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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Reviews: 239
Hads: 289
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.26% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Wildman on 01-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 289
Photo of jminsc76
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a decent head initially, with little lacing and no legs. The body exhibits a reddish orange color out of the light and a more yellowish orange in the light.

Strong aromas of candy, hops, and malts. Very complex. Even gives off a little graham cracker scent.

Flavors are sweet, and similar to the aromas complex, but as alexd3891 (who I am drinking this with while watching UFC) says, "it needs to come together more." For those with a palate of stone (no pun intended), you will get the flavors you need but the heat at the finish may disappoint slightly.

Mouthfeel is hot, slightly chewy, and exhibits a little bit of carbonation.

Overall, I agree with alexd3891 that this could use a little more aging to bring what is potentially a phenomenal barleywine into its peak. That said, it's about as enjoyable as a 2007 as a Bigfoot Barleywine by Sierra Nevada is in 2009. If you enjoy that at that year, you should enjoy this. (952 characters)

Photo of Braudog
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Limited early 2007 release poured form the 22 0z bomber. It has a warm rosy visual appeal, lightly carbonated with a stoic rocky head. The aroma is sweet and sugary, making me think of some rich dessert. As expected, it carries a big stick to the palate ... syrup, oak, cooked caramel, and resin. Would love to do a vertical comparison of this one; me thinks it will age grandly. (#2729, 3/1/2007) (397 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (1,443 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of ReDave
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug this out of the back of the California cellar [modified refrigerator]

Decided that two years might be enough?

Pours a little head that very quickly dies no lace and no foam at all.

aroma, mostly malt some spices.

taste wow still has a big hop wallop!

great stuff, this could probably still have waited for a year or more....

but it tastes good now if you like a bite, and i do. (387 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Caracole tulip glass
Decanted @ 50 degrees

A - Clear ruby brown with a nice one inch light tan head with varied bubble size. Leaves a smooth and full coat of lacing upon tipping. Slow moving carbo bubbles work their way to the surface.

S - Sweet dark fruits (raisin stands out) with a spicy alcoholic vibe that only increases upon warming. Aside from the sweetness, its not incredibly malty, nor do the hops stand out. Nicely balanced.

T - Overall taste is rich, with a cloying sweetness that refreshes your dark fruit quota and adds a nice complementary drying effect. Some alcohol resides at the end as well, especially as this beer warms.

M - Moderately carbonated with a smooth alcoholic bite. Smooth overall however, making this mouthfeel rather enjoyable.

D - Looking forward to cracking one open a year or so down the road, as this one was tasty but a little hot in terms of alcohol. (938 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of jtell
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown and perfectly clear. Little to no head and not much carbonation seen in my tulip. Smell is hop oils with some malt in the background. First taste is very sweet. Caramel is very noticeable. Turns into a slick hoppy beer that really lingers and coats the mouth. Not what I was expecting after the initial taste but really interesting and keeps me coming back for more. The hop oil just lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is excellent. Slick, buttery and smooth. I heard this was drinking well but wasnt expecting something quite this smooth from such a big beer. Really very impressed. The drinkability is rather high for a beer with this much flavor and alcohol. Definitely packs a punch though. Be careful and enjoy. (734 characters)

Photo of Ryanbob
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears cloudy orange with a tiny head. It smells yeasty, sweet, and alcoholic. The taste is complex. Some floral, piney hops, some alchoholic burn, some fruity, rindy flavors, , some dried fruit, some earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, bubbly, not to much burn from the alcohol.

I'm not the world's biggest barleywine fan, but I really enjoyed this one. Keeps you guessing, not too dirty, not too alcoholic, overall a very enjoyable ride. Thanks Dave at Zeno's for this tasty brew! (508 characters)

Photo of srroos
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber recently acquired from Lone Hill Liquor into a Riedel Snifter.

A: Caramel color with a small tan head. Lighter in color than amny other barleywines.

S: Sweet caramel and citrus.

T: Initially sweet, with a big bitter punch. Not as intense as other reviews describe, perhaps due to the age.

