Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
Drinking str8 out of my stainless growler from stone, i know its criminal but have nothing else to pour it in atm.
Big hop burst in the nose with alot of sweet malt that overwhelms it in a few moments.
Large alcohol, lots of hops and malt blend well, pleasant warming runs down my chest, leaves a sticky hoppy flavor behind.
pretty damn tasty, Ive had this in the past and thought the hops were a bit aggresive but im really enjoying the 09.
12-28-2009 03:54:40 | More by SShelly
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Oh, how blessed I was to find a bottle of this at my local grocer!
Appearance> Hazy, ruby red. Lacy. Medium liveliness. Small vanilla head dissipates quickly.
Smell> Sweet and sour, alcoholic.
Taste> Tangy start. Very nice. Complex. Bitterness smoothes into an ultra long resiny hang with heaps of alcohol heat.
Mouf> thin. Decent carbonation. Average barley wine.
Drinkability> Pretty good
03-25-2010 00:34:40 | More by 1759Girl
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
2009 Vintage, consumed 11/17/10
A: Rusty copper center, orange highlights. Incredibly hazy. Thick white head, excellent lacing and retention.
S: Zesty hops still present after over a year of age. Booze ans sugary malt also present.
T: Hops have somewhat faded compared to when fresh, although they are still quite apparent. Sharp, biting, bitter, piney still describe the initial sip. Assertive bitterness up front is actually detrimental to the overall taste of this beer.
Malt soon rolls through, grainy but also sweet. Sweetness is a big player here, in fact. I feel like my lips are sugar coated after each sip. The malt gets a little more expressive as the glass warms but we basically have a one trick pony here. Good American barley wine both fresh and with a year on it, but perhaps lacking some depth.
M: Mouthfeel is creamy, even more so as the glass warms.
D: Not bad, however the 11%+ ABV coupled with a high level of sweetness / bitterness may hold you back. Two of these bombers and you'd probably hit the floor anyway.
11-18-2010 21:36:09 | More by zoolzoo
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
Amber brown, a finger's worth of off white head, sticky, scattered lace.
Floral, toast, butterscotch, and bready sweetness prevalent in the aroma.
Sadly, the taste falls short with too aggressive of a burnt toast flavor. Some cocoa flavor in the taste is noticeable along with some grainy sweetness, but then a torrent of hop bitterness dominates and turns into an excessively harsh burnt, bitter after taste.
Medium bodied and medium carbonated; creamy and tongue coating.
While drinkabilty is fine, the flavor is not very palate enticing.
03-17-2010 15:59:33 | More by TheJollyHop
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
All around solid American barleywine. Poured into a snifter at the Ginger Man in Austin. Amber, honey color. Thin head, that left some sticky lacing on the glass. Hop, hop, hoppy aroma. Sticky flavor and aroma. A nice sweet tea flavor in the middle of the tongue, really tasty. Bitter finish. A tad thin. Boozy. I have enjoyed other barleywines much more. This may need some time, actually, I am prety sure this needs some time to chill and age.
05-13-2009 01:42:22 | More by AChamberlain
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
Nice reddish orange body with a one finger eggshell white head. Slightly cloudy.
Piney hops, caramel, and bit of alcohol in the nose.
An all around big barleywine. Taste similar to the aroma with a wee bit of leather.
Perfect mouthfeel for a barelywine. Lightly carbonated with a big body that is not too viscous.
Very drinkable for such a big beer. very nice.
06-21-2009 02:21:20 | More by IPAcraig
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a fairly deep amberish/copper/red hue.. certainly deeper and darker than an IPA so gives a good indicator of whats to come. Aroma is certainly awesome. A very balanced yet very strong mix of hop and sweet maltiness. Both are present in a very robust way, the ho is quite fruity with grapefruit and citrus while still having a bit of floral quality. Also a fairly present alcohol aroma. The sweet is sort of malty but overall also very sugary and tart. Flavor also has a good balance of hop and malt, the malt is surprisingly a bit raisiny/plum-like the way you see in a doppelbock or so. Mouth is fairly viscous for the stlye, full-bodied and very nice. Overall its definitely very good. Its not quite perfect and certainly can be a bit in-your-face for some, but still overall very good.
09-16-2009 01:26:05 | More by BirdFlu
4/5 rDev -2.4%
I didn't even know there was an old Guardian until I saw it in a liquor store in Annapolis on a recent trip to Chesapeake Bay. But it was Stone and that was good enough for me.
Pours with a nice fluffy head that recedes to a cap of foam that leaves plenty of lacing. The color is good.. a cloudy orangey amber that I enjoy looking at.
