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
92
outstanding

334 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a beautiful semi dark amber color with copper tone when help up the light. It had some good carbonation and was topped with a thick and bubbly light tan head. This is one beautiful ale to look at! I t has that awesome hops aroma, some malts, sweet fruity aromas mixed in a good alcohol smell. There are hints of malts, grapefruit (as you swallow), a slight pepper flavor and herbs as well. It's mildly bitter toward the back of the mouth, but very pleasing when you first get it on your tongue and full of carbonation, it has a semi-dry aftertaste with a mild caramel presence.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't drank this one in awhile and decided to crack it pretty fresh. Pours into my glass a lovely deep ruby red with good clarity and a quarter inch of khaki foam on the top. Aromas start off with a dense mix of sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar and a good dose of fruitiness as well. Hops kick in a resinous piney undertone with some earthy floral accents as well. Great depth in the aroma. A little lighter on the hops than previous years if I recall.

First sip brings sweet dense caramel malts upfront intertwining with an array of fruit, toffee and brown sugar. Piney, slightly floral hops kick in with some nice resinous accents and a solid bitterness that helps to counteract the malt sweetness. Alcohol is there on the finish to let you know it's not playing around.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a great viscosity and carbonation. Quite easy to drink given the fact that this packs quite an ABV punch. On the sweeter side but not overly so and the bitterness does a good job of working out some of the sweetness. Overall, a tasty barleywine and I'll look forward to seeing how it ages.

Photo of bierguru
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -
cloudy copper brown thick tan head which is fairly foamy

S -
sweet grapefruit hops and pine

T -
grapefruit bold hop taste on the backend very mild alcohol taste there is also some dark fruit characters as well as some roasted notes
grapefruit taste fasdes as beer warms

M -
thick and froathy smooth slight tingling from the hops

D -
pretty hopy for probably for the average person however i really enjoyed it and would for sure get it again

Photo of goldbot
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-red color with medium, off-white head that reduces quickly to a surface haze. Spotty lacing.

Up front, the nose is citrusy with some planty, herbal hop aromas as well. Notes of grapefruit and orange along with tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple. Some alcohol is detectable towards the end, particulary as it warms. The malt is definitely in the back seat on this one right now.

Fruity flavors of citrus and pineapple with an intense bitter throughout. Malt notes of caramel and dough, but these are again in the background compared with the substantial hoppiness.

Big bodied with a chewy and somewhat viscous mouthfeel. For a barleywine, this is all hops at this point; the malts are very subdued. Intensely bitter, slightly sweet at the finish, with a great hop profile. This could be an interesting beer for aging if the hops fade to reveal a good malt backbone.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 2/27/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly to a thin lacing. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Floral and caramel sweet nose. Hints of alcohol.
T) Caramel sweet. Notes of cedar / oak / woodsy. Finishes with bright floral flavors. Hints of black pepper.
M) Full body. Slightly syrupy. Dry and pucker inducing in the finish.
D) A great brew. Slow drinker. I'd definitely have another!

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby red and a touch hazy with a nice 1/2" foamy head that didn't hang out with us veyr long

S - Nice pine shaped aromas hit first with a malty finish. Maybe hints of plum as well.

T - Sweet, and a tad boozy. Pine and a little few hints of grapefruit hop characteristics swirl around as well.

M - Low carbonation and smooth. A little on the thick/syrupy side, but otherwise very pleasant on the tongue.

I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to a few more. A few to drink now, and maybe age a couple.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with an orange-amber body...a very thin head to begin and spotty retention...not much lacing

S - The nose was nice...sweet aromas with a syrupy texture to it...the hops, as in most Stone beers, were very pronounced and had citrus and pine aromas going on

T - This barleywine was very well balanced...the sweetness dominated in the beginning with lots of caramel malts...the hops show up at the end for a long, bitter finish...but the two of them join in the middle and play off of each other nicely...alcohol provides a warming finish when swallowed

M - Medium bodied...syrupy, smooth, nice push from the nitro

D - This was a decent barleywine...the alcohol was very evident which hinders a little but I think the balance of the flavors make up for it

Photo of elniko
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into goblet. Limited early 2010 release.

A: Rich glowing somewhat hazy deep amber coloring with nice head for barleywine. Heavy lacing apparent as well. Good looking brew.

S: Nice Stone nose dominated by citrus hop notes but a backing of toffee tinged malt. Nice nose.

T & M: From what I recall the 2010 release strikes me as being more balanced than the 2009 release. Up front malt and toffee notes readily apparent with nice Stone hop notes on the finish.

D: For a barleywine quite drinkable, Bigfoot is still my favorite Old Guardian is a darn fine example of the style.

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Copper-colored body. Giant white head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Lots of caramel with a fair amount of citrus.

T: Caramel and chocolate. Citrus and bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M: Medium to heavy. Not a lot of carbonation.

D: A solid barleywine, but not one that particularly wowed me. Unlike last year's offering, I feel like some aging would significantly improve it.

