Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and lots of citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus zest, and an herbal and almost medicinal hop flavor. Very alcohol forward too even after 1.5 years or so of age on it. Mild hop bitterness after each sip that lingers on the palate. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but this one has a better smell than taste. The alcohol seems to be pretty potent in this year's vintage as well which takes a bit away from the enjoyability of this one.
10-25-2011 02:02:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
Picked this bottle up at Capone's. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Split with Amyliz4 and her dad after some Thanksgiving leftovers.
The color is a bright peach with a single-finger white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves a bit of ringy lacing and some extra bubbles around the edges of the glass. The nose is caramel, cherry, sweet malt, honey, and some alcohol. The hops aren't there like I remember in earlier vintages of this brew. There is some slight citrus, I suppose.
The flavor brings some nice sweetness and adds in quite a bit of booze compared with the nose. There is some slight cherry and a bit of toffee. The booze is quite prevalent and heavy at this point. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks fairly well but is a bit boozy at this point and I'd like to sit on a bottle for at least another year.
11-28-2010 02:03:20 | More by Thorpe429
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
On-tap on Stone
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fluffy cream colored head.
S: The nose is full of bitter, piney, and grapefruit hops. There's plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar behind that.
T: The flavor features more of the traditional barleywine qualities. The caramel, toffee, and brown sugar provide the usual sweetness and they are balanced nicely by the bitter hoppiness.
M: The body is quite full with a fairly abundant carbonation, eliminating the potential syrupy feel of many big beers.
D: This is quite drinkable, even for its young age. I enjoy the bitterness that Old Guardian has when it's fresh, but look forward to aging a few of these.
03-29-2010 06:36:41 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
10-15-2011 02:02:47 | More by kylehay2004
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
The OG came to the Traid early this year,thankfully.Poured into a imperial pint glass a full rich bronze with a tight two finger head that settled slowly leaving one big sheet of lace behind.Wow the resiny hop aromas seem to be amped up this year,they really stand out,some alcohol and caramel show thru as well.Its real big right now,probably to big,leather and alcohol hits ya up front,the hops are oily and resiny,the sweet alcohol burn really hits hard though.It needs to sit no doubt,this is massive and full of extreme hop goodness,Iam gonna come back to it in a few months.
02-21-2010 23:56:29 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Sampled in August 2011
A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled malty and sweet with caramel notes. There was a mild raisin aroma.
T - Lots of boozy alcohol notes up front. Very sweet caramel flavor with a spicy hop bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied barleywine with a warm alcohol heat.
O - This is good, but I've found older versions to be more smooth and balanced.
08-31-2011 01:50:36 | More by zeff80
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
06-21-2010 03:25:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Stone has been good to the state of Ohio, it's a pretty good day when you can buy 22 ounces of Barleywine for 6.99. This one pours a deep ruby amber hue with a large off white khaki cream head forming thick with fine even lacing forming as the head dwindles. Big deep dark fruit notes soaked in alcohol, a nice raisin, plum, fig fruitiness going on with big rounded booziness. Pine and earthy grapefruit ridden hops blends in aggressively, definitely a welcomed aspect in a young American barleywine. Almost a cedar or charred oak with a bit of vanilla a very interesting humidor or oak barrel hints, although I know this one hasn't touched the wood. Perfect serving temp adds to the experience don't serve this one too cold. Big bold layered flavors, rough and aggressive hop bitterness that tends to soften with some age. Juicy citrus grapefuit rinds, with pine/earthy hop flavors colliding. Big caramel and dark fruit infused malt layers, toffee nearly burn flavors...booze blends with vanilla, charred oak and plum and fig brandy blends. Mouthfeel is full bodied carbonation is mellow and easy going, heavy abrasive waves of hop bitterness are left behind with each sip. Drinkability overall this one has huge potential with more aging much like most barleywines, a nice heavy brooding hoppy b-wine that will get better and better.
