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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
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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 walleye
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

early 2006 from the bottle poured a a nice deep amber with a biege head that left some good lacing. aroma, caramel, brown sugar, malts, just a nice sweetness, a touch of alcohol, hops. flavor this didn’t let me down got a nice sweetness brown sugar, honey, the hops were milder than the aroma, as this beer warms the sweetness comes out more and got just a hint of alcohol it was well hidden, nice smooth mouthfeel.

walleye, May 24, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gusler, May 20, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

sinistrsam, May 19, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is an orangey amber color with a thick off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Robust citrus hops aroma with caramelized malt. Very nice! You do smell the alcohol, which is expected, but it’s not as strong as I thought it would be.

T: Intense burst of hops is what you taste first followed by the alcohol sting, this beer does NOT mess around (but what else would you expect from Stone). Then there’s a slight touch of citrus and malt sweetness. As the sweetness fades, you’re left with a mildly bitter hops after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body with medium-to-high carbonation and a quite clean finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, since it’s so flavorful. However with such a high ABV, it’s only drinkable for so long.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It will get you going in a hurry though, so it’s not for the weak. Stone has done it again. Another great beer!

TheManiacalOne, May 18, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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!!!

DaggerEyes, May 18, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear dark cherry wood with a nice white foamy white head that left some streaks of lace on the glass. Plenty of nice ripe dark fruits in the nose with some alcohol peaking through. Some bready malts helped add some depth. The flavor starts off with ripe fruit sweetness and some warming alcohol. Notes of doughy malts helped to cut the sweetness and light hops. Finishes fruit with a slight alcohol bite. Nice full body and smooth going down. Very similar to last years but with less harshness this fresh, great stuff.

meathookjones, May 17, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with subtle mahogany highlights topped by a 1 inch off-white head. The aroma is very subtle. Light notes of bread dough, vanilla, dates, with a mild citrus finish. I was expecting a harsher nose. Very nice. The taste has rich caramel, dates, figs dark caramel. There is a lot more hop character with grapefruit rind and orange. There is a bit of sherry and vanilla on the finish when a bit of alcohol comes in. The mouth feel is slick, and just a touch hot. Good beer. I wanted to age this a touch more, and I’m sure that would have reduced the heat, but it’s still a fine beer.

carln26, May 15, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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

cheers2beers, May 13, 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 maek228
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 DarkerTheBetter
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first dive into the old guardian series. I admit it the barley wine style was one of the last styles that I learned to enjoy. I'd always found them so wildly ranging in taste that it was a complete crapshoot. The Old Guardian is the one that brought me back and the 2006 version to me, as a novice, is exceptional.

An aggressive pour produces a nice sized eggshell white head that sits atop a copper body, with decent spider web like lacing. Any hop bitterness seems to wait until very late in the game to make its presence felt but when it does they are sharp and clean up nicely. Caramel, or rather more of a dark rich sugary quality makes up the jist of it, although there are subtle complexity that keeps me interested. The hop presence actually crispen this brew up quite a bit. Warming is evident, red cheeks wouldn't suprise folks who have that sensitivity.

I would say that this leans toward the malted, sweet side of the wide ranging style. Mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy, rich side as well. I picked up 24 bottles and plan on sampling one every couple of months. So far this is my 2nd bomber sampled and its growing on me. Solid offering, well brewed.

DogFood11, May 03, 2006
Photo of mitchfor3
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhh yeahhh!

Better than Bigfoot and I love Bigfoot! Also, and excellent value at $4.50 a bomber, although admittedly not quite as good a value as Bigfoot at $10/sixer.

This one is great fresh - the hops are there, oh yes they are there, but by no means do they overpower and I think they are just right right now. I'm goign to put a bottle away and see how this drinks in a year, but I'd be surprised if it gets any better than it already is - but then again, who knows!

An outstanding barleywine with exception balance for the style. That 11% somehow flies under the radar and is in your face at the same time. Another great one from Stone!

mitchfor3, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of ej285701
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 release, 11.26% alc/vol.

Pours out a clear reddish orange color with about a half inch off-white head.