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip glass. Aa dark brown with lots of cranberry like redness throughout. About a 1/2 inch worth of creamy tan head.
Smell is big on everything. Huge malts,huge hops. Lots of citrus, pine,caramel, darks figs and prunes.

On the mouth you're first hit with the citrusy hops and then the spice kicks in followed but a ton of sweet caramel and dark sticky fruits.Alcohol is definitely in forefront on this badboy. It's hard to mask the heat from 11.10% abv. I would imagine a few years in the cellar would mellow this out but then the hoppy goodness i love about it would also be faded.

Mouthfeel is full bodied for sure. Thick, creamy,smooth and pretty well balanced as far as bitterness and sweetness goes.

Overall a tasty Barleywine. I had no trouble finishing the bomber but i did feel the effects. Could probably stand a little aging. This is a pretty young bottle.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-25-10

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head, off white/orange tinged, nice retention. Not much lace. Beer is murky amber in color.

S: some alcohol and red wine aromas with cherry and malt notes.

T: Wow this is a strong one. Once you get past the booze, it is sweet, mostly caramel malts, some dark fruits, Nice earthy and hop notes in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one got easier to drink as most do but the booze was too much overall. As far as the non-booze tastes, it is fairly good.

Photo of garuda
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazed deep amber that gets a one finger thick off white head that recedes to a thin ring of bubbles that cling to the edges of the glass. Little lacing.

S/T - Similar with big sweetness of dark fruits and caramelized malts. Pine hops finish off both the aroma and finish. Lingering mouthfeel is both warm from the alcohol, and bitter from pine resin like hops.

M - Full body, medium carbonation with warming alcohol.

D - Given the abv and style, the alcohol was well hidden and enhanced the drink. Everything seemed nicely balanced, but I would like to compare it against a fresh bottle. I would buy this again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a deep amber-brown color with a thin, scant head. The beer has heavy aromas of malt, citrus, and alcohol. The beer has sweet flavors derived from fruit, which is well balanced with undertones of spice and alcohol. The beer is smooth and robust in mouth, and finishes with a slightly sour aftertaste. The sourness is mild, but lingers for a while. The beer is extremely mild and drinkable for a barleywine. The flavors are balanced and blended extremely well, and the alcohol isn't overpowering.

Photo of ykncornelius
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even with almost a year of aging behind it, this thing is really really big, with a ton of bitter bite and alcohol heat showing through. It's still fantastic right now.

Poured a clear garnet red in the glass, which just glowed with some backlighting. Really good-looking. Thick just-off-white two-finger head left fantastic lacing for such a potent potable. It's like a stained glass window of booze.

The aroma isn't terribly complex, but it smells sweet and warm and inviting.

There isn't a ton of sweetness with each sip, but there is warmth and fantastic hop flavor and some lingering aftertastes of smoke and roasted malt. Basically, this thing is just aching to be aged for a few more years before seriously delivering.

Excellent mouthfeel...savory and sweet, with strong enough carbonation that it's still going strong at the end of the glass.

The drinkability suffers a little because it's so strong, and it's obvious with each sip. I love beers like this, but many would prefer that kick be hidden a bit better. It flows down the hatch like water for me; a definite sipper to be enjoyed.

Need to get my hands on more barleywines...

Photo of uhhhaaron
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed on 04-18-2010, 22oz bomber into snifter

Poured into snifter....copper/dark caramel color with a fluffy off white head that stuck around for a while.. settled in at a thin nice looking film..

when i first cracked it open it smelled of sweet dark cherrys. I got this again once it was poured into glass. very sweet boozy smell..piney/hoppy with a malt backbone.. a little caramel, grapefruit..wood, really a lot going on in the nose..

First sip was whoa!..as it enters my mouth I get sweetness right away. I keep sipping because I cant really get any other flavors except for the aftertaste. i let it warm up a bit.. minutes later I retaste and get sharp grapefruit, orange peel, very strong hop presence but yet still get that dark cherry sweetness, almost medicinal...aftertaste is a burn, hoppy tone with wood (cedar? oak?)

mouthfeel is thick and very warm...def a slow sipper..

Photo of perrymarcus
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky amber tone with slightly less than a finger of a creamy beige head; not much retention, lacing in spots - fairly typical for the style.

aroma is great: smacks of heavy, sweet maltiness... brown sugar, caramel, maybe a hint of dark fruits... some hops evident.

the malty introduction of the flavor is quickly overpowered by a surge of hops, much more than i would have guessed judging by the nose. lends the beer a decided bitterness lasting through the finish, which also packs some heat from the booze. solid representation of an american barleywine, if maybe a little too hoppy for my taste.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel; drinking pretty well for a north of 11% ABV beer; that said, i'll be all set with the bomber.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber / burgundy color with a small white head around the edge. No lace.

Smell: A strong malt nose, with caramel, some spices. A hop presence is mostly citrus, with some floral notes as well.

