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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

203 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 334
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 86 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: northaustin on 02-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 203 | Hads: 334
Photo of obywan59
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

THANK GOD! My Kroger store got some Old Guardian in. None at all last year, and that was after I'd purchased an Old Guardian glass. Now, I can give my glass a proper christening.

Pours a deep amber, but mahogany against a dark background, and more like fruit juice (cherry) when held up to the light. Almost transparent. Towering light-tannish head from a pour into the bottom of the glass. Almost no lacing.

BIG aroma of syrupy malt and flowery hops. Some wonderful caramel, dark fruits, and citrus as well.

Sweet malt up front with some light bitterness that quickly grows and becomes stronger and more floral before settling down to a nice laaastiiing bitterness in the end. A bit of heartburn (and gutburn) from the ABV.

The brew clings nicely to the tongue enhancing the flavor retention. Syrupy, but not overly sticky.

I suppose the drinkability is hampered by the 11.3% ABV, but then, who can really complain about that?

I know this is rated on the high side, but I really love this beer! The '08 version (not reviewed) was my favorite beer of all time (for nearly 2 years) until I sampled Firestone 13, but this one equals the Firestone in my estimation. The only beer I've rated higher is DFH The Flying Mouflan. Perhaps that was a mistake. (1,255 characters)

Photo of stylinprofiylin
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Red and golden body, off white head with some lacing

S - this smells sweet as hell, fruity with scent of apple lingering.

T - smooth hoppy bitterness with an amazing warmness to it. not too boozy which is surprising for 11%

M - the feel is where the alcohol can be felt. thick but not too thick. dry but not too dry. i loved the medium amount of carbonation

D - the alcohol hits you which makes me want more haha (420 characters)

Photo of pumptrick
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this barley wine, this is the reason for my love of the style. Can never get enough. The taste is typical stone with the mighty hop presence that give way to delicious roasted barley then the alchohol burn. Pour this beauty straight into a snifter on release date or cellar it for years and watch how it changes. Hops fall out and the flavors just meld into pure enjoyment. (380 characters)

Photo of MatthewPatthew
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer; combines the best characteristics of beer, liquor and wine.

This is one of the only Stone brews I've seen with significant Haze. An orange-red amber that sports a long-lasting, creamy head with bubbles of various sizes.

The aroma says barrel-aged - very vinous. The taste has significant alcoholic warmth with a strong malt and hop presence. Great balance. Doesn't succumb to the sweetness that kills some Barleywines.

If I drown, I hope I drown in Old Guardian. (489 characters)

Photo of yuriruley
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, ruby red, and brown, little bit of a white head. It is hard to see through this one. Looks awesome.

Smell - Various fruits and bread. I love the way barely wines smell.

Taste - Almost an apricot flavor, with other darker fruits. Get a little bitterness from the hops and small hint of the alcohol on the tail end. Amazing flavor, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - pretty thick and syrupy like most good barley wines, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drink - I am taking my time with it, it is very rich, plus the high ABV. Something you want to take your time and enjoy for sure.

I am not sure when this bottle was brewed. I see some people really talking about the hops being crazy, but the hops are pretty mellow in this bottle. It says limited early 2010 release so I assume it has several months on it. It's drinking really well right now, as far as barley wines go I'd put it right below Doggie Claws which is one of my favorites. I saw two bottles of this at the store the other day and passed them over. I am glad I went back for this tonight, the other one had been sold. (1,114 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe glass, little by little.
Listening to Grateful Dead, Peggy-O; Attics of My Life; Ramble on Rose, Ripple

A: The appearance of the 2010 is a copperish amber, with a thick haziness. Good head retention with mediocre lacing.

S: The aroma of this barleywine is fresh, bitter hops with a touch of malt sweetness.

T: The taste is one that lingers, a nice warming finish. Bright spice of hops with a smooth malt character. As the ale warms, it shows a blend of caramel sweetness.

