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Beer of the Day: Old Guardian

Old Guardian

Stone Brewing Company

San Diego, CA

American Barley Wine

11.2%

This is Stone’s Old Guardian. I first had this brew on tap at Three Penny. I can’t really remember what it was like then as it was over a year ago but I do remember that I liked it. This particular bottle that I will be reviewing was drank by Liz and I when we went to her family’s cabin up north Michigan. According to their website Stone states that this beer is “Delicious”. Hmm, thanks Stone. In part of their Odd Years release Stone has introduced us to Old Guardian Belgo, which is nothing more than Old Guardian fermented with a strain of Belgian yeast. I have a bottle of the Belgo put away that I can’t wait to taste.

Appearance – Amber/Red, big foamy cream head that goes away after a little bit. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma – Piney hops, caramel malts, slight chocolate, the aroma gets stronger as it warms.

Taste – Very hoppy, spicy, caramel, chocolate. Just as the aromas, the taste gets stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel – Medium, stings. A nice bite from the hops. Creamy and coats palate.

Drinkability – Third time to have this beer in a year and I don’t think it should be drank too many times in that length. This is a VERY powerful beer. I would love to get another bottle and put it away and see how the hops calm down and give the malts a chance to shine. Great beer

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Beer of the Day: Horn Dog

Horn Dog

Flying Dog Brewery

Fredrick, MD

English Barley Wine

10.5%

I grabbed this brew at a beer store next to the Five Guys I ate at in Tennessee on my way to Michigan right before the New Year. It was a 2009 vintage so I picked up a six pack and saved one for aging. This beer is aged for three months before it is packaged and released. In 2009 their 2007 vintage won gold at the Great American Beer Festival.

Appearance – 2 finger creamy tan head. Brown/mahogany in color with very nice lacing.

Aroma – Malty and slightly floral with a hint of dark fruit in the background. Caramel.

Taste – Sweet, maybe mocha. slightly bitter. Light hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel – Acidic on the palate. Good booze sting. Medium to heavy bodied ale.

Drinkability – Great beer. Can’t wait to see how it mellows out after maybe a year or two. Great sipper.

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