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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 bignick
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston for $6 pourned into a St. Bernardus glass.

This is a very nice offering from Stone. It is not overwhelming like many other of their beers. On the contrary, for its stength, it is pretty smooth and mellow. The hops are not as aggressive as they are in some of the other Stone offerings. There is definitely a citrusy and grapefruit hoppiness there, but it is extremely well balanced by a caramel sweet maltiness. I like this, and it is definitely a nice beer to share with others.

bignick, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber courtesy of Zorro. Thanks again.

Pours a nice ruby color with shades of amber mixed in. Thick tan head that left good rings of lacing. Sweet smelling with the scent of caramel, molasses, raisin bread, and of course the alcohol coming through. The taste is along those same lines. Begins sweet with caramel and molasses then gets a bit bready with some dark fruit flavors thrown in finishing with the warming of the alcohol. The ABV wasn't noticed as much as I expected, which makes this very drinkable for a beer this big. Full body with lower carbonation. Another brew well done by Stone.

Imstillthegman, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -3.6%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ScottyC54
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering copper with lively carbonation and a quickly fading ecru foam cap. Aromas of rum-soaked figs and hazelnuts doused in sherry -- an overall vinous nose. Sherry and port qualities abound in the taste; dark fruits (plum, cherry, fig) and a bit of roasted nut flavor. A small amount of bitter hoppiness is detectable in the finish, but the mammoth alcohol presence overtakes things from mid-sip onwards. This is still one hot barley wine. Slick mouthfeel; a bit chewy but smooth for the most part. For me, this is reminiscent of Double Bastard, but with a less aggressive overall flavor and a cranked up alcohol content. Seems as if this one definitely needs time for the alcohol heat to meld with the rest of the flavors. Stone has the most amazing bottle art.

Big ups to dmeadows for the trade!

orfeu, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of bearisprime
4/5  rDev -3.6%

bearisprime, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear reddish orange with a good head.

Smell: Smells like an alcohol-soaked sweet muffin.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, some alcohol bite, peppery, earthy bitterness.

Drinkability: A little strong to have more than one.

This has been sitting in my fridge for about 11 months. The hop bitterness seems to have almost disappeared. This is still a quite interesting beer, hopefully Stone starts distributing here soon.

Mdog, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber color, slightly cloudy with good carbonation and a little head.

Malty, alcohol, and butterscotch aroma. Bready, and similar to a dopplebock.

Taste is also malty and sweet, with peppery alcohol flavor. Finishes a bit dry with some hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick and a little syrupy, though the carbonation makes it nice to drink. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but very smooth and drinkable.

AaronHomoya, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Toronado Bwine Fest:
Poured a deep golden/amber with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, caramel and alcohol. Beautiful aroma. Flavor is that of fruits, sweet malts and a hint of alcohol with an upfront hop bitterness. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden and not overpowering on your tounge. Nice, warming, creamy mouthfeel.

barleywinefiend, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -3.6%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Sephiroth
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with moderate initial head. Body is a crystal clear amber. Aroma is huge, sweet caramel, nutty malts with citrusy, piney hops.

Taste is raw, primal, fiery, and young. Nutty caramel and juicy hops abound, and a slight cognac character. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Drinkability is good, but I will cellar my remaining 22 bottles.

Sephiroth, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of hero27
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Limited Early 2006 Release. 11.26% abv.

Interestingly weird monologue written on the back. Aromas of fresh pulled-taffy, tree sap, and sweet caramel..with the alcohol barely poking it's head through the mix. Flavors of black licorice & old-fashioned candy...enormous, sweet malts and a ridiculous hop punch. The alcohol is a natural byproduct of all this chaos..which somehow comes together to make a pretty damn good barleywine. Not one you'll be drinking on any regular basis, but it's a great treat fresh, and a superb aging candidate.

hero27, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer now, but will probably be a great beer om six months or a year+. Poured this beer into a nice pint glass, color was a deep amber color with a nice thick whitish yellow head. The smell was a light fruit aroma with a hint of alcohol.

Taste was a sharp bitter fruitish flavor, that was balanced nicely with a sweet malt and hops. There was a slight taste of alcohol, but I think it needs to sit longer. Mouthfeel was good, think like a barley wine should be.

