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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WebmasterMike on 03-02-2006)
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Photo of WaffleSauce
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Bomber from BevMo in San Diego. Greg’s gone crazy with this rant. . .it’s barely legible. . .

Pours into my trusty Stone pint glass. Loose-knit two-finger head, slightly caramel colored head. Flurry of bubbles swarms from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is close to Arrogant Bastards. . .but more subtle, and earthy. Malt dominated. Floral, earthy.

Very, very sweet caramel malt up front. Rolls into a warm alcohol at the back of the throat. A hint of hops, but nothing major. Alcohol isn’t at all overwhelming, in fact it’s superbly masked considering how much is in here. This is by far the most drinkable Stone special release I’ve ever had. Much more subtle and drinkable than its big-footed brethren, which in my humble opinion makes it much more appreciable.

I’ll look forward to trying these every so often over the next couple of years to see how they turn out. Very drinkable.

WaffleSauce, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of maek228
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

appearance: a dark amber...nice head and great visible carbonation

smell: bready, malty, and some hop oil

taste: same as the smell, bready, malty, and a nice thick coating of hops and oils at the end. alcohol is def. present and has a warming effect.

mouthfeel: thick in the mouth

drinkabillity: decent for barleywine

maek228, May 07, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08/11/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. Vintage 2006. Poured into my Old Gaurdian Barleywine glass.

Appearance- Off brown, slight reddish watered down iced tea colored. Looks very lifeless. Pours with a 1/2 inch head, immeadiately evaporates into nil. The slightest sight of lace left behind.

Smell- Even smells a bit watery. Pretty harsh pine and grapefruit hop scent with a bit of fusel alcohol. A touch of caramel malt underneath.

Taste- Thankfully it taste better than it looks and smells. Gee, what a suprise...all hops. Not as harsh as I was thinking though. More grapefruit than pine, but the pine is there. Caramel roasted malt is hidden, but if you taste and smack your gums enough you can make it out. A tiny bit of cherry flavoring as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit watered down, about average maybe lower carbonation level. Bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- As all Old Gaurdian's....put them away for 1 year...no, make that a decade! A hophead delight as is if you like harsh numbing bitterness.

GClarkage, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

This is a 2004 bottle that Trancefishy brought over the other night.

This one poured a nice cloudy orange color with an off-white head.

The aroma was of raisins, figs, sweet malt, and mild alcohol.

There is a decent amount of residual sweetness in the flavor yet is has quite a bit of bitterness to it as well. There is a dark fruit presence like raisins, figs, dates, etc with a nice alcohol warming. There does seem to be something missing in finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and I would like to try a few more of these during different stages to see how it is both young and old.

Brian700, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a reddish color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty intense with some discernable hops on the top. Taste is dominated by huge sweet malt on the border of being disgustingly too sweet. Finish is hoppy but not overly so and provide a nice balance with the malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is a nice example of an American barleywine and something I would probably seek again.

Phyl21ca, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Served on draft at Zeno's in State College, PA, 03/06.

From notes:
Smells are aromatic; dried fruits with hints of hops and an ever so slight medicinal alcohol smell. Presentation with minimal head, possibly a delay from the tap to my seat. The first sips mimic the smell. Hints of raisins and prunes with a finish of a slight hops and alcohol. Further into the glass, the fruity notes disappear and the alochol presence takes over. A good barleywine representation lacking full depth in my opinion.

Budlum, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

This beer poured a beautiful glowing champagne pink and amber with a small collar of tiny bubbles.

Smelled of bread dough, creamy oats, strawberries and a light, oaky cedar. If a beer could ever smell smooth and silky, this one does.

Tasted of a light, thin syrup with a quick snap of oak that faded away leaving behind a light whole wheat toast and creamy bread dough.

The mouth feel is light and dry but feels a little dense with a light carbonation.

If dry and oaky is your thing, pick this one up.

DarkerTheBetter, May 05, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Had this against the '04 last night the review for the '04 is also posted. '04 won in every category accept appearance in my book but this will be much better with a couple years to settle down.

Very clean vibrant amber/copper color. Slightly less frothy head and lacing than it's brother from '04 but much prettier.

Cleaner more distinct hop aromas, a little brown sugar, and less malt noticeable. Not as delicate as the '04.

Subdued complexity overall compared with the '04. When I tried this in the bottle I thought the '06 was less hoppy and thinner bodied than the previous vintages I'd tried from bottle ('04, '05 withouth aging). But compared with the 2 year old '04 the '06 seemed like a monster. This was much more hoppy with a bitter caramel component, and toffee in the mid palate. Very clean tasting but after trying the '04 cellared for 2 years I would'nt touch a bottle till at least '07.

Drinkability was hit once again because of the high alcohol factor.

mcallister, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours an amber color with copper highlights, and a two finger head that slowly disappates to a small ring around the glass, and no lacing.

Smell is dominated by floral and grassy hops. Small amounts of malty sweetness are also present.

The flavor at first is strickly hops, but after further sipping, shows a nice balance between floral hops and malt. The malt is prevalant on the mid-palate, but is overwhelmed by hoppy bitterness on the finish. A pleasant alcohol warming lingers for a while after your last sip.

