Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.
Pours a deep honey amber color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to nothing. Small rivulets of lacing on the glass. Smells of caramelized sugar, cherry cordials, citrus zest. Taste is sweet sugary caramel malt, cherry cordial, and citrus zest hops. Bitterness is quite subdued but still noticeable, which I attribute to the 3+ years of cellaring. Good carbonation still present on this beer. Leaves a sticky sweet coating in the mouth. Drinkability is quite good for such a high ABV. A rare treat from the Stone cellars.
02-24-2011 05:14:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Crystalline clementine with faint cherry and amber highlights. I absolutely love the stained glass shimmeriness of the beer when late afternoon sunshine is allowed to enter the glass. The attractive crown is alabaster suffused with pale lemon, and does a better than decent job of lace deposition.
The aroma is pale malt-dominant with a fair amount of American hop citrusiness and an undercurrent of unmasked alcohol. Yep, this is SOGBWSA alright. Unfortunately, I was unable to find what hop was used in 2007. Then again, that little tweak doesn't usually change the beer much.
Old Guardian is always a solid sipper, but it lacks complexity (yes, in my humble opinion). As a result, it has never blown me away like much of the Stone lineup. This '07 vintage is no different. The alcohol has mellowed quite nicely and the beer has otherwise held up remarkably well. Having said that, the needle on the ol' excitement meter isn't exactly pushing the redline.
Flavors include rock candy, lightly toasted bread, light caramel, moderate orange zest and Stolichnaya Cristal. There may be a bit more caramel malt present than is usual, although it's probably just my imagination. Given the ingredients, a slightly less alcoholic beer might have been a better beer. The 9.91% ABV 2003 vintage remains my favorite so far.
The body/mouthfeel is the highlight of the experience. It's incredibly plush and is silky smooth, without crossing the line into overly sticky or thick. Stone rarely slips when it comes to mouthfeel.
Unbeknownst to me (until I checked the Stone website), today is the second anniversary of the Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 release. Again, this big ale has aged very well, but it probably won't change your opinion of OG one way or the other.
01-22-2009 22:29:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
Is it just me or does this beer get better every year? This is what this style is all about. Strength, substance, character, power and finess, all in one offering. Colored a deep mohogany, viscous red with an amber-ish firm head that whisps away like you'd expect a brandy to. Starts out with strong malt flavor, taking on syrupy proportions with deep amber malt sweetness. Fruitiness from deep over-ripened fruits of dates and figs to tart ripe fruits of cherries and berries. All with an underlying yet powerful alcoholic warming and sweetness. Full and rich right into the finish with a light sour astringency before the beer enters the throat.
02-26-2007 19:05:40 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a small head. Quick fade with little to no retention and a nice layer of lace left on the glass.
S - The smell was massively sweet orange hops. Lots of alcohol present in the beginning as well, but definatly drounded out by hug hoppiness. There was a slight hint of lemon, tangerine and pineapple which started to come through as it warmed, but overall very sweet aroma.
M & T - Very very smooth and of course remarkebly hoppy. Pretty much a perfect taste for a barleywine, and definatly in my top three. Very dry bitter aftertaste that literally lingered with me all night long. Huge flavors of citrus and floral hops were soo powerful, I almost could think of this as a stong IIPA. Bigtime alcohol and bigtime flavors, wonderful.
D - Overall I really have nothing bad to say about this one. The alcohol will knock you off your feet if you are not careful. I definatly am going to cellar a few to see how they hold up and see wehat kind of flavors can come through after a year or so, but really wonderful.
04-09-2007 23:19:32 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Had this a couple months back from a growler fill but never got around to posting my review...
A: A nice amber color without much head to speak of and hardly any lacing.
S: Extremely malty and sweet caramel, the hoppiness that is usually present in this beer when fresh is almost gone.
T: Lots of malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, and some very slight bitterness.
M: Almost syrupy--very full bodied with low carbonation.
D: Much more drinkable than it's fresh counterpart, but obviously not something you're going to have several of.
