Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.03/5 rDev -28.7%
Stone Old Guardian, Winter 2005
Served in DFH signature glass.
A: Pours clear amber with the faintest skim of a head. A light but steady stream of bubble course through beer, which is unexpected.
S: Caramel and golden raisin notes dominate, indicating a hefty bill of crystal malts. Additional aromas include cherries, alcohol, light oxidation, and honey. Smell is more subdued than I'm describing.
T: Taste does not follow particularly well. Malty sweetness, alcohol and medium bitterness comprise lion's share of taste. The alcohol and bitterness have undoubtedly diminished over years, but the other flavors have worn away more rapidly; therefore, alcohol and bitterness have no opposition. The alcohol has a solvent-like edge. However, caramel presence increases a notch when beer hits room temperature.
M: Medium-heavy body an light carbonation. Warming and a little numbing.
O: This bottle of Old Guardian was cellared properly and would certainly be "drinkable" for many years to come. It has not, however, improved and seems to be well past its peak. Too bad.
09-06-2011 12:11:41 | More by Wadsey
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
"limited winter 2005 release"
appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, bright clear amber-orange body, cream white head with light retention
smell: pine sap, thick caramel malts, honey, dark fruits, orange peel
taste; for being almost 6 years old, this beer still has a tight flavor profile. the citrus hops are gone but sticky pine remains, along with lots of honey, bitter orange peel, caramel, booze. I was worried this may have passed its prime, but it's still on point
mouthfeel: rich, creamy medium body, moderate bitterness in the finish
12-05-2010 21:32:22 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev -5.9%
2005 Vintage Old Guardian
Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Pumpkin Muscavado Truffle.
A: Pours a reddish/copper hue with a decent head and tons of thick lace from start to finish.
S: Earthy fruit, sweet and malty, finishing a bit boozy.
T: Booze up front that is balanced quickly by sweet malt, the hop that was missing in the nose comes through in the flavor nicely with the booziness mellowing as it warmed up a bit.
M: Medium to full-bodied, sticky but not syrupy at all with mellow carbonation giving it an overall smooth mouthfeel.
D: Wow - enjoyed this one a lot, but man it's only tolerable in small amounts. Heavy duty sh*t here! My wife had a sip of hers and passed it my way, which I appreciated, but I was good after her and my tastings...granted this is not my preferred style.
11-27-2010 04:00:14 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Stone popped this bad boy today.
A - Pours a beautiful deep amber, almost clear, large creamy head that is slow to leave and lots of lace.
S - Heavy malt, booze, some medicinal quality.
T - Sweet heavy malt, caramel, boozy, hard hops hitting it back.
M - Med to heavy body, from very sweet to very harsh. Hard to reign in those huge flavors. Done pretty well, though.
D - I bought the 2 litre growler of this sucker, and I had better find some friends to share, cuz this is not a session beer!
09-20-2010 01:15:58 | More by srandycarter
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
2005 bottle courtesy of crosling poured into a snifter.
Pours a light, crystal clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes to a small collar and leaves some legs after each sip.
The aroma is wonderfully sweet. It's got caramelized dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar. There's not much left of the hops, maybe some orange peel and musty grasses, but the aroma has taken on a brandy-like aroma that's extremely appetizing.
The taste is just as sweet. It's got tons of caramelized sugar, oranges, and toffee. There is a much more prevalent spiciness in the taste, maybe from the remaining hops.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky sweet with a low, tight carbonation that keeps things from getting too cloying.
This one has held up exceptionally well and I think I may prefer this to the fresher bottles I've had. It's really mellowed and turned into a sugary sweet after-dinner sipper. Excellent.
03-19-2010 02:16:55 | More by gford217
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy and very hazy. Lighter from the bottom to the darker top. Darker brown top and a lighter copper orange at the bottom. Pretty color overall, but little lacing and only a few thick drops cling to the bulb part of the glass. The color and depth save this one on the eyes.
Smell: Orange peel soaked in honey and drizzled caramel. There's also some leafy citrus hop presence, orange marmalade, and a lot of raisins. In addition, there's a nice peppery and spicy presence from the hops.
Taste: Chocolate nibs soaked in orange marmalade and drizzled with honey. Can't believe it's held up this well, especially considering the spicy and pungent hop presence. Fruit esters are mostly citrus, and there's some raisins and possibly figs in the mix. As it warms, the hop presence is still, seemingly miraculously, extremely strong and lingering, especially for this being five years old.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly rich and creamy, with good full and prickly carbonation, which was completely unexpected. Doesn't remain cloying at all, which is also surprising.
Drinkability: I wonder how long this could hold up. I'd say for at least a few more years, and that's what bumps this up from my originally planned half-lower rating. A pretty awesome brew overall, and I hope to try more vintages in the future. I'm sure they all bring some great characteristics to the table.
01-15-2010 22:15:06 | More by asabreed
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
Review 1600, time for one from the cellar.
