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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

323 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 260
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)
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle bought online from BeerofEurope.co.uk...

Poured a deep coppery russet colour. Creamy head with some coppery tinges poured quite thick and rocky then faded to nice light ring around the edge of the glass. Barely any carbonation... some light frothy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of spicy piney hops, peppery, herbal notes, caramel / toffee sweetness, some burnt sugar notes, spicy fruits (raisins, oranges, some light figs, grapefruit), strong resinous notes, some saltiness, toasted bread, biscuity malts, woody, some faint leathery traces, grassy, quite a lot of alcoholic esters when the glass is given a light swirl...

Taste - Very strong peppery / spicy / piney hops to the fore followed by lots of toffee and caramel malt sweetness, earthy notes, spicy fruits (bitter oranges (strong marmalade hints), tart apples, some figs, raisins), dark muscovado sugar traces, burnt sugar, yeasty traces, herbal, some anise, toasted bread, alcohol is noticeable..

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows to quite a syrupy smoothness. Medium bodied... At 11% certainly not the most drinkable beer and one bomber is more than enough...

Overall - An excellent and very American barleywine and another top notch brew from Stone... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 08:00:17 | More by mdagnew
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours an amber/orange color with an average white head. The aroma is of dark candied fruit, maybe a hint of orange marmalade. The flavor is of rum soaked dates with a phenolic, lingering finish. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is a sipper due to high ABV. I enjoyed this one. I was suprised not to pick up any hops since Stone normally loves hops. I felt this was very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 23:04:51 | More by bonkers
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Baileyuk

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from Uptown from the Stone launch party. Again I left my notes behind from this one so I am going off memory altough it was within a day.

Color was a fairly light amber, some cloudiness. Head was reduced. The lacing around where the head was superb, the further down it went the weaker it got very quickly. After about 1 third there was no lacing.

Smell had a hoppy aroma but not overpowering. There was a sweet alcohol smell that was more dominant.

Some resiny hops. Tasted very much like pineapple. I think this is the sensation I get from Molasses (still a theory right now). Very pleasant and very drinkable. Was definately heavy with the alcohol content. However I could have done another, it was always a pleasure drinking it. Could definately feel it though!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 03:17:49 | More by Baileyuk
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (Early 2008 Release)
22oz. brown bomber

A: poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy, mostly reddish amber color. Nice light tan head on top, with a decent retention level. Fair lacing at best.

S: sweet citrusy hop aromas. Mostly oranges, almost blood oranges. Sweet malts provide a solid backbone to this barley wine. Some strong alcohol is definitely present as well.

T: holy crap! Great typical Stone beer...big, beefy and potent. The malts hit first with a sweet base, that lets the hops sneak into the palate. Mostly sweet malts, with citrus and floral hop flavors. Solid barley wine flavors. Some vanilla as well.

M: surprisingly smooth mouthfeel for an 11% barley wine. Amazing palate, great malt with a solid, typical hop characteristic from Stone. Perfect carbonation level.

D: 11.26% is definitely extreme. Very good example of a barley wine. Very drinkable, but only for one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:27:09 | More by paulthebeerguru
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drxandy

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz to standard pint glass, wish i used a snifter or thistle glass. Pours a light golden red color, nice two finger head

smells faint, light malting and alchohol ++ but not much noticable

tasting, oh man hot hot alcohol! wish i wouldn't have cracked this for another year, very much a sipper, creamy spicy, sweet heavy malts, heavy bitter hopping, a lot on the palate (green raisins, lemon peel, honey, etc)

mouthfeel was hot and tangy while thick and creamy - a tounge bruiser at this vintage

overall a fantastic barleywine that demands to be cellared - wouldn't reccomend it to be drunk fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 20:51:50 | More by drxandy
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-15-2013 05:31:24 | More by mctizzz
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Lofreqwave

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-27-2013 20:23:15 | More by Lofreqwave
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richj1970

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-29-2013 01:20:11 | More by richj1970
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Amalak

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2012 21:59:22 | More by Amalak
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy orange color with that lightens as it gets higher in the glass. Nice head that settled on the pour and left beautiful lacing around the edges.

Smell - Very bready with some piny hop scents. A pungent malt and alcohol smell as well. Pretty well blended nose overall.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bitter hops come out first followed by a bit of a citrus hop taste. The bitterness lingers into some sweet caramel malt taste. The alcohol bites a little but the bitter hops is probably the most prevelant.

Drinkability - This was a very hoppy barely wine. It's definitely a sipper. If this aged a little longer the malts and other flavors would be a bit better served. This was still a hell of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 05:20:50 | More by ShrLSU
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KoG

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lively bubbles and a lasting head top the amber brew, keeping its head the whole way.