07-17-2009 18:30:52 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Opened a bottle of this in 2010. The bottle had been on the shelves of a local beer shop for 3 years I suppose. Hard to imagine something like this sticky around for that long. The beer pours out as a nice looking thick brown liquid. The head was still pretty good right after the pour. The head settles and left a decent looking lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was loaded with malts giving off a bit of sweetness mixed with some heavy booze aromas. There is also a healthy amount of hops on the nose too, not surprising from Stone. The taste is a so mellow, I found this to be one of the easiest barely wines I've ever drank. I'm not sure if it's because of the age or if that's how it's just made. The mouthfeel is thick and has a heavy body to it. It's a very filling beer. Overall this beer was quite impressive, I figured I'd enjoy it but I didn't expect to at this level. Very good stuff.
07-07-2011 19:00:29 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Its been a few years since I have had the chance to have an Old Guardian its nice to see the 2007 vintage available in my area.Poures a clear burnt orange-like color with a large craterous head that leaves a nice ring behind.Big balanced aromas juicy,fruity malt almost like holiday season fruit caked soaked with alcohol the alcohol esters really show thru a big resiny hop profile shows thru more and more as it warms.Warming and chewey this almost a meal in itself definently not one to drink quickly,flavors could use some time to meld I think its pretty brash right now sweeter cakey malt flavors dominate upfront along with some dark fruit melding into dry resiny and I measn resiny finish.The alcohol warms the insides as it goes down its very pronounced and really kicks,Iam holding one and will drink it in the fall and see how this puppy ages right now its no holds barred and from Stone thats how I want it to be.
03-05-2007 01:53:46 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
Served in a tumbler.
Big thanks to plenum for this vintage gem!
The kettle's a-boilin' now, so what better time to break out a vintage OG? It pours a hazed tawn' topped by a half-finger of tan-ish cream foam. The nose comprises light caramel, lemon zest, light mandarin orange, and buttered biscuits. The taste holds notes of tangerine, lemon, very light buttery caramel, and a strong phenolic bite in the back. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid barleywine, though I think age may be starting to get to this guy. Even still, despite that, this is surprisingly pretty good.
12-06-2010 07:01:53 | More by TMoney2591
4.47/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.
A: The beer is a deep orange/brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, citrus, brown sugar and some alcohol.
T: The taste hits with a burst of hops bitterness, which I thought would be more toned-down since the beer has been sitting for almost 2 years. There are sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and citrus. The malt character is very hearty and there's a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, I tried this beer at a tasting shortly after it was released and it definitely seems that the age hasn't changed it very much, which was a bit surprising. However, this was a very good beer fresh, so I consider the lack of change a good thing. Overall, this is an excellent high-powered beer to drink for a long time.
01-08-2009 02:44:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Appears a sunburst amber with deep crimson red edges head forms a bit thin with a light off white beige head lacing is left with each sip pretty thin but even streaks of lacing on my stone pint glass. Aroma zesty spicy floral and piney edged hops deep ripened fruit notes with glazed brown sugar and deep citrus tones, of course deep alcohol notes blended with all of the caramelized sugar notes. Even after a bit of time since the release hops still stand out just a bit more melded into the rest of the flavors coming up on almost a year of cellaring this one is drinking really nice. Sweet waves of malt sugars slight burnt with orange peels and spicy pine hop character leaves a slightly charred burnt brown sugar flavor on the palate ripened tropical fruit notes with white grape and raisin acidity, also strong assertive pine tree resin bitterness with a mellow lasting alcohol cringe. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy with viscosity the pure gravity of this brew is all the way detectable carbonation has a slow ample bubbling through the thick body oily resins give added bonus texture from the hops. Alcohol has really waned since the release a much smoother alcohol burn than earlier this year, but I still have layers of hop bitterness that stay with me. Drinkability incredible fresh or aged very aggressive Stone style barleywine even after a 10 months aging this beer has all of the flavor of most fresh barleywines hoppy as hell.
10-06-2007 18:56:30 | More by WVbeergeek
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
04-06-2012 18:41:03 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bold, pale malt scent with just a bit of crystal malt to add some complexity. It's warm with some hop aroma to boot. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth flavor that goes down slow and warms in the finish. It's simple in design, but delivers a near perfect flavor experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It has a nice hop bitterness which helps balance the high abv. . This is a damn good drinking barleywine. It's flavorful, but not too extreme. Excellent job guys.
03-10-2007 23:16:34 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours copper with a one-finger head that descends to a thin, creamy cover.
The smell is of robust sweet malt with a generous amount of citrus/pine. Sharp, spicy alcohol comes through.
