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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.

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Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine

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BA SCORE
82
good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 18
Gots: 94 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-07-2011)
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Photo of mcgwire756
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

Pours a dark ruby red similar to Bigfoot with a small head that lasts for a while. There is decent lacing on the glass that lasts for a while. You can smell the booze in this beer which may be intimidating at first. You also get a lot of the belgian yeast which makes it smell similar to Cali Belgique which I love so this is welcome. The taste is very good with stong malty barleywine chracter but the belgian yeast comes to the forefront at the end and honestly this just tasted like a stronger Cali Belgique to me. The mouthfeel can get a little over bearing after a while with all of the malts and yeast mix, but when a 12% beer goes down like it is 8% you know that it is drinkable and will get you in trouble if you down it quickly. Definitely worth a try if you like big barleywine or belgian beers.

mcgwire756, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Pahn
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Pahn, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of shodrod
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(poured into a snifter)
This beer pours a deep, translucent red with very little head but noticeable bubbles along the edge of the glass at first. The aroma is quite complex with many subtleties all difficult to pinpoint: notes of strawberry, smoke, licorice, wood. The front of the beverage is quite oaky. The finish has obvious notes of the Belgian yeast added to this year's batch; the dryness really adds a new dimension to the glory of the barelywine. A wonderful take on a truly classic style!

shodrod, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of julian
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: semi dark mahogany amber, cloudy, minimal almond colored, head that shrinks quickly. sporadic oily lacing.

S: some mild booze, earthy grassy quality, malt and hops balanced in the nose.

T: bitter hops, resiny, saison like funk/grassyness. Big time hops in this one. extremely bitter! probably one of the most bitter beers I've ever had.

M: expected level of carbonation for the style, extreme hop bitterness. finishes harsh.

D: Given the ABV and harsh bitterness, this is not very drinkable.

julian, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone bomber, Belgo Bwine, 2011 "Odd year release" version, picked up yesterday @ Ardsley, NY's DeCicco market.

Pours darker copper, lt. mocha head, stays at 1/8 of an inch, and leaves fine spots of lacing.

Malted up nose, with some whiskey and darker malt flourishes.

Full flavor BW, waves of caramel malts, infused with whiskey, some wood, smoke...with a long gently malty finish. Also some ripe tropical fruit comes to mind. I keep coming back to the smoke, the soft woody notes and the whiskey barrel undertones. Complex, dense flavors, heady stuff @ 12%, alcohol present but well hidden.

World class. Sublime. Got to get more of this one...

Billolick, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This one is colored with a red orange amber hue and is rather clear looking. Topped with a nicely sustained offwhite head which has good lacing.

S: Smells pretty fantastic I must say... very fruity. Blood orange or tangerine citrus pulp jump out at me as well as a belgian like yeast quality (looks like thats because they used belgian yeast go figure). Also notes of rose petal and other flowery perfume.

T: Hmm... not sure what to think on this. Its like a better stickier version of a belgian west coast ipa. I sort of think overall the sweet and dryness of it all works alright. Where old guardian is usually very sweet belgian yeast seems to have eaten more and dried it out a bit.?.. which I think I do like. However in the end perhaps too many flavors are competing for front and center. Fruity esters meets spice and meet in a sort of battle and not a merger. I like the notion of this beer though and would like to see more...

M: stiiiky icky

D: medium

flannelman808, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of JamesMcPolin
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Beautiful copper/red-orange/dark amber. Pours with good head. Not the best lacing.

Great nose. Detecting the usual sweet malt and of course hops (what else would one expect of a Stone brew). But there is also something... something strange... is it spice? Hmmm... not sure but making me nervous because I'm not at all a fan of spice.

This is as far from the normal 'barleywine style' taste as anything I have ever tasted. Even including the recent "Black Barleywine" from Sierra Nevada's 30th series. Most barleywines range from the sweet malt bomb at one end, to the more well-balanced sweet malt plus hops with interesting and complex esters in the middle, to uber-hopped versions that have as many pounds of hops that went into the brew as any respectable IPA. But this Stone "BELGO" seems to fall almost nowhere within this traditional range, and seems to remind me much more of some sort of Belgian ale. I wish I could be more specific and tell you more precisely which kind of Belgian influence. But alas, I will not lie and must admit my knowledge of Belgians is far from expert (nor highly appreciated since I'm not into spices). However, my knowledge of barleywines is highly respectable. Therefore, I say confidently, this one is an oddity. Certainly a surprise for any lover of regular Old Guardian or barleywines in general. On the other side of the coin, if you love Belgians and Belgian spice, then this is the "barleywine style ale" for you and a must try! Cheers!