Over all a good barley wine, that can give Sierra Nevade a run for it's money. Can't wait for next year's.

BradBLR, May 30, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*22oz bottle served at room temp into a tulip glass.

Pours a brass color with some reddish/ruby undertones to it. Head is tan, fizzy, dissipating edge layer. Clean apprearance.

Pretty hoppy nose. A bit of alcohol and oak aroma as well. I also detect just a bit of vanilla and caramel. Decent.

Sipping reveals a sweet vanilla & fruit beginning. The sweetness gives way to an overwhelming bitter hops flavor and a bunch of alcohol burning my palate to all hell. Oak drying flavor due to the alcohol.

Tingly carbonation gives way to a huge full body including lots of warming and drying from the alcohol. Fun actually. Starts mild, but then kicks your rear end!

Overall, I am excited to drink teh whole bottle ALLL ALONE! I'd love to try other years, and I should probably get another bottle and hold onto it for a few years also. Yummy!

Fish113d, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice with this one!
Pours a beautiful, radiant deep honey color; it doesn't bother with head or lacing.
The smell has an interesting, pleasant twang of citrus rind... an orange/tangerine blend thing.
Tastes a bit like... twizzlers, more so the raspberry kind than the licorice kind but there is a bit of the latter as well. Has a nearly abrasive hop bitterness in flavor and mouthfeel but settles down in the finish. The finish is definitely a lingering sticky yet slick hop oil.
Pretty drinkable for such a big beer. Doesn't strike me as being as smooth as last year's vintage but this is a tasty animal in its own right.

ommegangpbr, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Robert – thanks!

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet caramel malts with good amounts of smooth vanilla and hints of leafy hops. Also present are small amounts of oxidation-induced sherry.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by slight vanilla with hints of sherry. Midway through leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall the last five years were kind to this beer, however I still prefer this beer fresh. Worth a shot if you like lighter hop influence in your barleywines.

glid02, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel to red in color with a an okay white head, drops off to a bubbly layer. No head retention or lacing???

Smell: Fruitcake, alcohol, dates,

Taste: Sweetbread, alcohol, oakiness & hops bite on the edge. Finish is fruitty, dry & alcohol

MF: Chewy and not so slight undercarbonation

Pretty drinkable for the heft, nice winter warmer as old man winter comes back around here. A good barleywine that will only get better until 2009 at least

russpowell, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of surferman576
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a great barleywine style ale. it pours with a good but not big head that disappears within a couple minutes. the color is a deep ruby or raspberry red - absolutely beautiful. the smell is strong with strong hint of brandy - this is also true in the tase which is very sweet, but not unbalanced. the alcohol is very noticeable in the taste at 11.26% but isn't at all unpleasant :) I would definitely pick this over many other barleywines. get to the store now and buy one.

surferman576, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle, poured in glass chalice

Appearance: Seems to glow! Shimmers of orange and yellow Thick lacing that hangs around for a good while. More than any Barleywine ive seen to-date.

Smell: Nothing out of ordinary as far as barleywines go. n

Taste: As with most of Stone's lineup, theres nothing mild here, but behind the strong taste, theres lots of subtle flavors. Is it wheat, burnt nut, clove or anise, caramel? Hard to put ones finger on all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying! Makes you feel like your really drinking something with some substance. Alcohol tingle warms ya without the burn. Makes your mouth water more than a bit a few minutes later

Drinkabilty: Another good one from Stone. I could sip on this one all night. I'd like to put a bottle of this aside to see how it compares to next years...dont think i could resist opening em though.