MF: Well carbonated in the mouth, despite the minimal head. Not as thick and intense as many other barleywines.

D: As noted above, this is lighter than other barleywines, and more drinkable because of it.

I still have a bottle in my stash that has been aging since release. I'll have to update this review with a comparison (vs this bottle which was kept refrigerated) when I open that one. (712 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cellared this on 2/11/07 and I drank this on 2/12/08.

A- Poured into a snifter, this beer pours a clear orangish-amber color with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer. The head leaves some thick lacing at first. Very nice to look at.

S- Sugary sweet with a strong alcohol backing. Some carmel too. Not as much citrus from the hops.

T- Sweet, malty, and carmely. The bitterness has faded but it still lingers on the finish. Very boozy as well. The alcohol has melded with the other flavors nicely but this is still pretty hot.

M- Creamy and smooth. Very little carbonation.

D- This is a huge beer, so it's hard to finish a bomber by myself, but it sure is tasty. The drinkability has increased after a year. (724 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (647 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a lightly hazed copper red, really nice and vibrant colour, thick off white head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick around, good retention, looks real nice. Smell is great, very rich toffee, biscuits, brown sugar, tons of malt, grapefruit, strawberries, lots of fruit, alcohol comes through but is well hidden, nice floral hoppiness and big malts, nice kick to it. Taste is similar but better, lots of toffee, very rich in the mouth, biscuity malt, more brown sugar, grapefruit juice, raisins, strawberries, butter cookies, alcohol, more fruit, more toffee, just great stuff, very rich and full flavour. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly syrupy with low carbonation, some warmth going down but alcohol is generally well hidden, super smooth going down. Great barleywine and has aged like a champ, I wish I would have gotten more of this stuff, too bad I was a cheapskate a couple years ago. (962 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep copper color with a finger of off white head that remains as a layer for the life of the beer. Crystal clear with some fingers after a swirl.

S- Sweet and caramelly malt, with a hint of sweet bread as well. Some alcohol esters, and tons of dark fruit... raisins, prunes, dates, along with some toasted nuts.

T- Intense, rich malt character... caramel, honey, molasses, sweet bread. After that, some intense hops come in to balance and dominate the finish, along with a hint of yeast and white bread.

M- Full-bodied, thick, velvety, chewy smooth. low carbonation, and an astringent finish, with a hint of warming alcohol. Perfect.

D- Excellent. Not overly intense, even though it's strong, bitter, and sweet. Highly recommended. One of the best barleywines I've had. (785 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours between gold and orange color, medium white head at first pour but dissipates to a thin but well-retained head.

Nose is has a sweet melon citrusy component, and a suggestion of fruity desserts.

On the palate is a candied sweet maltiness with spicy hops that are assertive at first presence but then mellow into a smooth mix of flavors towards the finish.

Aged 1yr prior to consumption. (394 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Appearance is of clear body with a copper red/amber hue. Small, white head that is mostly diminishing. Fair lacing throughout.

S- Nose is mild and sweet malt. Hoppy aroma with tones of caramel, citrus, and a touch of honey. Fairly strong alcohol aroma as well.

T- Initial flavor is moderately bitter and marked by followed by sweet malt, with a short finish of hoppy goodness. Alcohol tones are present throughout, but not overwhelming.

M- Medium body with a smooth, almost creamy, texture. Soft carbonation with a moderately alcoholic finish.

D- Surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV. A very smooth drinking BW with a nice hop profile that is not overly sweet. Great option for a nightcap or after-dinner brew. (731 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (569 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cleared auburn color and formed a small off white bubbly head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, pine and a perfume aspect I can't place. The flavor is of malt, hops, pine and a touch of carmel. The body is medium light and the finish was a touch astrigent and bitter. This early in the vintage, still rather raw and will have to try another one after aging. (448 characters)

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall 22oz brown bottle into a snifter. Home.

