Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Red Wine Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Got the last of the keg at Stone on 05/10/09. 2008 vintage, poured into a New Belgium globe.
A - Medium amber color. One-finger off-white head has solid staying power.
S - Huge oak aroma, with vanilla and caramel notes. Citrusy hops in the back.
T - Huge, overwhelming oak presence. Some Caramel and hazelnut, with a piney, citrus hop character in the back. Did i mention oaky?
M - Big and full. Tannic from the oak.
D - Good for a barleywine, but loses points for the insane amount of oak.
Holy crap, this is the oakiest beer I've ever had. I thought I was an oak fiend, but this beer changed my mind. Alone, this is very tasty, as the oak aging calms some of the OG's flaws (over hopping, excessive heat), but were this blended into standard OG, the intense oak flavors wouldn't dominate the overall profile. Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.
Serving type: growler
05-10-2009 07:07:35 | More by 0110x011
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3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Stone Brewing Co.
Dark ruby red with dark orange edges and a thin, light khaki colored head that leaves dots of lacing down the glass.
The aroma is a combination of sweet, freshly baked bread, a slight hint of wood, a bit of grape, and some cardboard/oxidation, though it's not too distracting or at all off-putting.
The flavor too is sweet, moderately bitter, a bit of maple and wood character, and grape skin. Pleasant, and very little alcohol presence.
Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, though a bit oily.
Decent, and certainly tasty, but I think the base beer is better.
Serving type: on-tap
02-21-2012 22:32:07 | More by ehammond1
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1093rd Review on BA
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App- A deep creamy orange with some intermixed yellows and bruleed sugar notes. Maybe a 1/4" of bubbles that falls to a pond layer of head.
Smell- A very tannic nose. Grape skins and a little oak. A bit malty with some more citrus from the base beer coming through.
Taste- Much more malty than the base version than I remember. A lot of citrus and tannin flavors. The oak comes through quite well and the grape notes are very forward.
Mouth- A light-medium body with a medium full carbonation level and a lot of residual tannin and citrus.
Drink- A very good beer with a lot of layers and a striking fruit presence. Very tasty and would like to have again.
Serving type: on-tap
02-06-2012 21:15:45 | More by FosterJM
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Red Wine Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.