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

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

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BA SCORE
92
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281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%


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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mithrascruor

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-brown color. Somewhat dark, but subdued. Very little head, which is pretty much gone before you can evaluate it.

Smell: The aroma is very fruity and floral. Malt flavors aren't distinct or very noticable at all.

Taste: Starts a bit sweet with malts (caramel-like), which leads into a grapefruit-like hop bitterness. From start to finish it is rather tart and very direct. The alcohol takes a bit of time to be noticed in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, yet quite viscous. The carbonation feel seems to be masked by the tartness of the flavor.

Drinkability: This is a beer that is probably difficult for most people to drink, and even those people (like me) who enjoy barley wines will find this a bit less drinkable than others (since it's so powerful).

Quite a beast! Both the flavor and the alcohol are at times nearly overbearing. Seems to be a bit of a novelty, but it's still fun and enjoyable. Not for the weak of heart, but if you enjoy barley-wines or generally strong, unique beers, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:44:47 | More by mithrascruor
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joepais

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Early 2007 release poured into a tulip glass produced a good size tan colored head that faded away slowly. This was on top of a brownish orange body.

The hops are gone but the malts are coming into there own in the aroma department. A little bit of oxidation but to be expected in my book. The flavor was what I expected it had a nice sweetness and it made it a really great sipper. The feel in my mouth was full and just the right amount of carbonation.

It went down fine but I should have split the bomber my head knew it later. I would drink this again if I could

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:31:35 | More by joepais
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MisterClean

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Davis Grad.

A - Orange copper, 1 fingered head, which dissipates to a half, but decides to stick around.

S - Peaches, caramel, and light alcohol.

T - Nectarine or peach, light hops (undescribable), and light alcohol.

M - Very viscousy, oh so good. Excellent.

D - Get me a cigar, stat!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 07:20:11 | More by MisterClean
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drseamus

New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to aerozeppl for sharing this bottle.

Amber body with a slight white head. The aroma is chock full of raisiny goodness. The flavor matches the aroma with raisins but adds a good amount of spiciness and leaves a lasting bitterness. The body is medium to heavy but overall this beer needs more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:42:44 | More by drseamus
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cbl2

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/15/2007 $5.99 22 oz. 11.26% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a mostly clear orange brown with mild minute bubble carbonation. No head, just isolated islands of white wisps scattered throughout the glass.

Aroma:

Loads of overripe ready to burst sweet fruit. Perhaps a hint of alcohol, but overally relatively mild for a barley wine.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice slick/oily mouthfeel. Flavors start off sweet, with notes of caramel and lychee, but transition into hoppy bitterness, with grapefruit and pine vying for dominance. Hot alcohol is nicely masked, but does appear towards the end, in a warming sensation. Overall a well crafted barley wine. Another stellar achievement from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 17:52:56 | More by cbl2
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scottoale

California

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, an early release of a fine, young barley wine that just gets better...year after year!

From the 22oz. brown bomber with silk-screened label, pours a deep coppery orange with a stiff and creamy beige head with a slight orange tint. Good head retension with ample carbonation and plenty of lace left as consumed...nice.

Sweet, floral and fruity in the nose, very much the scent of honeysuckle. The maltyness dominates with sweet and fusel alcohols running down deep and a grassy hop note past that. The smell is sweet and tantilizing with lots going on in it's young stages...fairly complex, yet well balanced.

Sweet, malty intro with a fruity and alcoholic punch, fusel and billowy through the middle and ending cleanly sahweet. Light bitter aftermath.

