Simply put: Old Guardian is one of the best American Barleywines out there. I guarantee that opening a bottle of this will be a great drinking experience.
Smell: Sweet and fruity with some very smooth brandy notes. Malty with toffee and hot caramel and broken down leather and dates and maybe raisins.
Taste: Sweet and strong with just the right amount of bitterness—both from alcohol and from hops. That fruity note washes over the back of the mouth and there’s a touch of burn from the brandy-like strength. Figgy, and cloyingly sweet, with earthy, pepper-spicy hops. Hits all the right notes.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and sticky sweet and rich; lovely palate-coating finish.
Overall: World class.