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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

283 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 283
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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bearisprime

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-08-2012 22:45:04 | More by bearisprime
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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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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-19-2014 06:10:19 | More by zestar
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Overlord

California

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

Had a chance to try this on New Years Eve. Yey.

Pours a reddish amber, with not much of a head. Maybe a thin crust of carbonation throughout.

Taste is aggressively hoppy; startling so, in fact. Not a bad taste, mind you, just not what I was expecting. Pine needles, grapefruit, and a gargantuan alcohol bite. Maybe a bit more caramel malt to balance it out than would expected from a DIPA/IPA, but I would scarcely have guessed this was a barleywine.

Still, very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 10:33:40 | More by Overlord
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2012 18:56:43 | More by PhineasGage
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-25-2013 02:21:03 | More by t0rin0
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-14-2014 18:00:12 | More by imperialking
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

22 oz. bottle, 11.26% ABV. Pours a clear reddish copper color. Thick off-white foamy head holds together very well, especially considering how big this beer is.

Candied fruit, caramel, floral and citrusy aroma. A bit of fig as well. A hint of booze in the aroma, but not too much.

Huge candy sweet malt character. Figs, fruits, candy covered hops. Nice amount of alcohol warming. Raw piney, floral and citrusy bitterness.

Full body, with just enough carbonation. Big, young and raw. Surely this will age well, but I like it now.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 11:22:24 | More by Bierguy5
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Early 2007 release. Opened on 8/2/07, so i imagine thats ages at least 5 months.

Pours an amber, caramel color. Lacing is thick, but settles nicely.

Smell is very pungent with hops and a warming phenol alcohol.

Taste is a big hops smack. Sweet malt following, almost candy like sugar presence. A bit of citrus in there as well. High ABV warms the palate as you drink, bringing a rising smokiness to the flavor.

The hops and the malt seem to be a bit out of balance, which creates an uneven mouthfeel.

A bit of sipper, but I still enjoyed it. They went a bit overboard on the hops this year? I don't know. But even if I liked other Old Guardian vintages better, they still manage to make one kick ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 18:24:42 | More by Freshie
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

My super bowl beer of choice, 22oz bomber. Pours a shiny, bright orange/mahogany body topped by a medium full white head.
Smells of sweetened raisins, some walnuts, floral, and pine.
Tastes about the same. As it warmed the pine came out more, the alcohol was easy, non-burning. Hops makes the finish crisp and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 00:03:50 | More by Mebuzzard
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Wow, this is one super hopped barleywine. But then again what did I expect from Stone?

Pours a deep amber that's almost a little redish, with a nice and fluffy buttercream colored head. Head recedes very slowly and leaves behind a nice ring around hte glass, with a little bit of stick. Smell is quite hoppy, with big juicy fruit citrus aroma, as well as some piney hops. Also smells sweet with some caramel malt, and there's some alcohol in there as well, particularly as it warms.

The taste is nicely balanced between sweet malts and fruity, bitter hops. Starts out sweet and fruity, then some bitterness comes to the forefront from the hops, which have some pine like the smell. Citrus hoppy flavor is more pronounced in the taste than the piney flavor overall. Finishes bitter as the oily hops stay on the palate, but overall this is quite smooth and well balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied and its very creamy.

This is quite drinkable and almost goes down too easily for the abv. The alcohol does get more noticeable as it warms but it is well hidden for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 00:19:43 | More by number1bum
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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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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- looks good, a light white foam, hazy, medium amber.

S- kinda fruity, with hops and malty, its good, full smell

T- strong taste, complex and very strong, highly enjoy it, starts with the malt and alcohol kinda hitting together alcohol is a little bitter, then the fruit and hops come in, theres alot happening at the same time so its hard to separate, aging some of these will make it better, I do really really like the taste of this beer. Im looking forward to what this will taste like when it ages a little more.

M- slightly dry good

D- the alcohol and strong flavor makes drinking it go a little slow, its delicious but its a beer that is slow to drink. ITs something you ponder over, makes a great sunday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 22:49:43 | More by Atron67
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a snifter.

Appearance: Caramel amber appearance, almost golden in the narrower parts of the glass. A bit lighter than the more recent vintages.

Smell: Surprisingly light on the nose. Very nuanced aroma of apricot, light citrus hops, and soft caramel malt.

Taste: I think it may be aged a bit too much for my taste. The caramel malt and apricot citrus hops combine for great smoothness, but it is a little dull and light. The complexity seems to be breaking down.

Mouthfeel: Great, soft feel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 17:48:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
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boogles

Kansas

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

Stone really does their big efforts well, I think. The barleywine is to barleywine what Stone's RIS is to RIS. It's big and complex, and does not hide the alcohol, but in a good way: it's factored into the equation.

