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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel AgedOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 33
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-05-2008

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 39
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, 2010 Vintage, cork and cage bottle

After 4 years, this beer is beautiful. It has become more wine than beer, but in a great way. Its very sweet and fruity balanced out with some bourbon and barrel character.

At 4 years the beer is a bit past its prime and starting to turn, buts its dam good as it is right now. Its mellow, its sweet, and its got just the right touch of bourbon.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle poured into Double Bastard glass. 2010 OG aged in bourbon barrels.

A: Pours a clear, dark whisky amber with a finger of greasy and soft looking light tan head. The head quickly faded into a soft bubbly film and lasting collar.
S: Rich and sticky smelling scents of caramel, bourbon, coco, hop resin, and candied dark fruits. Smells like an aged bottle of old guardian with its smooth, mellow and well integrated barleywine flavors with the added kick of some very mellow and lightly spicy bourbon barrel.
T: Follows the nose albeit a tad sweeter. Rich flavors of hop oil and tree sap, leather, caramel, candied dates, toast, chocolate syrup and toffee. The finish is full of sweet bourbon and candied/dried fruits, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy and full of tobacco and bitter pine hops and anise.
M: Full body, slick, smooth and sticky mouthfeel, low, soft and tingly carbonation. Very slight and welcomed booziness.
O: A rich a mellow sipper. The bourbon adds a nice dimension to a beer that already ages very well. Not the greatest I’ve had, but rich and decadent nonetheless.

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Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Decent retention for style and ABV.

Strong boozy barrel aroma that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Strong toothpick and toasted oak presence along with spicy, boozy bourbon but you can still pick up leathery malt, caramel sweetness and vinous dark fruit notes. Subtle grassy hops in there but they are really overpowered by the charred oak, bourbon and heavy malt bill.

Full bodied with a nice barrel presence that gives off strong dry oak and spicy bourbon sweetness that lingers over the leathery malts and sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Barrel is a bit stronger than I like with strong booze/heat but the caramel malt sweetness, toffee and dark fruit flavors come through. Dry toothpick and burnt oak followed by boozy bourbon with sherry like notes and vinous currant and fig. Could use more sweetness and toned down barrel flavors but it's still pretty good.

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2014 bottle branded Guardian's Slumber. The cork was stuck in the bottle so badly it ripped in half while I was trying to twist it out. Had to use a corkscrew!

A: Ugly. A murky, hazy, reddish brown with a small eggshell head. Reminds me of my first homebrew. Alcohol legs.

S: Whoa baby. Big bourbon up front, sweet caramel, maple, dark fruit, booze, hint of tropical fruit. I like where this is going.

T: Big, sweet caramel bourbon. Dark fruit, tropical fruit, hop bitterness, alcohol burn. At 15%, it's very expected. Yummy.

M: Big ol' barleywine mouth that's actually nicely cut by the carbonation. Lots of burn and a lingering bitterness.

O: Dig it, underrated @ a 90. However, not worth the $20 they charge per 500ml. Wish I used that money on Fyodor's.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.