe some time in the cellar would do it some good.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ordered this on-tap at Fresh Craft in Denver. I like barleywines-- and I've liked other Stone offerings a lot-- but this one is disappointing.

A -- goldish light brown; one-finger head with minimal lacing.

S-- a combo of floral yeast, spices, alcohol, sugars, orange.

T-- a strange arrangement of conflicting flavors. Not as much alcohol as I like in a barleywine. I don't claim to know why, but the prevailing taste I get is what I imagine soapwater would taste like. With a hint of honey on the finish.

M- My palette was too confused to enjoy any aspect of this let alone the overall experience. A fuller body, I think, would help.

Overall, it's just too out of balance. Seems like a daring experiment gone wrong.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Odd beer for sure.

A-pours reddish amber with two fingers head that recedes quickly with no retention and no lacing.

S-alcohol and leather with a touch of barley.

T-hot alcohol burn with rum soaked raisin and caramel.

M-thick syrupy with lingering heat.

D-not sure but I think this is the only one of these I will ever have.


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Photo of akorsak
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bomber bottle.

A: The barleywine has the right look, a coppery amber color, barely transparent, with a thick head. That head reached nearly three fingers and dries in clumps.

S: That's an unusual nose. Candi sugars drive a hard bargain, sweet with a pear and apple sweetness. Plenty of thick malts are amidst the yeast, as is a syrupy shot of anise. LaChouffe with an excess of malts.

T: Too much anise, so much that it easily cuts through the Belgian yeast. And that yeast is pretty damned formidable. Barleywine flavors are lurking below the surface, strong and thick, they just don't have much of a shot at making it through. So cloyingly sweet that I can't stomach the beer. A noble experiment; but so was New Coke.

M: Sweet, the Belgian yeast strain carries its weight and then some. Not your mother's Old Guardian; and if you love her, don't introduce it to her.

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Photo of Phelps
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sent by nlmartin in the Blind Beers BIF. This here’s a bomber that I poured into a tulip and reviewed blind.

Cloudy copper with a frothy half-finger head of cream-colored foam that fizzles away quickly, becoming a thin, sticky ring.

The nose is fruity with Belgian esters of pear and apple, along with some citrus and herbal mint. In the background is a subtle, weird smokiness, akin to pork and black pepper.

The flavor is absolutely overrun with alcohol. Behind the heated blast are hints of curacao, toffee, black pepper and caramel. Yeesh.

Medium-high carbonation peppers the tongue from one angle while the beastly alcohol attacks from the other. The runny medium-light body fizzes up softly as it moves about. Fumes blaze through the nose and set my chest ablaze. If I breathed out near a flame, I think it would ignite.

Well, there’s nothing outright damning about this beer, but there’s nothing redeeming about it either. It’s as if the Belgian yeast went into a rebellious teenage stage and started producing only alcohol instead of flavor and aroma. Damn teenagers.

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Photo of Gosox8787
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Light brown to darker orange in color. Pours a one finger white, piloowy head with decent retention.

Aroma: The Belgian yeast definitely hits first. Lots of fruit notes and clove here. Hints of caramel and booze soaked raisans behind that. A touch of grassy and herbal notes round out the aroma. I really do not get a cohesive aroma from this. A lot of the notes don't really work well together at this point.

Taste: Belgian yeast notes of fruit and clove are definitely present and assert themselves first. There is definitely a strong caramel and dark fruit presence here as well. There is also a ton of hops here. Bitter, astrigent hops really take over the beer and actually completely overpower the other components at times. The hops really do not pair well with any of the other components, especially the Belgian yeast. Together, they impart an artificial and almost band aid quality, which clearly is not appealing. There are some qualities here, but they are drowned out by bitter hops and too much booze.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Not a ton of carbonation. I would prefer a bit crisper feel for a beer that feels this heavy, in flavor and feel.

Drinkability: I had a lot of problems finishing a bomber of this. The ABV was not too bad for 12% but I just really did not enjoy the combination of flavors working here.

Overall, an unbalanced beer without any direction. Too many big flavors that do not compliment each other. The amount of hops used really confused me, they add no nice hop flavors, just astrigency and bitterness. I would not be against revisiting this beer with some age on it, but I have to imagine it would need at least two or three years for the hops to subside and the malt to become the attraction, when paired with the Belgian yeast. Definitely would not recommend this to anyone at this stage. I was letdown a little by this.

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Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy brick red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left as the foam recedes.
S: Sweet candy malt up front. Citrus and banana aromas. Soapy and oily hops dominate after that.
T: Follows the nose with a large sweetness up front. Like boiled candy. Then the citrus fruit flavors come in. Heavy on the wood flavors as well. Again, really soapy hops that leaves a strong lingering bitterness. Mix that with the sweetness, and I am not really a fan.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. A very slick and oily feel. The high alcohol is very present. This will be a chore to drink.

Not a surprise that this is just over the top. To many things going on for me to even tell what I am tasting, and nothing melds together. I respect Stone, but rarely enjoy their beers. This is an example.

