Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Stone Old Guardian 2010 into snifter
Pours deeply blood red with perfect clarity, golden and orange highlights, and a dense foamy beige head with caramel tinting. Looks classic barleywine. Even manages some beautiful little lacing, something that Stone and only a small handful of other brewers could pull off with an 11.1% beer.
Nose is powerfully boozy, sweet malty, dessert breads, caramel, herbs and piney hops, yeasty fruitiness. Smells balanced and inviting, surprisingly mellow for such a hefty beer at a young age.
The palette is a little less refined than the nose. Herbs, pine, grainy caramel, booze, bready malt, chewy toffee. Fades from herbal to sweet with a prickly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is heavy and soft with residual sugars with a low carbonation.
Pretty drinkable when it warms a bit. Not my favorite barleywine, but I do really enjoy the nose. Another bottle is in order for a much later date.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2010 16:30:55 | More by Flashsp2
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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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