Mouthfeel is full, but somewhat astringent. Slightly more carbonated than other barleywines. Drinkablility is good, but slow due to the high alcohol.

Good overall, but not quite as good as a few of Stone's other offerings. Perhaps this is due to the new brewery? Either way, I'll be curious to see how this develops in a year or two in the cellar.

phisig137, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours a ruby red, clear with some floaties, some nice head, some lacing. Pretty enough. Smells like bready coffeed red wine. Similar to last year's batch, but definitely hoppier. Different. Taste is way hoppier too. Still some breadyness, some maltyness and some red wine- but hops take over. In full force. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sudsy, nice but not incredible. Fairly drinkable for an 11% beer- definitely sneaky- but drinkable nonetheless. A good brew, but not last year's batch... sigh.

scooter231, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Beer served in the appropriate glassware because I'm a responsible adult. Step aside children.

Beer is ruby and clear, tan head of small bubbles, moderate retention, a little lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, very yeasty / biscuit and bready, mild musk.

Beer medium in body, mildly bitter from grain on the finish, mild leathery musk to the beer, fine malt palate, good Marris otter feel, overall the beer is fine, not my favorite but a good version of it.

drabmuh, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of nflmvp
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured a slightly cloudy copper/orange with 2 inch eggshell foam head that diminished to a light ring with sticky lacing around the glass.

Smelled of sweet and heavy fruit with some alcohol presence.

Taste seemed a little green to me. It hit hard up front with hops but seemed more subdued throughout the glass....probably a more drinkable beer in a year or so but good enough right now.

Mouthfeel was thick andsolid with a nice little reminder of the ABV.

Drinkability is good but I would think a review in another year would reveal a more drinkable beer. I look forward to it.

nflmvp, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

appearance: favorite part? the prop. 65 warning that states: "some materials used in the colored decorations on this product contain cadmium a chemcial known to the state of California to cause birth defects". That made me laugh, gee if you are a pregnent mother and considering a drinking a bottle of Old Gaurdian, then i think the kid is gonna have worse things to worry about than the cadmium(what ever that is). ok but seriously...

appearance: got to admit, that's a fine looking barley wine style ale. the amberish beer seems to glow out of my white wine glass. the head is suprising solid and large as well. the head melts down into a solid lacing.

smell: drank the first half of the bottle right out of the fridge and there was no smell. now, at room temp. getting smells of prunes, brandy, fusel alcohols and other dried sweet fruits. all and all a little subduded. quite nice though, and little hops if any.

taste: a bit of alcohol in the taste, blended with hints of sweet figs, a dry bitterness. this is a pretty balanced beer, not too sweet, not to bitter. I don't think it needs much age, at least not to mellow the hops out, only to improve the blending a bit. it works good here.

mouthfeel: old syrup? about like drinking pancake syurp if that's your thing. for me it's a bit much, (would have prefered the beer a bit more dry)

drinkability: one 12 once bottle would be enough, but i can finish the bomber without much trouble. I am left at it's conclusion with absolutly no urge to have another untill next year. If i had the patience and money to age a bottle or two I would, but i don't think i do. I've been drinkin' lots of bigfoot lately and i just plain enjoy that more, along with hairy eyeball. all in all a good once or twice a year beer for me, but it's just a little thick... way more than your average BW.

pjwilson, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Was given a sample tasting at Crown Liquors at 116th and Brookschool Road in Fishers, IN.

Poured a deep and dark amber color, slightly coppertoned at the edges. Slower pour still rendered a thick, sticky head that slowly faded to a heavier sticky lacing that coats the glass as it goes. Aroma is caramelly sweet and malty, with strong hoppy undertones in the end of the nose, smells hoppier than any Barleywine I've sampled, but not to the point of excess. Taste is very much the same in the smell, only with the warmth of the alchol finishing out the taste. Mouthfeel is rough, the hops definitely bite and so does the alcohol, both of which are typically not the stars of this style. Again, still welcome additions to my palate, simply unexpected in this style. Carbonation level medium, matched very well to the moderate body. Easily drinkable, still hides the 11% abv better than most, finishes out smoother on the tongue than it starts. Would likely purchase and try again, would nicely meet the standards of a hoppier barleywine kick.

danielocean03, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Hunter
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

Appearance: Rich, deep amber color, substantial carbonation. The head dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Alcohol is the first to make its presence felt. Behind that, caramel, sugar, heavy malt.

Taste: Alcohol is right there, mellowing somewhat as it warms to room temperature. Sugary malt is the only thing coming to mind here as the taste, but this is typical of the style.

Mouthfeel: Oily mouthfeel, cloying aftertaste.

Drinkability: Baarley wines are not to my personal taste, but this is a fine representation of the style. I can see it as a fine apertif, or paired with lamb or beef.

Hunter, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

Spring 2006

A - Pours murky amber copper with 2 fingers of head and a touch of lacing.

S - Very malty with caramel and apricot. Some raisin, tropical fruit and alcohol is also present.

T - Malty with caramel and toffee. Malt forward with citrus grapefruit hoppyness.