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Photo of dciBA
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of raszputini
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I must say to begin with that I am very picky with barleywines. Many I just dont' like. This is an interesting combo a barleywine with belgian style yeast and sugars. Nose is what you'd expect - a combo of belgian fruitiness and phenols along with the yeasty nose from a barleywine. Taste starts like a trippel with coriander and belgian sugars and then morphs into a barleywine. Complex - definitely not a session. Rough around the edges. I think simply pouring a blithering idiot into a cheap trippel would yield similar results.

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Photo of gdkersey
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: amber-red, pretty interesting color. an aggressive pour yields a small off-white head, which doesn't stick around for long.

S: some really great aroma here - coconut, vanilla...not sure how else describe the slight alcohol aroma but reminds me of spiced rum

T: big alcohol burn. lots of tangerine and grapefruit, which intensifies as the beer warms.

M: carbonation works well, a bit thin

I'm actually getting a headache as I drink this beer. It comes across as hot and alcoholic and doesn't give up. I know this is a beer that should age well, but this beer really suffers from drinkability when it shouldn't.

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Photo of bamadog
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Review is from notes taken on 3/10/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a dark apricot/coppery color with lighter orange highlights and it starts with a 1/4 finger creamy off-white head that fades quickly to a thick, but uneven skim hanging around on the surface; body is fairly hazy and shows moderately slow carbonation bubbling up from the bottom; only a couple of small spots of lacing are left hanging around on the sides of the glass.

Smell: First and foremost, I would say there is plenty of Belgian yeast flowing out of this one and it has a bit of a smooth banana like aspect to it and is probably the best aspect to it next to the sweet bottle.

Taste: Sad to say it, but it's a bit of a mess -- lots of the Belgian yeast right up front and there's a super sweet blast of malts (possibly some candi sugar in there as well?) and it turns the stomach a bit as it's a little too sweet; then there's the assault of the strong and grassy hoppiness that one would expect from Stone, and if it wasn't for unbalanced sweetness, it would probably be pretty good; definite presence of big alcohol rounds it all out.

Mouthfeel: Body is moderately thick and of medium mouthfeel; carbonation is smooth and fitting of the body; a very thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is left quite warm from the 12%ABV.

Drinkability: Not too high -- the uber-sweetness turns it and I can't finish the bottle. Worth trying, but only once.

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Photo of Brent
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Started on a great note, with a radiant caramel color and sturdy head. Belgian yeast aroma. Good so far. First sip, big caramel malt with sharp hops that quickly begin to wrestle with the funky Belgian yeast notes. Going downhill now. Alcohol that first claimed notice with peppery bite now heats up, growing hotter with each sip. Hops take on a raw, herbacious note that does not play well with the Belgian character. Gaining speed on the downhill run. Toward the end the beer takes on a too-young, unfinished character, too rough to enjoy at all. Perhaps a year under the belt will settle this beer down, but I don't ever see the flavors coming together.

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Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange and coppery amber in the Saxo tulip. Smells like brettanomyces and butterscotch. Head flattens out before too long. Only a few stray bubbles enliven the appearance.

Truly peculiar. So hot with alcohol, it's like some kind of salsa. The bitter burn also kicks in making this tough going after a few sips. Very woody, and the bitterness makes it taste like something charred and doused with red wine. Fain vinegar hints. Sugar seems to have been eaten, though there is some lingering candy flavors. The Belgian yeasty taste is nice for a while, but it gets lost in the sourish, spoiled fruit flavors.

I wish Stone would get over the need to overdose so many beers with hops. This is so bitter after a while it is just undrinkable. From the 2011 batch in 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from the 2011 release poured into a Southampton IRS release day snifter, served at cellar temperature. I have only had a few barleywines so keep that in mind as you read the review.

Look: an aggressive pour yields a finger thick head of off white foam. The body is clear and orangey amber in color. Good looking beer.

Smell: I really did not care for the smell. It seems like everything that could go bad with Belgian yeast aromas went bad with this one and I found that it clashed pretty thoroughly with the heavy hopping, malt and alcohol that is present in the rest of the beer. It isn't integrated at all and there are some medicinal smells in there as well. Not particularly inviting.

Taste: incredibly sweet with malt, huge resin flavor, obvious alcohol, medicinal phenolic notes... all in all its just a bit too much for my palate to take in at once and it all clashes with each other. The alcohol and unpleasantly bitter resin character only amplifies as this beer warms, and by the time I'm at the bottom of the glass, I am finding each sip to be more and more difficult to drink.

Feel: the medium-full body is good, as is the level of carbonation, however I can't give this a good score because the alcohol burn is simply too much and the lingering, resinous bitterness is unpleasant.

Drink: as I mentioned above, this was a sipper from the get go but as I reached the bottom of my glass, I really didn't enjoy drinking this beer. I finished the glass but barely and would not have again.

Overall, I truly did not care for this beer. While I haven't had that many barleywines, and have reviewed even fewer, I did not care for this beer at all. The flavors clash too much and the Belgian yeast adds a very unpleasant character to this beer. I am surprised to see so many people enjoying this beer. I am also surprised that this made it out of taste testing at Stone. This is unfortunate, since I ordinarily love Stone. You can do better than this, Stone! I would avoid this one. Cheers!

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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.