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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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281 Ratings
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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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jdklks

Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

filled a growler at stone last saturday night. pours beautifully, with a murky dark orange body and an orange-ish white head. smells of everything you want a barleywine to smell like, though the scent is not as strong as one would want it to be. very sweet and citrus fruity. great.

wow. the flavor is truly exceptional. all of the flavors have developed into a mellow complexity that just works. the over-bearing hoppiness characteristic of fresh old guardian has finally settled into its place among the other flavors. fruity (oranges, apricots, grapes) and sugary, which adds up to a great sweetness that is put in check by what is left of the bitter hops. all of this is complemented by a perfect alcohol presence that is as subtle as the rest of the beer, and only adds to its greatness.

mouthfeel is a little lighter than i would like it to be, and it has lost perhaps a little too much carbonation. the drinkability is scary, especially at 11.26%

Serving type: growler

09-23-2009 02:19:40 | More by jdklks
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 1 liter growler filled on Saturday the 19, 2009 at Stone Brewery.

The appearance is great. The first thing I have to mention is the head and the lacing. Ridiculous. This is absurd, especially for a 11.26% ABV. Great amber color with no floaters. Beautiful looking beer.

The smell is nothing spectacular, but a lot of the smells translate into the taste.

The taste is great. This is an entirely different brew than this years. The recipe was no doubtingly different, but age also puts a great spin on this. Dark fruits are the overwhelming characteristic. Dried prunes, bit of currants, apricot, and dry peaches. A small brown sugar taste with a huge sweet alcoholic flavor. I also get a bit of licorice.

The mouthfeel is great, fresh keg tapped two days ago. What else could you ask for? This is the way they wanted it, and this was great.

Drinkability is dangerously high, almost 12% ABV. I am tossing this back like it is water, shit, probably should save some for later but I cannot stop. Just so good.

J

Serving type: growler

09-21-2009 23:57:38 | More by Jmoore50
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle with the early 2007 release on the front. Mountain of head and good carbonation released fruity notes from the start. Heavy yet smooth flavor of dried friut, prune like taste. Alcohol very noticeable still very warming are I sip. Appearance is deep copper red color. The age has mellowed this only a bit. I am guessing it could still sit for a few more years.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 18:43:23 | More by mtnbikerpa
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2009 18:30:52 | More by womencantsail
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PSUBeerman

Pennsylvania

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

bomber bottle, tulip glass

Pours a rich amber color with an orange tint. The head is creamy and thick with a light tan color and again an orange tint.

Aroma is nice with a Stone character. Floral, some hops and rich caramel malts. The alcohol accent hits the nose after awhile.

Flavor has a spicy hop background with big malts up front. A little peppery, yet sweet. Good balance, actually more balanced like an English style barleywine. Alcohol somewhat noticeable, but incorporated evenly considering the ABV.

A bit chewy and thick. It would be a task to do more than one or two in a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 02:13:30 | More by PSUBeerman
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TheTrevor

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown with orange highlights and a bit of a thin head. The smell is barley malt with a big punch of floral and grassy hops. The taste starts off with some malt sweetness that goes into some grassy and floral hops with a bit of alcohol in the back end. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy with a low amount of carbonation and some warming from the alcohol. This beer is a bit daunting drinkability wise, but that's really my only complaint with it. I haven't had anything from Stone that wasn't powerful and impressive.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2009 19:49:52 | More by TheTrevor
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davidchollar

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour into my tulip produces a cascading dark copper with a medium-sized light tan head. Short retention. Good-looking barleywine.

Smells pretty good. Unfortunately I just had an Old Ruffian yesterday, so this one is almost boring in comparison. It's got the right smell for the style, just seems a little muted, not so intense. Definitely nice though, surprisingly dark fruitiness almost like a dark Belgian, but with an obvious bright hoppiness. Amazingly deceptive 11%er!

Taste confirms what I already knew. This is good shit! Stone has never let me down! It doesn't seem to have the gorgeous look and stunning smell of Great Divide's extraordinary barleywine, but Old Guardian is certainly delicious. A lot hoppier than you would've thought, it's got a lot of bite to it! Smooth and creamy on the tongue for a good mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable! I paid 1400 yen for this, and it was worth every penny (^_<)~*

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 09:49:54 | More by davidchollar
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jgap

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic barleywine rusty orange with head that quickly fades to a splotchy lace. Smell is sweet toffee with some old hop aromas. Very strong sent, lots of over-ripe berries much like a flat of four week old strawberries. Taste is amazing! I've had this brew every few months since it was fresh and let me tell you, if it gets better than this I might just wet my pants. It's a huge butterscotch up front- really amazing and very sweet with a smooth flow to an easy bitterness. Not harsh at all. I feel like I'm being escorted in a goose feather-lined limo... Reminds me of high school with less hormones. I digress, the taste is so long-lasting, that it's hard to really capture. Butterscotch, then bitterness that fades to a smooth toffee, and finally returning to that butterscotch in the aftertaste which is long, drawn-out and simply begs for another sip. Very drinkable if you can handle the alcohol- which I can't! This glass is all I can do but my pallet is seeking emancipation and now I have to go to a therapist

Serving type: growler

05-19-2009 06:26:16 | More by jgap
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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 03:56:52 | More by Viggo
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a bright coppery color with a three finger cream head that fades quickly bur leaves a nice ring at the top to the glass. A little cloudy in appearance

S- Notes of fruit and caramel, strong underlying smell of alcohol.

T- Caramel and a quick hit of fruit then the burn of alcohol takes over. Finishes slightly bitter with a warm touch in the back of the throat.