Still highly drinkable, I would just refer to my description of the taste to see if this is going to be more toward your preferences or not.

JamesMcPolin, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of djaeon
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfect amber hue, with pretty much no head or lacing. I did pour it from a bottle in a smaller than normal snifter, so maybe there wasn't enough of a fall for the liquid to produce a head.

S: The first thing that hits me is a delicious malty sweetness, which immediately makes me think Belgian rather than barleywine. As it warms up, a spiciness emerges which reminds me of a spiced beer... nutmeg, cinnamon and the like.

T: The Belgian influence is immediately apparent to me. If fact, it makes me want to expand my palate by trying more Belgians. I've tried a few and liked them, but tend to go for craft American brews before going to the world beers, but I need to remedy that. Anyway, back to the point, this is a great marriage of malt and yeast. The hops is balanced out well and comes in at the end with a mild bitterness.

M: This has a substantial mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. There is a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: This is much more balanced and drinkable than the regular Old Guardian, in my opinion.

I know I should score this a little lower for the style, because it seems to be half Belgian and half barleywine, but it tastes so good! I had to give it high marks.

djaeon, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is how I remember great barleywines to be- deeply resiny, malty rich, and the beverage equivalent to a swift kick to the teeth.

The pour delivers a deep mohogany, dark amber hue but with an unexpected clarity for both intensely hoppy beers and Belgian-style ales. A froathy off-white cap tops the beer but succums to the alcohol and weight of the beer rather quickly, leaving a thin lace around the edge. Light on lacing, the beer displays brandy legging quite proudly.

Barleywine aromas dominate with the bullyish balance of intense malt sweetness and resiny hop perfumes to match. Alcohol and phenolic spice rise as the carbonation settles and the beer begins to warm. Fruitiness could be attributed to the normal procession of American barleywines ro could be a result of the new Belgian yeast. Regardless, the spicy/fruity Belgian notes are there but are cleaner than in more classic Belgian ales- more like those of Flying Dog Ragin' Bitch or Stone's own Cali-Belgique.

Flavors are much more intense than the nose suggests as the malt sweetness takes on proportions of scorched molasass, dry toast, and caramel-rich breads. Hop aggression soon matches the hops with a growing resiny flavor and sharp bitterness- grassy, piney, and acute grapefruit. In the interest of Belgian yeastiness, the beer adopts added, yet understated fruitiness, along with a peppery, medicinal (perhaps a little soapy) phenolic character that creates as many contradictory flavors as they do complimentary. The intense richness of malt and hop resins combine for a minerally, quite salty taste (with a somewhat metalic note).

Rich with a blend of expansive malt and unresolved syrups give sweetness and a fat mid-palate while leaving a savory stickiness on the mouth. Still, the tongue piercing bitterness create the sensation of dryness on the throat. Bitterness is to the extent that questions a grassy astringency. Alcoholic heat gives restrained yet solventy warmth without the fusal character that's expected from a 12% beer.

The mere intensity of hops with spice, alcohol, and deep malts shout complexity, even at the expense of causing difficulty in drinking, even for the most die hard beer advocate.

BEERchitect, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a dark brown to almost ruby color. Strong mocha colored head formation, breaks down to a film with little lacing. Incredibly clear, brilliant.

S - Strong belgian yeast strain. Some white pepper, cardamom, and just a little fruity esters. A caramel malt sneaks in just behind it.

T - Malty up front, light amount of caramel and toffee. Mid-stream gets a very estery, super strong belgian yeast note. Somewhat sour, sweet and a little bit fruity. Finishes with a strong alcohol warmth that is well retained in the aftertaste. Well this is a belgo-style, I'm surprised the hops played such little a role.

M - Moderate mouth feel, body is strong, somewhat creamy and thick. Carbonation is overwhelmed by it, so hardly a player. Finishes with a little bit of a cloying sugary note.

D - Moderate drinkability - scary abv, very sneaky and well hidden. Slightly filling, a little bit of a sipper.

katan, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks like a glass of caramel. Same color, and very murky. 1/2" of fluffy head.

The nose is sweet caramel up front, then settles into heavy banana and clove.

I really enjoyed the taste of this one. It's the perfect combination of barleywine and belgian yeast. Heavy on the caramel sweetness with the belgian attributes of banana and a spicey finish. It's phenolic, but not to much due to the caramel.

Heavy and boozy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is a little tough. On one hand, it's extremely enjoyable due to the complexity of the flavor, but it is heavy. The high abv puts a burn in the chest, too. Definitely a sipper.

