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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

287 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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 shaebs99
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first year of Old Guardian(since I was only 21 at it's release), but my 2nd bottle. This one I aged since the "Limited Early 2007 release"(making it the 1st bottle that I have opened since I started to age bottles). If my memory serves me correctly very little has changed since then (guess I shouldn't have wimped out and waited until the release of the '08 Old Guardian). Maybe a little less hop presence, but that could be imagined or my forgetfullness. The important thing is that the beer has not been spoiled which was the key to this experiment in aging.

Pours a dark rusty amber. Small head, but good carbonation. Lacing is slight around the edges. Drank a little lower than room temperature.

The aroma is malty with a slight hop presence. The alcohol aroma is definitely still there. Hard to explain why exactly I enjoy the smell so much. It triggers some memory that makes me love the smell. Something about it reminds me of pepper or peppermint. As it warms the alcohol aroma does move to the front.

First taste is of sweetness in the malt backed up by a hot alcohol and a grapefruity finish. Still is enjoyable.

Full bodied with a light, but not absent carbonation.

Drinkability is questionable. This beer is definitely a sipper. You can keep the bomber for yourself, but sipping this with a friend would probably be best. I will definitely get future releases and might pick up another bottle of this if I can find it.

Wish I had aged a case so that I could see how this beer ages in 6- month intervals. Recently saw another few bottles of this at a beer distributor near me. I might pick up another bottle and save it for fall '08.
This beer can be enjoyed at its release or anytime after. Don't feel you have to age your bottle of this. I just feel it would be interesting and potentially better if it is aged to attempt knocking back the alcohol presence in the nose and taste.

Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07 vintage. Pours dark orangey amber with a dense beige head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma is still citric hoppy but the caramel malt has clearly taken the front seat here. Flavor is chewy bready caramel with accents of orange and grapefruit. Alcohol is still present but subdued compared to fresh bottles. Fulfilling, creamy mouthfeel and solid drinkability.

Photo of bearisprime
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Freshie
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Atron67
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of boogles
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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!).

Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of auntfloyd
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.