Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +16.5%
A: Took this 22oz bomber up from the 50 deg celler and poured it into my snifter glass. Holding it up to a white sheet of paper it just has this brilliant red color to it. Looks exeptional!
S: Potent smell, the room just fill with the smell of this beast just from pouring it. Its got a deliciously malty aroma to it. Butterscotch and caramel come trhough. The sweet candy like smell of this actually makes my mouth water.
T: Simply unreal! Sweet upfront with a bit of bitterness at the end. The alcohol is there but is well masked and not over powering in the least.
M: The carbonation is good but I feel like the beer could have been a little fuller, a bit more round. Its still excelent though.
Overall this is the one of the best barley wines I've had to date. Having one of these just makes you want to try more of the style, and now that the snow is finally here I think I will be doing just that.
01-26-2006 13:49:54 | More by dick783
4.88/5 rDev +14.8%
tasting party sept 11/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer and mead. this one was contributed by me. jan 2005 old guardian, purchased in dec 2005 and in my cellar since then.
pours a nice deep golden colour with ruby highlights. big off white head.
aroma is excellent. rich caramel and malt with a little lingering sweetness. alcohol starts to show itself a little
taste is great. caramel and toffee. nice level of bitterness. alcohol comes through a bit in the end, but is very well balanced by the maltyness and bitterness. definitely doesn't tastes like it's 11.26% ABV.
mouthfeel is great. moderate carbonation and great body.
drinkability is also excellent. the balance between the malt/hops/alcohol is right on. this one has mellowed and meshed together really well. glad i held onto this bottle for a while. you could easily polish this off on your own because it's so damn good.
09-12-2006 15:12:31 | More by grub
4.88/5 rDev +14.8%
My goodness. I've had their Barleywine for the last few years and have no posted reviews or notes! What was I, drunk?...or Stoned?
Sorry about the pun.
Here we go. Found at Bevmo in Walnut Creek on 1/24. 7 days before the official release date?
Pours a nice copper color with a small, large bubbled head. You can tell this is a thick mutha by the way the few carbonation bubbles slowly struggle to the top.
Mouth watering smells. Big sweet malt, caramel, orange citrus fruits. On the hop side, its fresh, clean and resinous.The alcohol is certainly present but works well in the whole. Almost a brandy presence to it.
Taste is big and rich. Tangy, citrusy and bittersweet flavors. The malt seems a little sweeter and it picks up a toffee flavor with a hint of nut, vanilla and a wisp of smoke. Had some nuances like it could have been aged in bourbon barrels including that rare coconut like taste. The hops charge in to balance this bad boy and do an exceptional job. Citrusy and resinous. Great melding of huge flavors and alcohol. This is certainly drinkable now but I think would improve with a year of aging to mellow the alcohol a bit more.
Rich, yet surprisingly light bodied all things considered. Full, viscous and slightly oily mouthfeel.
Outstanding drinkability for such a huge beer. Another top notch beer from Stone! Get some, drink some, age some.
01-26-2005 02:15:17 | More by rkhaze
4.88/5 rDev +14.8%
Bought a year ago and aged since. This beer rocks.
Poured a vibrant orange-tarnish in color. Kind of like an old piece of rock candy you find under the bed after it has aged. Slight scuzzy head that dissolved into a almost invisible film. Nose is maple sugar candies, hops and apricots. Very sweet.
Chewy and hoppy. All sots of sweetness up front, in the middle and up from behind. And on top if it all were such chewy, juicy hops. This beer has not faded at all in a year and has improved in my opinion. Candd sugar, sugared raisins and dried apricots. Quite a bit of heat from the alcohol and it even burned a bit on top of the bitterness. Kind of a smack. Full body and expressive flavors. Thick and just almost syrupy. Such a nice slow-sipping, enjoyable beer. Wish I had another bottler downstairs.
03-16-2006 02:16:31 | More by MuddyFeet
4.85/5 rDev +14.1%
A- 1/4" light tan/off white head on a really clear deep orange amber body. Decent collar (compared to other years). Sticks to side of glass a bit and have a thin lacing covering about half top.
S- Alcohol and malts come through big. Some citrus hops and yeast smell. Bit bready. Some grapefruit and other fruits.
T- Nice big bitterness with big toffee malts. Grapefruit and a bit of orange. Alcohol comes through big also. All flavors very big and standing alone but still manage to blend just enough. Bits of bread come through also. The caramel malts also in there with the toffee. Very sweet.