Smell is light, sweet malts, a little must and alcohol. Doughy at times, almost like fresh cookies.

Taste is great, light sweetness and not overtly bitter. Alcohol makes it presence known as it warms and spends more time on the palate.

The alcohol twinge comes in as you drink it making the finish a bit dryer as you go. Still easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 02:01:38 | More by KoG
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trancesk8er

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-09-2012 04:21:25 | More by trancesk8er
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bheilman

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in my "cellar" for at least 12 months. I am comparing it directly to a 10 month old sierra nevada bigfoot. Fairly light in color compared to most barleywines. Almost tan like a natural leather belt. The smell is not that present but does give me an idea of caramel. The taste is fantastic. Some citrus, lots of caramel, maybe some nut and a little chocolate/coffee. The aftertaste has a nice hops balance. The beer is drinkable, but only in the sense that all barleywines are drinkable. The taste is nice and smooth, so I could probably handle a couple of these but would probably want to switch flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 21:37:05 | More by bheilman
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-10-2013 01:44:15 | More by Drknight
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-07-2013 11:59:09 | More by jaxon53
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-07-2013 23:21:35 | More by cadaugherty
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Stoneman78

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early 2008 version poured into a Stone Old Guardian tulip glass for a perfect union of beer and serving container (finally!), reviewed during the 2008 Super Bowl (woo hoo)

Appearance is super clear bright orange hue, head is a good amount of white, condensed creamy foam, great swaths of lacing on the glass

Smell is fairly muted for a barleyiwine, some subtle caramel malts and a mix of pine/grassy/floral hops, tinges of alcohol

Taste is pure Stone, big pine resin hops and caramel malts mix together initially, transitions to some grassy sweet floral tones, finishes with sweet malt and alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick oily texture coats the mouth region, nice ample carbonation

Drinkability is good, this is a surprisingly sweet and mild barleywine and the 11+%abv is very subtle, a good candidate for aging- while it is solid now I can imagine that it may move into the exceptional range with a few years of aging as noted by some of the aged OGs at the most recent Stone Storm

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 02:02:20 | More by Stoneman78
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-13-2013 22:30:31 | More by mikeincharleston
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baos

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Translucent copper color with giant 4 finger ecru head that dwindles down to about a half of finger with good lacing.

S: Orange liqueur, honey liqueur, very spicy. Dark caramel over pine nuts.

T: Piney-orangey-clover-beeswax that kicks into a rum bang that comes back to the hop bitters that finishes dry and tingly. Maybe a bit bitter could use some age of her, but still very nice.

M: Nice and full body on this girl.

D: Strong but men drink strong brew. Drink up boys it'll put hair on ye chest.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 03:51:15 | More by baos
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2013 16:07:54 | More by Slatetank
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Beersnake1

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-08-2013 16:36:30 | More by Beersnake1
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first few I've tried from Stone have been so damn good that I was impelled by forces beyond my control to grab this. It did not disappoint. Old Guardian pours a slightly cloudy amber with two fingers of off-white head, leaving plenty of amazingly proportioned lacing on the glass--excellent. The nose emits good aromas, but is too faint. Fruit is first and foremost, followed closely by a decent whiff of hops. I'd like more, please.

The taste brings it all home well. Though this does have a bite, it's a bit sweeter and fruitier than I expected. Lots of citrus, the hops are present and accounted for, and the spice is good also--pepper and perhaps cinnamon. The alcohol warms rapidly but is never overbearing, maintaining some restraint and allowing one to enjoy this high-test barleywine (11.26%). Terrific.

Some bite emerges with the mouthfeel, a pleasant mix of hops and spice coating the tongue. Surprisingly drinkable for its potency, but not given the sweet flavor relative to the several barleywines I've had. Another hit from Stone, which has quickly emerged as one of my favorite American breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 20:43:01 | More by Gehrig
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-09-2014 17:38:25 | More by afsdan
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jcivetz

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a very good beer that pours a nice frothy head in a chalice. the smell is awesome and what is to be expected of a barley wine. The taste is very good with a good kick when swallowing but not too hoppy and bitter. A definite kick ass beer to a conclusion of a long day or any day....gets you feeling buzzed after a glass!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 02:44:50 | More by jcivetz
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shroompod

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange , small head , some lacing.

Aroma is subtle , piny , some sweet malt coming through.

This beer surprised me with a heavy grapefruity bitterness, Malt backbone comes through ,although slight.

Mouthfeel is thick , sweetness is cut by the generous hopping rate.

One bomber is enough for the night , but I will be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:49:59 | More by shroompod
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2008 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.