Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
This beer pours a reddish brown into my Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine glass. The fluffy light brown head fades slowly, leaving thick laces.
This beer has a sweet malty aroma. I can smell some fruits, like prunes, dates, or raisins. Also, I can smell the 11.20 % ABV. Not much hop aroma, but that is likely because all the other aromas are so strong, that a slight hop aroma would be missed. I think this ight have one of the best aromas I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
This beer tastes wonderfull. Obviously, I can taste some alcohol, but that is only just the begining. It has a pleasent malty sweet flavor. I taste some dark fruits. Wow, this might be the best Barley Wine I have ever had!
This beer is full bodied. It goes down surprisingly smooth. It leaves a malty sweet aftertaste. Carbonation is low, to fit the style.
I could probably drink this beer all the time if it wasnt for the high alcohol content. Although the flavor is aggressive, it is still very pleasent. I think I will have to pick up about a case of this beer soon. I wonder what a few years will do to this wonderfull beer.
03-14-2006 01:56:56 | More by OStrungT
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
Translucent orange/ruby body with lots of carbonation and a light tan and lemon skin colored head both undulating and rocky, tiny to small and medium bubbles. Retention and lace are good.
The smell is sweet roasted molasses, caramel and spice.
Mild sweet malts up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of butterscotch flowing into a perfect balanced experience with then takes you into the aftertaste of sharp hops and extra spiced honey. The alcohol is there but held in check extremely well.
Full and solid body. Plenty of coating yet not too slick. The first few sips have a pleasant warming effect.
Highly drinkable as an all evening sipper.
06-17-2006 19:41:57 | More by oelergud
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
A great barely wine from a great company.
Highlights: Butterscotch, hop and grape notes.
Lowlights: Nothing really. If I wanted to get nitpicky I could say that it is .... You know what? I am not going to get nit picky. This is an excellent brew that you should get as soon as you see it on the shelves. This is the most complex and tasty barely wine that I have ever had. The alcohol is well masked which could get some BA's in trouble.
Overall: A great success
04-05-2006 03:28:29 | More by maddamish
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
04-09-2006 07:54:40 | More by Dmann
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
Limited early 2006 release, 11.26% abv with a long story on the back in print that is way too small. WoW this beer knocked my socks off in every aspect. Poured a subtle golden amber color with pencil thin head and no lacing, random bubbles float to the surface - cool. Sitting next to me my wife suddenly said "your beer smells like wine" exactly, the aroma is a floral bouquet of super sweet malts complimented by citrus and sweet hops. Overpowering and aggressive the sweet scent invites you to sample the precious nectar that awaits. Flavor is extremely intense melding loads of malts, sweet and bitter with a dry hoppiness that shouldn't work but it does all too well. The alcohol walks through the door and shakes your hand but you are still thinking about the malts. The flavor lends itself to a smooth mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter, the perfect ending to a wonderful story. Overall this is intense and beautiful, truly another fantastic effort created by Stone. Cudos
08-01-2008 12:46:32 | More by kinger
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
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!
04-30-2006 06:45:33 | More by mitchfor3
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
the 2006 vintage was the coup de grace on that fair evening of retardation and maturation. Unfortunately opened a bit too late for the finer sorts, nonetheless it shone through the pale on this fair eve with an angry recognizance all to its own. It would not be denied. The slight metallic oxygenation only enhanced its bravado. The beer nearly incited a riot, glaring at the willing conquistodores in its impending wake. Golden copper sexiness awaited everyman, everywoman, everychild! The beverage was phenomenal, aged to perfection. It was far superior to the 2008 version which was sampled. The five year old flavor far surpassed most of those that were touched by those human lips which dared to brave the February Day.
All of this to say that this vintage is drinking incredibly right now and it is highly recommended.
02-23-2011 05:43:41 | More by dragonWhale
4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
Whee-o! This is my new favorite BW.
I feel like I have an illogical/pathological dislike of Stone for some reason, and yet I love every one of their brews. Thus is my mindset going into this bottle.
I had this after a fairly rich dinner of whiskey/cream sauce flank steak and garlic/basil potatoes. I was ready for the onslaught of bombasticity that was expected from Stone. Agression! Hops! Mellowed tannins!
Instead, this beer is the epitome of balance in a Barleywine. I served it at about 55F, letting the second half of the serving warm. Initially, the sweetness of the carmel was fantastic. It came through in the aroma as well as subtlely in the flavor. It was noticable with deep sniffs that this was not by virtue of color/caramel malts, but rather the caramelization of sugars in the base malt, as the aroma came through as raw but not husky after about ten minutes of warming/acclimatizing.
As it warmed, the aroma came through as more alcoholic, but not astringent. A nice addition to the complexity.
Didn't leave the palate tired. Full body and flavor, but not stagnating or hebetudinous (I learned this from the Oregon spelling bee competition double elimination list, so don't read backward for spoilers if you're a spelling bee entusiast). Bravo!
03-18-2006 05:57:57 | More by unklesyd
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
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