The smell is also good. Soft notes of vanilla, sweet fruit and hops are present in the beginning. It's unfortunate that the strength of the beer is so high that after a quarter of a glass you can barely smell anything though. Well, it was nice while it lasted.
The taste is a typically Stone well done balance of sweet malts, fruity yeasts and hoppy finish. In this case the volume is bumped up by at least 30% and despite not tasting the alcohol too much - you can definitely feel it! It warms the stomach and leaves a slight burning sensation.
Mouthfeel is really well done for a beer of this strength. Smooth and refreshing with very little stickiness that I would expect.
Drinkability is also good. More than a bottle is out of the question for me given it's strength - but it does go down very quickly. Nice work Stone.
11-27-2009 23:01:10 | More by Ralphus
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
-orange, auburn, caramel color with a thin white head. thick looking with some sedi up in there
-still has a pretty hoppy nose. solid caramel in there, with maybe some grapefruit and a little nose sting
-wow, still really hoppy. seems the hop flavor died a bit, but there is still a big hop bitterness in the middle that runs through the aftertaste. some definite grapefruit characteristics, while the caramel is in the background
-strong body, but not as thick as it appears. the lingering bitterness on the tongue is crazy
-this is one of the beers in which someone wonders the difference between an american barleywine and a DIPA. this is one hoppy bitch at 2 years old still. needs at least 2 more years for those malty flavors to come out
03-17-2011 18:59:38 | More by juhl31
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Huge, luscious white head that leaves a thick, beautiful lace on the sides. Between a deep amber to copper in color. Just a great looking beer!
S - Loads of grassy, earthy hops but a big malt character as well. Alcohol adds a pleasant zest.
T - Enormous bitterness hits first followed by caramel and slightly nutty malts. Acidic fruit flavors come through at the end and you are left with a lingering, dry, floral aftertaste. The alcohol is covered up pretty well, too. Awesome barleywine!
M/D - Its pretty carbonated for the style, but otherwise there is nothing I can complain about. Nothing else could have been more enjoyable on the night I proposed to my future wife!!!
04-08-2009 03:49:53 | More by SirSketch
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours deep amber color with big off-white head which stayed for a while. Great looking beer. Lots of lacing. Smell - very hoppy, yeasty, a bit spicy. Taste - hops at first, followed by yeast, some plum-like fruitiness finishes with some warming alcohol. Full bodied, rich, creamy, great big beer. I usually have a hard times with barley wines, but this one I really like. It is bold and strong, but it's a pretty good drinker for an ABV. Very solid brew, one of the best I've had this year.
03-04-2009 07:22:32 | More by Voonder
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
Thin tan head, deep copper color with some sediment.
Raisiny nose with deep complex maltiness.
Warm in the mouth with a hoppy raisin flavor, sugar sweetness and late bitterness. A little sticky in the mouth as well, a bit over bitter and dull. Softly carbonated.
However, still a drinkable beer.
11-24-2010 20:21:05 | More by Naugled
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Amber body with a creamy head that retains at about 2mm.
S: Good dose of malts--really grainy and earthy.
T: Similar to the smell. The malts almost remind me of fiber or oats. Spicy alcohol at the end.
M: Somewhat smooth throughout with the alcohol kick at the end.
D: One of the better barleywines I've had in awhile.
03-15-2009 21:48:36 | More by lhaqq
2.53/5 rDev -38.3%
22 oz./ fresh '09
P: Shiny gold from the bottle, sits a deep orange-tinted amber in the glass. 2 fingered off-white head is thick & creamy with good retention. The sinking crown leaves the glass coated with lace.
A: Big whiffs of fresh hops; citrusy with a hint of floral along with caramel, rubbing alcohol, and some earth. Judging from the raw alcohol presence here, I think you could get drunk from smelling it!
T: This is quite malty sweet out of the gate with gobs of caramel, slight toffee, and booze with an earthy undertone. Hops arrive late but come with a vengeance as grapefruit, lemon rind, & pineapple swing the balance back to the bitter side for good. The result, the alcohol teams up with the alpha acids and scorches the tongue like the hills of Yorba Linda. Which any good BW should do. But in this case, the alcohol flavor is just too present, and invades on the task at hand.
M & D: Full-bodied, thick & chewy, rich & creamy, just what I expect from a Stone BW. The drinkability of this one is described pretty accurately by the score I've given: awful! If I wasn't such a cheapskate, I would have dumped it. Like drinking a glass of vodka with a beer accidentally spilled into it.
