Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-28-2011 01:50:26 | More by ONUMello
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
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