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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Red Wine Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Red Wine Barrel Aged
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BA SCORE
87
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.05%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2009)
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at Rattle 'N' Hum Stone event, 8-9 oz pour. '08 vintage.

Pours hazy copper, thin, soapy off-white head.

Nose is rich and malty, carrying notes of maple, toasty caramel, some subtle rich candy citrus underneath, hints of piny hops.

Taste is, again, rich maple and toasty caramel up front, with some citrusy notes and a bit of over-ripe stone fruit creeping in. Almost tropical, but rich rather than bright. Bit of heat. Oak is hinted at, but really rather hard to pull out completely.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, crisply carbonated but almost creamy, so smooth.

Drinkability is good, though the big abv and malty richness keep this one firmly in the sipper category.

Not a lot of barrel comes out in this one, but the base beer is plenty delicious to carry the day without help anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 12:55:32 | More by JohnQVegas
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Stone Brewing Co.
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Dark ruby red with dark orange edges and a thin, light khaki colored head that leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

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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.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Red Wine Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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