Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.59/5 rDev +12%
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.
02-09-2013 01:25:19 | More by AmitC
4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-06-2012 04:04:42 | More by draheim
3.73/5 rDev -9%
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.
05-05-2012 01:27:24 | More by billab914
4.68/5 rDev +14.1%
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
04-28-2012 20:18:56 | More by benetoh
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
03-19-2012 09:32:24 | More by dgilks
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Aged a few years. Bought a Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids for $3.99 a bomber!!!
This one pours a deep bllod orange red that looks unreal. A little head boils up for a second and retreats quickly. Smells like apricot, plum, caramel, leather, and a wee bit of alcohol. Really sweet and inviting! Can't wait to try this one. WOW, this is one of the best barleywines I have tried-aged. The hops are still there, but have faded perfectly from a fresh one. Still bitter on the finish, but not so abrasive. Really sweet with a carmel, earthy flavor that really shines-so smooth for such a heavy beer. Getting a cherry, peach fruit punch, but it's hard to tell there is so much going on here. Mouthfeel is thick with low carbonation. What a fine beer!-sucks it took this long to get this:) Drank the 10' side by side and it's night and day how much better this is.
03-13-2012 04:03:54 | More by JDizzle
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.