Plenty viscous in body, loads of alcohol ta-boot...take it easy on this one if your not used to the big beers exceeding 11% ABV. Very enjoyable now, but will age beautifully like a fine wine, no doubt! Cheers to a brew of my favorite style!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 04:44:24 | More by scottoale
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug this out of a box in the cellar. Pours a clear dark amber with hints of garnet and a nice white head.
Smells of creamy, candy malts with lots of fruit and caramel behind.
Taste is a massive, sweet malt explosion. There's so much going on here: caramel, sweet toffee, raisin, plum, and it's really well balanced by some nice fruity hops. Alcohol is barely noticable. This is rich and creamy and a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 01:57:12 | More by kirok1999
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazed orangey amber with very little head.
malty aroma with lots of caramel, quite fruity too, i get peach, berry, fermented apple, pear, and a sugary sort of star fruit. a slight bready cocoa powder mingles with the fruit. a good amount of alcohol is also detectable along with earthy hoppiness.
the flavor is pretty malty too, and quite boozy. this is very warming. rich caramel and fruit dominate up front. pear, apple, berries, and that same sugary star fruit, and maybe something akin to grape skin. it's also got a baked goods type flavor, like pie crust. hops are big in the back, with earthy citrus bitterness taking up a good portion of the show.
i feel like the mouthfeel is similar to other years, but i'm really feeling the active carbonation in a relatively full body this time around.
as alsways a good barleywine. good to share too.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 01:26:36 | More by kmo1030
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OStrungT

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby red color with a light tan head that fades slowlt, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very malty sweet aroma. I smell some molasses. It also has a strong hoppy aroma. Piney. The alcohol in present in the aroma as well.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Piney hop flavor. There is also a strong caramel malty flavor. The alcohol is present in the flavor. I taste a slight fruity flavor also. Figs I think.

This beer goes down surprisingly smooth. It is full bodied. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated.

I dount this beer would make the best session beer. It has an aggressive flavor, and the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This beer is as good as anything that Stones puts out. It is a good choice, and is definately worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 01:13:59 | More by OStrungT
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sleazo

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber with a substantial head. Goes down quicly but plenty of lace. Nice for a barley wine

S-Toffee, Alcohol, slight fruit

T-Sweet malty richness followed up by a nice hop backbone. The alcohol is there but i was expecting worse considering the newness. Delicious. I was expecting this to be harsh and it really isnt. I will need to see what age will do to this.

M-Smooth and rich wouithout being too viscous

D-Way too smooth despite %

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 04:34:12 | More by sleazo
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Limited early release 2007. This one has been sitting around for a year and a half. It is sure to have matured quite a bit from its initial bottling.

A- Chilled to 55 degrees and poured into my favorite snifter. Beautiful deep amber color with a small white foam that leaves some lacing. A bit cloudy with a nice bubble stream.

S- Aged malty nose with some floral hops and some yeasty biscuit scents as well. Alcohol is very much present in the aroma but is kept in check with some piney apricot and brown sugar/caramel scents.

T- Huge malty sweet bread flavor. Alcohol is a bit brash and boozy. The hops try to come through but the age has really knocked their bitterness down. Spice and dark fruit flavors are present with a caramel sweetness. A diacetyl buttery finish that was a bit surprising.

M- Big and chewy with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- A decent brew that aged well but the hops sadly perished.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 15:36:27 | More by projectflam86
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brew3crew

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at acre for the stone tap takeover

A-transparent amber with no head whatsoever

S-lots of malt with some hops still left suprisingly

T-sweet malts with a little bit of burn from the alcohol. Very slight alcohol but its there still

M-medium body and smooth.

O-Age has really mellowed the beer out. Would love to try agai with more age

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 23:51:55 | More by brew3crew
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. This beer pours a clear, medium amber golden/copper color. It turns a deep but bright red when held up to light. Head is anout an inch thick upon pouring that settles to a a nice film layer on the beer's surface. Also has some very nice lacing too. Has a very floral, malty aroma along with some caramel or butter scotch, followed by a hint of hops. The taste is malty and sweet upfront followed by some hop bitterness. The sweet flavors remind me of caramel popcorn and butter scotch. The taste of alcohol is also somewhat present. This beer has a sort of buttery texture/mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is also crisp and creamy with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but I hope drinkability improves with age. This is a good beer but I am confident it will become even better as it ages. I will have to pick up a few more bottles for cellaring. In my opinion Stone released this beer about 2 months too early this year.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 17:33:44 | More by neenerzig
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oelergud

