Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle shared by drabmuh alongside several other Stone brews. Thanks Matt.
The beer is mostly clear, appearing golden orange hued with crimson / ruby highlights.
The aroma offers bread, biscuits, caramel malt, faded citrus hops, alcohol.
The flavor is sweet, offering some old citrus, a touch of basement, caramels, bread, booze.
Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation.
Overall, this was pretty good. Not among my favorites in the style, but still worth trying. A bit too sweet. Best is small quantities.
05-08-2012 01:08:02 | More by Huhzubendah
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
A nice dark amber pour with hints of red. The head was foaming and chunky with fairly nice lacing. Aroma was dominated by a glazed donut tinge, hops, malt and caramel.
Taste was kind of plain for Stone. Simple caramel, malt and sticky sweet molasses.
The finish and aftertaste is where the alcohol kicked in. This was a 1.6 Liter bottle, too much in one night.
06-18-2006 00:50:49 | More by Mebuzzard
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Pours a dark mahogany red with a big 2+ finger rocky tan head that was moderately lasting.
S: malty and dry with pine and dried grapefruit.
T: some dark caramel and dried fruit with some toffee sweetness. There was only slight alcohol hints and otherwise was hidden nicely. There was some dark molasses, rum raisin and a soothing dark roasted nature.
M: creamy and smooth with a full body. There is a slight stickiness from the sweet malt and hop resins.
D: An easy drinking and very enjoyable barley with a good complexity of dried fruit and Chinook hopping.
07-02-2008 00:03:14 | More by beerthulhu
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Dug up and old review of this one while going through notes. Sampled in October 2006.
Clear red/amber, very amazing colour, thick off white head, great lacing, great retention, very sticky. Smell is sweet, caramel, pine/floral, grains, signature Stone aroma, tons of caramelization, has smoothed out a bit. Taste is sweet and toffee, grains, nice hoppy balance through the middle, pine and floral, sticky toffee finish, pleasing bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, very chewy, definately a sipper, but a world class barleywine.
01-30-2007 04:47:26 | More by Viggo
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Clear coppery amber topped by a substantial yellowish/light brown head. Generous chunky lacing remained as the head slowly fell. Rich caramel aroma, combined with notes of bread, alcohol, vanilla, and earthy hops that have a slightly citric edge. Great flavour - sweet malts blend with caramel, spicy alcohol, soft vanilla, mild ripe fruit and balanced citrusy/resinous hops. Bitterness never overpowers, but is a formidable presence from beginning through to the lingering finish. Medium to full bodied, the carbonation falls just short of giving it a creamy texture, leaving the mouthfeel just a bit rough (appropriately, I think). Alcohol starts to stun the tongue after a few sips, but it's not overbearing, and the warmth in the finish is quite pleasant. I really like this one this year. The character is balanced nicely between refinement and roughness, like it hasn't quite been tamed. The alcohol is also kept a little more in check. I'll try it again in a few months to see how it's coming along.
11-23-2006 03:03:45 | More by DrJay
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-22-2011 16:06:24 | More by glid02
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Early Spring Release 2006
The beer upon the pour from the 22-ounce brown silk screened bottle is a clear burnished copper with a voluminous creamy light tan head that after erosion leaves a nice coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, hints of caramel, and oh yes a bit of fusel alcohol, and touch of hops me thinks, start is sweet, and the grain profile perfect and the top medium to full in feel to the palate. Finish has perfect carbonation, the delectable in their spiciness, nice bit of tummy warming, and the aftertaste dry. This beer has been a longtime favorite, and one I look for each year, along with the Imperial Stout, of course any beers from Stone Brewing are always a welcome site.
05-20-2006 22:49:22 | More by Gusler
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
On tap at Stone apposed next to the 2011 vintage.
A: Hazy dark orange with a large yellowish white head. Good retention and scattered lacing.
S: Aromatic candied grapefruit with a rich caramel and toffee presence. Oxidation is graceful and complementary. Alcohol is well hidden. Gives the overall impression of malt richness and depth with an overtone of citrus and resinous hop aromatics. Very nice.
T: Sugary caramel with faint oxidation notes. Upper moderate bitterness with notes of pine and candied grapefruit. Somewhat boozy but there's a lot of flavor to overshadow that aspect. The finish displays an increase in bitterness with lingering caramel and grapefruit rind.
M: Upper medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol warming and some astringency.
Overall: I'm sure this was cold stored, regardless, it has aged quite well.
