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

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

186 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%


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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hero27

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Limited Early 2006 Release. 11.26% abv.

Interestingly weird monologue written on the back. Aromas of fresh pulled-taffy, tree sap, and sweet caramel..with the alcohol barely poking it's head through the mix. Flavors of black licorice & old-fashioned candy...enormous, sweet malts and a ridiculous hop punch. The alcohol is a natural byproduct of all this chaos..which somehow comes together to make a pretty damn good barleywine. Not one you'll be drinking on any regular basis, but it's a great treat fresh, and a superb aging candidate.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 06:02:12 | More by hero27
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orfeu

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 03:14:34 | More by orfeu
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 19:28:39 | More by Metalmonk
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber courtesy of Zorro. Thanks again.

Pours a nice ruby color with shades of amber mixed in. Thick tan head that left good rings of lacing. Sweet smelling with the scent of caramel, molasses, raisin bread, and of course the alcohol coming through. The taste is along those same lines. Begins sweet with caramel and molasses then gets a bit bready with some dark fruit flavors thrown in finishing with the warming of the alcohol. The ABV wasn't noticed as much as I expected, which makes this very drinkable for a beer this big. Full body with lower carbonation. Another brew well done by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 15:16:07 | More by Imstillthegman
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 16:13:12 | More by AaronHomoya
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear reddish orange with a good head.

Smell: Smells like an alcohol-soaked sweet muffin.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, some alcohol bite, peppery, earthy bitterness.

Drinkability: A little strong to have more than one.

This has been sitting in my fridge for about 11 months. The hop bitterness seems to have almost disappeared. This is still a quite interesting beer, hopefully Stone starts distributing here soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 02:26:30 | More by Mdog
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Toronado Bwine Fest:
Poured a deep golden/amber with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, caramel and alcohol. Beautiful aroma. Flavor is that of fruits, sweet malts and a hint of alcohol with an upfront hop bitterness. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden and not overpowering on your tounge. Nice, warming, creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2008 23:38:04 | More by barleywinefiend
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*22oz bottle served at room temp into a tulip glass.

Pours a brass color with some reddish/ruby undertones to it. Head is tan, fizzy, dissipating edge layer. Clean apprearance.

Pretty hoppy nose. A bit of alcohol and oak aroma as well. I also detect just a bit of vanilla and caramel. Decent.

Sipping reveals a sweet vanilla & fruit beginning. The sweetness gives way to an overwhelming bitter hops flavor and a bunch of alcohol burning my palate to all hell. Oak drying flavor due to the alcohol.

Tingly carbonation gives way to a huge full body including lots of warming and drying from the alcohol. Fun actually. Starts mild, but then kicks your rear end!

Overall, I am excited to drink teh whole bottle ALLL ALONE! I'd love to try other years, and I should probably get another bottle and hold onto it for a few years also. Yummy!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 02:47:03 | More by Fish113d
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 01:30:40 | More by ommegangpbr
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BradBLR

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer now, but will probably be a great beer om six months or a year+. Poured this beer into a nice pint glass, color was a deep amber color with a nice thick whitish yellow head. The smell was a light fruit aroma with a hint of alcohol.

Taste was a sharp bitter fruitish flavor, that was balanced nicely with a sweet malt and hops. There was a slight taste of alcohol, but I think it needs to sit longer. Mouthfeel was good, think like a barley wine should be.

Over all a good barley wine, that can give Sierra Nevade a run for it's money. Can't wait for next year's.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 19:00:39 | More by BradBLR
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surferman576

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a great barleywine style ale. it pours with a good but not big head that disappears within a couple minutes. the color is a deep ruby or raspberry red - absolutely beautiful. the smell is strong with strong hint of brandy - this is also true in the tase which is very sweet, but not unbalanced. the alcohol is very noticeable in the taste at 11.26% but isn't at all unpleasant :) I would definitely pick this over many other barleywines. get to the store now and buy one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 04:15:54 | More by surferman576
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klewis

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby color with a decent sized head for a barleywine.