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful cloudy orange body, orange tinted head, great retention that leaves clumpy lace.
The smell is caramel, hops and alcohol in perfect balance with some grass and bread.
Perfect caramel spiced hop goodness. Mild toffee and mouthwatering strong brown sugar and burnt pine resin. The aftertaste lasts forever and is beyond excellent.
Full thick body, good coating and slick.
So delicious and drinkable, just take it slow or the Old Guardian will get up and kick your ass.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 20:59:23 | More by oelergud
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MiScusi

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. Color is a deep burnt orange and a very thin white head that dissipates into some small lacings and bubbles on top. The smell isn't as hoppy as I expected. Fruity, sweet, but yes, definitely hops in there too. Hops are not one dimensional, because I can't pick out their aroma. They are complex- strikingly similar to the Ruination.

The taste is sweet. Hops come in at the end and the the bitterness stays for a very long time. The alcohol is very well hidden at least on the tongue. My stomach is warmed up quite a bit though. Maybe a bit of ethanol aftertaste along with the lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick but medium, not overbearing, sticky, or syrupy.

This was my first full Barleywine (although I had a taster or Old Gaurdian back in '05 when my palate wasn't very developed), and it was very delightful.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 19:33:21 | More by MiScusi
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rallison

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that never really dies down (make sure you serve this not too cold, or you'll get no head!).

S: Smells of caramel and toffee malts with a nice touch of hops. Very nice smell - although I wouldn't mind it just a touch more pronounced (this is nitpicking, not real criticism).

T: Delicious. Tons and tons of great tasting caramel and toffee malts, but with a great hop bite. Not the most bitter barleywine I've had (can someone say Old Crustacean?), but hopped just enough to balance the tons of malt. Hops are more of the This is one beer that absolutely must be served warm enough. I've had it too cold before, and it absolutely loses the characteristics that bring everything together. Served at cellar temperature, all the aspects balance each other out. Mmmm.

M: Rich, delicious, and yummy. Low-ish carbonation, but good for this beer.

D: Relatively drinkable, but not the most drinkable for a barleywine - of course, for 11.26%, it's pretty drinkable.

Highly recommended. Go get yourself a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 07:37:22 | More by rallison
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 via Plenum for allowing the partaking of this beer

This offering pours a cloudyish golden orange with not really too much head to speak of. The aromas are faint on some hop notes and heavy on the caramel and toffee on the nose. The taste I was rather impressed with because the hop character that I'm used to kicking me in the face with Stone beers. I suppose hops don't stick around for 3 years. There was a buttery taste to the beer along with the aforementioned caramel characters. This beer wasn't overly boozy, but I found it to be flat. Though I must admit I truly had no problem whatsoever drinking this beer. It was a very good, clearly above average barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 07:39:46 | More by Vdubb86
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A ruby/rusty orange color.
S - Toasted biscuits, malt, light hops, alcohol.
T - Smooth, buttery, toasted biscuits, dark fruits.
M - Very good, and very strong. The alcohol creates such a smooth, warm finish.
D - Very drinkable, considering the ABV, but it is a barleywine and the style is incredible. Old Guardian is a great beer and it's scary how fast you drink it. I would love to sip on this all night, especially during colder months.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 03:05:10 | More by Gatch
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Ego

New Jersey

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.

eyes...
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.

nose...
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

taste etc...
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.

verdict?
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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tewaris

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12% ABV; 85 IBU's
Served in a 10 oz. Chalice like glass.

Hazy and deep tangerine hued with a small off white head. Not big on head retention or lacing. It's amazing that the hops have survived 4 years and are still present in the strongly woody/resiny aroma. Bready and caramel malt notes are present as well.

Lots of palate bruising bitterness but worth the flavor - earthy, resiny, and woody notes, strong caramel and dried fruit. I am glad that I got to try a brewer certified aged American Barleywine. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with appropriate carbonation. The finish is clean and a little astringent without any alcohol burn. A very good beer!

Scores: Appearance 3/5, Aroma 4/5, Taste 4/5, Mouthfeel 4.5/5, Overall 4.5/5

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 02:35:44 | More by tewaris
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour of a bomber into a tulip glass. At about 50° it is a hazy deep orange, with a thin but tight tan head. The head starts at about a finger and fades to a thin coating rather quickly. It stays put from that point on. Not much lacing however.

