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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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jampics2

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ DLD 2010. Thrilled to have this, funny enough Travis and I separately both made a dash to the guest taps table and came back with this as our #1 pick to try.

Appearance was not exceptional, however. A ruddy amber/caramel color with a nice head. But the color is unappealing and dull.

Smell is very similar to the normal old guardian with a touch of Merlot grapes, tannins, and oak. Nice elements of caramel and some subdued hops too.

Taste is exceptional! Great barleywine - breadiness, toffee, carmel, red wine adds some tannins and oak gives a touch of woody depth. Great!!

Mouthfeel is perfect. Low carb gives a creamy depth, hugely viscous, perfection!

This went down oh so well! Thrilled to get the chance to try it, I'll seek this out again if I have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 23:31:50 | More by jampics2
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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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