Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.4%
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
08-17-2011 23:51:55 | More by brew3crew
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
A slow turn through an 06-09 and 11 Belgo vertical. Poured into a tumbler glass.
A: The barleywine is a darker orange copper, still within the acceptable parameters of amber. The barleywine is translucent, nearly transparent. A finger and a half of off-white head, a yellow-brown shade, leaves a few strings of lace behind.
S: Lots of malts, thick and prickly. But there are plenty of hops here too. The balance is big, a little muddled at times, but powerful nonetheless. My final opinion is that the maltiness is wins out, its wall of caramel and toffee overpowering the hops.
T: The hops come sprinting through in the first sip, a flash of bitterness that is quickly swallowed up by rich caramel sweetness. The caramel builds quickly to a full wall of treacle. Hops return after the caramel passes, a fresh pine aroma that adds to the thickness of each sip. The combined hop/malt finish is bold, still intense 4 years in.
M: The mouthfeel is touch, incredibly strong with each sip, the hops a nice stand out.
07-22-2011 21:47:43 | More by akorsak
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Opened a bottle of this in 2010. The bottle had been on the shelves of a local beer shop for 3 years I suppose. Hard to imagine something like this sticky around for that long. The beer pours out as a nice looking thick brown liquid. The head was still pretty good right after the pour. The head settles and left a decent looking lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was loaded with malts giving off a bit of sweetness mixed with some heavy booze aromas. There is also a healthy amount of hops on the nose too, not surprising from Stone. The taste is a so mellow, I found this to be one of the easiest barely wines I've ever drank. I'm not sure if it's because of the age or if that's how it's just made. The mouthfeel is thick and has a heavy body to it. It's a very filling beer. Overall this beer was quite impressive, I figured I'd enjoy it but I didn't expect to at this level. Very good stuff.
07-07-2011 19:00:29 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
22oz poured into snifter per suggestion. Thanks to flexabull for another blind bif beer.
A: slightly hazy amber brown with a finger of dense white head that is very slow to subside. 3.5
S: Wow, intense caramel, raisins. Slight hops, apples, coconut and lemon rind. This smells oreo cookie sweet. After letting this sit, there's a bit of alcohol and mint as well. From the smell alone, I'm going to like this beer. 5
T: A bit of hop bitterness, then strong sweet caramel malts. Slightly smoky, slightly peaty flavors and smells with the first sip. barley malts, a bit of lemon, pear, and tannins at the end 4.0
M: medum-full body. slightly hot, finishes with lingering bitterness and heat. 3.5
O: This seems nicely developed. The flavors aren't harsh but I believe it still has room for improvement. Alcohol heat detracts from the overall enjoyability but the fantastic smell makes up for most of its shortcomings. 4.0
05-20-2011 05:08:44 | More by pitasoup
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
On-tap at Craft & Commerce in San Diego CA
A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind
S - Lots of sweet malt with some citrus hops
T - Starts off with the sweet malt then the citrus hops come out more so now than the smell
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
O - Whats already a very good beer has been made even better with a few years on it makes me want to put a few bottles away age
05-05-2011 01:57:07 | More by armock
4.72/5 rDev +14%
Appearance: Reddish glow
Head: no head, just a small runner on the sides of the glass
Smell: Dark citrus with a big maltyness no heat
Taste: Sweet malts with a dark light citric hop and subtle warmth
Weight: Heavy body
Finish: Light biter citric with lots of stickiness on the lips
If you ask me for another I would say, yes!
04-06-2011 04:48:04 | More by Snow81
4.72/5 rDev +14%
A lovely light ruby/gold color that seems to glow. A nice tan head to complement.
Hoppy and sweet smelling with notes of citrus and candy.
Big time sweetness along with citrusy hops that are so well integrated together. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Such a treat on the palate.
Big body, slick and smooth. A very clean feel as well.
This is one of the best Barleywines I have ever had. The aging seems to have allowed the flavors to marry perfectly. Awesome, awesome beer!
03-31-2011 19:09:02 | More by jera1350
4.1/5 rDev -1%
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
03-31-2011 02:35:44 | More by tewaris
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.
Pours a deep honey amber color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to nothing. Small rivulets of lacing on the glass. Smells of caramelized sugar, cherry cordials, citrus zest. Taste is sweet sugary caramel malt, cherry cordial, and citrus zest hops. Bitterness is quite subdued but still noticeable, which I attribute to the 3+ years of cellaring. Good carbonation still present on this beer. Leaves a sticky sweet coating in the mouth. Drinkability is quite good for such a high ABV. A rare treat from the Stone cellars.
02-24-2011 05:14:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Stone Brew Co.
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!).
02-22-2011 00:37:40 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
From a growler at a Stone Saturday Tap Night recently to go.
A- Murky copper/peach color with an off-white and tan head that quickly dissipate. Almost like a really dark mimosa-like appearance...
S- Initial boozy alcohol smell, followed by light hop scents with a citrus fruit and grape reminiscent smell with a follow through that reminded me of yeast...