The aroma has a nice hoppy spice to it which is entwined around a deep earthy maltiness. Some nice hints of dark fruit, even whiskey soaked fruitcake. Taste is really a nicely balanced and complex blend of some piney hops, sweet caramel and earthy malt, prune and ripe plum notes, and the warming alcohol. This is really a delight in the mouth. Returning to take a deep whiff before each sip is mandatory. An overall sensory delight.

Big and thick, no question this is one hearty beer. Sippability is high :-) I'll be working on this bomber for much of the rest of today. Right on, who is going to session a barleywine anyway?

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 17:56:26 | More by ZimZamZoom
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I managed to find this beer at the Whole Foods in Hadley. 2007 Old Guardian pours a red amber with a slightly off white head. Smell is sweet caramel malts and citrusy, piney hops, with almost a metallic twinge to it. Alcohol is there but light.

Flavor is a slam of intense hoppy bitterness. Huge grapefruit and other citrus, with tons of bitterness, complemented by a nice spicy alcohol flavor. The hops are backed up by delicious sweet malts, very fruity and flavorful with hints of raisin and toffee. I don't know if its the massive amount of raw hop flavor and bitterness, but the beer is certainly not overly sweet like some beers tend to get as the pass 10 or 11% abv.

I'm glad I finally tracked this one down, hopefully I have the will power to save the second bottle I bought and see how it does with some age. I have a feeling this one will be even more amazing with a year or two under its belt.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 04:27:48 | More by ericj551
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WeisGuy

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to the superior trader that is metallitone1 for this bottle. Limited Early 2007 Release.

a - deep burnt orange color, big off-white head, nice retention and great lacing

s - big piney hops and alcohol dominate the nose, not much hint of malt

t - big piney hops up front, body is more hoppy bitterness with a subdued malty backbone, finish is very bitter with a noticeable alcohol component

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry finish

d - alcohol and intense bitterness limits drinkability somewhat, but I could drink this beer until I fell over and my palate was destroyed

Another great beer from Stone. Big, hoppy, aggressive, everything I expect from Mr. Koch. I imagine this would be very good aged for awhile, but I like it now.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 01:04:15 | More by WeisGuy
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thick light tan head in my Old Guardian tulip. Crystal clear light amber, dark orange body. Almost a copper.
S- Big citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit comes through quite a bit too. Some alcohol is found in there also. Hints of bread and light yeast. Very faint hints of caramel too.
T- Citrus and light pine flavors come out first. Grapefruit is in there with that. Caramel and toffee malt body come in soon after. Alcohol throws itself in there to be tasted with the malt body. It then fades to something I can't quite put my finger on. Almost like a light bread? The alcohol gives a nice harsh warming through the big bitterness that is lingering on the tongue from the very first sip. I don't think the alcohol warming is as bad as everyone has made it out to be. It is there but it isn't a LOT! There are a lot worse beers. There is a grapefruit undertone to all of this also.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It is really good. I do prefer these than bigfoot (both being fresh). I think it has a nice warming to it and just a very good complex beer and great example of the style.

Note: I would want to give it a 4.75 on the taste and a 4.75 on the drainkability, but I can't. I don't think though that it should just get a 4.5 and that is why I chose to round up.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 05:56:55 | More by BlindPig
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a reddish hue, mainly clear with a small cream head that slowly dissipates. Light and sugary smell, like a nice toasted marshmallow, light bready caramel sweetness. There is the faintest hint of sweet citrus in the aroma as well. Taste is very similar, quite rich and sugary, bready and caramel sweet, with a hint of citrus. Nice alcohol kick in the finish with some peppery hops on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy and soft body with the sugars involved, hops show a nice dryness in the taste and mf that continues long into the aftertaste, wish they would be more present in the aroma and taste. An easy to drink, mellow barleywine, rich for sure, not a lot of hop presence, at least flavor-wise, but no trouble loving every ounce of these 22.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 00:06:32 | More by hoppymeal
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.