Barrel-Aged Stock Ale
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

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Old Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #6,408
4.07 | pDev: 6.63%
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Maryland, United States
Barrel-Aged Stock AleBarrel-Aged Stock Ale
Notes: Fulsome, high gravity stout aged in bourbon barrels for several months. Then brewed a take on a barleywine style, with plenty of hops, and barrel aged it for a few weeks to mellow it out. This is a blend of these two separate beers.
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour, creamy looking, tan colored cream lacing.

S - Very soft on the nose with light toasted malt.

T - Toasted malt with light bourbon and ends balanced with a little bit of oak.

M - Medium body.

O - Pretty subdued but stoked to see Guinness step it up a notch.

Nov 27, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a snifter a deep mahogany with a thinner light beige head atop,a nice rich deep pour.Bourbon,toast,and nuttiness stand out most in the nose,it gets more buttery as it warms.The feel is it's biggest weakness in my opinion,a little light with some sharpness.Vanilla/caramel on the palate with some buttery notes,the bourbon is not over bearing,with a fuller feel the flavors would stand out more I think.A nice new offering,a nice sipper.

Sep 12, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle via Bluejacket74! Cheers dude! Poured from the
12 oz bottle into a snifter, this fine stock ale pours a dark tea color with
a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin dusty
layer, and sports some nice light lacing. Nose of subtle bourbon, brown
sugars, faint herbal notes, and herbal hop notes with subtle oak. Flavors
exceed the nose with a light cherry and brown sugar drenched bourbon
masterpiece with oak and subtle vanilla that mingles amongst herbal
hop notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, lightly slick, warming, lightly
coating, smooth, light carbonation that is just enough to give some pop,
and a medium dry finish.

Overall, a solid little brew from a great old brewery!


Jul 04, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, this is a rarity. A bottled beer courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. That's kind of odd, considering it was brewed in Maryland. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of bourbon. Taste is also bourbon, plenty of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall if you are a fan of bourbon, give it a try.

Mar 29, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pleasantly surprised by this new spin on an old classic...

Basically, what I find with this, is that you have the classic Guinness stout aged in a bourbon barrel - to a very nice taste. You still get the classic and beautiful look of a Guinness Stout along with its distinctive smell - but with the added sweetness of the bourbon. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than I remember for a straight stout, but the taste is boozy as you would expect and to its benefit. Overall, I did rate it lower than outstanding as it wasn't greater than the original - I guess, I'm just a sucker for the classic...

Mar 22, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is bourbon barrel, brown sugar, light char and vanilla. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, with medium-low carbonation. The beer is nice and subtle with plenty of bourbon taste. Will get this again.

Mar 15, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of dense khaki foam. Head retention is good. Atoma is boozy whiskey right up front. Beyond the hard liquor is chocolate, toffee, raisins and molasses with toasty and roasty malts. It smells big and bold. Flavor profile is toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, raisins, coffee and roasty and toasty malts. Bourbon is present too, adding a little edge and heat to the duration of the flavor profile. Mouth feel is thick with a lightly silty grain with a creamy finish. Overall, boozy and bold without letting the bourbon completely run it over. It has depth and showcases the stout and bourbon well.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Mar 04, 2020
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased over Thanksgiving and has been sitting in the fridge since. This a really good collaboration. Appearance is creamy with sudsy head. Smell is very chocolatey with notes of bourbon and dates. Feel is very creamy. Taste is full of cocoa, vanilla, astringent, bourbon and bread. Alcohol is very well hidden! I will definitely seek this one out again.

Feb 25, 2020
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours chestnut with garnet highlights, topped by a finger's worth of frothy, khaki suds. Unique aroma smells of peat, prunes, toffee, and molasses. Speckled lacing lingers on the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features roasted malt, prunes, and earthy, slightly spicy hops up front. Bourbon is detectable but a little unwieldy. Warming reveals notes of currants, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, red wine, and an astringent bitterness that lingers in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation make for a smooth, slightly slick mouthfeel.

The notion of a barrel-aged stout-barleywine blend from St. James' Gate certainly piqued my curiosity, and in that regard I was not disappointed. Even if not exactly brilliant in its execution, it does afford an experience off the beaten path, with good complexity and a tasteful presentation. It's worth a try at the very least.