M- Smooth feel with light carbonation. A little thin for what I expect from a barley wine.

D- Not as drinkable as I would have liked. Feels like it needs to age more to hide the 11.26% ABV and develop some body and complexity, since the alcohol taste is somewhat overwhelming.

Review is for a 2007 release that was found on the shelves of the local beer distributor in 2008. Sometimes it is a good thing to not rotate your stock. I really hoped the year of aging would have yielded a spectacular beer, but this was not the case. I would be afraid to drink this one fresh from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 04:48:25 | More by ToddT
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 07:54:05 | More by illidurit
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Chelsea1905

Washington

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

Poured a rich auburn/copper colour. Effervescent head, that looked slightly banana yellow in colour. In fact, the head and beer colouring made me think I was about to bite into a caramel-banana candy! Head fizzled away, and left a little lacing

Malt, Caramel, Hops, Sweetness associated with a fruit of some kind. And ever present Alcohol.

Tastes of Malt, hints of Vanilla, Caramel, and then a little bit of Hops in the back. The ever present alcohol is there all the time!

Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Drinkability....one and done baby, one and done!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:22:24 | More by Chelsea1905
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/13/2009 (bottled Early 2007):

Pours a filtered amber orange brown colored body. Smallish head, foamy and creamy white. Dark grape aroma. Malty sweet, sickly almost. Some spiciness. Grainy maltiness and alcohol. Mellow light sweet taste. Grape malty taste. Some hotness on the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:03:47 | More by jujubeast6000
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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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 02:44:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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abfraser

California

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

A: Pours an orange copper color with little to no head.

S: Sugary caramel malt, piney hops that have aged a bit giving it that medicinal quality, but not overwhelming

T/M: Quite hoppy, with the bitterness lingering through the finish. The blast of hops at first gives way to a nice caramel sweetness. But overall this is one the hoppier versions of this style. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced with good carbonation and full body.

D: Nicely balanced and drinkable given the 11% abv. But you're going to have to like hoppy beers to enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:40:09 | More by abfraser
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nd5282

California

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A richly malty beer with a golden light brown coloring. A smooth and sweet flavor initially followed by a well-balanced bitterness towards the end of the palate. As far as barley wines go, this beer is an exceptional example. After cellering for one year this beer became a bit sweeter and easier to drink, definitely worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 21:20:20 | More by nd5282
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 22:43:16 | More by beerthulhu
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JayQue

Virginia

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

A good solid barleywine. Pours a orange/amber color with an off white head. Head retention less than average . some lacing.

Strong Malty and spicy aroma. Good strong caramel malty and spicy taste. The beer I drank was a year old. I woud have wanted to see if there was a more hoppy presence in a fresh beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and inviting/ Drinkability is good, knowing that 24 oz is all you can handle/

A very nice beer!!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 02:20:44 | More by JayQue
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Silenus89

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to my Stone pint glass. Deep amber color with small tan head.

S. Citrus and sweet caramel

T. Sweet at first then bitterness that was nice that gave a kick

M. Well carbonated and i thought this wasnt as intense as some other barley wines

D. I enjoyed this beer so much which means i could drink more of it i wish i had another bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 09:08:52 | More by Silenus89
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willjschmidt

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

A: Pours an orangish copper color.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, and above all: a bunch of alcohol.

T: Very sweet with caramel malts. Hops definitely take a back seat in this one. It's very warming, I have a hard time getting over the amount of alcohol in this one. It's damn near like taking a shot with every sip.

M: Slightly thick and chewy, a bit of a dry finish.

D: Hard to drink a lot of this one due to the overwhelming taste of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 00:53:31 | More by willjschmidt
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

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

A trip to Worcester provided me the chance to purchase this 2007 bottle at a local liquor store. The drink poured with an excellent thick, murky amber-brown color with thin lacing and no head. Aromas were wicked thick and rich with tons of grassy/woody hops and alcohol-rich malts. Taste is sweet and has a bitter-sour aftertaste. A bit orange-like but predominantly malty. Very smooth drink for such a heavy alcohol volume and ingredient texture. Not exactly "light" or watery at all, just right though in making this a perfect barleywine. Overall, a Stone classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 02:42:31 | More by fitzy84
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BRLockwood

Virginia

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

Special thanks to Joey at South Bay Drugs in Imperial Beach, CA for throwing this in with the rest of my purchase. Keep up the great work Joey!

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium head - not great retention - but worthy. The cloudiness looks quite inviting, I can't see through the glass!

S: The first smell that comes to me is a caramelly/roasty smell - a fine start to this Barleywine. The hops come in with a nice herbal presence, and I detect a faint fruity smell at the end.

T: A classic Barleywine - good malt up front and plenty of herbal hoppiness as well. You get a big kick of alcohol in the aftertaste - but what you might expect from this 11.26 abv monster. A well balanced beer that just keeps kicking with all gears. To me the malt flavor keeps coming through and through.

M: This is definietely a heavy, chewy, but smooth beer. Carbonation seems to be just right and the heavy lacing on the glass leaves myriad designs as they gravitate towards the bottom of the glass.

T: The final pour of the bomber gives a real good head but again it settles rather quickly - which is a good thing in my opinion. The alcohol seems to subside as I finish the bomber - but that could be for other reasons! Truly representative of the style. I usually reserve Barleywines for the nightcap but this will be the only beer I drink today - and a fitting conclusion to my San Diego soujourn - at least until my package arrives!!!

Brian

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 22:15:56 | More by BRLockwood
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
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