Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by uberabr:
4.72/5 rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance is clear with just a slight haze. Color is a glowing golden amber with red hues. Off-white head is minimal with no real retention but decent lace. Loads of hop oil floating up top.
Aroma is mild and floral. Orange blossoms and a fresh, woodsy, beach. Cherries and some spiceyness, along with a fresh-cut grassy hop and candy sugar.
The taste starts with a bitter hop and quickly eases into a decadently sweet and sugary malt, then returns to a bitter pine aftertaste. Flavors are complex and extremely well rounded...so much so that it's hard to distinguish them all....plus they seem to "dance": just when I focus on the malt, the hop comes into play, and vice-versa.
A malt backbone of butter, honey, caramel and toffee combines with an Angelfood Candy quality, and plays off subtle esters- apple, orange rind, lemon juice, hints of strawberry, and a resiny hemp. The floral bouquet is subtle but definitely notable, lending a delicate orange and cherry blossom, along with a nosey potpourri. Very complex, very difficult to do it justice.
All in all a very enjoyable and extremely drinkable brew. Oh, and you can't taste the alcohol. At all. Very impressive for such a potent beer. I nearly downed the entire bomber just to get at the taste. The only downfall is the appearance...the head sucks. But, head is highly variable. This is a great brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2007 06:53:04 | More by uberabr
More User Reviews:
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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