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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Reviews: 161
Hads: 193
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WebmasterMike on 03-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 161 | Hads: 193
Photo of shroompod
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz silkscreened bottle , dated Limited early 2006 release.
Pours a clear red , not much head.

Smells citrusy , sweet...grapefruit juice smell.

Taste starts bitter , with a floral bite. Alcohol presents itself , although not at all unpleasant. Some woodsy bourbon tones come through.

Mouthfeel is sharp , nicely carbonated.

I can imagine this beer increasing in drinkability after aging. I'll be buying the stock out , if any's left. (450 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle picked up from Table and Vine for 6.95.

From the first sips, it seems like it is worth every penny. This is one of those mystical beers that seems to rarely show up on the East Coast. Anyhow, as I was reading the label wafting cinnamon and warming fennels overcame me. Needless to say I stopped reading and started drinking. Mellow, mellow, mellow on the tongue. Not too spicy, not too numbing. Perfect.

At 11.20 this is obviously a bear- beware! This could quite possibly the easiest drinking high ABV beer I've ever had. Simply wonderful. This is one is definitely one for the cellar. (606 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (658 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great year for Old Guardian. The beer poured a burnt orange color with a thickness that could definantly be felt. The head was nice and thick as well, and stuck to the glass like glue. Big alchoholic fumes were there in the smell as well as a good dose of malty sweetness and a bit of citrus in the background. This beer went down a little eaiser at this young age than ones in years past. The big alchohol flavor was still there but it was mixed better with the orange and sweet malt flavors of the beer. There were some faint hops but they could not break through the malty exterior. All in all one of the best OG's I've had and definantly recommended. (662 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper with a yellow-tan head that left good lacing about the glass. Mild carbonation.
The smell was decently typical for a Barleywine but well-balanced and pretty complex. Raisin, sweet malts, vanilla, caramel. Not too much of one thing.
The taste was a little heavy on the raisin at first, then gave hints of sweet and roasted malts, hops, dark fruits, vanilla, alcohol. As I said, well balanced and complex.
The mouthfeel was a bitter-sweet at first, with the rasisin and sweet malts, then faded into a nice dry feel that left a butter sensation on your tongue. Medium-bodied. Very nice.
One 1pt 9.6 oz bomber adn you're toast, so you gots to sip this beer. I recommend splitting it with a friend. Overall a great example of the style and another achievement for Stone. (791 characters)

Photo of Budlum
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (504 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (600 characters)

Photo of Freshie
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage.

Pours a nice dark amber color with one finger cream head.

Smells sweet, and fruity.

The taste is very malty and sweet, with fruity overtones, that finishes with a nice warming alcoholic burn. Very oaky.

The sweet flavour makes the for a nice drinkability.

A very good example of an American Barleywine. (333 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a seemingly hazy garnet orange color. Head began as a thick tan foam, faded to a cap (still impressive for the higher ABV). Lace was impressively thick, for the ABV.

Smell was rich sweet caramel malts, molasses, pine forest and ethanol. The smell was incredible.

Taste was suprisingly less hopped than other American barleywines I've tried. Sweetness and caramel maltiness initially, piney hops followed by alcohol and slight hop bittering finish. Actually pretty well balanced mix of malty sweetness and hops bitterness. Alcohol is pretty overt, but that was not unexpected.

Medium plus body. Fairly low carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable for the style. (692 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't cracked one of these open in several months. Pours a dark amber into a tulip glass leaving a full inch of frothy beige head. The smell is very nice - the lightest scent for rich floral hops. The taste is much more about the sweet malts than the hops, but this is a wonderfully mild barleywine. Mouthfeel is outstanding. Faintest tickle of carbonation makes it seem not so heavy. Drinkability is outrageously high considering the ABV involved here. I'm not even tasting the alcohol, and am seriously considering having another.

OK - That last thought was at about half the bottle. I've thought better of having 2 in a row. You may not taste the alcohol, but it is there and it will creep up on the unwary. Dman good stuff that seems to just get better with every bottle. Glad I stocked up this year. (809 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber bottled poured into an oversized wine glass

Small fizzy head tops this ruby amber brown barley wine. Very viscous and sticky, clings to the sides of the glass.

Sweet Musky earthy nose. Scents of Caramel, Stawberry, Morrell mushrooms, doughy malts and slight cirtusy hops. Beautiful bouquet on the nose.

The strawberry and malt caramel are present in the taste as is the alchohol. Some oily piney hops on the front of the tounge with a carmel brown sugar malty taste as the beer moves back, maybe a hint of vanilla too, despite all the different notes detected The taste is a bit monochromatic and some what numbing on the pallette perhaps due to the young age of the brew....I can imagine it developing into a much more complex taste with age, as some mellowing of the alchohol would do it some good...(don't get me wrong it's still a pleasure to drink now)

Prickly on the tip of the tounge with a full and somewhat chewy body and a dry finish

An enjoyable beer and fairly drinkable despite it's High ABV

I have another bottle that I am tucking away until late july 2009 when i complete my graduate program, can't wait to review it and see how it's aged then!!! (1,194 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a huge ol' sandwich while drinking this one and it still put me on my seat. Wow, 11.26% ABV, that's ridiculous! I thought their Imperial Stout had a powerful kick!