M: Creamy with a pepper beer like off taste. Full bodied and brings different flavors to the palate as it releases.

D: Ah. . . a slow sipper, my type of beer to drink on special occasions. A beer that has you coming back for small sips, to savor the flavors, but not only that but the off tastes as well.

Notes: The Stone OG 2010 is a great ale, not only for the stellar style, but the balance of this barleywine is perfect. Great hops, malt and overall craving for more. Great to sit down and give this barleywine the attention it deserves on BA. Because if you are ever wondering to try this brew, go for it . A co-worker at the liquor I work at, and I were talking and he said he felt like beer, but thought he would just go and get a bottle of wine. This is when I recommended the OG 2010. I said thats who I am taking home and he joined another bottle with his wine, we will see how it plays out. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Hershdawg
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22 oz. Bottle into Old Guardian Glass.

A: Reddish brown color. Slight filmy head after pour and slight lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, cherry, floral and pine hops. Sweet malty smell as well.

T: cherry wood, malts, pine, bit of alcohol but is a barleywine so its to be expected.

M: Smooth creamy goodness. Hop oils stick in your mouth for a while.

D: Its a sipper for sure. (379 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear reddish amber with slight carbonation, a creamy head, and tons of lacing, and a slight bit of unfiltered goodness.

S- Definite hop aroma. Pine and citrus. Floral hops as well, and some slight fruit.

T- Bitter hops are pretty front and center in this one. The malt is very minimal but it does play a good part in keeping it from being just a simple hop bomb. There is a ton of pine flavor in this, and I noticed some grapefruit as well. There's a lot of caramel malt that doesn't get in the way of the hops one bit. If I haven't given it away yet the hops are the focus of this beer. For a barleywine, I'd expect more of a malt presence, but I don't think it's a flaw to have a hop heavy beer. The citrus and biscuit flavors in this are so subtle in comparison to the hops and I'm not even drinking it all that fresh either.

M- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. I love how unintrusive the carbonation is while still complimenting the drink. Leaves a slightly sticky, although not dry, finish.

D- This is really 11.1%?! It is beyond easy to drink. There are a lot more 7% drinks with less ABV presence than this. The only way it's noticable is the heat as it goes down. I found this to be easier to drink than I ever expected a barleywine to be. Just the right amount of hops for bitterness, but not so much as to slow you down. You need to watch yourself with this one. (1,390 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber orange red, no head no lace.

S - Almost sweet apricot and alcohol, not sure about hops or malty'ness.

T - Hot and apricot mixed with slight malts of some sort. Slight aftertaste but not too much.

M - Medium fizzy/body, kinda easy drinking for a barley wine but then again its heavy.

D - Drinks great for a BW but I expect a little more almost.. maybe I like the black BW more out of sierra nevada now. This was a alltime favorite, but does it change every year or is this the same recipe as previous years? Thumbs up but kinda expensive ($8). (556 characters)

Photo of berpwillie
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper orange color with spare white head and spare lacing. soft carbonation. very sweet and tart, citrus hints in the flavor, seems to be very sugary. medium body and long flavor duration. tart chalky and bitter finish. absolutley fantatsic brew. stone definitely knows how to make a fine brew. highly recommend. (328 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy(still see through) with a healthy head and okay retention.

The smell unfolds with a ton of hop resins, very dank to say the least. ALso in the mix is a trace of alcohol and lots of malt sweetness and boozey fruits.

The hop resins play against a super-sweet balancing act. This flavor is a beast! the hop presence is very strong, and there is some definate warmth on the alcohol laced follow through.

This brew has a medium full body with ample carbonationn. THe hop oils make the feel a bit slippery.

