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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

323 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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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5/5  rDev +22%

08-14-2012 20:38:15 | More by Nickfellow007
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-19-2012 21:16:36 | More by hiphopj5
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trancesk8er

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-09-2012 04:21:31 | More by trancesk8er
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draheim

Washington

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 04:04:42 | More by draheim
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joewsorenson


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-13-2012 01:31:56 | More by joewsorenson
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billab914

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:27:24 | More by billab914
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benetoh

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 20:18:56 | More by benetoh
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-14-2012 16:39:18 | More by cdwil
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originsbrewery

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-27-2012 01:03:22 | More by originsbrewery
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dgilks

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 09:32:24 | More by dgilks
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-17-2012 16:59:20 | More by ScottyC54
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:03:54 | More by JDizzle
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marct

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-22-2012 00:38:36 | More by marct
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cynical1027

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-21-2012 00:54:00 | More by cynical1027
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-19-2012 11:49:19 | More by codynevels
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bearisprime

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-08-2012 22:45:19 | More by bearisprime
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dudeabides76

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-04-2012 02:01:26 | More by dudeabides76
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-30-2012 06:32:54 | More by slimntubbs
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-27-2012 18:56:53 | More by PhineasGage
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divineaudio

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:56:16 | More by divineaudio
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-11-2012 22:08:59 | More by lccrunchy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-10-2012 18:22:22 | More by djrn2
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BeerOnTheWall

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:09:33 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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DCon

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-08-2012 09:01:28 | More by DCon
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josssmith

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-05-2012 21:56:58 | More by josssmith
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.