Feb 20, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with only about a finger of light brown head, fades real fast

All whiskey barrel up front in the nose but nothing overly sweet, definitely getting those dark fruit notes, dates in particular, a bit of vanilla and a very minor fusel alcohol note

Chocolate and a bit of roast first in the taste, barrel oakiness in the middle palate, and finishes really sweet with the barleywine character coming through in waves. First the dark malt, then moving on to rich vanilla and fruit

Drinks way lighter than expected for the abv. This is my first of the style but I really like the feel here, not too heavy but still lots of body, but the alcohol can be tasted a bit

An interesting experience for sure, this thing develops as you drink it and becomes more complex, just really good stuff

Feb 14, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with auburn hues; fluffy khaki head that falls leaving great bubbly retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a decent amount of bourbon. Lots caramel along with some coconut and vanilla. Some cocoa. Some dark fruits. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More dark fruits coming through. Some raisins along with some black cherries. More caramel and cocoa along with toffee. More vanilla and coconut in the mix. There's a subtle bitterness. It's not really sweet. Malts do their thing. The bourbon is balanced and blends well with everything that's going on. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, fluffy, slightly creamy and velvety, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid barrel-aged brew. Balance is the key with this one. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. No complaints here. I like it.

Feb 12, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 11-18-19 for $5.99. No bottling date; consumed 2-11-20.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice off white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose is very nice, especially when first poured, vanilla and bourbon jumped out immediately with some dark fruits in the background.

Taste is vanilla with a touch of bourbon wrapped up in a pretty good size malt base. Some dark fruits mix in very well. Finishes well balanced from the bourbon offset to the sweet malts. Alcohol was warming with the first sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall i am mildly surprised at the barrel factor as it is very prevelant. Base beer is pretty solid to provide the backbone necessary. Recommended if you like old ales/English barleywines.

Feb 11, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - pours as clear as brown can get. A bit red, a bit black. Not much head, but I can't say I expected it.

S - smells instantly of bourbon with oak chips and vanilla. Vaguely metallic with caramel candy.

T - black pepper and dark fruits. Figs, dates, raisins. Features an incredibly roasty bitter character that's not too chocolatey or dark. Feels fresh. Raw bourbon heat and toasted caramel. There's an odd candy likeness. Grape Necco wafers? Getting some strange vibes like the fizzy insides of spent blue warheads. Tobacco woodsiness. Finishes tangy and mildly bitter without much heft or syrupiness. Clean.

F - a bit thinner than I was hoping for a stout/barleywine mix, but that's Guinness for you. I also tell you hwhat: bourbon ain't this fizzy either.

O - I was oddly excited for this one and am a little let down because it doesn't feel as "full" as I wanted it to be. It does do a good job showcasing bourbon on its own, but maybe a little too good of a job. Where's the beer?

Feb 08, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1+ finger khaki colored head, so so retention, good lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light passes thru. Roasted malt and coffee on the nose, some caramel, not much bourbon on the nose, but it is lingering down there. Taste is roasted malt up front, slight vanilin, bourbon notes, caramel, toffee, raisin and fig, caramel toffee carries thru to a mild bitter finish. Good mouthfeel, not hot, abv hidden well. Nice bourbon character, not in your face, but there in the background. Very easy drinking beer.

Feb 03, 2020
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Relatively clear deep brown pour. Moderate head.
Nose is raisin, molasses/ candied malts and some alcohol.
Taste is like the nose features, with a medium bourbon bite and surprising drink ability because it manages to be tasty without any overly sweet notes. Raisin and caramel/ brown sugar hints are backed by hops and a moderate bitterness, finishing nicely.
Feels is creamy and creamy medium, with moderate carbonation and nice and chewy.
A very good old stock ale. The bourbon barrel aging does it well.

Feb 01, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House "Stock Ale Aged In Bulleit Bourbon Barrels"
11.2 fl. oz brown glass bottle seemingly without production codes or freshness dating
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Stock ale, eh? Made up by blending an Imperial stout and a barleywine and finishing it off in Bourbon barrels - I can live with that. Or was it an Imperial stout aged in Boubron Barrels then blended with a barleywine that had been aged in Bourbon barrels? Doesn't matter, whatever. It's a very dark mahogany brown that appears black in the full glass. When held to the light you can see that it's clear, and it has a ruby sheen to it. The head is a fair sized cap of khaki colored foam. The Bourbon barrel aging is quite obvious in the aroma. It's got notes of Bourbon, oak, and fair;y strong coconut over brown sugar and distant dark chocolate. The flavor basically follows with a few additions that give it greater complexity. In addition to the coconut there's a hint of vanilla. There's more caramel that includes some almost burnt sugar as well as a light hint of toffee. There's a subtle roastiness to it that's more a part of the soft note of dark chocolate than it is anything else. And finally there's a bit of dark skinned that comes out towards the end and into the finish, lingering with some leafy, tea-like, and earthy hops. I'm finding plum apple, fig, and raisin. Some alcohol comes through as well but it's not distracting. It's a nice transition of flavors, and although it's sweetish upfront it's dry in the finish. This is a great sipper in my mind. In the mouth it's medium to medium-full in body, and lightly oily and smooth. The head held up fairly well but the lacing left a little to be desired. I'm going to call it a 4.25 out of 5. I feel this is a winner, and an excellent Bourbon barrel beer, but it's not the best I've ever had.
Review #6,923