04-05-2010 16:13:31 | More by WVbeergeek
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
2010 beer. Beer is amber, dark, with a haze and a medium head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The bubbles are yellowing and fluffy. The carbonation is moderate and steady.
Mild pine hops with a thick malt aroma.
Beer is medium bodied and has a definite sweetness in the front with a strong bitterness in the back. It finishes slightly dry. The overall connectivity is pretty good, its a little hot on the front end but not too bad. I wish it wasn't so dry but I understand that's what they want. I've had a lot of these over the years and mostly haven't bothered to review them, this one is about like the rest. A vertical (with probably 4 other people) would be fun to do to see how they change from year to year or over time, but that will have to wait.
09-22-2010 03:14:12 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
2010 vintage poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.
The beer pours a hazy tannish-brown color with a small white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel, brown sugar, pine and some orange. The beer smells very sweet and syrupy, with no detectable alcohol.
The flavor is heavy on the toffee with a nice amount of orange citrus and pine notes. There is also a lot of sweetness from the brown sugar. The orange notes really come through and increase as the beer warms. The alcohol is detectable but the beer is still easy to drink.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A classic American beer that never disappoints.
09-11-2011 03:53:36 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
From a 22 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a nice relatively clear amber, with a soft white head, fair lace.
S: The difference in hop character is clearly from the 1 year old '09, grapefruit, orange and pine - classic San Diego.
T: Similar hop character to the nose, with that big biscuity hop note I always find in Old Guardian, another well made effort.
M: Solid again, medium/full mouthfeel with a nice creamy carbonation.
D: The '10 really brings this back to where it is suppossed to be. I wasn't a huge fan of the '09 fresh and aged, but this is really good, I'll love to see where this goes.
03-21-2010 02:28:59 | More by Halcyondays
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.
Pours a nice dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a good dose of hops, slight citrus, and some spice notes. The taste is sweet malts, hoppy, slight caramel, citrusy. Medium body, this is a pretty complex barleywine. Very drinkable, glad to get this one. Thanks Wayne.
06-09-2010 00:00:56 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
ok, so the Old Guardian is not new to me..it's darn good. This is the 2010 early release..aged about 3 months in my...uh...cellar. I have 2 more aging.
Looks damn fine. Deep amber, solid. Creamy, off white/light ruby head. Man...bee-ute-if-full. Lacing is thin...so no 5. Oh well.
Aroma is a nice balance of sweet caramel and malt, pine and citrus zest and alcohol. It's powerful. At 11%, the alcohol isn't hidden, but it's well incorporated.
Taste follows the nose. Caramel up front, sweet malt comes into play to introduce the pine and zest. It's a bit slick or syrupy in the feel. The alcohol provides a nice bit, in addition to the hops, at the end. This is nice. Perhaps a bit rough and early for this one....can't wait until the first snow of the winter.
06-09-2010 05:08:25 | More by Mebuzzard
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Clear, deep copper colour with a wisp of fine beige bubbles that formed a thin collar and coated the top of the beer. The foam stuck around for a long time and left a little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Tons of malt in the aroma, toasted and caramel for the most part, a little biscuity too. Mild alcohol and fruity hops rounded things out with hints of citrus and pine. I really like the flavour of this beer. Alcohol was present, but restrained, and gave a pleasant warming at the end. Bitterness was solid and was backed up by lots of toasted malt, a little caramel sweetness, and citrusy hops that had admittedly faded somewhat. I found it really well rounded and balanced though, compared to its fresher brethren. Full bodied, medium to low carbonation, pleasant texture. What can I say, this is a beer that I really enjoy and I wasn't let down by this year's batch.
04-09-2011 01:45:04 | More by DrJay
4.18/5 rDev +1%
Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and hint of vanilla. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, dark citrus, and hint of vanilla. Overall, good appearance, body, and feel.
08-13-2010 15:16:04 | More by Tone
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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