SurlyDuff, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of twelvsies
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't really been into many barleywines recently, but, tis the season I suppose. I always regret not getting the good ones when they come out. This is one of those good ones. Pours a ruddy applejuice color, with hints of red shining through. A short lived head is present, and is about all you can expect from a barleywine. I am amazed by the clarity though. As bright and clear as a nice German pilsner, only red. Really fruity and lively in the nose, full of raisins, prunes, whifs of alcohol, and a big raw maltiness. Not too much of a strong hop profile, but some citrussy notes show thier face. Taste is not as aggressive as your average Stone brew, but more refined, and toned down by en excellent, chewy mouthfeel. More on that later. Sweet, in a word. Very similar to the smell, plenty of raisiny, gooey, fruit-snack notes and a big malt character. Some subtle vanilla as it warms, and a soft and sleepy boozy quality to this one, not harsh in the least. A nice bitterness pops up at the end, just enough for somewhat of a balance, but it's more of an afterthought. Surprisingly, this isn't a very hoppy beer, overall. But the thing that ties this beer together is the eat-it-with-a-fork mouthfeel. Full bodied, super slow and chewy on the palate. Manages not to come across as syrupy however, which is important. Refreshing to see a barleywine that doesn't have a chip on it's shoulder or something to proove, especially from Stone. Very refined, very soft and complex, but energetic. Not frenetic or all over this place. Hmmm I did just notice that this beer is 11.26%... I suppose that might contradict my last few sentences, but not in this case. This beer doesn't drink like an ass-kicker. The perfect beer for the first warm day of the upcoming spring season.

twelvsies, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first, and to my knowledge only, Barley Wine style ale I have ever tried. This beer is a nice amber color with a glow. A big thick white head forms when poured that lasts 5 minutes, maybe longer. After that a bit of a head lingers for quite some time. Bread dough and malt are the strongest smells in this brew followed by alcohol. The taste is somewhat bitter yet sweet and the same time, even a bit salty and a taste of some crisp and maybe even roasted hops. There is a dry mouthfeel and aftertaste with moderate carbonation. After a few sips you start to feel warm inside. Not the most drinkable of beers I have had, but enjoyable nontheless. This is the type of beer that should take someone at least an hour to enjoy the whole thing. I can't see myself drinking this quickly or drinking more than one a time. The 11.26% alcohol per volume level starts to hit you after a few sips. I have now had this particular beer 3 times. I do not believe I like it as much now as I did the first time I tried it back about 2 months ago right when this year's batch had just hit the shelves. For whatever reason it tasted much sweeter to me the first time I tried and I thought it was quite possibly the best beer I had ever tasted. Anyone have ideas as to why that might be? Can 2 months of shelf life really effect or change the taste of a beer of this caliber that much? I still enjoyed my most recent bottle of it, but not to the same degree that I did the first time trying this beer. At any rate I shall have to try some other brands of Barley Wines so I have something to compare Stone's to.

Eric

neenerzig, May 09, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane, WA

Pours a murky rusty brown, with a one finger head that settles quickly to a thin soapy cap. There's really no lacing to speak of at all with this one, but that's not very surprising considering to alcohol content.

Smell; lots of brown sugar and toffee with some biscuity malts, and dark cherries. There's also a fair amount of piney hops in the nose along with a little alcohol.

Taste; lots of sweet malts upfront, with toffee, brown sugar and some faint hints of maple syrup. Mildly fruity with some dark cherries and and rum soaked raisins. The finish is piney hops and spicy alcohol, with a definite warming in the belly. The alcohol presence is not as you would pronounced in the flavor as you would expect with this being 11.2%.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied, and comes of a sticky and syrupy. The drinkability is pretty decent, and would be much better if the alcohol were not so high and the palate were not so sticky.

RedHaze, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel the need to start with a disclaimer: my beer bud and I opened this to celebrate a moment recently, a clearly compulsive act since the beer was not refrigerated and came out of the cellar at about 20 degrees celsius * groan *.

A brown head that dissipated too early with not a lot of carbonation gave way to a ruby colour. Given better lighting, there were lots of well-spaced miniscule bubbles that revealed a fullness of life. Cherry on the nose with malty baguette suggestions. This barley wine offering was loaded with hops and very full in the mouth, reminescent of a port or sherry, giving way to an over ripe mango in the finish. The combination of big alcohol and warm serving temperature threatened to knock me out with an intoxicating finish.

As I said in the disclaimer, there's a reason why the scoring here is not higher - where it deserves to be. Clearly another sampling - a proper one - is necessary to give this product the recognition it deserves. Now, I need to find one of these, or drive to the States at my first good opportunity...

ThatWineGuy, Aug 10, 2007
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.