S: A well-balanced smell with aromas of molasses, rasins, pine, and a moderate amount of alcohol

T: This beer has perhaps the biggest, fullest taste that I've experienced. Loads of bitterness from start to finish, although it is balanced well with the malt. Overall, the taste is very good, although the alcohol dominates much of the flavor.

M: Full-bodied, rich, and syrupy.

D: This is a very good barleywine, and an improvement over last year's I think. The taste is a little tiring on the palate, so this one is probably best shared with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 01:44:42 | More by klewis
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel to red in color with a an okay white head, drops off to a bubbly layer. No head retention or lacing???

Smell: Fruitcake, alcohol, dates,

Taste: Sweetbread, alcohol, oakiness & hops bite on the edge. Finish is fruitty, dry & alcohol

MF: Chewy and not so slight undercarbonation

Pretty drinkable for the heft, nice winter warmer as old man winter comes back around here. A good barleywine that will only get better until 2009 at least

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 05:34:44 | More by russpowell
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twelvsies

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't really been into many barleywines recently, but, tis the season I suppose. I always regret not getting the good ones when they come out. This is one of those good ones. Pours a ruddy applejuice color, with hints of red shining through. A short lived head is present, and is about all you can expect from a barleywine. I am amazed by the clarity though. As bright and clear as a nice German pilsner, only red. Really fruity and lively in the nose, full of raisins, prunes, whifs of alcohol, and a big raw maltiness. Not too much of a strong hop profile, but some citrussy notes show thier face. Taste is not as aggressive as your average Stone brew, but more refined, and toned down by en excellent, chewy mouthfeel. More on that later. Sweet, in a word. Very similar to the smell, plenty of raisiny, gooey, fruit-snack notes and a big malt character. Some subtle vanilla as it warms, and a soft and sleepy boozy quality to this one, not harsh in the least. A nice bitterness pops up at the end, just enough for somewhat of a balance, but it's more of an afterthought. Surprisingly, this isn't a very hoppy beer, overall. But the thing that ties this beer together is the eat-it-with-a-fork mouthfeel. Full bodied, super slow and chewy on the palate. Manages not to come across as syrupy however, which is important. Refreshing to see a barleywine that doesn't have a chip on it's shoulder or something to proove, especially from Stone. Very refined, very soft and complex, but energetic. Not frenetic or all over this place. Hmmm I did just notice that this beer is 11.26%... I suppose that might contradict my last few sentences, but not in this case. This beer doesn't drink like an ass-kicker. The perfect beer for the first warm day of the upcoming spring season.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 08:30:39 | More by twelvsies
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 01:49:11 | More by neenerzig
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle, poured in glass chalice

Appearance: Seems to glow! Shimmers of orange and yellow Thick lacing that hangs around for a good while. More than any Barleywine ive seen to-date.

Smell: Nothing out of ordinary as far as barleywines go. n

Taste: As with most of Stone's lineup, theres nothing mild here, but behind the strong taste, theres lots of subtle flavors. Is it wheat, burnt nut, clove or anise, caramel? Hard to put ones finger on all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying! Makes you feel like your really drinking something with some substance. Alcohol tingle warms ya without the burn. Makes your mouth water more than a bit a few minutes later

Drinkabilty: Another good one from Stone. I could sip on this one all night. I'd like to put a bottle of this aside to see how it compares to next years...dont think i could resist opening em though.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 04:21:24 | More by SurlyDuff
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane, WA

Pours a murky rusty brown, with a one finger head that settles quickly to a thin soapy cap. There's really no lacing to speak of at all with this one, but that's not very surprising considering to alcohol content.

Smell; lots of brown sugar and toffee with some biscuity malts, and dark cherries. There's also a fair amount of piney hops in the nose along with a little alcohol.