The taste is citrusy/piney - quite hoppy for the style, with caramelish, slightly grainy, malt - giving it a sweet characteristic. Remains sweet, though hoppy citric/pine remains very noticeable. Alcohol is present, though not as sharp as in the aroma. The alcohol lend a peppery spice kick to it. Nice carbonation for the style, making it smooth despite alcohol rawness. Medium to full bodied. Flavors linger along with alcohol notes.
A nice one to sip on. Nice hop/malt combo, though alcohol does give it a certain rawness.
04-15-2007 02:56:58 | More by jwc215
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Clear and light amber in appearance. Good initial head with decent lace considering the style.
Malty, which is not surprising given the ABV (11.3%!). This is not an extreme smell; it seems well-balanced without distinct classical aromas of hops or alcoholic warmth.
Very full body...the swallow is almost hot with its alcohol warmth. A bit strong on the tongue making me swallow it rapidly. The aftertaste is all hop which is completely unexpected.
This is an extreme beer that does not have any typical one-sided flavors or smells (except maybe the alcohol warmth). It's incredibly flavorful and easy to sip, swallow and consume. Perhaps too easy!?
03-01-2008 01:07:37 | More by smcolw
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
On-tap at Hollingshead's, 2 year old barleywine here,
A: Pours a light amber, with a full white head into a Chimay chalice. Good long-lasting head for this old a beer, good lacing as well.
S: Aged malt, I don't now how to describe the smell, though I find it in nearly all aged American Barleywines. Hops are prevalent though the malt has surely taken this one over.
T: Great malt flavour, bittersweet with a nice mix of hops. Hops are still clearly evident after 2 years, pine, stone fruit are clearly evident. Just a good flavour, an enjoyable ale to drink.
M: Full bodied, lightly viscous with alcohol evident in the finish, no burn at all. Very smooth.
D: The 2007 version of this brew has held up very well. I'm glad Kenny had a keg of this. Not mind-blowing, just a tasty and drinkable aged barleywine.
01-27-2009 01:17:17 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
04/30/08- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle poured into my Old Guardian glass.
Appearance- Brandy red colored pour. Very lucid. About a 3/4 to and inch larger bubbled head. Leaves a nice semi-creamy rim. Excellent sticky patchy lace.
Smell- More subdued than normal years, but still a very nice caramel malt and fruity hop aroma. About equal and nothing really trumps the other. Just a bit of a sniffer.
Taste- A year plus worth of aging has done well for this one, just as it usually does. Flavors meld very well. Sweet caramel goodness, maybe a touch of fusel alcohol as well. Sharp grapefruit and lemon hops pass up the malt by just a bit. Well balanced for Stone.
Mouthfeel- Chewy and a higher carbonation level. As always a nice bitter ass whooping on the tongue.
Drinkability- Another 2 thumbs up for Old Guardian. It appears aging is your best bet unless you like scorching hops burning a hole through your stomach.
05-01-2008 17:35:19 | More by GClarkage
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Pours a cloudy glowing orange with good carnbonationa nd a nice white head
S:Nose is big citrus and booze
T: Taste is a nice hop and malt balance, feel of aging hops and caramel sweetness
M:Medium bodied with plenty of boozer but the gae has subdued it and balanced it out well
D: Pretty damn good. had a pint of this and still went for a Double Mountain Vaporizer
07-03-2010 02:53:29 | More by barleywinefiend
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Stone Old Guardian
Limited Early 2007 Release
Purchased @ New Beer Distributors, NYC, NY. $6.00. 22 ounce Stone style bomber. Poured into a Belgian style snifter/tulip kind of thing and after a small initial glass, its clear that this yet more fine brew from Stone, very pleasant to sip right now and clearly with the potential to be aged for a few years. Pours cloudy, dull, orangey amber, with a typical tan head that leaves nice scattered lacing. Nose is all about buttery, malty good ness, with a sneaky undercoating of resiny hopping. Full bodied nectar, with notes of more soft butter, maple, whole wheat nutty toast with a orange marmalade hint. Warming and complex, with those resiny/pine hope notes again subtly in the background and finish. Fine stuff, drink it now or in a year or two Stone Brewery overrated? Please
02-10-2007 19:03:11 | More by Billolick
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.