Oh man oh man, what a classic brew - pure amber pour, even after the years the ivory head still materializes in the Corsendonk tulip.
Perfect barleywine aroma of orange liquor, sweet malt and caramel. I can tell this is gonna be good. And yes it is, sweet lip smacking bubble gum of thick orange booze, but no alcohol bite to be found. This is like drinking an orange cognac that's been aged for 10 years.
A very good brew, now gone forever. Bummer there.
12-20-2009 21:40:32 | More by Vancer
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
This one has aged so well! Aroma puts together the normal English Barleywine flavors--figs, raisons, syrup, sweet malt. Flavor is about the same--big sweet syrup, some light malt, some citrus hops, big fig and raison flavor... some spiciness as well. Good stuff here, '05 is drinking well, Oh god this is good... some creaminess, little or no head, some carbonation has been retained, I'd make a good session out of this.
11-30-2009 04:27:30 | More by LordAdmNelson
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
4.6/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
On Tap @ O'Brien's. 2005 vintage. Consumed summer 2006. The aroma was very light. The flavors are similar to the '04 but a bit brighter. There was malt, molasses, a hint of toffee and a full dark fruitiness flavor. Wow, good stuff. I love when beer bars hold back or can get vintage kegs. YES.
11-17-2008 02:56:55 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
Great beer, but considering this is a Stone brew, I was hoping for a little more. For starters, this is a golden barleywine, peach colored with a slight red tinge. No head unfortunately, but that happens with this much alcohol. The aroma of of sweet, syrupy pineapple and peach juice, like from the canned fruit with grass and fresh ground black pepper. The flavor matches much of the aroma but with more spicy citrus rind and doughy malt for balance. The aftertaste focuses on the spicy hops and reminds me of Italian cooking spices for their earthy taste. The body and weight are reasonably heavy for this type of beer. Finishing a bomber is no trouble, as long as you're sharing. Good beer.
08-04-2008 02:10:05 | More by tempest
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a copperish amber. About a half an inch of white head. Delicious sweet smell.
It could be the age, or this may be a sweeter beer to begin with. Loads of sweet malt, lighter citrus, and tropical notes. The hop content is very muted, with some grapefruit juice mingled with the thick, syrupy mouthfeel.
Very uncharacteristic of stone. I like! Dangerously drinkable. Doubt this will cross my path again, though.
05-05-2008 23:36:07 | More by Overlord
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
Few ounces tasted at Stone Winter Storm for two dollars, tasted alongside some other vintages of OG
A-Color was a copper brown, more on the red side, 1/2 inch light tan head, not much retention, minimal lacing
S-Bubblegum, big toffee notes, some caramel, various types of sweet malt, some herbs, pine hops, and some candy-like fruit scents
T-Big malty taste from the beginning with caramel and other kinds of sweetness, some resin-like hops with a tad of grapefruit, also toffee, vanilla, and raisins, nicely balanced overall
M-Medium body, smooth, creamy, taste lasted a long time, good level of carbonation, hoppy mouthfeel at times
D-Strong barleywine over eleven percent alcohol, alcohol is not hidden very well, heavy on stomach, definitely a sipper
One of the best vintages of Old Guardian I have tasted, recommended to anybody that can get a hold of it, seems like it will only get better with age
01-30-2008 04:56:04 | More by Floydster
British Columbia (Canada)
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Perhaps I should've waited another couple months for it to be 3 years old!
A: Amber-copper, light tan hfead, some retention, nice leg/lacing. Exceptional for its strength & age.
S: Bold, bitter hop aroma is resiny & slightly herbal. Sherry-like alcohol, toffee, cotton-candy fruity esters,
T: With almost 3 years in the cellar, it's still very hop-forward with an assertive bitterness. The piney, resiny hops meld with the fruity ale esters and the toffee, nutty, biscuity malt flavours. Slight vanilla and sherry. The alcohol is very warming, but not at all harsh.
M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy, with a definite hop acidity. Modest carbonation. Very well-attenuated considering it's strength, but it's not too dry.
D: Big & bold.
11-17-2007 01:11:13 | More by Derek
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Warm copper with a brilliant crimson cast and thin head of wheat-hued froth that has moderate retention and very light lace.
Aroma is deeply caramelized malt and rich toffee, it's almost creamy like creme brule'. There are layers of warm fruit cobbler and honeyed peaches offset by rustic hop notes of pine and earthy dried greens.
Flavor starts with chewy caramel and scorched toffee, vanilla, and golden raisins. It's hoppier than I anticipated, pine and cedar flooowed by grassy hay and light candied citrus. Balanced and complex, alcohol kick is warming, but not tasted.
Body is just below big, mildly carbonated and has a very creamy, soft texture. A classic and sophisticated example of the style, I really can't wait to try my 04 next!
04-10-2007 00:02:48 | More by AlexJ
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.