Goes down nicely despite the high alcohol content. THis one is still very young though, and I imagine it will only improve and mellow with time. I suppose I should lay a few down seeing as though Stone is supposedly changeing the recipe after this year. (775 characters)

Photo of surprenant1138
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Pours a hazy dark amber. Small amount of quickly disappearing head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of hops, wet sour smell, wet hay. Mouthfeel is slightly grainy. Taste is of hops, dry, slightly bitter. It stays with you. Flavor makes me picture a hot, sunny day on a midwestern farm. This is my #2 barleywine and one of my favorite Stone brews. (357 characters)

Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep red amber, almost like a blood like color. The smell was of caramel malts, and citrus hops. The flavor was strong with caramel malt, with a balance of citrus hops. There was a lot of alcohol there but it wasnt out of place, it was balanced well in the beer. The mouthfeel was medium, and the carbonation was right on. Overall I would say a sipping beer, but even though its sipping it is very drinkable. (427 characters)

Photo of magine
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy dark tea like colored amber, with an off white pillow like fluffy head. Head retention is excellent and the lacing is excellent. Head stays thick and fluffy throughout; rings the glass beautifully.

Brew smells of big sweet barley malts, and multiple hops and yeast. Huge barley malt nose, with an excellent hop presence in there as well; floral, citrus. Very tasty smell.

Brew is very smooth, creamy and velvety, has a massive barley malt flavor. Has the hops in the aftertaste. Slightly sweet, finishes slightly dry and a little bitter. A huge flavorful brew. Brew has multiple hop flavors, fruits, floral and then the yeast and barley. Mmmmm...Tremendous stuff.

Wow - this is top shelf stuff; big, bold and flavorful. As me and my real "bro" would say this is a brew that hits you in the jaw and makes you notice. At 11% alcohol, sip and enjoy. A very easy drinking excellent looking brew. Only a slight presence of alcohol is detected. Stone is world class. (1,006 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Limited Early 2010 Release.
Amber color, tan head, a little bit of lace.
Aroma of caramel, sweetness, and flowers.
Big hops. Mostly grapefruit, a little bit of piney hops. Sweet caramel malt.
Pretty sharp and piquant.
Great beer to drink.
Definitely a sipper. (267 characters)

Photo of ajbick
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with white fluffy head.

Smells of citrus and earthy hops. Slight malt aroma.

Taste has a nice balance of malt and hoppiness. Malt up front with bitter hop finish.

Good mouthfeel. Carbonated, but not too much.

Drinkability is great. Very easy to drink. Big beer, but not too heavy.

Overall, a great beer. Great hop and malt balance. Somewhat deceptive in the alcohol content - doesn't seem like a 11% abv beer.

I highly recommend this beer. (460 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clouded, orange with ruby hints, the head is light tan, rather small, recedes fairly quick, leaves a little lacing, has good curtains.

The smell is full of ripe fruit, peaches, apples, earthy aromas, old closet, hay, some ripe cheese.

Very much taste in this one, brown sugar, loaf of bread, fruits, peaches, apricots, pears, rhubarbs, grape-fruit zest.

Low carbonation, a complex body, smooth and pleasant feeling.

A really good session beer, as most american barley wines rather hoppy, but that's nice. (520 characters)

Photo of Norfawkers
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommend drinking this one when it's fresh if you're into that big hoppy flavor. Overall, this is a highly drinkable barley wine and another excellent Stone issue.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with little head

Smell: Floral and hoppy, sweetness, rich

Taste: Hops up front with a strong malt back; spices

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout with slight CO2

Drinkability: Definately a sipping beer with its complexity and fullness. Let it warm up if stored in the fridge to bring out more flavor. (493 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Guardian has all of the rich, malty aromas one would expect from a high-quality barleywine--deep brown sugars, caramel, vanilla, molasses, chocolate malts and hints of oak--and combines these with a medium-strength blast of hoppy goodness.

