1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

326 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 326
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 259 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Celtics76
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Celtics76, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Iowacraft
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Iowacraft, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

2beerdogs, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Beersnake1, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

richj1970, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Lofreqwave
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Lofreqwave, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one on the beer bus to San Diego.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cardboard, toffee, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with cardboard and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but is showing some noticeable signs of oxidation unfortunately.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
4/5  rDev -2%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Brez07
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF. Bomber poured into a snifter

Orange brown hue with a fair amount of head on the pour. Given the initial aroma upon opening and color, already thinking double IPA. Or maybe barleywine.

Nose confirms this is a barleywine. And an aged one to boot (although at this point in the game, it's not a reach for me to say that). Caramel, sweet bread, orange marmalade. Has a bit of that faded hop aroma, so I can narrow the style down to American barleywine.

Still a good amount of hops in the flavor, although basically all bitterness now with a little citrus juice to it. Good malt backbone along with caramel. Dry, fusel alcohol. Medium bodied, appropriate carb for the style

Another solid beer, but somewhat one dimensional at this stage of its life. Since the last beer was Stone, I'll take a stab in the dark and guess Old Guardian. Maybe 4-5 years old?

Reveal: Stone Old Guardian 2008. 5 years it is. Talk about a lucky guess with the age haha. Solid, solid beer

Brez07, Jul 10, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaxon53, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of dmsohyea
3/5  rDev -26.5%

dmsohyea, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Drknight, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Slatetank, May 28, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mctizzz, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jvillefan, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

t0rin0, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of tilopud_rye
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this February 2013 in a nice bottle. Right as it's opened the smell pops out and fills the surrounding air. A very sweet smell- caramel and toffee backed by a hint of alcohol. Hazy copper liquid with the thinnest rim of bubbles circling and clinging to the edges of the glass. Taste is great flavor of dominant toffee with caramel backed by subdued bitter hops and warm alcohol. The hops carry that strong bitterness many stone beers but the aging of this puts that bitterness more as an undertone. The aftertaste is quite fun as the hoppy bitterness sticks to the mouth while the alchohol and sweet flavors can be felt streaming down the throat. 2nd glass from the bottle tastes more bread notes that really balances the overall delivery as initially it is very sweet. Hope to run into another aged bottle someday.

tilopud_rye, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Amalak
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Amalak, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

hpthebull, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

RyanGoodman, Jul 11, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.