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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
92
outstanding

323 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 87 | FT: 2
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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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-24-2012 16:16:16 | More by TonyTalon
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-16-2012 22:08:25 | More by bigred89
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-15-2012 20:01:23 | More by TheRuss9585
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larryi86

Delaware

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:33:25 | More by larryi86
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AwYeh

Ohio

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.]

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 21:58:36 | More by AwYeh
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-19-2012 21:16:47 | More by hiphopj5
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trancesk8er

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-09-2012 04:21:37 | More by trancesk8er
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ArchitectBrewCo

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-05-2012 06:35:07 | More by ArchitectBrewCo
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lsummers

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 19:29:23 | More by lsummers
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:58:10 | More by BostonHops
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joewsorenson


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-13-2012 01:31:32 | More by joewsorenson
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Lantern


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-07-2012 23:15:52 | More by Lantern
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-08-2012 23:29:32 | More by Supergenious
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tewaris

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:59:14 | More by tewaris
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originsbrewery

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-27-2012 01:03:08 | More by originsbrewery
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2012 20:18:34 | More by Crimsontider22
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2012 16:59:28 | More by ScottyC54
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JDizzle

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:49:51 | More by JDizzle
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EROCK75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-12-2012 18:52:56 | More by EROCK75
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jwat

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-10-2012 03:33:09 | More by jwat
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-06-2012 07:25:39 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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Beezee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-06-2012 07:16:10 | More by Beezee
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Rojopunk

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- amber with a little bubbly to it . slight lacy

S- sweet with slight hints of alcohol

T- Very sweet but not too sweet with sight hints of hops

M- medium

Overall id say this was a great barley wine . Stones is a impressive brewery with 90% of there beers being IPAs. Here and there they make a non ipa beer and it rocks! This is a slightly hoppy barely wine with no burn . Also it has enough hop to keep it from being to sweet or syrup like. Lastly this beer was brought out of retirement i bought a bottle today ! Sadly it will probably go back into retirement soon .

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:55:34 | More by Rojopunk
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shelby415

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2012 06:45:39 | More by shelby415
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-27-2012 03:39:49 | More by RandyBoBandy
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.