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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

326 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 46 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, May 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

MrMattC, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

2beerdogs, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

atoulouk, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jvillefan, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Dirt, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MiamiRedSkins13, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

t0rin0, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of AmitC
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.

AmitC, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

baybassboy, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

freewill35, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

cdayb1, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

fox227, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hanzo, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

funkel81, Sep 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

trancesk8er, Jun 09, 2012
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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.

draheim, Jun 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, May 05, 2012
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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

benetoh, Apr 28, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.