Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
Bottle cellared since release date.
A big, powerful, and wonderful beer. Exceptional aroma and taste. Pours red/copper in color, with a thick, sizeable, cream colored head (with a hint of orange color to it). Smells quite bready, cookie-like perhaps. Malt dominates the aromas, but there is just the slightest hint of alcohol. The taste is initially sweet, malty, and floral. Caramel and doughnuts come to mind. There also a very subtle tea like flavor to it. Slight alcohol spiciness, but not as much as expected. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.
05-13-2003 13:26:33 | More by philipt
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.
Appearance: Opaque amber with thick tan head.
Smell: Sweet malt and slight citrus.
Taste: Very sweet malt flavor up front mixed with hop bitterness. Sour apple taste comes in next and then rolls back into the sweet malt flavor and hop bitterness flavors. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy with tingly light carbonation.
Drinkability: Very strong. A sipping beer.
Comments: Quite enjoyable. Very strong – started feeling the alcohol ½ way through my glass.
03-22-2003 06:49:15 | More by Denali
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
07/10/02: Vintage 2001 Release:
Deep amber or ruby red if you prefer, the head is large, frothy, the lace in sheets. Nose is malt, caramel, floral, a hint of bubble gum, maybe even a touch of butter. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is acidic, dry, highly hopped and the alcohol leaves a bit of its bitterness on your palate, 'Damn what a great beer'. Seems every time I drink it I find something more that I like.
09/16/02: Vintage Spring 2000 Release: A rusty nail looking thang! cloudy and rusty red the color, the head is frothy, beige, huge sheets of lace. Nose 'Oh Baby' Floral, fusel alcohol, brandyish, malts and caramel. Front is malt sweet, the top full, the finish is 'Hopped To The Max', alcohol bitter, acidic, dry, and what a 'Tummy Warmer'
03/07/03: Vintage Winter 2003 Release: Deep burnished copper on the pour, the head immense in size, spumescent in its texture, and a winsome light beige in color, as it evanesces, it leaves a thick glutinous sheet of lace welded to the glass. Big sweet malt nose, fusel alcohol, caramel, hints of the hop flower, a real treat for the schnozzle. Start is ambrosial, loaded with malt and the top peanut butter thick, and the finish spiteful in its carbonation, the hops prickly in their spicy bite. The aftertaste dry as a bleached desert bone, oh yes, almost forgot the alcohol, quite evident in its bitterness and tummy warming. Ah another great year of Old Guardian got a case aging away, but the chances of it lasting more than a year slight.
03-07-2003 15:40:09 | More by Gusler
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
This was the "Pre-Spring '01" release, and part of a great trade with Murph. Gorgeous medium-dark amber color, with a full, tan head and good lace! Strong nose, with dark fruit, raisiny notes, sweetness, alcohol and hops, too! Great mouthfeel; full, smooth, chewy! Malty sweetness along with the dark fruit flavors lead off. Feel the alcohol presence warm you on the way down your throat, and then the hops smack you upside the head to conclude things. Mmmm, good!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 4.5
07-07-2002 09:47:04 | More by Bierman9
5/5 rDev +15.7%
White grapes, and sweet sugar on the nose...peach in color..slight lace..some alcohol hits buds along with a hidden forest of hops..sweetness (licorice) dominates palate,but very very balanced..husky spicy hops linger on the finish...easy drinking and beautifully balanced heavyweight..
04-25-2002 22:21:28 | More by ZAP
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
I should preface by saying this beer is the 2001 edition.
This brew pours a hazy deep amber color with an orange tint. Head is minimal, but seems fitting for a sipping beer. Pretty malty nose for a barleywine. I do get some slight floral hop tones as well. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but I like it. Taste to start is a little medicinal. But that characteristic fades. The taste also has alcohol present at the begining, but that too fades. There's a great sweet caramel maltiness to this one. I get a nice lingering bitterness. The more I work my way through this brew, the more I like it. It seems to become more drinkable (less alcohol). By the end of my drink I am scavenging for more and offering my brother money for the rest of his, but he's not taking. At this point I have come to the conclussion that this is one outstanding brew.
04-21-2002 19:29:47 | More by Bighuge
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
Pre-spring 2001 release purchased in April 2002. Pours a nice golden red/copper with a smallish somewhat creamy head. Smell is almost all malty goodness with some alcohol thrown in as well. Malt and a nice warming alcohol flavors are the first to announce themselves on the tongue. As these flavors subside a huge hop presence kicks in and holds on coating the tongue in its bitter goodness. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable for a barley wine. I can't wait to try a few more Stone brews to see what I've been missing.
04-08-2002 18:32:08 | More by Murph
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.