BeerCritic


Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma:
grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor:
dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other:
mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.

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Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2007

Glass: Trappist, shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $12.19
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 11%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories:450 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: pop opening, low carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: brown sugar cinnamon toast truffles chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
oregano cinnamon cilantro
Other Aroma:
bubblegum
Notes: An enticing aroma.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:deep brown black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: despite the issues with head retention, the body is very deep and rich.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: barley rye bread brown caramel chocolate mocha coffee
Hops Flavor:
rum raisin orange
Other:
melon
Notes: Like dessert. A wonderful flavor much more focused on malt flavors than hop flavors, but a great taste.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: finish has strong warming effect – nice hidden abv.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Very malty, high ABV, but well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Not as fruity as I’d expect, but still a wonderful ale. Thanks, Mikkeller!