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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.26% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 01-25-2007)
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Photo of Thorpe429


3.13/5  rDev -24.4%

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.

04-03-2012 11:28:11 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of PavementBlues

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-26-2012 20:51:49 | More by PavementBlues
Photo of ScottyC54

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2012 16:59:10 | More by ScottyC54
Photo of DefenCorps


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

Bottle, 2007 vintage, 11.26%, that I picked up at the Whole Foods in Georgetown back in the day.

Pouring a clear barleywine-red-brown with a dense, beige head with rather excellent retention and lacing, this looks like a good barleywine. It smells like one too, with quite a bit of crystal and caramel malt character, along with a mostly faded pine hop character. QC at Stone is pretty good (IMO) and so, there's none of the deleterious oxidation here, with no cheesey hops or stale, papery malts. Brown sugar, toffee, creme brulee even, there's some wildflower honey with some floral aspects. Pretty nice!

The palate is mostly sweet with some alcohol. Medium-full in body with soft carbonation, this beer is all kinds of sweet. Caramel, toffee, a little brown sugar, some burnt sugar, a little vanilla, and some booze to round out the front and back-ends. A moderate bitterness is present, at a surprising level even, balancing some sweetness. Aggressively caramel-like, though the complexity really does tell me that this is kettle caramelization and someone playing fast and loose with crystal malt, this is growing on me. Bitter and sweet on the finish with honey and pine, this beer is pretty enjoyable, and from past experience, better than it was fresh. Recommended, and it ages well too. Hits all the right notes for a style that typically doesn't do much for me.

03-17-2012 01:06:55 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of cynical1027


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-21-2012 00:52:57 | More by cynical1027
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-08-2012 22:45:04 | More by bearisprime
Photo of Smurf2055


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

2007 vintage enjoyed at Bevridge Place in West Seattle. Aroma was amazing! Sweet yet balanced, malt and hops, aggressive yet friendly. Appearance was dark amber with about a finger of foam. Obviously at four years old, there’s very little carbonation on it. Taste was decent. Warming feeling and a bit of citrus. Lot’s of malt. There was a bit of an alcohol bite, and I sort of expected a bit more complexity at four years old. Palate was full and strong, all over and remains for a while. Overall, I’m not a big barleywine fan, but I still keep an eye out for them. As far as they go, this one was pretty good. It’s very Stone brewing; up front and aggressive, and it knows it.

01-29-2012 23:07:32 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Fills a tulip glass with clear, reddish copper, some carbonation and a thin, frothy almond head that puts a film on the glass and modest legs.

Well balanced caramel and pine -- almost pine tar. Some raisins and honey are detectible in the background.

Opens with a strong punch of alcohol, immediately followed by a jab of hop bitterness assaulting the tongue before the more subtle flavors can be appreciated. Raisins do come through along with caramel, but the long bitter finish overwhelms the flavor nuances.

A medium to full body beer with slick texture and abrasive carbonation. While some sweetness is present on entry, none remains for the dry finish and alcohol is assertive.

A difficult beer to drink as warmth brings out more alcohol, preventing the flavors from truly developing, especially after aging three years in the cellar. If this is intended to be overly aggressive, then, well done. However, I think Stone has pushed the envelope a bit too far and may have lost the beer in the process. For those who are seeking alcohol and assertive bitterness, Old Guardian is for you.

01-29-2012 22:28:54 | More by SLeffler27
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2012 18:56:43 | More by PhineasGage
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-22-2012 23:27:32 | More by djaeon
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-08-2012 09:01:03 | More by DCon
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-31-2011 22:09:17 | More by buckyp
Photo of Boto


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

2007 bottle sampled 12-2011: This one pours a clear, coppery color. There was almost no head on it as well as no lacing. Big whiff of caramel malts. Some piney hops trying to rise up from the malts. Maybe some raisin and other faint fruits. The taste is very rich. Lots of the caramel malts, but the sweetness is subdued. Hints of the pine hops in there balancing it out a bit. Actually a hint of dryness to the finish. Really nice!!

12-28-2011 20:45:01 | More by Boto
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-17-2011 02:15:30 | More by TasteTester
Photo of kingcrowing


4.18/5  rDev +1%

64oz Growler poured into a hill farmstead tulip, found at Pearl Street Beverage in Burlington! Huge thanks for them putting this on the Growler bar!

Pours a fairly unfortunate hazy, muddy amber brown wig a small light yellow head that settles quickly. Nose is really malty and rich - caramel and an almost honey and oats note that's really nice.

Taste is simply fantastic, no surprise but age has done this beer a lot of good! Not hot at all, rich and mellow with that honey and oat finish that was on the nose. Light carbonation and a dry finish. Very good beer!

12-15-2011 22:59:29 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-14-2011 16:40:24 | More by GrindFatherBob
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-14-2011 16:12:49 | More by taitlifto
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-12-2011 04:13:26 | More by jenray
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-11-2011 16:54:19 | More by alamode
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-09-2011 04:27:42 | More by rab53
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-08-2011 21:15:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-05-2011 23:40:56 | More by JohneHoodlum
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New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-05-2011 03:17:42 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-20-2011 03:32:45 | More by brandoman63
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-18-2011 18:01:25 | More by I2uss
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
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