As a Stone apologist, I think the "odd beers for odd years" is a great idea and they really proved it with this one. Thankfully, we can have our cake and eat it, too, because we get this and the classic barleywine. I can't wait to see what's in store for the IRS.

Vonerichs, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a dark amber in color with a finger of off-white head and minimal lacing.

S: Wow, a lot of spice (coriander and pepper) going on here. Lots of phenols with a bit of bubblegum. Quite a bit of booze on the nose and it cannot really be covered up by the caramel and bread.

T: A surprising amount of fruit flavor: banana, pear, and citrus. Like the nose, plenty of spicy phenols. The malt is prominent and is mostly of bread and semi-sweet toffee. Noticeable alcohol flavor as well.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is significantly better than the previous Belgian Old Guardian, but it's still way too boozy for its own good.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color, slight haze, and a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are very yeast dominant, bubblegum, and some booze.

Strong yeast flavors up front, spices, bubblegum, and light creaminess. Finish is dry, with some earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp and clean.

Drinkability is ok. It's an interesting tasting beer, but I mostly just get yeast flavors, and not a whole lot else. Worth trying, but I prefer the original version better.

flexabull, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish orange colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is distinctly Belgian. Sweet smoky with a spicy yeast aroma this smells strongly of cardamom. Scents of lemon, coriander and black pepper.

Starts out sweet with a cardamom aftertaste. Black pepper, lemon, coriander and a hint of vinegar. Can't taste the ethanol but you can really feel it warm your chest. Smoke and a little honeysuckle in this on.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Drinkability is OK. This one really needs time to develop, not yet ready for prime time.

Zorro, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see more Belgo/American fusions. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter at room temp. $7 for the bomber. Nice looking beer, oaky red color wit a silky beige head. Nose has a great fresh hop and peppery Belgian yeast presence over a malty barleywine. Taste is also well complimented by the additional hops and Belgian yeast. Great beer.

rye726, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Zodijackyl
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber split with my brother. It's a February and this is a 2011 release so it is most certainly fresh despite the lack of a freshness date (that I can find).

Pours very dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sticky barley, somewhat creamy yeast and somewhat medicinal hops. Taste has less astringent bitterness and is less tannic than most heavier barley wines. Very creamy malt - barley and a very creamy taste and feel from the yeast, and perhaps a bit of wheat, or something reminiscent of Belgian wheat beers beyond the yeast. Quite a smooth and malty taste, but lacking the astringency of most barley wines. Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and smooth. This is the most drinkable strong barley wine I have consumed.

Zodijackyl, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Barleythenred
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very decent drinkable brew, specially at 12%, but it is in need for aging. I give it about 3 to 5 years before opening. but other than that it was very good but again time needs to happen to clean out some of that ethanol flavor. Apricots are very apparent at the end. Hops bursting out like an IPA, with a subtle taste of Belgian yeast.

Barleythenred, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up yesterday and am curious how it stands up to the standard version.

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with golden blood orange hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy yellowish-beige head. Decent retention, quickly settling into a thick lasting ring that leaves sporadic streaks and spots of lace behind.

Earthy aroma with hints of floral, pine and citrus hops countered by a sweet, slightly leathery malt presence. There's also some boozy sweetness in the nose with hints of light fruit and bubblegum. The citrus rind presence from the hops are nicely complimented by the sweeter bubblegum and fruit notes. The malt becomes more prominent as it warms with caramel, toffee and biscuit. Very interesting and complex smelling. Not as boozy and/or earthy as I expected. I'm really curious to see how the nose will develop with some age.

Full bodied, complex and well balanced with a blast of fresh, dank, oily hops up front that linger throughout over the sweet malt, booze and sweet Belgian yeast notes into a slight dry finish. Nice and dry/bitter up front with hints of floral pine needle countered by sweet citrus fruit flavor, notably pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. This is quickly countered mid-palate by some subtle boozy heat, sweet malt and Belgian yeast character. The malt is only slightly leathery with hints of caramel, rye, toffee, biscuit and hazelnut. Toward the end of the swallow, the Belgian yeast flavors make an appearance giving off hints of light fruit and subtle bubblegum. I'm picking up some apricot and apple which blend really nicely with the sweet malt flavor and booze.

The ABV is excellently masked with only slight alcohol flavor and subtle warmth in the finish. This beer is dangerously drinkable making it hard to believe that it's 12%. Much smoother and more quaffable than most barleywines with less of an earthy, boozy feel and flavor. The combination of flavors make it extremely complex and unlike most beers I've had in the style. I was a little skeptical of this one but I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

corby112, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

261st review on BA
Bottle to snifter

App- A nice light red with some pink highlights. A pretty consistent one finger head that didn't last long.