M - Medium to thick with sticky almost syrupy mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for the abv but I was expectingmore from Stone.

brewcrew76, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of neelyjr1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Slight head, cloudy. Once it settles down it looks much like a darker scotch.

S: Very sweet, alcohol coming through at the end.

T: Sweet at first, alochol coming through towards the back end, with a bit of a hop aftertaste. The sweet sensation does stay on your tongue however.

M: At first I thought it was rather thin compared to some other barelywines I have had, but the beer does in fact coat the mouth quite well, leaving a lingering of malt.

D: Good, but not an everyday beer. I have had this one for a few months and thought it was time to break it out, but this will hold me over for several more months.

neelyjr1, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Reddish Orange color. Poured a thin head that disipated quickly and left no lacing. Visible carbonation bubbles that continued to rise through out the whole drinking.

S: Had a very strong smell of alcohol. Faint scent of hops, sort of an earthy smell. However, the hops aroma was equal to the strong barley malt aroma. Had an almost bittersweet smell. This made me very nervous I do not like overly bittersweet things.

T: Wow, this was not what I expected from the aroma. It was a nice balance between the two. Now it was not equal by any means the hops was over powering but it did bring up a very strong malt malt back bone that could not be denied. The after taste was a very strong alcohol taste.

M: The alcohol content burnt my lips a little when drinking it. Had a thick body to it but not oily. The carbonation feeling was a very lively feeling.

D: While I am not a fan of Barley Wines, I would buy this one again. Hopefully next time I can pair it with a spicy food like a curry dish or something. I may have to buy a couple and cellar them for a little while and try them again.

cproioi, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%

2006 bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry. This BW is a deep and hazy caramel colour, topped with a frothy beige cap. The nose is huge on this one. Massive caramel and piney hops meet citric notes, some apricot, bread crust too. Tastes of big complex malts, caramel and butterscotch, piney, citric hops, some apricot. Quite bitter and malty on the finish, massive lingering hoppiness. A slight metallic twang at the end. Good stuff. Thanks Harry!

mrmanning, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%

What is going on with this beer?

I don't know what it is about the Old Guardian series, but none of them taste like any of the others, as far as I can tell.

This beer either was significantly less hoppy than the 07 and 08 versions, or the hops have been obliterated by the aging process. The result is an almost cloyingly malty/sweet beer, with a tinge of pine hops and maybe a hint of floral hop aroma.

Just not sure what to make of this.

Overlord, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of trep
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%

2006 Vintage in a trade from Mr. Rabsten.

Perfect clarity in the dark amber body. Creamy off-white head. A bit of yeast floating but no carbonation. Looks very elegant in the snifter as it leaves mas lacing.

Nice sweet malt aroma. A bit of alcohol but not much. A very nice candied fruit aroma rounds it out.

Incredibly smooth even after I let it warm. Pretty hoppy but mostly this is alot thinner than I was expecting. Not alot of flavor outside of the sweet malt and piney hops. Hmm.. a lil disappointed. Not good when the aroma is much more complex than the beer itself. Lingering hop aftertaste.

Medium-Full bodied with very little carbonation. Pretty easy drinking, I just wish it had as much flavor as the aroma boasted. :(

trep, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Just opened and consumed tonight. From my cellar. I'd say this beer is past its prime by this point. More one imensional and washed out than it used to be and with a slightly unpleasant bitterness that tastes a bit woody. Somewhat cloudy appearance and no real head to speak of. Smells woody and fruity with peaches , melon, and some citrus flowers. An undercurrent of bitterness. Taste is quite similar to this profile, but with a bit of oxidation in the finish, a little less fruit and a little more woody dryness. There is a bit of sweetness to the flavor, though, which helps tame the woodiness. A bit tannic in the mouth from all the wood. Not bad, and still drinkable, but all the hops are long gone and the beer has gone from its intense, rough beginnings all the way through the balance it achieves with some aging straight through to being unbalanced again- but tamer.

Georgiabeer, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%

The beer is the color of a light blush. White finger of foamy head. Tony upswimming bubbles. Very hazy.

Pungent, smoky barley aroma. Heavy deep grape with notes of bitter cherry. Barley and alcohol are dominant. A bit too grainy an aroma for me.

The barley taste is big and grainy, with sweet and bitter cherry and grape flavors. Very harsh with alcohol and thick barley. Less brutal as it warms up.

Feels fizzy like a Belgian ale, but thicker and more chewy. Not my favorite of the Stone brews (although to be fair, barleywines are not my forte). Drinkable, though.

williamherbert, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh at last weekend's Stone tasting. Served in a Stone goblet.

Pours a semi-hazy golden-caramel color with a bit of an orange hue. Short head without much in the way of retention or lacing.

Much like the 2005 version, the nose brings some caramel and brown sugar, as well as some older hops. The hops are a bit more citrusy and prominent than in the '05. Faint fruits in the background. The flavor has a good deal of sweetness and still just a touch of lingering bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation and a mixture of sugar and alcohol. A bit of oxidation there as well.

This was okay, but it's not something I'd really plan to age all that much of in the future.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.