A: Deep ruby, amber coloring. Decent head, but it thins out quickly, not much left towards the end. Not a whole lot of Belgian lace down the sides.
S: Sweet, floral aroma. Some sharp, biting astringency of hops with a hint of alcohol.
T: Very surprised by the large hop bitterness in this one – great balance to the sweetness. First to hit is a piney bitter flavor of the hops, followed by a caramel, candy sweetness with some lemon and orange flavors. Finishes fairly sweet with a strong alcohol bite. This is almost like a huge imperial IPA.
M: Full and syrupy. Good amount carbonation that helps the strong alcohol kick.
D: Very drinkable for a BW.

I purchased the last two on the shelf about a month back. I’ll check back in one year to see how the second one develops. (836 characters)

Photo of JasonA
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, not much head, some lacing. Virtually no carbonation in glass.

Gotta take a big whiff to get the citrusii wine smell. Good once you get it.

Stone hops, barley wine. Can taste the alcohol. Not bad ABV, strong and tasty.

Kinda syrupy. Smooth, but maybe a little thick.

Overall a very nice brew. Maybe not something I would have a lot of due to ABV, but a good changeup. I think this BW is defined by the Stone Hops. (446 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear reddish/amber with a large tan head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is pungent with a real strong "bisquity" aroma with dark fruit,hops, and alcohol. The taste is very hoppy for the style,which I like,but it's not really true to style. Bitter and citrus hops along with alcohol, malt,and some fruits. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing well. A different b/w. More like Bigfoot than traditional b/w's and I for one really like that. (472 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear medium marzen color with a moderate bubbly off white head with a very soft visible carbonation.

S: sticky pine scented, with dry grapefruit and a touch of boozy burbon barrel alcohol.

T: The initial flavor was malty, with very dry pine notes and a light smoked burbon woodiness. Dry bready caramel malting, pine, and a big alcohol fade finishes things out. The finish was very dry with some boozy burbon notes.

M: very light and boozy upon warming. soft due to the light carbonation.

D: an easy drinking barley for the massive 11.2%abv. (560 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to fartingdog for this via trade! I'm used to stone being a hoppier type of company and figured this one would be one of their hoppier versions. Surprise! I thought they did a nice job toning back some of the hop overkill I seem to find in the west coast influenced barleywines and creating a well balanced american version. It's malty, it's medium citrus hoppy, it's got a great nose, medium bodied and smooth to drink fresh. And the price is amazing for what you get. If I could get it locally I'd put a case in the beer cellar. As it is, I got 5 via trade and will enjoy the next four over time to see how it ages. I'll have to figure out how to get more for next years release.

Enjoy! (699 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was hard to hold on to this one for a year, but I am pleased with the results.

Poured part of a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - It has a hazy translucent peach copper color. It produced a 1 finger off white head that slowly dissipated to a thin crown. It left behind a decent amount of lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

Smell - The scent of this one has really changed from what I remember it smelling like. There is a huge booze presence as well as some fruit scents like grape, sweet orange and cherry.

Taste - It doesn't quite taste as good as it smells. There are some signs of oxidation, but that goes well with barleywines. The booze scent is huge. There is a nice caramel flavor that rounds everything out. It still maintains a large hop presence despite being over a year old. The fruit flavors of cherry, grape, and orange make an appearance, but the lingering booze finish quickly wipes them out. The finish slightly bitter, with the booze and the hops battling for supremacy - which detracts from the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel on this one is impressive. It is medium/full bodied, and has a good level of carbonation - nothing too lively, but keeps it interesting nonetheless. It is both slightly oily and slightly sticky at the same time.

Drinkability - Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is pretty easy drinking and tastes good, but the overwhelming booze in the flavor and the nose is too apparent. (1,446 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured thick and creamy. The color was a amber with a reddish hue with no foam. The smell was of hops, spices and a hint of a fruity aroma.

The flavor was of a thick sweet candy, like toffee and caramel was evident, along with a medium piney hoppy taste. Not a lot of alcohol flavor to ruin the taste. Well balanced. Bought a half case to store for special occasion. (370 characters)

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