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

333 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 202
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.

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Photo of boomer31
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Waited on this one for a bit but really looking forward to it after along week. I loved bastard, oak aged bastard, double bastard, IPA and Ruinition so I expect this to be good.

A - Burnt orange haze with a thin lacing of off white head. Very nice looking b-wine

S - Lots of malt and a touch of hop fruitiness. You get a load of malt which is almost intimidating.

T - Piney hops up front then the carmel malt and more grassy hops in the back. Piney, grassy and a touch of sweet malt and thats it. Very dry finish begs you to drink more. Impressive

M - Carbonated well. Not overly viscous but you can tell there is a lot of malt in this brew.

D - Very tasty and the dry finish really make you want more and more. The hops are really up front and powerful but not overwhelming.

Overall I love this beer. Wish I would have picked up more of these...but I went with multiple RIS instead. Maybe a mistake as this is great.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this last year and thought it was a great beer. Unsurprisingly, they upped the ante and made an even better brew with the 2010 vintage. I have had at least 5 bottles of this, and it is consistently good. The hop aroma is top notch with pines, needles, sticky icky grapefruits, and a coying and large malt. Taste is mostly bitters, but the abv shines through and makes it taste very high class. I expect 2011 to be even better, but I wonder how they will pull it off...

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours with a beautiful golden caramel color with a head that last a couple minutes but leaves a great lacing.

S: Burnt, caramel, malts, ginger, apricot, toffee, bready malts

T: Burnt Citrus, piney hops, bready malt, toffee, and some caramel

M: It has a great carbonation that helps build the body of this beer. It has a full, rich, feel to it that also helps it glide over the palate.

O: I am impressed. Almost two years later it still has a great hoppiness, and yet a complex maltiness which has aged gracefully. With age it seems the hoppiness has only barely faded. This is probably one of the top Barleywines I have had to date.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Dark, vibrant orange with a cloudy, brown tint. It poured with a 1 1/2 inch white head that stayed around for a while before leaving. It was beautiful.

S--Wonderful. It has a heavy scent of alcohol for sure, but behind that you have fruit, fruit, and more fruit. Dark grape fruits, raisins, maybe cinnamon. This is probably the best barley wine I have ever smelled.

T--First off, it's hard to ignore the alcohol flavor. It's there from the beginning til the end. You also get a lot of the fruit notes with each sip. Tastes like cinnamon, figs, almost a rum flavor. It really tastes like a nice spiced rum. I liked it.

M--Heavy feel in the mouth. Burn from the alcohol exists for sure.

D--Not very high. It's a good sipper beer, but if you try to drink a lot of this, the 11.00% is going to catch up to you quickly.

Photo of Flashsp2
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Old Guardian 2010 into snifter

Pours deeply blood red with perfect clarity, golden and orange highlights, and a dense foamy beige head with caramel tinting. Looks classic barleywine. Even manages some beautiful little lacing, something that Stone and only a small handful of other brewers could pull off with an 11.1% beer.

Nose is powerfully boozy, sweet malty, dessert breads, caramel, herbs and piney hops, yeasty fruitiness. Smells balanced and inviting, surprisingly mellow for such a hefty beer at a young age.

The palette is a little less refined than the nose. Herbs, pine, grainy caramel, booze, bready malt, chewy toffee. Fades from herbal to sweet with a prickly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and soft with residual sugars with a low carbonation.

Pretty drinkable when it warms a bit. Not my favorite barleywine, but I do really enjoy the nose. Another bottle is in order for a much later date.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've held off on reviewing this one, letting the bomber gain a little age on it. Paired it with some Stilton.

Pours a decadent ruby/orange body with an abundance of foam, tight bubbles slowly recedes into a beautiful lacing that is none other than world class.

Aroma is of sticky pine resin, a dash of floral hops to round it out. Its not the hops that stand out, but the sweet barley malts that really take the cake here. Perhaps even some orange peel or tangerine on the back end.

Stone continues to impress me time and time again. Slight bitterness and carbonation hit the front and sides of the tongue, floral hops take center stage mid palate with a dazzling array of pine, bitterness, and all things hops. Then to round all things off is the impressive malt balance. Modest sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness, and adds a big sticky feeling on the teeth and tongue. Finish was also exceptionally smooth but with linger aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick, of course. Anything less would be unworthy. Thick and viscous to a high degree, not IRS thick but just a tad under.

Drinkability is good, other than the liver loving 11.1% ABV, it is a pleasure to enjoy during the cooler season. Heck it even does well in warmer weather as well

Photo of berpwillie
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper orange color with spare white head and spare lacing. soft carbonation. very sweet and tart, citrus hints in the flavor, seems to be very sugary. medium body and long flavor duration. tart chalky and bitter finish. absolutley fantatsic brew. stone definitely knows how to make a fine brew. highly recommend.

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 Norfawkers
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommend drinking this one when it's fresh if you're into that big hoppy flavor. Overall, this is a highly drinkable barley wine and another excellent Stone issue.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with little head

Smell: Floral and hoppy, sweetness, rich

Taste: Hops up front with a strong malt back; spices

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout with slight CO2

Drinkability: Definately a sipping beer with its complexity and fullness. Let it warm up if stored in the fridge to bring out more flavor.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber orange red, no head no lace.

S - Almost sweet apricot and alcohol, not sure about hops or malty'ness.

