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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
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286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 286
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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Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
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!!!

Chelsea1905, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Davis Grad.

A - Orange copper, 1 fingered head, which dissipates to a half, but decides to stick around.

S - Peaches, caramel, and light alcohol.

T - Nectarine or peach, light hops (undescribable), and light alcohol.

M - Very viscousy, oh so good. Excellent.

D - Get me a cigar, stat!

MisterClean, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
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

PatronWizard, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of abfraser
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.

abfraser, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of nd5282
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.

nd5282, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT during the "Stone Extravanza."

Pours a cloudy orange wtih a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Sweet aromas or caramel, honey and apricot. Up front honey flavors with grapefruit and sweet orange hops followed by caramel, vanilla and chocolate with a strong alcohol finish and bitter lemon aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, full bodied this has a bubbly start and a very dry finish. The alcohol warmth is noticeable throughout, it is 11+%, but the balance of flavors makes this highly drinkable. Hoppy than other barleywines I've had but not surprising being from Stone.

scottg, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of JayQue
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!!

JayQue, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the GA release.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells good. Sweet malts and alcohol to go along with a mild piney hop aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A big sweet malt taste up front ending with a mild piney hop flavor and bitterness. The alcohol burns just a bit on the way down and gives a nice warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation is just a tad too much. Very smooth but could be smoother.

Drinkability is great. This goes down very easily for a beer with this much alcohol.

Overall this is a very good barleywine but if I had to choose I'd go with the Double Bastard as the Old Guardian seems like a more subdued version of that.

glid02, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Silenus89
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.

Silenus89, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
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.

willjschmidt, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
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.

fitzy84, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of BRLockwood
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

BRLockwood, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour of a bomber into a tulip glass. At about 50° it is a hazy deep orange, with a thin but tight tan head. The head starts at about a finger and fades to a thin coating rather quickly. It stays put from that point on. Not much lacing however.

The aroma has a nice hoppy spice to it which is entwined around a deep earthy maltiness. Some nice hints of dark fruit, even whiskey soaked fruitcake. Taste is really a nicely balanced and complex blend of some piney hops, sweet caramel and earthy malt, prune and ripe plum notes, and the warming alcohol. This is really a delight in the mouth. Returning to take a deep whiff before each sip is mandatory. An overall sensory delight.

Big and thick, no question this is one hearty beer. Sippability is high :-) I'll be working on this bomber for much of the rest of today. Right on, who is going to session a barleywine anyway?

ZimZamZoom, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to zapata for sending this brew a couple of states south.

I decided to crack this as my 6 year olds birthday party/slumber party was winding down. My daughter and 2 of her friends were trying out her new Rock Band game as I sipped this down...

My Duvel tulip shone bright amber with a full pour of this awesome brew... A big fluffy off white head slowly formed and stuck around for a while...beautiful beer...

Wonderful aroma of sweet syrupy malts and pungent citrusy sweet hops... I'm surprised at how pungent the hops still are in this but I sure aint complaining...it smells terrific and delicious..

Yep, this is just as delicious as I thought it was going to be. Its loaded with sweet sticky syrupy goodness from the malts and a pungent grapefruit kick in the mouth from those hops... Dang, those folks from Stone sure know how to get it done. This was probably an excellent barleywine fresh and a year has done nothing but make it better... Simply incredible...

I don't think I've found a brew from Stone that I don't love and this is no different... Terrific, terrific brew..

Tilley4, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of ojiikun
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this early-2007 bottle of OG in mid-late 2008. Served up in my fave tulip.

Colour is very orange, faily hazy, and with little head, though it's possible to whip up a fair bit of foam with a flick of the wrist on the stem.

Smell is exactly what I was hoping for. Tons of caramel and mellowed out citrus - that syrupy sweet that only year-old or older hops will give you. Bready and yeasty, toasty, too. There's no other way to put it - this is a nicely aged barleywine.

Taste is light as air at first, then melts into a malt-bomb of sweet and sour. Yeast really comes forward, almost tasting old world in origin. Each subsequent sip, the booze comes out a little more, but it brings even more floral notes out. Alphas join the party as it warms in the mouth. Finish is . . . unbuttered popcorn??

What can I say - I love it, because this beer was exactly what I hoped for. The ladies and gents at Stone really hit on a formula that ages well, and shows great merit from that time in the cellar years before most would. I would almost hesitate to say this is near it's peak - I wouldn't wait more than another 6 months!

ojiikun, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of buffettfan
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer out of the bottle and into the glass. The smell is just awesome! A powerful, but sweet smell, like candy!
Taste was mucht he same, and strong, but sweet taste, heavy, but smooth. You can sit and drink a ton of this stuff, but I loved it, and will be in my fridge all summer!

buffettfan, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug this out of a box in the cellar. Pours a clear dark amber with hints of garnet and a nice white head.
Smells of creamy, candy malts with lots of fruit and caramel behind.
Taste is a massive, sweet malt explosion. There's so much going on here: caramel, sweet toffee, raisin, plum, and it's really well balanced by some nice fruity hops. Alcohol is barely noticable. This is rich and creamy and a sipper for sure.

kirok1999, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Orangish amber & copper color with a nice bubbly tan head.

S - Smells of sweet caramel & toffee with some fruity hop character as well. Oh, and a big booze presence as well.

T - This is a huge beer. Assertive hop presence balaned out by the sweet malty caramel sweetness. Lingering alcohol & bitter finish.

M - Thick & sticky with a nice level of carbonation.

D - This will get to you. It is huge on all levels.

This is a great representation of a US barleywine. Stone really flex their brewing muscles on this one. God bless them.

I wish it came in 12oz bottles as a bomber is a bit much for one person. Although I did finish it off. Happily.

bbothen, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like a hoppy Barleywine. Old Guardian has a nice hazy orange color. Off white head, pretty good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of caramel malts, grapefruits, pine and traces of alcohol.

Lots going on taste wise, big hop bitterness, sweet mats and a comforting alcohol edge.

irishkyle21, May 09, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one well over a year. When I first popped the cap I could smell the sweet malts. Pours a nice orange golden amber color, nice creamy tan head, nice lacing/puddles throughout the drink. Scents of sweet malts, citrus, hops, spices, caramel, yeast, and slight alcohol. The taste is amazing, sweet malts, hoppy, slight caramel, and slight alcohol, nice dry finish. Medium body, pretty complex barleywine. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Stone to say the least.

Wasatch, May 09, 2008
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.