Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
The odyessy continues. Not too quickly though, I'm too old for this stuff…
A: The barleywine is a golden orange, brighter at the base with a bit of a glow. Still transparent. The ale sports a thick head, over two fingers with plenty of lace.
S: Mellow. Still hoppy but the the aroma isn't a blast of malts and hops. Pepper and citrus are present but it seems like I have to search for them.
T: Plenty of caramel in the first sip, possibly even some smoky rye flavors. The grains are lightly toasted but quite strong. Even the hops, restrained in the nose, stand out with a little more power. They are citrusy, pepper in tow, and still reasonably fresh. A nice wall of malt pops up near the finish but the ale still comes across as young. A lively citrus presence, hops definitely but quite sugary, sees the ale away. I like that the maltiness isn't as intense as the '07 and '06 versions.
M: The hoppiest of the three. Not surprising as it is the youngest. Also the nicest finish, not nearly as intense either.
07-23-2011 01:04:07 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours a nice hazy, burnt orange color with a off-white head that thinned to leave a ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are mainly sweet malts comprised of rich caramels and toffee. As you revisit you get some extremely light indiscernible earthy hops.
The tastes begin with the malty sweetness, caramels and burnt brown sugar, a little toffee. As you further consume and enjoy you are assaulted with the aggressive bitterness and light taste of alcohol which both continue to emerge and overwhelm your palate as your consume. The bitterness seems to almost become greater with each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, yet extremely dry yet full finish with a pleasant gentle warming.
Overall this beer has aged to perfection and can definitely still go a few more if necessary. The ample hopping has allowed this to age and have the potential to age for as long as the consumer can stand/wait. While not my favorite style (I prefer Eng Barleywines for their balance), I really enjoy how the age has met this beer with compromise and grace. Look forward to sampling older vintages as the years allow.
07-22-2011 00:19:28 | More by claspada
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Bottle at Volo
Pours a hazy deep copper, decent white head, nice light lacing. Smell is of caramel, big malt, biscuit, quite hoppy considering the age, faint citrus and alc. notes. Taste is rich with caramel, good malt, sweet but not cloying and actually quite nice, dark sugar, no alcohol to be found. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, thick, full body, very light carbonation. Awesome stuff overall, ABV almost undetectable, really good stuff.
05-19-2011 18:41:54 | More by peensteen
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Early 2008 release.
Pours a healthy amber chestnut wood color. Thinner head... Aroma is sweet and pleasant, not a tinge of alcohol. Taste is very smooth... hops were used gently. This beer is full of flavor and it a balanced example of a barleywine. Decent clarity. Low to moderate carb.
Nearly a perfect BJCP style match!
05-01-2011 23:13:43 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 from Stone Brewing Co.
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