Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I spent some time cleaning my apartment (fist time in a while) and rewarded all of my hard work with an Old Guardian. I had been anticipating this bad boy for some time. It poured out a nice copper color, quite decieving for a beer of this potency. I sniffed and sipped, and then I sipped some more. It was slightly hoppy with some sweet tones in between. For a second I could almost taste the wine, but then the alcohol struck at the end and reminded me that I was instead immersed in a beer. It tasted good and went down smooth, but after only a short time of drinking this 11.2%, 20 oz. bottle, I decided that this is for sure a drink that would best be suited for sitting back, and enjoying any one of your favorite activities. I myself ate a delciious meal, try one for yourself.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2005 03:10:49 | More by grapemaster
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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%.
Serving type: on-tap
12-15-2005 18:28:20 | More by Dicahomebrewing
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
[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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2009 09:45:46 | More by bovinecrusader
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.