1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

329 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 329
Reviews: 246
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 329 | Reviews: 246 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MrMattC
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of atoulouk
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dirt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MiamiRedSkins13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Photo of baybassboy
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cdayb1
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of fox227
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of trancesk8er
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.