02-20-2011 03:03:19 | More by HopHead84
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
limited early 2006 release...i believe i have only had the 04 release prior to this
enjoyed during bears-titans with a funky bleu mont dairy reserve cheese
appearance: served in a hopleaf tulip, bright amber body, autumnal highlights...light beige ring with very light lacing. Its not as aggressive on the eyes as i would have imagined
smell: sweet malty nectar, notes of a once-bitter hop profile come through after the brown sugar and alcohol whiffs fade...2 years out from the release of this and the aroma is a bit messy
taste: This Stone release has a big malty center and heavy notes of nut and fig...brown sugar, alcohol, and a fading bitter hop profile make this a very powerful ale. This is good, but not great....i much preferred the 04 version and hope the 05 i have will be drinking nicely
mouthfeel: creamy and full, very high bitterness
drinkability: rough stuff for sure
11-09-2008 20:06:46 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Early 2006 release. 11.26% abv
Looks like ambrosia with some head. Pretty fizzy at first for a barley wine. But the head runs away rather quickly in true barley wine fashion. Amber, copper, bronze, honey, cognac, brandy color with some very sparse bubbling. The aroma is like a bitter ambrosia. From the smell of this beer, it has awesome aging potential. With about a year or two in the cellar, the pronounced hop bitterness will subside. Letting the strong alcoholic honeydew, maple syrup, and brown sugar malts take hold of the nostrils. The taste give the young alcohol more definetion with lots of west coast hops to boot. This beer tastes like something that requires a little patience to enjoy its full potential. Lots of amber, fruity malts with some medium pine bitterness, a bit resiny. Good to sip for prolonged periods of time. I hope I can have this beer when its about a year old in the bottle. Let the bitterness mellow out a little.
02-01-2007 07:23:36 | More by scruffwhor
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
A smothered dark amber glow with a blanket of off-yellowy firm foam about a finger high. Keeps a nice thick skim and collared edge. Lacing is decorated in a pleasing array of stringed patches and spots.
Aroma is slightly tropical with a sliver of alcoholic tinted warmth where warm bodied toffeish malt, mild pineapple, mango, and a piney tug of oils and citric pith make for a nice complexing nose.
Taste is so smooth, much like other Old Guardians, from what seems like ions ago, this has a much smoother malt tone than hop bite. Large malts bring in some very nice caramel swirling about a tropical fruity soaken depth of thick mango-like juices and pleasing warmth of chewy caramel candy. A warming pine oil of hoppy bitterness is sweet and smooth with well rounded orangeyness.
Slight texture of carbonation grits along the edges of the malty smooth body. Thick and succulant, nearly full, body thats warm and toastified. Hoppy oilyness ensues through the finish adding some complexing warmth and flachback of malts.
And, again, much like other Old Guardians, this stuff is majorly drinkable and gone before you know it. Another wonderful rendition by Stone. And my thanks goes to cvschaller for the hook up on so many chances to drink down some fine brews like this one!
09-19-2006 01:47:35 | More by tavernjef
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance This is an innocent-looking orange with some light brown coloring. The head almost blew up at the pour but settled quite nicely.
Smelll Yes, the hops are definitely taken aback from previous years. The malts are sticky sweet. They are very broken down and probably would not respond well to prolonged aging. This is good as is. The booze is in the background but not to be forgotten.
Taste This is so much bigger at the taste. The hops first of all, which were all but AWOL at the nose, are huge. They are a complex mix of sharp fruits and light pine with maybe a bit of herbalness.
The huge malts from the nose are at first hard to find at the taste. But, there they are, soaked in alcohol and drenched in this, hardy fruit syrup. This is a heavy-hitting, complex flavor profile that will keep the note-keepers very busy.
Mouthfeel This is almost full in the body with some surprising carbonation and a mild alcohol sting in the cheeks.
Drinkability This is very drinkable with no aging. I wouldnt say that its sessionable hahaha but if you HAD to drink a party keg it would be a task worthy of the most faithfull BA.
04-09-2006 10:26:04 | More by RoyalT
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Presentation: 22 ounce screen printed bottle that retains the same overall Stone Old Guardian screen printed design as last years 2005, which differed from prior years. A few minor changes to the design include the fact that words Limited Early 2006 Release are now relegated to a smaller text and situated as a single line at the bottom the main label. As with the OG2005, this one also clicks in at a mighty 11.26% Alc.Vol.
Appearance: Striking clarity runs through this lucid orange-brown beauty. At its darkest it has a polished chestnut body which lightens to a shimmering yet rusty dark orange when backlit. Sticky deep tan colored froth forms a concave head riddled with inner marrowbone-like passageways and cavities. Soft swirls reveal a finely dissolved carbonation which keeps the head at ¼ thick; the lacing though is very delicate and spotty. Solid looks.
Nose: Cracking the cap off of this one immediately filled the surrounding air with a stench of alcoholic malts and some dark caramel. Classic Old Guardian traits from last year are repeated. This one has a strong and very deep alcoholic skeleton, fleshed out with caramels, thick malts and piney hops.
Taste: Thick malty start with a big hop-fused middle that deposits an oily hue on the tongue and lower part of the mouth. Alcoholic orange is thick and transitions through a distilled pine oil phase to finish with a warming gullet swallow which teases at first, then finishes kicking and screaming. As it warmed the complexity opens a little and reveals Aniseed, thick home-made Cob crusts, a hint of vanilla just before the swallow and the singe that follows. Long after the swallow and between sips the lingering finish softens and turns into a fruity hoppy reminiscent memory.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, powerful, demanding and just damn big, with a little swaggering Stone brashness mixed in for good measure, not totally unexpected. Moves between dark and malty, hoppy and oily with a fruity aniseed ending.
Drinkability: The heat did not seem as harsh as past years; either that or I can handle it better these days. I always look forward to cracking an Old Guardian when the time comes around.