Jan 27, 2020
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into glass
Look - dark brown cola color with a small foam head and some lacing on glass
Smell - sweet caramel and molasses...almost more of a rum aroma than bourbon. vanilla. honey.
Taste - Honey is a major flavor. I would say this is very different from a typical Guinness. Some bourbon notes but i would still say closer to a molasses rum. Very heavy, syrupy beer. Carbonation is medium light. As it warms, some earthiness and nuttiness.

Overall, not very impressed. It's a good beer but it lacks enough of the typical roastiness of the malt i associate with Guinness. The foreign Extra Stout and Antwerpen are much better and at a lower price. Grade is an A-

Jan 25, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark mahogany in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red + cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted + dark + caramel + toffee malts with moderate amounts of caramel + toffee + dark fruit (fig + plum) sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of caramel + vanilla + toasted oak + bourbon.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + dark + caramel + toffee malts with moderate amounts of caramel + toffee + dark fruit (fig + plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of caramel + vanilla + toasted oak + bourbon. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy hops. There is a light presence of roasty bitterness which slowly fades away leaving lingering sweet malts + bourbon flavors.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength - though this is definitely a slow sipper for me best enjoyed on a cold winter night. Enjoyable with a pleasant complexity and depth to the flavor + aroma.

Jan 21, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/25/2019. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense nad fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, coconut, leather, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/oat/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, coconut, leather, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/oat/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery, roasted bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, brown bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, coconut, leather, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/oat/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky/tannic, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10%, with minimal barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing old ale. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish; awesome soft feel for the style. Amazing balance of super rich malts, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; solid earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering bitter/tannic dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example. Could not have done it much better IMO, very textbook to my expectations.

Jan 14, 2020
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Zorro from California

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark and clear brown. You can pass light through it and it has a ruby hue. Medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells like pipe tobacco. Sweet smelling and the scent of English type hops. Little bit of caramel but it does not smell boozy at all.

Starts out complex with a bittersweet after taste. No Booze sting or taste. Chocolate is the first thing I taste. Little bit of bitterness and a taste of tobacco and leather. Tastes like an English Old Ale really. Fairly sweet but the hops keep it on a leash. No taste of whiskey either.

Overall it is pretty tasty. It gives no hint of how strong it is.

Jan 13, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Stock Ale Aged In Bulleit Bourbon Barrels, 10% ABV. Pours black with a one-finger tan head that left lots of lacing. Nose is sweet caramel, and roast malt. Taste is slightly sweet caramel, dark fruit, and very slight roast malt bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Best Guinness I've ever had.

Jan 07, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice Bulleit Bourbon, roast malt, chocolate and dark fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced Bulleit Bourbon, roast malt, chocolate and dark fruity flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good English Old Ale

Jan 05, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Etched on bottle is 'L9267T2001 1742'.
Ruby brown colored body. One thin finger of light tan head sticks around as a thick cap. On the drinking side of the glass is left an impressive pattern of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla oak barrel.
Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, and silky oak vanilla barrel.
Medium plus mouth feel. Some felt alcohol vapors in the nose. Good supportive carbonation.
More complex taste patterns than expected, with a thick layering that ends up with the vanilla oak barrel and a touch of dark fruit. This is a positive sipping beer.

Jan 02, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draught at a local restaurant/pub.

Brew is a dark black color. Thick, light tan head about 1.5 fingers that mostly diminishes within a few minutes but maintains around the edge of the glass. Leaves some lacing.

The bourbon aspect of this beer really shows up in the aroma. It is a little overwhelming for me but it’s not terrible. Fruit is also present.

The taste is extremely well balanced. Chocolate, fruit, wood, and booze all show up. Aftertaste is mainly booze and fruit for me, which caught me off guard but was surprisingly good.

Feel is full-bodied and delicious. It is a bit heavy for a 10.7% - feels to me more like a 12-12.5%.

Overall - really good beer, and a good imperial stout with that Guinness flair.

Dec 30, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a brown bottle, this brew is black, and capped with a tall brownish-tan head. Booze and wood are prominent in the aroma, mixed with vanilla and dark chocolate. Wow. Better aroma than expected. Solidly flavorful taste as well...balanced and aggressive warming. Full in both body and complexity. Nice.

Dec 30, 2019
Barrel-Aged Stock Ale from Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
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