The smell kind of reminds me of 90 Minute IPA with its biscuity malty scent, with a little bit more citrusy fruit and a lot more alcohol.

The taste is more malty than I expected. Very biscuity with only a slight note of citrusy hops. The alcohol is very noticable while the beer is in your mouth, but finishes fairly smooth. This beer could use a little bit more bitterness IMHO. And age.

The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer. Its very heavy and full, and extremely creamy with just the right amount of cabonation.

Fairly drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Perhaps a bit too young right now, and intense. This is going to be a lot better in a few years.

ej285701, Apr 26, 2006
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 Budlum
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Budlum, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip, this is gorgeous garnet-amber with a big two fingers of off-white dense head and great retention for a barleywine with this much alcohol, nice looking lace left behind on the glass. Nose is interesting, with a slight herbal hoppyiness over a doughy malt with a slight bit of fig and dark fruit. Taste is more of the same, a sweet slightly caramael malt with raisins and fig flavors blending nicely with spicey bitter hops and a slight alcoholic finish. Full bodied and very smooth, almost creamy. Very nicely balanced and smooth drinking, and for the ABV this is absolutely evilly drinkable. Great barleywine from Stone.

cubedbee, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 kingchowchowwoof
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Old Guardian glass. Bright white 2 finger head, with lots of medium bubbles. Does not retain for too long but good lacing on the glass.
Smell has lots of date, blood orange, a bit of alcohol and finishes with a pine hop scent.

Taste has a lot of the same character as the smell, sweet raisins, and fig flavors. Dried fruit comes in next, followed by alcohol and the dry hoppy finish.

Leaves a tingly sensation on the tip of my tongue. Not very carbontated, slightly slick feeling. Pretty decent mouthfeel and fair drinkaility. I have another bottle I will late age. I am sure this stuff can only get even better with age. I was just glad to get my hands on some this year.

kingchowchowwoof, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chalice as well for me.
I don't normally open a Guardian this young but we cracked one for Easter week-end. I have accouple to age as well up to a year. It will be nice to see this beer mature.
At a first pour, I was concerned, for there was no carbonation reaction and no head, just a oily ruby color. At a second pour, minutes later, the carbo-reaction was there, as well as a small but known tan head. This beer awoke.
The aroma was good but not overly strong.
The taste carried by the aroma welcome, was malted sweet alcohol. Fruits of grape, candied caramel and a known but background hop. Alcohol rounds out the taste as its strong but with a gentle side. At 11.2% it can sneak up on you for even at that strength, the beer is Very drinkable and easy on the mouth.
When you drink one of these, it helps you realize what a treat, as a BA, an annual special brew can be. Cheers!!

chilidog, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

orsulacp, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz 2006 bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium off white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet and spicy candy-like caramel with some hoppiness and a bit of watery DMS. It's kind of metallic and phenolic as well.

The flavor is spicy caramel and a strong watery alcohol with a sharp and spicy bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Overall, not so great. It's too alcoholic and not very complex. I wonder if this bottle might be a little bad (especially from the smell). I've had it once before and remember not being impressed though.

Beaver13, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich clear ruby brown with a thin tan head.
the nose has tons of raisins and some fresher grape juice aromas. there is also a good dose of brown sugar and caramel. some slight orange rind aromas. very little in the hops department, maybe just a little grassy herbal hops. actually the hops do come out quite a bit when approaching room temp. a little boozy.
the taste is big and fruity, with a butt load of hops on the back end (i was a little worried there, judging form the smell). lots of brown sugary raisins with rich caramel, washed over by a flood of pine needle hop bitterness. butterscotch and pepper on further inspection. alcohol is moderately present, but doesn't detract at all. the taste desreves a little less than a 4.5, but i'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
lighter full body with sharp carbonation.
good drinkability, fairly easy drinking. by all means a good beer, but not as good as last year. funny, but in reading the back it says it's the same exact recipe as last year, doesn't taste or smell like it. last year didn't need a lot of warmth for the nuances to come out, this one does for sure. let it sit for at least 15 minutes

kmo1030, Apr 14, 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
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.