Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Tdizzle:
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on February 9th, 2010. 11.1% ABV.
A- Poured into a Bruery tulip, Old Guardian pours a clear orangish-amber color with a sticky head of tan-colored foam that settles to a fine cap over the beer. Not a lot of lacing remains on the glass, but a silky layer is encased by a thick ring that sticks around for an hour or two.
S- Candied fruits, hoppy and floral notes of citrus fruit and herbal pine, and sticky malt sweetness are kicked up by a strong alcohol presence that actually adds to the character of the aroma -- there's no burn to the smell.
T- The big malt body and its dripping, fruity sweetness hits the palate first, but it's quickly brushed aside by a moderate hop bitterness that lasts through the lightly dry and warming finish. The booze lends a good amount of brashness to the end flavor, but it's not cloying.
M- The feel is surprisingly on the medium side of full-bodied with low carbonation. Rather than being a detriment, the lighter-than-expected texture adds to the drinkability.
D- This year's edition is my favorite thus far. This is probably Stone's biggest beer, but it just works for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2010 07:01:04 | More by Tdizzle
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