Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -2.4%
Bomber in a medium sized tulip.
Medium amber color, looks very thick, cloudy, and hazier I would have imagined. Nice cloudy cream colored head just a couple millimeters tall, stays pretty strong too. Very full thick lacing begins as the head falls. Half way down the glass the lace is still staying fairly strong.
Smells very fragrant, notes of honey, lemon, mild hints of some sweetness behind the wonderfully floral-esque hop character. Also possibly some darker fruits like cherries.
The taste starts off fairly sweet and fruity with an early onset of hop bitterness, washes over the palate with smooth texture and finishes long and bitter, very quickly warming without over powering.
With age I'd imagine this beer will become amazing as the hop bitterness subsides slightly and allows the fruit complexity to shine through. I have another bottle in the cellar that I will revisit down the road. Wonderful barley wine style ale.
11-22-2011 21:32:13 | More by eslemarc
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bomber bottle to a Duvel apèro tulip; no bottling date evident, though I suppose it’s not overly necessary.
Appearance (4.5): Beautiful light tan, almost custard-colored head, starting at a full three fingers and fading to a one-finger cap; moderate lacing. Body is a deep, glowing reddish amber, and quite hazy.
Smell (3.5): Caramel and booze, with rich, sweet malts dominating here. Bit of a candy scent, like those little Valentine’s Day hearts.
Taste (3.5): Following the nose, starts off with caramel and moves toward a deeper, kind of roasty, husky malt feel, like the barley was only half de-husked before it was malted. If that’s a thing. Bit of a boozy dry red wine finish, with just a hint of grassy-herbal hops coming in at the very end. Think I’m getting the flavor of distinctly British Isles (Scottish?) yeast happening here, which I like! All in all it’s decently balanced. Could use more bombast, but I appreciate the low-key balance here. Smooth.
Mouthfeel (4.0): Thick but not syrupy, a little oily, very little carbonation left in spite of the head. That’s okay, it’s aged two and a half years, shouldn’t expect a ton of carb. Still, has an effervescent feel going down, so mark it up a notch.
Overall (3.5): This is nice. I think I want to try this beer fresh, though. Definite sipper, but that’s okay. I like sippers, especially as it cools down. This beer is good, but it’s not blowing me away. Not the rich beauty I was expecting from Stone. Definitely enjoying it, but I’ll opt for it fresh next time.
09-28-2011 00:52:57 | More by fmccormi
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Sampled in August 2011
A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, head of bubbly, off-white foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled very malty and sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee with some floral notes.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel and toffee. Nice spicy bitterness with a slight citrus kick.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry finishing beer that is medium to full bodied.
O - This is a very good barleywine, but I still enjoy the '08 better. I think aging these is a very good thing.
08-31-2011 02:04:56 | More by zeff80
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
2009, the freshest of my lot and the last stop (Belgo doesn't count).
A: The barleywine harvesty red-orange color, bright especially when light shines through. Still translucent, the barleywine doesn't have the murky suspiciousness.
S: The nose is rich, malty and thick. The caramel and toffee malts go to the extreme, syrupy in consistency. Lots of hops here, though, balancing and then some with an oily citrusy grapefruit finish.
T: Thick and oily, the fullness of the malts wants to clog up my throat; the only thing saving my life is the oiliness of the hops. Hell, the beer is like cheating death. The hops are still hot, burning in each sip. Sweet caramel follows immediately after the hops, filling the void when the bite drops off. Bold richness permeates.
M: The mouthfeel, in all its syrupy glory, is wickedly thick. I think I like this one, the freshest, best of all.
08-07-2011 00:45:25 | More by akorsak
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours redish gold with a small quickly fading white head beautiful looking beer
Smells of candied fruit and malted barley with a slight alcohol afterburn
Tastes of butterscotch and caramel with some dark fruit aftertaste very slight alcohol presence
Mouthfeel is pretty right for the style if anything a little on the thin side
Overall a exceptional sipper probably could have used another 6 months in the cellar but way better than a fresh one. This is a beer you sit on.
06-25-2011 05:57:38 | More by joefuzz
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Enjoyed on 6/10/2011 in a Stone Old Guardian glass.
This beer certainly isn't fresh, but it's held up wonderfully.
The top part of my bomber poured a bit hazy, but had a nice orange hue and a darker reddish cast through the middle of the glass. A modest cap of fine, whitish bubbles lingered for quite a while and formed a bit of transient, spotty lacing. Tons of caramel and toasted malts in the aroma, some cereal grains as well. The hops have mellowed, but there are still notes of earthy, citrusy hops mingling with the alcohol. Bitterness was still powerful, softer up front while the caramel was present, but sharper in the finish. Cereal husks and toasted malts, mild citrusy and fruity flavours, plus alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish rounded things out. Really nice texture at this point in its maturation. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, just enough to keep it lively, that was integrated nicely with the malty mouthfeel. I'm glad I have more in the cellar and look forward to how they'll continue to change.
06-12-2011 00:19:36 | More by DrJay
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Rainy Saturday with nothing much to do but watch a couple movies.... And drink some beer from the cellar.
Poured out a ruby mahogany with only some spotting of lacing on the top. The nose has a tingle of booze but is mainly a lot of darker fruits like raisins and dates with some caramel notes. A citrus hop character is blended well with the boozy smell. The body is very smooth and full. Some sweetness right upfront with the a bold middle. A lot of malty sweetness and the dark fruit notes from the nose. Finishes with a solid amount of fruity hops and a dry bitterness.
06-11-2011 22:39:15 | More by DrinkingDrake
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Consistently one of the better bomber values out there, this one hasn't disappointed yet. Poured a clear, dark, reddish-brown color with a little tan head on top. On the nose, aromas of earthy hops, dark fruits and caramel. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of earthy hops, caramel and booze.
05-24-2011 03:11:35 | More by emmasdad
3.08/5 rDev -24.9%
22 oz bottle. Reviewed on 2/7/11.
Nice looking beer, with orange edges and a dark, burnt ochre middle. Fluffy, brownish head that takes awhile to settle down. Nice lacing, and beautiful bubbles.
Carmel sweetness on the nose. Robust malts. Surprising yeasty profile. Musty. Raisin bread. Pine hops. White pepper spices. Citrus twinge. Very complex and shifting nose.
Where does this beer start? Vague flavors immediately give way to a punch of pine hops and phenolic, medicinal flavors. Leads into spicy flavors. As it warms, more flavors try to poke their heads out. Carmel and raisin bread with candied orange appear, but those flavors are quickly beaten into submission by the hops. The finish is extremely bitter and has a giant alcohol punch, almost burning.
I can't believe this beer has 2 years of age on it. Very abrasive, and I feel abused. Wish I would have split this bottle with someone; it was a little too much for me by the end. Needs about 5 more years on it.
04-22-2011 03:40:27 | More by litheum94
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
Appearance: Reddish haze
Head: Very little head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Big citric with a rich heavy sweet malt
Taste: Big dark malty citric that has a little heat on the back of the palate
Weight: Heavy to medium body with medium to low carbonation
Finish: Sweet, hops, and a nice stickiness on the lips
04-06-2011 04:53:07 | More by Snow81
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2009 from Stone Brewing Co.
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