M-Medium body with medium carbonation
D- It is a excellent beer and still young. Can't wait to try this about 5 years later (if I would have one).
12-12-2006 05:10:40 | More by BlindPig
4.83/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured a lightly cloudy orangish color with a small white head. Nose is nice and malty, chewy caramel, with some of the floral and ctirus notes still hanging in there. Taste is caramel, deep and malty, mellow and damn tasty with pine/floral notes and it was not near as hot as a nw release OG. Still had good carbonation and this barleywine was down right excellent! OG is one of the best aging bwines I have found to date.
05-03-2009 20:19:39 | More by barleywinefiend
4.75/5 rDev +11.8%
Honey-orange, hazy- wht a one-finger off white head, combination of loose and tight bubbles. Head disapates at medium pace, eventually disapppearing altogether.
On the nose, we have storng malt with tones of fresh orange and banana, with a bit of spice, and a permeating licorice-like alcohol.
The flavour has a strong spice right up front, followed by a very woody maltiness, which is punched out by a quick hit of black licorice right at the end. There's nothing inhere that screams hop, but that's OK... This one's very nice..
There's a tight carbonation throughout, over a medium liquid. Very pleasant.
I don't find most high gravity beers this drinkable. The alcohol is not so noticeable that it drives you away. It senaks up on you the next morning after you've crawled to Cleveland. I could down this oen all night, and get into a LOT of trouble.
10-07-2005 03:01:20 | More by UncleFlip
4.75/5 rDev +11.8%
A huge thanks to Grub for this one!
January 2005 Bomber sampled September 2006. The good year and half under its belt certainly didn't hurt it!
A beautiful (I use that word appropriately) appearence. Head at a decent level but would diminish slowly through the course. Clearly enough to cross out any doubts of oxidization. It glowed a hazed ruby colour. Hoppy West Coast (typical Stone) aroma. So ever satisfying, no one does hops quite like Stone. Heavy mouthfeel, the hops add density. Warming boozy notes on the middle and finish. Really, an ultimate barleywine. Enough malt to keep things grounded, something alot of these hop monsters overlook. Largely filling. Booze, hops and excellent compliment of malt. Pushes to the back of the mouth and warms the throat. Alcohol, otherwise well contained. Increasingly coudy (and tasty) as sediment was poured in from the bottom of the bottle. Such crisp, floral hops. Just incredible. Stone is a brewery that lives up to its reputation. I would love to have a bomber (or 2) and put myself to sleep.
09-14-2006 18:23:26 | More by biegaman
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
One of my favorite beers ever...i have to say. A rich copper color with a great lacing head.
Smell of hops and berries, with alcohol present.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a great after taste. Wonderful going down and after a few it will creep up on you.
I Highly recomend this beer to everyone to enjoy now or age.
I have a few ageing at this time. Very tempted to drink them but i'll wait for a while.
Overall great brew by stone. Very drinkable for a barleywine at 11%.
12-15-2005 18:28:20 | More by Dicahomebrewing
4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
Vintage 2005. Consumed April 2007. DIVINE!!!!
Appearance: Exudes from the bottle majestic and emanating with class sophistication and beauty right from the start. A brown laced with shimmers of gold and orange, magnificent clarity and big fluffy head that has good retention.
Smell: Boozy sticky malt, and sweet juicy ripe fruit with a resinous hop oil undertone, grace the nasal cavity and induce salivating.
Taste: Sweet as a bottle of schnapps and warm as brandy, very soft pineapple, caramel, and hop resin that sneaks up from underneath the sweetness and gently coats the cheeks so after the swallow you remember it was there. Magnificent! Nicely aged.
Mouthfeel: Soft but full body with mild hop bitterness and slight alcohol sting.
Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. It will take several hours of pure bliss to get through, but loving every moment.
Hope this is helpful.
04-04-2007 05:40:40 | More by Phatz
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
A huge thank you to my fellow BA, kmpitz2, for this bomber of 05 Old Guardian. Served at 55 degress into an imperial pint glass, this one pours a clear copper amber body with an almond hued head that appears tightknit and creamy, standing at about one inch in height. Very good retention, and lots of patchy lace down the glass.
