Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
Maybe stone does change this beer yearly.
Deep amber/red, in finger off white head, a LOT of bubbles, and some lacing.
Fruity, amber malt, finished with sweet citrus hops. Touch of alcohol to finish.
The first taste is honestly of a pale ale/amber, but then the rush of malt comes kicking down the door. Now 9 or so months old the hops are lacking more than expected. I didn't have the 2010 fresh but most years this beer packs a hell of a hop kick for a long time. They still bite at the end but the opening is a touch watery where there should be a powerful hop start.
One of the most drinkable barely wines I've had and for some reason I like that about this beer. It doesn't have that "sip me" feel so this all works. The 11+% is pretty subdued as well...I expected more given it's under a year old.
It's a bit thin and the carbonation works to emphasize that. I want a touch more body, this is medium heavy vs heavy and far form the syrupy body many barely wines take on.
The best "pizza" barely wine I've had in ages. I recall stone doing a better job in the past, but a fully worthy effort.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2010 03:17:10 | More by bobhits
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