T- A little tart initially, with strong maltiness and hops still hanging around strong at the 3 year (January 2011) so almost 4 year mark depending on the original release date. Much better drinkability as it warmed in my New Belgium glass. Reminded me of a lighter tasting North Coast Old Stock Ale in a way..
M- Felt it was light to medium at most, very little coating from drinking it, with a nice little alcohol warming near the finish that lingered nicely.
D- Enjoyed this quite a bit actually, though I definitely would sip and let it warm as I felt it tasted better as it warmed. The girlfriend enjoyed it quite a bit as well. For the growler fill price it was quite nice and would definitely enjoy again as an aged barleywine.
01-24-2011 02:01:55 | More by MrHirschybar
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
Served in a tumbler.
Big thanks to plenum for this vintage gem!
The kettle's a-boilin' now, so what better time to break out a vintage OG? It pours a hazed tawn' topped by a half-finger of tan-ish cream foam. The nose comprises light caramel, lemon zest, light mandarin orange, and buttered biscuits. The taste holds notes of tangerine, lemon, very light buttery caramel, and a strong phenolic bite in the back. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid barleywine, though I think age may be starting to get to this guy. Even still, despite that, this is surprisingly pretty good.
12-06-2010 07:01:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
12-05-2010 07:39:46 | More by Vdubb86
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Thanks!
This beer is hazy light brown with crimson hues. The head is rather small and leaves subtle lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt and alcohol. The taste follows suit, with additional notes of toffee and butterscotch. Alcohol remains prevalent despite a few years of aging. The feel is medium bodied, with moderate sweetness. A decent beer, but only an average example of the style. A small serving is plenty.
11-13-2010 00:58:13 | More by Huhzubendah
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Growler obtained from Stone Brewing. Poured into a Stone chalice. Beer was a cloudy amber color, with a one-finger, tan head. Very thick lacing lacing and moderate carbonation.
Aroma was grapefruit, citrus, caramel, malt, toffee and pine.
Taste was citrus, sweet malt, bitter hops and bread.
Has help up really well. Well balanced and drinking very well.
11-04-2010 22:04:19 | More by drumrboy22
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
Apearance - Pours a hazy orangeish amber with a 3 finger off white head, medium retention and some decent lacing.
Nose- Dark caramel and stone fruits with citrus hops still present in a smaller way.
Palate- Hops are still there, but a shadow of there former orange/grapefruit selves. Caramel and toasted malt along with some butterscotch. Alcoholic warming seems to have re-emerged.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, almost sticky. Carbonation is on the low side which is understandable for a 3 year old.
Drinkability- A little rough. I can't say that 3 years is the prime time for this one.
Overall- I think this might be in a lull. The beauty of the hops has faded, but the malt is yet to shine.
10-20-2010 07:23:23 | More by wknight167
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Clear reddish amber colored beer with a small tan colored head.
Smells like ice tea with lemon at first. Citrus with a definite lemon note. Chocolate on toast with a slight menthol aroma.
Starts out neutral with a savory aftertaste. Quite a smooth flavor 3 years of aging has mellowed out this beer a lot. A little bitter up front on the tongue with a woody caramel aftertaste. Not real complex in flavor though, just mellow.
Mouthfeel is good, not quite thick though.
Drinkability is where this beer really shines. At this point it is perfectly mellowed and deceptively easy to drink. It would be a mistake to age this beer anymore it is perfect right now.
09-28-2010 06:10:38 | More by Zorro
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Get to have this one on-tap at Flying Saucer as part of a 4 year vertical tasting. Served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was a nice amount of burnt caramel hops, mild citrus hops and a trace of alcohol. The taste is a nice balance of sweet caramel malts with a mild hop backbone. The beer is clearly the smoothest of the four with the alcohol having become very well hidden. This one has aged out very nicely to a truly enjoyable Barleywine.
08-29-2010 00:23:24 | More by atsprings
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
On-tap at Sheffield's in Wrigleyville into a snifter.
A: Hazy, reddish-amber body with a solid finger of creamy ecru head. Great retention and lacing, especially for the style and strength.
S: Huge malts (caramel, raisin, grape, prune, etc, etc) and equally huge hops presence, predominantly citrus. Grapefruit; butterscotch; caramelized tangerine? The ultimate mix of American hops and English malts. Phenomenal.
T: Hops are still big up front (after 3 years!), followed by a panorama of sweet, luscious malt. Significant, but not overwhelming booze on the finish. Impressive.
M: Medium-to-full bodied with plenty of soft, fine carbonation.
D: I love it, but the sweetness gets a bit overbearing.
Notes: Getting to sample this vintage on tap was a true treat. I still can't believe how well the hop/malt balance has held up over the years. Truly delicious, truly outstanding.
07-29-2010 02:35:38 | More by woosterbill
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Pours a cloudy glowing orange with good carnbonationa nd a nice white head
S:Nose is big citrus and booze
T: Taste is a nice hop and malt balance, feel of aging hops and caramel sweetness
M:Medium bodied with plenty of boozer but the gae has subdued it and balanced it out well
D: Pretty damn good. had a pint of this and still went for a Double Mountain Vaporizer
07-03-2010 02:53:29 | More by barleywinefiend
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.