Aroma is not the typical Stone "hop monster" I was expecting, but is quite well balanced. Caramelized malt, fresh pressed apple cider, sliced oranges, pink grapefruit, and a note of spruce pine. Very nice bouquet.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, a bit oily, and much smoother than expected. Spritzy carbonation allows the palate to appreciate the immense hop and malt profiles that wander all through the mouth.
Taste is smooth and well balanced for a barleywine. The hop profile is certainly assertive, with orange and pink grapefruit notes, but the malt profile is up to the task. Lots of caramel and sweet honey drenched biscuit provide a very tasty balance to the everpresent hops bitterness. I prefer my barleywines at room temperature, and this one really shines as it reaches optimum warmth. The hop bitterness is here in spades, but is never overly aggressive as in many Stone brews. Incredible balance all the way from start to finish. The end is sweet malty caramel with balancing spruce pine bitterness.
Exceptional balance and smooth taste for a barleywine. I'm glad to have the opportunity to savor this one in its youth. Definitely, the most drinkable barleywine I have encountered.
03-25-2005 11:01:25 | More by merlin48
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
[On tap @ Naja's Vertical Barleywines. Cheers to you, Martin)
Pours a gilded, brassy note..almost TOO shiny, as one feels inexorably compelled to drink it. Sand-colored head immediately dissipates with a soft off-white sheen.
Mouthfeel? Uber-creaminess front-to-mid palate, but finishes with just enough lifting Fruitcake spice to warn you of its underlying indulgence.
Huge: brandy soaked apricots, undercooked/overspiced ginger bread, and spruce-tip-infused hops bitterness.
Drinkability? Its like liquid peer pressure emanating from a glass. Truly a testament to aging, and its benefits upon Beerdom.
02-27-2009 09:45:46 | More by bovinecrusader
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
Orange-ruby glass. I didn't expect such a gentle nose, not that it's weak; I get blossoms of fruit and geraniums, fruit concentrates, fruit liquer. Mouthfeel strikes first - like drinking fresh strawberry kefir; it's bubbly, fermented milk.
This is what high alcohol beer is supposed to taste like. The alcohol is part of the palate. It boosts the sharpness of the refined hop character which smoothly rides the creamy grain moguls like Jeremy Bloom winning 6 straight world cup events.
03-05-2005 23:38:39 | More by gbontrag
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Orange amber color and crystal clear. The head is disappointing in that it dissipates very quickly and leaves little lace.
Beautiful sweet candy sugar aroma. There is the presence of alcohol without the
There are times where I explore the beer world for something memorable. Stone has now done it twice for me. First, I consider their IPA to be best I've yet tasted. Here is the best barley wine. The flavors start with barley malt that is not overpowering like most of this style. Still it is very full bodied. The swallow is a wonderful hop kick that mellows out the sugars.
Usually I find this style to be too obvious in alcohol or sweetness. This is stunningly well-balanced. Yet it retains all of the expectations of a fine barley wine.
06-18-2005 00:24:34 | More by smcolw
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Had on tap on this fine Presidents Day at Redbones in Davis Square, MA.
Pours an incredible ruby color w/ a full finger of tan, creamy head, which lasts longer than I was expecting.
I have only two words to describe the aroma....cotton candy.
Taste is to die for....delightfully sweet, but not overbearing. Hints of cherries and sweet malts dance w/ my tastebuds, drawing me back again and again. The alcohol is so well hidden in this puppy, it is blowing me away....not even aged and so mellow.
The perfect amount of carbonation makes this brew very drinkable for the ABV%. I am now on a mission to hunt this down at the local stores...a must try in my opinion.
02-21-2005 18:21:37 | More by warriorsoul
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Ripe pears, watermellon and other fruits, pine and hops, sweet caramel thick feeling malts and dominate alcohol aromas predict similar tastes. Balanced. A mighty11.26 abv that will lay you out for the remains of the day.
Respect it or expect to pay the price of its big number.
03-01-2005 08:15:03 | More by karst
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Very, very smooth, especially for a brew that's so young and begs for aging.
Somewhere between a sipper and a guzzler.
The sweetness here flirts with being too much but holds on to being tasty.
A luxurious experience all around; I intend to cellar some, assuming I can resist the urge to open the bottles.
The alcohol is well used.
Not as hoppy as the 2004 Old Guardian... maltier in flavor profile.
Impressive all around.
Classier than it is badass.
Still pretty badass.
10-07-2005 08:07:44 | More by ommegangpbr
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 from Stone Brewing Co.
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