Notes: This is just way too young, in my opinion. I don't want to lose those precious hops. But I do, however, want that alcohol to sit back and relax. Right in the middle should be perfect. This is one beer that I won't be drinking fresh anymore!
02-08-2009 05:45:44 | More by sweetbrew82
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Dark shade of crimson. The head is white and ominous. I think it sticks around only to say " im gonna watch you drink this"
S: Smells overtly hopped. Imagine getting punched in the face with a silky fist full of hops. That is what this smells like, and you really aren't angry because its from stone brewery.
T: Well its more malted than the Arrogant line, and at first sip you get only a taste of it. Then you're sodomized by hops. Its a good thing, and you eventually start to like it. Then its dry, and you feel guilty and slightly offended. BUT... you're happy... its hard to explain
M: It tastes alot like razor blades made of hops... with a lot of alcohol. Hidden. To trick you.
D: I can drink this till the cows come home, which they have. Its more than double the strength of a normal brew and you should keep that in mind. But, for a barley wine style ale made by stone, its more drinkable than you'd imagine.
This is a good brew... its the 2009 early release if anyone cares... I heard from the guy at the distributor that it was better in past years, but i dont believe him. This beer is profane. Thank god
05-21-2009 03:09:21 | More by rodney45
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
Finally got around to drinking this thing.
A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, Old Guardian pours a brilliant orangish-amber color that I can almost see through. A nice head slips away into a thin layer. Not a whole lot of lacing though.
S- Bright notes of citrusy hops and tropical fruits on top of a rich malt backing that smells bready and sweet. The 11.3% ABV is very noticeable and imparts a slight chemical burn to the aroma. A tad cloying if you ask me, which you didn't, but there it is.
T- An intense hop bitterness is sort of balanced out by the big malt base. I can feel a mild alcohol burn in my belly as I sip on this viscous brew. The dry finish yields a hard, lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue.
M- Thick and kinda chewy with small carbonation bubbles that graciously prick the tongue.
D- Ok, so this beer has a really high alcohol content that makes it really "hot" in all categories. However, there's something about the taste that enabled me to basically plow through an entire bottle. Good stuff here.
04-23-2009 04:23:03 | More by Tdizzle
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours redish gold with a small quickly fading white head beautiful looking beer
Smells of candied fruit and malted barley with a slight alcohol afterburn
Tastes of butterscotch and caramel with some dark fruit aftertaste very slight alcohol presence
Mouthfeel is pretty right for the style if anything a little on the thin side
Overall a exceptional sipper probably could have used another 6 months in the cellar but way better than a fresh one. This is a beer you sit on.
06-25-2011 05:57:38 | More by joefuzz
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
My first barley wine ever. I was very impressed by it. Honey is the best word i have to describe the taste of this brew. For such a high alcohol content i have to say that it blends in perfectly. I have been a fan of stone brews for a while now and this is just another excellent example of great stone beers. Head retention was great but no lacing on the way down the glass. Color was a darker honey gold. Great buy on this one, I'll definitely buy this one again.
06-18-2009 19:54:11 | More by Rhynes2
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
Love this stuff!
Pours a rather cloudy orange with a rather thin head and practically no lace.
First sip was sorta malty and i at first thought mellow...
Whew what happens! the bite comes on!
Its great! but it's a build up.
It's like the bitterness layers on your tongue and sticks around or something
one of the best barley wines around! Bitter style!
03-10-2009 04:16:32 | More by ReDave
4.47/5 rDev +9%
Poured into a pint glass. I've had barleywines before, and Stone brews, so I'm pretty excited about this one.
Pours a honey-amber color, has a big, creamy, off-white head with decent lacing. I smell grapefruit up front, sweet caramel malts, alcohol, and some hops.
Tastes like brown sugar layered over citrus and bitter hops. Piney resins and the tingle of hops on the tongue eventually overpower the sweet malts for a dry, prickly finish.
The high alcohol content and big hop presence is well-balanced against the beer's other characteristics, but if I were to crack the second bomber I think -I'd- be bombed. This, and assertive hops and carbonation impact drinkability, even for the style.
06-19-2009 22:44:17 | More by aristeros
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Always look forward to Old Guardian. With all these excellent reviews its hard to think of something to add other than to say this beer begs to be cellared. Its great fresh but to me, this beer could seriously go the distance in a cellar. I recently took a trip o San Diego and while there my friend broke out the 06 Guardian he saved that I sent him long ago, it was fantastic. A word of caution though, this beer is one of those beers that seriously will catch up on me, maybe you too, so enjoy all that it is and don't over indulge.
12-14-2009 05:21:46 | More by tattooedtolley
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
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