Taste; lots of sweet malts upfront, with toffee, brown sugar and some faint hints of maple syrup. Mildly fruity with some dark cherries and and rum soaked raisins. The finish is piney hops and spicy alcohol, with a definite warming in the belly. The alcohol presence is not as you would pronounced in the flavor as you would expect with this being 11.2%.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied, and comes of a sticky and syrupy. The drinkability is pretty decent, and would be much better if the alcohol were not so high and the palate were not so sticky.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 02:07:38 | More by RedHaze
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel the need to start with a disclaimer: my beer bud and I opened this to celebrate a moment recently, a clearly compulsive act since the beer was not refrigerated and came out of the cellar at about 20 degrees celsius * groan *.

A brown head that dissipated too early with not a lot of carbonation gave way to a ruby colour. Given better lighting, there were lots of well-spaced miniscule bubbles that revealed a fullness of life. Cherry on the nose with malty baguette suggestions. This barley wine offering was loaded with hops and very full in the mouth, reminescent of a port or sherry, giving way to an over ripe mango in the finish. The combination of big alcohol and warm serving temperature threatened to knock me out with an intoxicating finish.

As I said in the disclaimer, there's a reason why the scoring here is not higher - where it deserves to be. Clearly another sampling - a proper one - is necessary to give this product the recognition it deserves. Now, I need to find one of these, or drive to the States at my first good opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 18:24:28 | More by ThatWineGuy
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 16:06:24 | More by glid02
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 12:27:39 | More by Onibubba
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scott

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful apricot, very little head retention - all carbonation is is in suspension. Awesome. The brew appears gelatenous.
Smell is a delicate interpretation of malt kissing a fig.
Taste is a close encounter with the smell, but the hop is quite evident.
This is what you would characterize as a lip-smacking barley wine. Clean, refreshing, yet entertains a malt complexity.
Nicely done, because if I had a six pack, I wouldn't have anything left to cellar tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 02:31:04 | More by scott
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to orrshow for sharing his bottle with me. This review is from notes.

The beer is a clear deep amber with a thick foamy tan head. The head recedes leaving plenty of lacing. Visible carbonation climbs up through the glass.

The smell has toffee and molasses with a dry vinuos backbone. There is an alcohol warmth to the smell.

The is a very sweet and malty beer. Molasses and cane sugar up front. Woody, vinuos finish. Overall impression is very malt heavy.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, and the carbonation is light. Just how you want this style to feel.

I really enjoyed this one, it went down very well, almost too well considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 16:35:30 | More by elricorico
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Gilgemesh

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first this chilly companion hid behind it's crystal clear dark amber attire. Hiding the delicate beauty of it's bouquet. Then As I gently warmed it the complex malty aromas were released ands the undercurrent of alcohol was released. Pressing forward I take a tentative sip. Again I am wondering what all the hype was about when I am hit with a wave of malty smoothness. Intermingling with this tasty sweetness are bitter hops. Taunting your every taste bud as soon as the sweet is registered. The bitter finish is cut short by a blast of acohol that both cleanses and leaves one hoping that it will diminish with time. A sweet and bitter darling with suble fruit and a bit of sadistic joy describe this brew. And masochist that I am I drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 23:39:51 | More by Gilgemesh
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jabocu

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/orange color with a nice light tan two finger cap. Cap fell to 1/4 inch cap. Aroma is lots of fruity esters of apples, pears, plums, figs...etc. Notes of caramel, bread, alcohol, and slight old ale undertone. Flavor is very caramel sweet right at first, but breaks out into lots of fruit. Cinnamon and spice. Followed by a nice mellow citrus hopiness that hangs for just a few seconds. The alcohol is very warming. Body is Medium-High, with medium carbonation and finishes semi-dry. Excellent beer... and cannot wait to see what happens to this over the next year.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 23:14:13 | More by jabocu
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mdm46410

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden/amber with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, caramel and alcohol. Beautiful aroma. Flavor is that of fruits, sweet malts and a hint of alcohol with an upfront hop bitterness. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden and not overpowering on your tounge. Nice, warming, creamy mouthfeel. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 23:32:58 | More by mdm46410
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2006 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.