Smell- Take a regular Old Guardian and kick it up with some yeast and funk.

Taste- This was pretty good. It took a while to get used to it but it was a nice blend of flavors. Had some crystal malts with a nice dose of yeast that paired well with the other flavors.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a matching carbonation level. Not too much of a lasting effect. Had that yeasty feel on the back.

Drink- Not a bad re-work of the style. I prefer the original personally.

FosterJM, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage, 12% ABV, Age at Cellar temp (55°F/13°C) or Below. Enjoy by 04-14-11 (which, laughably, has been determined as a typo)

Thanks to my fiancee for nabbing this at Binny's while I was in town!

A - Gorgeous clarity albeit filled with chunky yeast, the beer has a nice golden amber color that's topped by an off-white, poorly retained (alcohol-induced) head. Nice spotty lace is left adorning the glass.

S - Very dry, champagne-like Belgian yeast with light citrusy notes, white grape, earthy clay, and spicy esters. Munich and caramel malt play a nice role as a backbone but there isn't much in the aroma besides yeast.

T - Spicy Belgian yeast overwhelms the flavor with tart, citrusy notes and earthy undertones. The yeast has great qualities to it but it totally overshadows the normally complex malt backbone of OG. Citrusy, spicy hops poke through though.

M - Heavily carbonated and medium-bodied, the Belgo OG feels much thinner than normal. It's also very dry and slightly bitter-finishing, but it's got a very nice feel overall.

D - For 12%, this guy is very drinkable. Belgianized flavor and high alcohol are well done but at the same time the yeast is far too overwhelming and overall it reminds me nothing of a barleywine, especially the Old Guardian, and that's really my only "problem" with it, which I wouldn't say is much of a problem at all. An interesting stab at Belganizing. I'll get one or two more bottles, but they'll be in the cellar for a while. It seems like a beer that'll get better with age.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours a transparent deep burnt cherry with golden orange hues. A soft white head fades out into clouds of film with rings and spots of lacing left on the glass.

Plenty of malty presence in the nose with a noticeable Belgian funk followed by soft fruit sweetness. Light alcohol warmth and hop bitterness as well.

A nice punch of pine hops right up front, quickly followed by some sticky bitterness. The Belgian yeast comes right to the forefront with funk and assorted fruit flavors. Pineapple and grapefruit swirl with a bit of acidity. Boozy warmth with caramel and syrupy malt backbone. Finishes bitter, hoppy, and warm.

Fuller body, a bit syrupy and creamy, decent carbonation. This is still a bit hot but is super drinkable considering the ABV and complex taste. I tried this on tap a while ago and wasn't sure how I felt but I'm convinced right now.

xnicknj, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, frothy, good lace.

S: Yeasty, leather, pepper, the Belgain character is overt and inviting.

T: Strong crystal malt flavour overall. The yeast is heavy and truly dominates the beer in a good way. Heavy leather, mushroom and bacon fat with a hint of funkiness, intense and flavourful.

M: Full-bodied, resiny but smooth, easy carbonation.

D: A really good take on the classic Old Guardian. Well worth a pickup, I loved this.

Halcyondays, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At jungle jims event with 1arrogantbastard. Had side by side with regular old guardian

A-pours. Deep amber with minimal head
S-funky and sweet. Belgian for sure.
T-tastes a lot like it smells. Belgian and malty. Not too much hops here.
M-medium bodied and pretty smooth
D-nicely drinkable but not as nice as the regular. Dangerous.

brew3crew, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of edrachman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter with little white creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Deep amber color with hints of red.

Very dry aroma - presumably from the barley - with malty notes. Exotic fruit (rather than citrus) is in the background of the aroma - but can't exactly place the fruit. The alcohol really comes through.

Taste a fruity malt. There is a dryness as well. The Belgian yeast is definitely discernible in the taste, but a little tough to describe.

The mouthfeel is nice - good amount of carbonation and a certain smoothness that goes down nicely. The malt flavor makes the beer a little less drinkable than ideal, but otherwise top notch.

edrachman, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden glow with little head. The two aromas I picked up was malt and citrus/honey. It was a very big beer, full, not very carbonated.
It was very soft, almost too soft. Too malty for my taste and the finish was somewhat boring.
I wish that the barley was match with some stronger hops and more flavor

rdilauro, Feb 19, 2011
Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.