Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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.
01-17-2012 02:56:16 | More by divineaudio
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
01-10-2012 01:09:33 | More by BeerOnTheWall
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
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