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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008

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BA SCORE
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321 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.26% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HimerMan on 01-27-2008)
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fostwal

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is slightly cloudy and a dark amber in its appearance. The aroma is very slight with just a few hints of hops and sweet roasted malt. The taste is excellent. The hops and malts are very well balanced. Though it does have a little more bitter hops than traditional barley wines. The flavors are bold, but not overpowering and you really don't notice that this brew is 11% alcohol. The mouthfeel is great. Carbonation is low and the liquid is thick. It feels like a strong beer. The combination of all these makes this a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:54:22 | More by fostwal
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Bottle from the cellar. 2008 vintage, purchased at the Village Pump the first year Stone made it to MD.

A mildly hazy ruby red with a dense, beige head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is still Hoppy with plenty of bitterness and some stale grapefruit juice. A moderate crystal malt character is present with toffee and caramel. Some honey and cotton candy are present. That almond like nuttiness that the better barleywines have is missing here.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.