Overall: I think this is good to go right now, I would even go so far as to say that I think this is one of the best fresh samples of Old Guardian that I have tried to date. A more rounded and palatable 2005 version which retains all of its flavors and strength whilst adding a little more Drinkability.
03-14-2006 05:19:46 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!
(A)- Pours a fairly dense reddish chestnut color. Some tan froth.
(S)- A nice rich profile of toffee and caramel. Bits of fig and wood.
(T)- A nice malt profile and smooth finish. Lots of toffee and caramel.
(M)- A great carbonation level and a great balance too. Smooth and malty with almost no bite to it.
(D)- Aged gracefully, but I think it can go for even longer and longer.
04-16-2012 23:08:38 | More by sweemzander
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at the brewery, this was the last sample I tried. It was identical in color to the 2007, golden with a white head. Aroma was syrupy. The taste was also syrupy, toffee, chewy, delicious. To be honest I couldn't tell the difference between this and the 2007 except maybe less hops. This was by far the best beer I sampled at Stone with fresh Bastard coming in a very close second. It was also nice to not have to track down a bottle of this to try.
10-04-2007 16:55:35 | More by ArrogantB
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Holy moly, look what I found in the back of the closet cellar! Cool!
Oh yeah, pours a cascading hazy amber with a cascading tan head, plenty foamy even after 3 years and a whopping 11%+ Oily sheets of lace ripple around the Corsendonk tulip.
Classic, pure classic Barleywine aroma - sweet caramel malts back with the orange liquor. Progresses into the quaff nicely, add a bit of stinging alcohol and hop bite for an enjoyable Barleywine afternoon while March madness prevails. Finish has plenty of hops to balance with the initial sweetness.
A full bodied beer, to say the least. A true sipper, the hot alcohol is still there and biting me in the arse.
03-21-2009 19:51:52 | More by Vancer
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle courtesy of BeerBeing from way back when, thanks again! (wherever you are...)
Have been thinking of drinking something from the cellar, figured this one would be prime for the drinking now that it's 3+ years old. Let's see...
Pours a bright and dark orange color, a little cloudy, with a nice off white head.
Aromas are quite grainy, like sweet grape nuts, a little bit of hard candies, and with some earthy hops on the nose. Very complex and nice.
Taste has some definite boozy flavors, but it doesn't totally kick you in the teeth with all the alcohol. Up front, there are light malts, a little creaminess, easy and sweet cereal grains, and some bright stewed fruit flavors. Finish has a mineral hop bite, a light bourbon flavor, and some alcohol warmth. As mentioned before, there is plenty of alcohol here, but it manages to not overwhelm.
Mouthfeel is nice, and this beer manages to be smooth and full, without being to heavy on the mouth. Manages to go down and feel easy on the mouth.
Drinkability is quite good. This beer is drinking quite nicely. Goes down very easy for such a huge beer, and is light years from the big beast that Old Guardian tends to be when released. If you have one in the cellar, it wouldn't be a bad idea to crack one open, and see what you think.
06-12-2009 03:15:54 | More by flexabull
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Really wanted to cellar this bottle for a year or two, but I cannot resist opening it as I've been very interested in Stone stuff lately. Will have to buy multiples and age a few. (Thanks to jabocu for the trade)
A good pour offered a nice big creamy head but it thinned very quickly. Color is an amber/copper, a more reddish hue than most barley wines I've seen so far. Very very mellow bubbles.
Smell is citrus and dark fruits, pine, molasses, cherry Twizzlers.
Flavor is hot and medicinal, with hops giving a grapefruit wang and a butter/caramel/malt sweetness adding balance. It's a little acidic, not as smooth as I'd hoped. Maybe aging is just what this needs. Adds a pleasantly sticky mouthfeel in the finish, mightily enjoyable.
All Stone beers I've had so far have been absolutely delicious and this is no exception. But I do come away with two thoughts 1) there are barley wines out there with more depth, and 2) this would probably be better with some age on it.
06-17-2006 19:28:39 | More by Metalmonk
2.93/5 rDev -29.4%
8 ounce glass at Stone Winter Storm for four dollars, split with my girlfriend
A-Murky amber color that looked a little sketchy for a barleywine, 1/2 inch foamy off white head, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Big malty aromas, apricot, caramel, toffee, cherries, some interesting hoppy scents
T-Sweet flavor overall, lots of toffee and caramel tastes just like the smell, grapefruit, hint of dark fruit, particularly raisins, faint dark chocolate flavor, not very balanced, needs more hoppiness
M-Too thick, not enough carbonation, taste lasted a very long time, sweet and syrup-like mouthfeel
D-Heavy stuff, eleven percent ABV, could drink a glass or two maximum, taste is too sweet to be anything else other than a sipper
Certainly not my favorite vintage of Old Guardian, this one needs some age to become more enjoyable, one of my least favorite beers of the day, and probably one of the worst Stone beers I have tasted in general
01-30-2008 05:18:01 | More by Floydster
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.
02-13-2008 23:48:29 | More by Overlord
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.
04-21-2006 11:20:41 | More by mcallister
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.