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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

119 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.26% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-26-2005)
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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

The pour was a dark copper bordering on red with a two finger head that dissapated and left a thin white lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy with alchohol tones but also hidden in the rear of the nose was malt and a complex fruit smell. Almost an apricot/date mix.

The drink started with a slight alchohol warming quickly followed by a rush of malt and fruit flavors. The finish was another hit of alchohol heat followed by an unexpected kick of lingering hops.

One of if not the best example of barley wine I've ever tried. Still not a beer for beginners but well worth a try.

coasterfreak75, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a deep copper color with light amber hues and a tiny lingering offwhite head that looks inviting. Aromas are fruity and very hoppy giving off a big forest of pine trees and saplings. THe final aromas are dominant of fusel alcohol. Initial flavors comprise of a smooth hop bite that is resinous and piney. There is a solid amount of caramels and a slight toffee tone mixed with hints of vanilla that really go along nicely. Following there is a stiff dosage of carmelized sugars and yet more sticky hops. The finish is super strong with a big ass warming alcohol tone along with a nice hop bite that brings about hints of citrus but more pine than anything else. The mouthfeel to this brew is full and smooth which is a really nice characteristic to this brew. Overall this is a great barleywine but I think it's just way to young at this point and really needs to sit in the cellar for at least a year or two to mellow out that warming alcohol

bigbeerdrinka, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Decanting this potent brew reveals a hazy reddish color with an off-white head that likes to stick around. Citrous hops sporting a little spiciness attempt to break up the sticky malty aroma, but have a harder time at it as the beer warms. Some sweet caramel and slight alcohol lend their weight to the divine aroma. Hot damn, is this drinkable for a barleywine. Huge malt bill enhanced by strong caramel goes down creamy and smooth. Hops are present in their spiciness, also presenting a bit of citrous and pine. Finish is very warm with alcohol, mixed with a heavenly blend of sweet caramel and piney citrous hops. Good lord, is this drinkable for 11.26% abv. I would enjoy cellaring a few of these bad boys, but drinking them now is not a chore, either.

BeerFink, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Wadsey
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. 

Wadsey, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of nvsblman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Rich amber colored with a light head. Smells of sweet malt, citrusy hops, toffee, brown sugar. A little lighter aroma than I remembered with the '04 version. The taste is full of biscuity malt, oak, caramel, citrus. Also noticing some raisins. Strong alcohol flavor that I know will die down with age. Very creamy and full mouthfeel. Surprisingly smooth for the alcohol content. Looking forward to trying this again with some age on it!

nvsblman, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Dark orange, almost red body. Head was so-so, but a good amount of bubbles feeding the top. Huge sweetness in the nose, a bit of a bublegum aroma. Hops are there, same as Double Bastard? A small bit of alcohol can be sniffed. Great taste! Very balanced for a barleywine, quite smooth across the pallate. Hops are evenly distributed in both aroma/flavor and bitterness. Very Nice, have a bottle to cellar for a while too, looking forward to it.

JackStraw22, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Limited Winter 2005 Release
11.26% Alc. Vol.

Appearance – straight amber; a thumb-thick, cream-colored head at pour that wastes away rather quickly; lace is weak

Smell – malts and hops are about even; the dark fruits are beginning to emerge

Taste – back and forth between caramel and hops, a bit rowdy alcohol; faint dark fruit and nut; hops win to close but some caramel tone remains

Mouthfeel – silky and full initially then roughens up late; with age I could see this smoothening across the profile; this was barely reaching a 4.5 when considering where it stands and how well it may do down the road, but it was the best portion of the package

Drinkability – lush carbonation is a bonus but the alcohol and hop strength pull it down a bit

Drink one or two within the first few months and come back in a year for more mellow and smoother incarnations. I'm looking forward to its growth.