Barley Wine's not my favorite style but this was tasty. It just got better after each new sip. And the sweetness gradually came on as it warmed up to room temperature, just as i like it.

Nothing to complain about here. This is solid. (409 characters)

Photo of rabsten
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a wine glass. Dark caramel with thick, khaki head that doesn't go away. Sticky lacing. Redish tint to it all.

Malt on top of malt. Sweet with underlying spiciness to it. The hops will come, oh yes, but the aroma leads you to think this one is a malt bomb. Scotch-like overtones. Some alcohol in the mix as well.

Taste: Like hoppy scotch. Heh, "hop-scotch." Malt leads with heavy hop middle and balanced finish. Smoky quality below it all, like an Isle whisky. Nice. Malt asserts itself even more as the glass warms.The alcohol remains present throughout but never dominates.

A tad thick for the mouthfeel. still, it works well. High drinkability, despite the debilitating alcohol content.

I have a 12 pack in storage for later (years later) enjoyment. I'll check back in next year to update on it's cellared experience. (849 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass with a soda like fizz, really weird. It had a copper color with some ruby highlights and an off white head that disappeared quickly. A bit of hops in the smell, but the sweet malts take over and dominate. Almost like candy it is so sweet. The taste is very good; I get sweetness at first, like grapes and some other fruits that I can't come up with now. There is a sharp alcohol bite at the end combined with the bitter hops. The mouthfeel is very nice, not as syrupy as most barleywines, somehow it is heavy and light at the same time. (568 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly thin orange, with a hint of red. about a 1/2 inch head in the snifter, but almost no head when poured in the goblet.

Strong nose of alcohol and hops (pretty much what i expect from a Stone brew).

Taste was different than i expected - very little hops, smooth creamy malts coated the palate. Tasted quite a bit of vanilla, which i think mixed well with the strong alcohol presence (the alcohol was weird - very mild up front, but quite strong in the aftertaste).

Fairly thin for a barleywine (others seem to have commented on this as well).

Fairly drinkable - especially for the style.

Not quite what i expected, but i really liked it nonetheless. (680 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,850 characters)

Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of cheers2beers
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to boolshot for this wonderful beer.
Served in a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Very clean and clear amber color. Nice off-white head that dissapeared rather abruptly. A good amount of lacing is left behind as well.

Smell: This one has a pronounced bready aroma. A little sweet odor with a hop character that is grassy yet subdued.

Taste: This doesnt have nearly as much hop flavor as I anticipated but it is definantly there. Sticky sweet with yet more doughy and bready notes. Maybe a little vanilla and cinnamon. Just a bit of alcohol is detected. Not bad just not as full and bold as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful full and sticky consistancy. Lingers forever with a smooth and very oily finish. Just beautiful.

Drinkability:Not bad by any means, but this is maybe just too sweet for me. This one is inducing a very powerful buzz as I approach the end. Definitely stick to 12 oz. servings. A decently easy quaff but I would defer to other barleywines if given the choice.

Cheers2Beers (1,021 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into a goblet.

clear bright orange amber. a touch of tan head that leaves slight hints of lace.

caramel, raisins and toffee dominate the aroma, with some balancing citric and piney hops. slightly alcoholic, but not too bad given the 11%.

medium body with a slightly syrupy feel; some sweet caramel malts washed away by sharply piney hops and a boozy finish. mild but stinging carbonation takes some of the edge off of the sharp flavors. nicely balanced and very drinkable. (494 characters)

Photo of ism
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2005 release, cellared for 8 months. A beautiful copper with deep amber tones, clear, with a taupe head that settles to a thick but thin layer -- but nicely cloudy when you get to the bottom of the bottle. Lacing forms spotty rings. Malty aroma, sweet and spicy, a mix of apples and pears, with a refreshing hop earthiness. Active carbonation in a thick body, the malts hitting right away, with earthen freshness in the undercurrent. Goes down smooth and this is where the real action is -- a subtle alcohol warmth with a complex mix of pepper spices in the back of the throat, with bitter earthy hop lingering.

A solid brew, interesting and smooth, that could probably use a bit more time cellared. The flavors are a bit on the sweet side, more than i'd like, but its complex is nice but not the best, suggesting raisins and dates, and the hop freshness makes it stand out, West Coast style. (902 characters)

Photo of cproioi
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of jameaterblues
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill
A-Very dark amber brown color....1/4 inch white head, and a light white lace that surrounds the glass.
S- Musky, dank and citrusy the hops are definitely big...there are light sweet malts with caramel, red fruits, and sugars present as well.
T-Big hops all throughout the beer...big hop pick up in the finish...nice citrusy hops, slightly muskiness....as this beer warms up the maltiness really comes out...with nice caramel, and a slight hint of cherry.
M-Moderate carbonation for the style, long finish both nice malts and hops that linger...the beer lightly coats the tongue...
D- I found myself wanting a little bit more than just the 12oz pour that I got on tap....I will definitely sit down with a bomber of this one when it gets colder...great example of the style. (807 characters)

Photo of trep
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. :( (741 characters)

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