Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.
Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and has aged really nicely in my opinion.
10-29-2012 19:40:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
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.
04-06-2012 18:34:27 | More by drabmuh
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.
04-03-2012 11:27:09 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.15/5 rDev 0%
I have 5 years (2006-2009, 2011 Belgo) of a six year vertical. Time to dig in with oldest to newest (and maybe I'll come across a 2010 to complete things).
A: The barleywine is cuprous, amber with a darker nature. Still transparent, the ale has plenty of sediment suspended mid-glass. A quarter finger of eggshell white head reduces quickly, just a thin band with no lacing.
S: Thick and meaty, the malts are intense and focused. No simple malt bomb, the hops are powerful even after five years. Syrupy thick like molasses. Flowery hops, citrus-tinged, still jump out.
T: First sip: overpowering hops. Second sip: overpowering hops. Third sip: See one and two. Caramel and molasses, thick and heavy, bog down the taste. Perking it up, the flowery citrus hops zing with power. The ale is quite peppery, hot even. Both the hops and the malts are huge, restoring balance to the force. Booziness is present, sandwiched between the hops and the malts. Age has worked wonders; this beer could have lasted another 5 years I think.
M: Syrupy and rich, both the hops and the malts contribute to the strength. Rich caramel lingers alongside the hops; a decadent barleywine.
07-10-2011 19:51:16 | More by akorsak
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
Had on tap at the Bistro this past Wednesday for $5.00 for an 8 oz snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Beer poured orange with a nice off white head.
Nose was still quite pungent of floral hops. Amazing after all this time.
Taste was extremely well balanced. Grapefruit bitterness was still alive and well balanced nicely with a huge malt backbone.
Mouthfeel was exquisite, full bodied and extremely smooth.
Drinkability was very good. Wow, this was a gem. In the past I have primarily had the Old Guardians fresh and although they are good this proves that aging does wonders for some brews. Definitely try this if you are at the Bistro!
02-26-2011 00:49:50 | More by arizcards
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
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