On the other hand, I wish it had a bit less alcohol to allow the piney hops to rise up. It works in the aftertaste, but the nose hit is abrupt and there's no way around it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:14:24 | More by boogles
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ehammond1


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

Growler

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA
02-20-2011 Sunday Funday Growler Fills

(Aged 4 years at the brewery)

A murky and cloudy deep copper. Very thin milky brown head with small bubbles. Leaves not so much rings of lacing as sheets of it.

Orange citrus hops, cherries, and lemon in the nose. A sugary caramel sweetness as well.

The bitterness from the hops have faded and what's left is just the essence of citrus hop flavors. These are accompanied by flavors of caramel malts, maple syrup, sweet dates, and old-fashioned donuts. No alcohol heat whatsoever. A fantastic sipper.

Silky yet sticky. Feels like drinking a divine dessert.

As with most decadent desserts, one is most often enough. Even without the slightest hint of alcohol, I don't find myself grabbing for more. (Until around midnight, just like with a rich dessert, and I sneak down to the kitchen for just one more!).

Serving type: growler

02-22-2011 00:37:40 | More by ehammond1
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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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auntfloyd

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a silk-screened Stone bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

Pours a dark, clear copper color, with virtually no head, and minimal lacing.

The nose is a mixture of sweet malt and citrusy hops.

As in most (all?) of Stone's brews, hops are a big component of the taste, certainly more so than most American barleywines I've tried. The hops provide a citrus and slightly pineappley flavor up front, with the fruity malts being more pronounced later on. The flavor is not especially sweet, nor spicy as many barleywines can be; rather it is slightly bitter with a good balance of flavors, and a small hint of alcohol at the end.

The mouthfeel is very good for this style: it is smooth and well-carbonated. Drinkability is high, especially given the type of ale this is.

Overall, this is an excellent American barley wine that puts hops back in the mix. Fans of Stone's other brews will definitely want to try it out; others should as well. Recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 00:49:20 | More by auntfloyd
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown with sticky tan head.

Toffee, brown sugar, raisins, caramel, and earth in the nose.

Complex sugar and malt flavors throughout the entire experience. I pick up on toffee, bread pudding, raisin, some vanilla, unrefined beet sugar. Some hops hidden in there as well. Bitterness is high even after a little under a year of age.

Nice little barley wine, I prefer it fresh and rough around the edges though. Alcohol is not apparent as one might think. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 03:46:20 | More by bosco7
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 22:29:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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BMoney575

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-25-07

Pours a deep red, with a nice white head with great retention, no real lacing.

Smell is good, fruity but also caramelly and sweet. Strong floral hops, with a definite aroma of alcohol.

Taste is not as good, sweet maltiness with a huge hop bite. Finishes dry and bitter with strong alcohol warmth. After awhile the alcohol becomes too much.

Mouthfeel is not good. Way to thin and watery. Changes the hop flavor to just bitterness.

Drinkability is also poor, the alcohol and thin mouthfeel makes it a beer that I won't try again without some time to age.

Overall, this is the second big beer from Stone that I've been disappointed with. Both the Old Guardian and Double Bastard suffered from an unnecessarily high abv that did not meld well with the beer. Stone's beers seem to be very well filtered and clean, and this does not lend itself well to masking alcohol. It's a shame, Stone makes so few different beers, and their biggest ones aren't any good.

Score edited: 5-2-09
2007 Vintage

Two years in the cellar made a world of difference.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:59:39 | More by BMoney575
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PatronWizard

California

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

Was trying to cellar this but damn, daddy gets thirsty. Hope to get another one.

Pours a beautiful semi-clear amber under a huge white head of poorly graded bubbles. Very few bubbles float up so this head won't be replenished. Falls very slowly. Great looking brew.

Smell is good but a little weak. I expected an uppercut, got a little slap. Caramel.

Taste like a sugar daddy. Nice alcohol bite. I expected a little bite since we're at 11.26% and it's very nice when you expect it. Sweet and smooth. This is very good. Thick, but with little or no abrasiveness.

Overall: great stuff

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:23:11 | More by PatronWizard
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sloejams

California

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

I don't often partake in Barleywines, except around winter when SN Bigfoot is an annual staple. Aside from a few other various offerings that pretty much makes up my barleywine intake. Every year I buy a few and they always linger. They're big, intense offerings that often scare me when I look into my refrigerator. So in that regard, I find them quite easy to age - not drinking it = best way to age, of course.

Old Guardian is one I try every year. So far, it's been until today nearly August for me to sample Stone's 07 offering, and to be honest, I'm not sure what drove me to try it today, but I'm certainly glad I did.

As expected this is a big beer. Chewy malt characteristics up and down with tons of hop bitterness. Not as floral as my favorite, Bigfoot, but some say that has too much hop character for a barleywine. I like lots of hops so perhaps that is what makes me so comfortable with that. This is far more balanced, which is not to say there are subtleties - everything is there and there in spades.

Wonderful caramel and bready flavors fill out the hops and chewy malts. The body is rich and full with a smooth finish. Quite tasty. Why have I waited so long to try this?

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 22:02:48 | More by sloejams
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.