Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
22oz bottle with "Limited Early 2010 Release" on the front. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aroma is boozey. Also picking up on some apple and malts. Taste has a nice malty, boozey sweetness to it. Some hop bitterness as well. This barleywine has a lot going on and is really good. Nice alcohol burn to it but is still surprisingly drinkable. One of the best barleywines out there.
12-23-2010 05:28:07 | More by PicoPapa
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
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...
08-18-2011 19:22:16 | More by angrybabboon
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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%.
04-04-2010 17:34:44 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.
Smells of pine hops with some caramel sweetness.
Tastes of a big caramel malt flavor up front followed by that west coast hop flavors of pine and citrus. Some fruit makes an appearance to add depth to the sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Compared to the 2009, I would say it is more balanced and less raw. My complaint about 2009 was that there was too much alcohol character, but that has been resolved and this is more to my liking.
Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium with a good creamy amount of carbonation.
02-21-2010 01:58:33 | More by ocelot2500
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Picked up a bottle while in Wisconsin.
Pours a dark walnut brown and off white head. Thin head stayed for a while.
Nose is not real strong but nice. Mild citrus and roasted malt with hints of caramel
Taste is IPA-like. Good dose of hops is predominant. Quite a bit of malt and a slightly sweet undertone. Finish is also pretty hoppy with lots of carbonation, mostly foamy feel in the mouth. Overall, except for the hops, taste is not over the top like other barley wine I have had.
Not hard to drink, alcohol is hidden. A pretty good barleywine.
03-30-2010 23:08:15 | More by daledeee
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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!
04-17-2010 20:44:15 | More by u2carew
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-12-2012 23:33:25 | More by larryi86
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a hazy dark amber with a dense head that reduces to a thin layer, lacing fairly well.
Nose is packed with woody, spicy hops along with a bit of fruity, juicy hop notes.
This is a big barleywine with a a hefty hop dose; typical Stone. Not too sweet, but definitely rich and malty, with lightly roasted notes and a dense bready character. Plenty of dark caramel and brown sugar, too. The finish is somewhat bitter, but actually very manageable for this style. Unlike others, I think the alcohol is well integrated here, especially for this high of an ABV, and it will only get smoother with age. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, resinous and weighty.
I feel like the rich flavor rather than the alcohol would hold back drinkability with Old Guardian, which speaks to the well-crafted nature of this brew. Tasty and dangerously drinkable. Kind of like a bigger, badder Bigfoot.
08-26-2010 03:56:33 | More by dasenebler
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-24-2011 08:18:15 | More by ChugginOil
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small but fluffy biege head. The lace isn't bad, a few chunks hang onto the side.
Peaty malts and citrus dominate the smell. There is some background pine and caramel with only a hint of alcohol.
Malts and hops cascade into a pretty unique combo, which is both interesting and slightly off-putting. Lots of pine and citrus mix with caramel, pear, smoke, brown sugar... Very complex, might taste more put together with age. Thickness and warmth feels nice going down.
All together I have to say that, though I was appreciative of the complexities of this Barleywine, I wasn't truly sold. Might cellar one since they are changing it up in '11.
12-22-2010 05:39:14 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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