On the tongue, the brew provides an immediate sugary blast, but with far darker tones than the nose would imply. Here, the sugars tend more towards the blackness of molasses than the sweetness of sugarcane, and are tinged with chocolate malts, syrupy vanillas, dark chocolates, hints of tobacco, fig, and roasted nuts. A thick layer of hops and hoppy flavors counterbalances this darkness, bringing grapefruits as well as lychee nuts and light rosewater threads. The aftertaste is largely black sugars, and lingers. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent barleywine, and quite refreshing in its depth and complexity. One of the beer's only weaknesses is a strong alcohol tinge that runs throughout the mouthful, obviously the result of the massive ABV (11.3%). I've encountered few beers of this style that so revel in chocolate malts and roasted nuts, and find myself wishing that more did. Well worth trying. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light orange haze

Head: Small head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Nice caramel malts with a great citric on the nose

Taste: Sweet dark citric with healthy malt sweetness

Weight: Medium body with low to medium carbonation

Finish: Rich full sweet hops with malts on the back end and subtle heat (309 characters)

Photo of NahpunGnome
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Early 2010 Release bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Light brown/copper with no head.

S - I get peaches, dried apricots, and prunes.

T - Prunes, some citrus, and hops. It's pretty sweet and the hop bitterness balances the sweet pretty well. Not much alcohol taste at all.

M - It's a bit thick, which I would expect given that the alcohol is so well hidden and it's a bit sweet.

D - Sipped or gulped, it's pretty easy to drink. With that said, I doubt I can gulp this one down for long only because it is a little thick.

Summary - This is my first barleywine style beer and I'm glad I chose a Stone product. I've yet to be disappointed by any of their beers. I didn't feel the 11.1% abv while drinking it, but it definitely creeps in and you feel the warmth in your gut. Old Guardian is able to balance the sweetness and the hop bitterness VERY well. Great job! (874 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/19/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large light tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in along with a significant alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, with each year's release this beer continues to be a very good high-octane beer to drink for as long as you handle it. (865 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold, foggy casted copper toned body with a flint of dark gold at the bottom. Small, but dense capping of dark ivory foam sits atop and holds itself well until leaving a thick collar. Big gobby inky stringed lacing droops across my tall Stone goblet.

Aroma is wonderfully full of pine soaked citrusy stuff. The 11% is well displayed within its nose. Pineapple schnapps, melon spiked punch, rummy bright plum, some white grape wine, burntish orange zest, caramel, and deep earthy pine. A damn solid Stone nose!

Taste is smooth and warm with a soft comfortable caramel tone spiked with burntish, lightly toasted and biscuity orangified pine and an alluringly liquesent core of melding dark, dull, citrusy goo. The caramel core encircles a bunch of darker citrus tones underneath with plum, golden raisin, melon, and some over ripe peachy fuzz. Finishing tenderly raw and hoppy with a bite of orangey, toasted, piney bitterness that screams the Stone speak. Has a very nice malt complexity with that inspiring Stone attitude of hops thrown in.

Smooth, warm, medium body. Slight texture of citrusy skin fuzz and peel zest tied together into the carbonation. Ending dark, bold, yet evenly bittered with piney orange(the fruit, not the color) oilyness.

Whoofda! What an easy goin', 11%, drinkin' Barleywine. Once this warmed, it was slurpingly delish and nearly effortless to down. Not surprising really. So watch out, cuz it'll knock you out. Ahhh, alas, Stone does make alot of my favorite beers and Old Guardian is always at the top for Barleywines. (1,551 characters)

Photo of hophead1901
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely delicious. Its massive amount of hops countered by tons of malt and a very high alcohol content leave this strong ale with a wonderfully slight sweetness. This beer is ideal for aging as well. I recently had the 2008 Old Guardian and it was even better. It's really heavy though and I could only drink about two bombers in a night. (342 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a pint bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a reddish/gold color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and very good lacing.

S: Surprisingly underplayed aroma of hops, caramel, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of pine hops, caramel, and a bit of hops in the finish. Gets better as it goes along. Very bitter, but definitely flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable, if potent, barleywine. (512 characters)

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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