Taste: The toffee and caramel malt barely appears before the hops sink their teeth in. A strong grapefruit and apricot flavor, with a resonating bitterness in the aftertaste. I think I would like this a little better if it aged a bit, fading out some of the hop presence to give it more depth and balance.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse in my mouth with a bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV is clearly present throughout each sip. Combined with a strong aftertaste, I am less than inclined to really get into these regularly. Still impressive for 11%.

Photo of ebrauser
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull pale amber with lots of creamy tan foam on top. The speed at which the carbonation bubbles are passing through the beer does not reveal the syrupy thickness of this one.

Pineapple dominates the nose with touches of wood as well as other fruit sweetness. The flavor matches the smell perfectly, with lots of intensely sweet pineapple and light, maybe Galaxy, hops. Oak and molasses deaden the fruit sweetness before a very bitter finish drives home.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head. Nice lacing holding up well.

Sweet bready malt up front dominating the nose for the most part. Smells very inviting.

Sweet malt with bold bitter hops on the back end. There is some biscuit flavors along with the malt upfront. Pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is smooth and bitter, very well balanced. Its a great mixture. This is a monster ale that sits heavy.

Overall, one of the better barleywines ive had and will revist this. Glad i have another 2010 in the cellar.

Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz.snifter at the appropriate temperature (03/26/10).

A: Pours a brilliant shade of dark copper, with a rich ruby hue capped with one finger of an almost white head. Decent retention and some patchy lace.

S: Strong and powerful aroma of pine, caramel malt, along with quite a bit of alcohol. Notes of citrus and hints of toffee and burnt malt are there as well.

T: The flavor profile mirrors the aroma with layers of pine, caramel malt, alcohol, burnt malt, and some citrus. Not as complex as I remember, but I could be wrong.

M: Medium to full-bodied with smooth carbonation and a pleasant tinge of alcohol.

D: For a 11% American Barleywine, this one has good drinkability.

Overall this was nice American Barleywine, but I was less impressed with this year's version compared to last year's.

Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a glass, clear amber with very few tiny bubbles. Pour yields a towering light tan head which fades away slowly leaving heavy clinging lace. Nice looking brew. On the nose is a faint boozy alcohol and sweet floral malt with hints of honey. On the tongue, the honey-sweet flavor asserts itself again, followed by a moderate alcohol burn. Hops are there as well, grapefruit-like sour biting toward the middle and taking over from the sweet malt. It ends on a slightly dry bitter note. Mouthfeel is good; it's slightly thin with low viscosity and quite smooth. Drinkability is good, but of course with all such high ABV brews, moderation is a must. It's deceptively smooth and tasty, and can easily sneak up on you.

Overall: A tasty but not spectacular barley wine. Cellaring would probably help with smoothing out some of the rough edges.

Photo of dlmccabe1
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This high ABV (11.1%) monster is one of the better barleywines I've come across. A lot of great aromas coming from this with a fragrant sweetness on the nose with pronounced (at least to me) apricot flavors. The head looks like a primary fermenter mid fermentation - dense and rocky, and very alive looking.

The flavor was mellow and smooth. Easy to drink for a barleywine with a nice malty start and a bit of spiciness on the finish.

A new go-to barleywine for me.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not always the biggest fan of Stone's brews but this one was really great.

The appearance of the beer was a beautiful copper that was clean and crisp to look through.

The smell was syrupy sweet with a pungent aroma of hops and alcohol.

A syrupy sweetness hits you in the front, and the taste of alcohol really lingers with this one. Really got to sip this one because those fresh west coast hops extenuates the alcohol even more

The beer has some good body to it , and ends with a crisp hoppy finish

The alcohol really brings down the drinkabilty I have had a lot of beers with higher ABV's that went down a lot easier than this one. If you are planning on sitting back and just enjoy one glass, it is perfect though.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 6/4/11

Appearance: Hazy orange brown/amber color with an off-white head and some lacing - the head is especially nice considering that this beer is about a year old

Smell: Cooked, caramelized malts - smells kind of sweet, but also smells really hoppy - citrus and pine - kind of spicy, unfortunately kind of has that "old hops" smell

Taste: Somewhat sweet, but mostly just a remarkable amount of balance - caramel malts, some dark fruits, sugar - on the earthy side, with some leafy hop flavors - really good, and it gets better and better as it warms

Mouthfeel: Medium body - not as heavy as I would have anticipated, maybe this is partially due to the great level of carbonation - this really works for me

Overall: Great, I need to get this yearly

This is a solid American Barleywine. I'm curious if the hops would have been over-the-top a year ago. It aged well, but it could definitely be better. Next I will review the 2011 BELGO...

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-21-2010

A - somewhat clouded deep copper body, medium taupe head.

S - sweet malts, some hop undertones.

T - full and complex malt sweetness, well balanced with some spicy hops

M - full bodied and creamy

O (D) - goes down easy and smooth, but its pretty strong.

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.