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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

325 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: northaustin on 02-13-2010)
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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Hanzo, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Kopfschuss, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TonyTalon, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -3.4%

bigred89, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheRuss9585, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear deep ruby red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Dark fruits, cherries, figs, syrup, caramel malts, some alcohol, faded hops, sweet.

T- Piney hops are big and bitter, brunt aftertaste, syrup and dark fruits up front, very little alcohol. The burnt aftertaste is less off putting the more I drink this.

M- Medium body, little syrupy.

O- I did not try this fresh, but I still feel this is a solid beer at two years old. I am surprised how much hop bitterness is still in this beer. 11.1% ABV is not noticeable.

larryi86, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a foggy amber color with half a finger of fine, white head.

S: My initial impression is that this smells surprisingly like a Fig Newton (plus alcohol). Bready and syrupy smelling, with heavy doses of lighter fruits and spices.

T: A heavy dose of alcohol is here, of course, but the sweetness of the beer's other flavors can hold their own against it. Similar to the smell, with a nice piny bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick and almost flat, very sticky. Lingering heat from the alcohol is consistently present.

O: A good beer, looking forward to trying other offerings in the Old Guardian line after this one– but maybe not too soon, I can still almost taste this one when I think about drinking it yesterday. [Reviewed to a 3 average with style heavily in mind, so it's a decent amount above average even if my score looks woefully low compared to the other ones for this beer.]

AwYeh, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of trancesk8er
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

trancesk8er, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ArchitectBrewCo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of lsummers
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber deep red on tap. Head took a minute to settle but eventually diminished to leave some impressive lacing.

First hints at a mollasas buttery smell but is a little faint.

The taste hits you right up front. It's like a zesty syrupy taste that changes into the molasses like flavor with a touch of the hops coming through. It ends very pleasantly with a sweet nutty burnt aftertaste. To me the sweetness of this beer combined with the hoppy burnt molasses flavors makes this one a great sipper.

The mouthfeel helps the flavor dance on the tongue at first confusing you into the complex notes. On tap this beer had a bit more carbonation than what I remember but I liked it. It lightens an otherwise thicker mouthfeel.

Can't wait to keep trying these year after year.

lsummers, May 19, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 followed 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 alcohol. solid representation of an american barleywine, if maybe a little too hoppy/boozy for my taste.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel; drinking pretty well for a north of 11% ABV beer. will have to experiment with some more age on this one.

originally reviewed: 12-10-2010

BostonHops, May 19, 2012
Photo of joewsorenson
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Lantern, May 08, 2012
Photo of Supergenious
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Supergenious, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of tewaris
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged 2 years in a CLOSET. It worked.

Looks great albeit a little hazy... smells great... strongly malty: caramel, old hops (it's Stone alright!), toasty, awesome.

Great and robust malt character minus the sweetness... an excellent fruit and nut character with a finish to die for. Excellent feel if not quite as silky as I'd like. Great overall.

tewaris, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Crimsontider22, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was aged for a year.

Looks really nice with a frothy off white head and deep ruby color. Smells OK, with dark fruits but a little too much alcohol bite. Pretty hoppy with a bit of booze in the finish. Some nice dark fruits mix with a malty backbone. Good barleywine that I will continue to try year after year.

JDizzle, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

EROCK75, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +20.8%

jwat, Mar 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ObeMaltKinobee, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Beezee, Mar 06, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.