Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into an Stone Old Guardian glass.
A - Pours a dark goldenrod color with about a finger's worth of khaki colored head. Decent retention. Lacing is sporadic, yet thick. Relatively muddy body and no hint of carbonation.
S - Upon first smell this beer is definitely heavy on the malts, sweet, thick and bready. Not biscuit-dry but a bit chewy. But then the rest of the nose comes through and you can tell this is pretty heavily hopped. Juicy citrus crowd the back-end of this beer and it's appetizing.
T - Taste certainly follows the nose for this beer. The front end is very malt heavy, almost like biting into a freshly baked loaf of bread, but quite sweet. This sensation doesn't last for very long, however, before switching to a surprisingly hoppy finish. Easy to pick up flavors of pine and citrus, especially orange, which helps switch the beer from malt to the bitter finish. And the finish is quite bitter, both as a result of the hops and the high alcohol.
M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Finish is long and especially bitter. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth.
D - Drinkability is moderately high. Honestly, a great transition beer to the more malt forward beers out there and probably one of my favorite barleywines I've had so far. It is a great balance between the two extremes of malt and hop and although the alcohol is there, it's certainly not apparent that it's 11.1%.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2011 02:34:39 | More by nhindian
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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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