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

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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

322 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 322
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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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hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev -2%

12-31-2011 17:42:20 | More by hawkmage
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

12-17-2011 02:15:38 | More by TasteTester
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-14-2011 16:40:17 | More by GrindFatherBob
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adrian21

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-13-2011 04:33:52 | More by adrian21
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SageO

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-12-2011 06:16:21 | More by SageO
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-12-2011 04:13:43 | More by jenray
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-11-2011 16:54:56 | More by alamode
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-09-2011 04:27:53 | More by rab53
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-08-2011 21:15:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-05-2011 23:41:32 | More by JohneHoodlum
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

12-03-2011 17:34:35 | More by deapokid
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vonburgey

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-02-2011 17:26:36 | More by vonburgey
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

11-22-2011 01:18:21 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

11-20-2011 07:08:56 | More by twelveinches
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

11-20-2011 02:33:43 | More by bigdaddypolite
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-20-2011 00:38:12 | More by Nightrain87
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jerz

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-18-2011 05:18:46 | More by jerz
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monitorpop

Michigan

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-17-2011 18:01:31 | More by monitorpop
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radicalruckus

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 21:05:14 | More by radicalruckus
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-14-2011 23:28:02 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:04:07 | More by akorsak
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:19:28 | More by claspada
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 18:41:54 | More by peensteen
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:13:43 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with Chris, Adam and Pino at Volo, split into some wine glasses. 22oz, ABV as stated.

Pours an amber brown, khaki head leaves a big collar with a thin film of head. Unfiltered and big legs on this one. Nose has some caramel and toffee, citrus hops can be sensed but feel muted in the overall spectrum. Taste has big toffee notes, some candied flavour, bitter hops notes come after the fact. Great full and creamy feel, with a significant sweetness that doesn't even come close to cloying. Great feel that lingers immensely, alcohol is felt but not at all tasted. Great drinkability again. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 19:43:55 | More by liamt07
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.