Wonka, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Clear, irredescent orange. Unbelievable color. Just a small film of head.
Smell is super fruity with a touch of spice. Smells like it's all malt. Some sweet butter, maple syrup and carmelized sugar in there.
Taste is much the same. The sweet and spicy thing is in full-effect but it's combatted by a solid bittering at the finish. Other flavors: cherries, vanillia, and waffles smothered in maple syrup.
Mouth is luscious and full with minimal carbonation; a bit syrupy. Really nice on the tongue.
Drinkability – Damn, why'd I only buy one?! Stuff is really enjoyable.

oxmasterscream, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Orange amber with a thin, taupe colored head. Lots of caramel sweet aroma mixed with grapefruity citric hops and a prominent alcohol profile. The nose is actually surprisingly sweet, especially as the warming progresses and the malt takes over. Tastes of citric hops initially, blending with bready malts and some sweet, raisiny notes similar to an old ale. As with the nose, there is no shortage of alcohol in the finish. Very thick and smooth on the palate. Nice balance between malt and hops makes it very drinkable. A very nice beer.

gimmehead, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured this beauty into its official glass.
Appearance: Copper with ruby red highlights, excellent clarity. Head is a thin white which laces delicately around the sides of the glass.
Aroma: Smells very sweet, fruits and some caramel from all of the malt. The nose recognizes a potential for a high ABV.
Taste: very rich a sweet, feels chewy. Definitely a cousin to bourbon. Hops and the alcohol produce a bitter, warm finish.
Drinkability: I'd like to try this one again in a year, will have to pick another one up to see how it ages.

Notes: Paired with 4 year old Grafton cheddar and Itallian bread.

HogHill, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of trancesk8er
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

trancesk8er, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a perfect brilliant clear orange into my Duvel glass with a nice light tan head. You can smell sticky malt in the aroma, with a hint of hops, alcohol, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Big malty flavor, with a good American hop bite. The alcohol comes through the nostrels. The hops linger. This is fantastic. A cross between an Amercan barley wine and an English barley wine. And this is a big beer that belongs in a big glass.

vladtheimpaler, May 21, 2005
Photo of bearisprime
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bearisprime, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of axisjones
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured into a tulip at Toronado in San Francisco.

Deep amber with a clean head that stuck around the entire time. A nice thin collar of lace followed my progress.

The smell is almost a warning. Spicy alcohol with a citrusy hop nose. There is no holding back here, the aroma is just a teaser for the brutality ahead.

6 words- Put your teeth on the curb. This beer is brutal. This beer is intense. This is seriously one of the most outright flavorful beers ever brewed. Let me put it this way- the alcohol is out of control, but is dwarfed by the sheer hop bitterness, which is put firmly in check by the massive malt profile. What we have here is a caramelized hop bomb with enough spice to keep you sipping.

The mouthfeel is oily and slick and slick and oily.

This beer is so massive that it takes a severe hit in the drinkability. This is the definition of a sipper. A twelve ounce glass took me a while and there is no way I could ever conceive of finishing a bomber by myself. It is just so damn big and strong and punishing on your palette that it is not super drinkable at all, even for the style.

axisjones, May 20, 2005
Photo of imblane
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Wow! This beer is massive as is to be expected from Stone. Lots of sweet malt backbone, with the hoppiness coming through in the end, but this beer is young! It has unlimited potential, but will be much more drinkable in 6 months or so. I love the appearance and aroma as it is right now. The 11.26% is well hidden, unlike the Old
Crustacean from Rogue, in which the abv% is readily apparent. Good as it sits right now, but should be a top notch BW in 6-12 months!!

2/25/06
I thought this would be better after a year, but I think it was best about 6 mos ago. Still, smoooth as can be but I am a hophead and the first thing to go in the aging process is the sharp hop bite. Overall though, this is starting to mellow nicely and has not got malty just yet. I think it will take on that character in a few more months. Nice...

imblane, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of dick783
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.

dick783, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of grapemaster
4.08/5  rDev -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.

grapemaster, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Dicahomebrewing
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%.

Dicahomebrewing, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of bovinecrusader
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.

bovinecrusader, Feb 27, 2009
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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2005 from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.