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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: 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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4.25/5  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
Photo of trancesk8er
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

trancesk8er, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of draheim
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.

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

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, May 05, 2012
Photo of benetoh
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

benetoh, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

cdwil, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
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.

JDizzle, Mar 13, 2012
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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
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%

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