Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ego:
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I had this on tap during the Stone "welcome to NJ" party @ Andy's.. and truth be told it was god awful, undrinkable really, and all of us agreed... so now it has some time to settle let's see if it has improved.
nice head for a barley, one full finger of slightly off white foam, packed microbubbles layer up nicely, lacing is dead on cling on, kind of a burnt orange/caramel hue, the head retains better than a lot of barley wines. this is very good looking.
fresh out of the laundry west coast hops, the alcohol lurks beneath but the hops dominate.... but not in an over zealous way, you would almost think you were smelling an IPA... an overly hopped IPA
old crustacean anyone ? this isn't as brutally bitter as that actually. I swear you can't even touch an old crusty for about 5 years. This is not as hoppy as I thought it was going to be and is very smooth. The alcohol content says hello as it warms your bum ass up. This is very easy to drink considering the ABV. The depth of flavor is a bit sparce though compared to other barleywines.. maybe it will develop more as it ages. Though right now as a fresh BW it drinks well. Mostly hops here but not over the top (imo). Once they fade with time I wonder what character this beer will develop.
I am going to pick up a couple of more bottles and put some time on them to really judge this offering properly... but the alcohol is well hidden and this beer is well constructed.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2007 04:37:20 | More by Ego
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4.64/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Fortunate to grab a growler and a glass at the company store. Served in a 10oz. Glass.
A: A golden copper color. Very cloudy/opaque, such that I cannot see through the glass. Thin white head retention.
S: Very malty and strong flavors of carmel. A beautiful and complex aroma. you can tell its aged well. Reminds me a little of a dry 18-year old scotch.
T: immediately, the sweet carmel and toffee hits me. Next, is a nice, smooth malt backbone, followed by a bitter, hoppy finish that lingers. I feel like I'm going to taste this for hours (but in a good way). It's amazing how the flavors are so bold after almost six years. It's definitely one of the best barleywines I've had.
M: Definitely thick and chewy. It completely coats my mouth.
Overall, fantastic! 'Nuff said.
07-22-2011 21:47:43 | More by akorsak
Serving type: on-tap
04-09-2013 18:31:01 | More by thetastywort
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Beer served in an Old Guardian glass, because I can.
Beer is ruby in color and clear with an off white head of small bubbles with low retention, some lacing and moderate carbonation.
Aroma is bready, yeasty, nice esters, a little fruity with plums or other stone fruits.
Beer is medium in body and sweet, very sweet, mildly bitter from the grains in the back and the midpalate is estery with some nice fruits or grape skins. Not my favorite series of beers from Stone but this one is pretty decent.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2012 18:41:03 | More by drabmuh
3.13/5 rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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.
The nose brings some caramel and brown sugar, as well as some older hops. Faint fruits in the background. This is the hoppiest of the bunch when compared with the 2005 and 2006, though still not super hoppy. The flavor has a good deal of sweetness and still just a touch of lingering bitterness. Some alcohol. Medium body with low carbonation and a mixture of sugar and alcohol. There's some fullness to it.
This was okay, but it's not something I'd really plan to age all that much of in the future.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2012 11:28:11 | More by Thorpe429
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
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