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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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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

marct, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

codynevels, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bearisprime, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber split with my gf. snifter.

a - pours a murky copper color with a thin cap of pale yellow head. after calming i get a thin ring and lots of webby lacing.

s - maraschino cherry, brandy, candi sugar, prunes, astringent alcohol.

t - tart fruitiness up front with dank bitterness in back. notes of candi sugar, brandy, dark fruits. herbal hop character, faint alcohol taste in the finish.

m - full bodied with adequate carbonation. medium co2 profile.

o - a solid beer overall, but i've had other vintages (and other examples of the style) that i've enjoyed more. might try this one again though.

divineaudio, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

lccrunchy, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours crystal clear deep copper/orange with very little off-white head that thins out instantly...small co2 bubbles rising slowly in the glass. Seems pretty standard for the style.

Smell is grainy, nectarine and dried apricot frutiness, caramel, leather, damp earth. Very little alcohol noticeable. Slight oxidation (expected with the age of this bottle). Overall the nose on this is great!

Slightly fruity, caramel sweetness, subtle amounts of cedar and tobacco. Finish is a lingering, sharp, piny hop bitterness that dominates. Alcohol is present but does not warm too much. Some nice components here but the bitterness is overpowering.

The mouthfeel is heavy and viscous. Avg. carbonation leaves this feeling a little too syrupy.

I think a little less bitterness may have allowed the flavor complexity to come through better and the body was a little too heavy for me. However, I do think the age did this bottle some good and generally enjoyed the beer.

BeerOnTheWall, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

DCon, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

josssmith, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

FriarTuckInLuck, Dec 28, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Released as part of the 2011 Cleveland Beer Week.
A: Orangish red color, thin head that quickly dissipates.
S: All sorts of fruit: stone fruit, citrus, dried fruit; caramel & toffee rounds it out.
T: Caramel, toffee, orange peel. Straightforward but intense.
M: A bit thick and the alcohol does come through, but typical of the style.
O: Another solid offering from Stone. Drink this one slowly.

ONUMello, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

cycoduck, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

harperman69, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
5/5  rDev +22%

ROBSTARR, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my trusty snifter..."Early 2009 Release".

A: Surprised to see a decent bit of carbonation for a 2009 vintage. Poured a murky orange/rusted red color with a thin slightly off-white head. Color somewhat matches the color of the graphics of the bottle. Alcohol legs everywhere.

S: Confectionary sweetness. Raisins, plums, figs. Brown sugar, molasses, slight cinnamon and vanilla...caramel, toffee and some faint roasted malts...sweet smelling beer overall. A hint of the booze, stinging the nostrils...

T: A wee trace of oxidation. Still get a lot of the nose, but muted. Rum-soaked raisins, caramel, burnt brown sugar. Cotton candy sweetness. The booziness is not nearly as apparent in the taste as in the aroma. Palate finishes slightly bitter, with a bit of the oxidation...but not terrible.

M: This is pretty perfect for a Barleywine. Chewy, thick . There's a lingering stickiness. Finishes dry. Carbonation is solid considering...

O: The alcohol here has dissipated gracefully and left a solid beer behind. Still get a good bit of carbonation...along with some oxidation. The nose is slightly misleading - better than the taste, but overall, a well blended Barleywine. Not the most prefectly aged example, but a good 2 year old Barleywine. I would trade for this again.

kbuzz, Dec 04, 2011
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.