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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

322 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 322
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 02-06-2009)
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-06-2013 23:50:46 | More by jvillefan
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brheuer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-24-2013 20:33:17 | More by brheuer
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Dirt

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-15-2013 02:23:55 | More by Dirt
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MiamiRedSkins13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-05-2013 01:46:16 | More by MiamiRedSkins13
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-25-2013 02:16:59 | More by t0rin0
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AmitC

New York

4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A pure bliss of a bottle.

Got this in lieu of 3-12 fl oz Hopslams.

Poured from 22 oz bomber into large snifter glass. Very clear, deep amber color with great ruby hues. Still has a lot of carbonation for a 2009. Some bubbles are seen rising up slowly. Very less, thin layered head from the first half pour. Tan colored and does not stay. Excellent stickiness shown by the side laces with each sip.

Aroma is huge. Smells a lot like old ale. Some very obvious malt-hop presence upfront. A little bit boozy as well. Smells fills the nose from a feet away once you open the bottle. Hops shine along with a lot of malt but do not have a distinct presence of their own.

Taste is all malt and boozy. This one is heck of drink, Alcohol has not mellowed down much i would suppose or it would have been hell boozy when fresh. Bitterness is still there. In fact a lot of it. A little bit of toffee flavor and a lot of caramel flavor dominate the taste. An excellent blend of malts and hops is what barley wines are all about. I like it very much. Finish is bitter to very bitter.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full. A lot of oily and resiny touch. A very good warmth when drinking this. A lot of booze and might appear astringent to some.

Strong and drinking nice.

I love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:25:19 | More by AmitC
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-02-2013 18:30:51 | More by baybassboy
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DmanGTR

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-28-2013 14:39:07 | More by DmanGTR
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MordorMongo


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-13-2013 23:38:50 | More by MordorMongo
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freewill35

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-24-2012 23:00:39 | More by freewill35
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cdayb1

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-16-2012 22:16:42 | More by cdayb1
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fox227

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-04-2012 05:17:36 | More by fox227
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-09-2012 11:59:04 | More by Hanzo
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-06-2012 03:37:38 | More by funkel81
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Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +22%

08-14-2012 20:38:15 | More by Nickfellow007
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-19-2012 21:16:36 | More by hiphopj5
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trancesk8er

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-09-2012 04:21:31 | More by trancesk8er
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draheim

Washington

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear honey amber w/ a 1-finger head, a few bubbles rising from the bottom.

Aroma is clean sweet rich caramel malt, toffee, vanilla, fermented dates, dried apricots, brown sugar. Sweet, savory, complex. Gets more nutty and fruity as it warms.

Taste is sharply bitter and sticky sweet. Caramel, toffee, mushy semi-dried fruit. Booze well hidden.

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, lingering.

Overall a solid, well-crafted barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 04:04:42 | More by draheim
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joewsorenson


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-13-2012 01:31:56 | More by joewsorenson
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billab914

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle. It poured a murky orange color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of malty flavors to it with some caramel and toffee notes coming through. It's still got a good amount of residual hoppiness left to it as well with some resiny, citrusy, grapefruit like flavors.

The taste shows more of the resiny, bitter, grapefruit flavors to it. The malty sweetness mixes well with it and helps balance it out some. The finish shows a dry, bitter hoppiness to it that lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a pretty good beer but the bitter, resiny hoppiness is a little overpowering for my tastes in the style. A little more rich, malty, caramel flavors would have gone a long way for me. Still a very enjoyable beer I find myself buying annually.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:27:24 | More by billab914
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benetoh

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 4/28/12

Absolutely no alcohol taste. Rich caramel and toffee, hops are almost gone which is understandable after 3 years. Slight raisin aftertaste, where hops come through a little more.

If you have one of these, you should drink it soon; I don't know how much better this will get

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 20:18:56 | More by benetoh
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-14-2012 16:39:18 | More by cdwil
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originsbrewery

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-27-2012 01:03:22 | More by originsbrewery
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dgilks

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colour with a smooth, creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Big, sweet malt and toffee. Plenty of fruit as well with a mild hop presence.

Big sweet malt again but with a hefty dose of bitterness. The hop character still manages to shine. Lots of fruit. Complex but easy to comprehend.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.
A seriously tasty beer. Lots of malt and big bitterness combine with enough fruit to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 09:32:24 | More by dgilks
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-17-2012 16:59:20 | More by ScottyC54
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.