T - Hot and apricot mixed with slight malts of some sort. Slight aftertaste but not too much.

M - Medium fizzy/body, kinda easy drinking for a barley wine but then again its heavy.

D - Drinks great for a BW but I expect a little more almost.. maybe I like the black BW more out of sierra nevada now. This was a alltime favorite, but does it change every year or is this the same recipe as previous years? Thumbs up but kinda expensive ($8).

Photo of begforme4484
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown with an amber hue. About a finger's width of an off white head which subdued quickly. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

The malt scent is the most standout. But the yeast and the hops are fairly subdued and even. No real hint of the 11.1% monster I'm about to consume.

Wow, I'm going to have to take a second sip just to realize what I'm drinking. What a flavor explosion, very surprising based on the nose. A very warm beer. There's a wall of flavor that hits you instantaneously. The flavors then begin to unfold, the is a nice sweet fruity/bready malt flavor. An overall spiciness from the yeast and an astringent bitterness from the hops all throughout. The 11.1% percent IMO, is hidden fairly well, although, you can definitely tell it's there. That just adds to the experience of the flavor profile for me. The warm and slight sting definitely go hand in hand with the flavor.

This beer is smooth and thick. A well placed amount of carbonation, and a very slight lingering bitterness.

It's very drinkable for 11.1%. I've had barley wines that are just sickeningly sweet and overboard. But this beer was balanced very well, and is very enjoyable.

Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep red amber, almost like a blood like color. The smell was of caramel malts, and citrus hops. The flavor was strong with caramel malt, with a balance of citrus hops. There was a lot of alcohol there but it wasnt out of place, it was balanced well in the beer. The mouthfeel was medium, and the carbonation was right on. Overall I would say a sipping beer, but even though its sipping it is very drinkable.

Photo of surprenant1138
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Pours a hazy dark amber. Small amount of quickly disappearing head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of hops, wet sour smell, wet hay. Mouthfeel is slightly grainy. Taste is of hops, dry, slightly bitter. It stays with you. Flavor makes me picture a hot, sunny day on a midwestern farm. This is my #2 barleywine and one of my favorite Stone brews.

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 KomodoDragon
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy copper with a one inch light tan head with terrific lacing.

S - The smell hints at what is in store. Floral wine, fruity, sugar.

T - Malty caramel sweetness. Alcohol warmth is balanced by the bitter taste of american hops.
This is one to sip (and enjoy)

M - In a word, chewy. I would add spicy and malty.

This is a barleywine that changes as you age it. Not quite sure how I'll come up with the patience to test that theory. Delicious!

Photo of beyah
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between amber and red, starts off witha bout 1/2 finger of head,some lacing.

Nice full malty flavor, with a bitter hops finish. Touch of alcohol to finish.

Any enjoyable barely wine, a 11% beer, hard to belive. It didn't have that wine like flavor that many Barley wines have, you can tell that it's a relative of Arrogant Bastard, but that's ok since Arogant Bastard is my go to beer, when I want a pleasent bomber of a fine ale.

Photo of xanok
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into my Stone RIS tulip

A-Body is somewhere between an orangish-amber and a brick red. Unusual and pleasing actually. The just-off white head sticks around for quite a while.

S-Sooo..complex. Dried fruit, hops, citrus fruits. There's also some caramel malt here as well.

T-Sweeter than expected, the maltiness takes a front seat to everything. Piney hops come through along with the aforementioned fruit notes.

M-Carbonation borders on heavy with a thick, but smooth body. Aftertaste is strong and lingers. Very small sips needed!

D-Low drinkability, even for the style. Absolute flavor explosion combined with the high ABV make even just the one bomber a lot to tackle.

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Love it. Looks like a glass of auburn/brownish/reddish muddy water. Surprising head for such high abv that dissipates to froth. Excellent lacing. It almost looks like the foam at the top of a mug of cocoa.

Smell- Oaky booziness. Sort of sweet.

Taste- Delicious. VERY boozy. Some may not care for that but I personally love that. Tastes like its been aged in oak barrels, not sure if it actually has though. Excellent winter beer, has a little spice to it as well. Not a ton, not like a winter warmer or anything but its got some strong flavors. Maybe a dash of nutmeg or ginger.

Mouthfeel- Incredible. Very full and smooth. Good carbination but not at all "bubbly" somehow.

Overall- Would DEFINITELY buy this one again. Could be priced way way higher and still be worth it. I highly reccomend it if you like strong beers in general.

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The "early 2010 release" of this ale is a beatiful beer, ruby colored with half inch of foam - some parabolic retention and streaky lace.

There seems to be plenty of beauquet and aroma but unfortunately this tasting is with a mild head-cold. I can't pull out specifics so I'll just give it a 4.

Flavour is luscious. This ale seems to have significant age on it already - all those swirly ripe flavors are present and this release is ready to drink, aged yes but not extremely complex. The caramel sweetness is well balanced by plenty of hops. Satisfies need for intensity.

Mouthfeel is a thick swimmy bath for the tongue. Plenty of body. Dive in.

The drinkability of this ale is superb - good cold; better as it warmed. Dangerous, could take one to oblivion.

Photo of misinformed
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured in my good old pint glass.
A- Clear, medium red/brown. Poured with thick, tan 1/2 finger head that left some lacing.

S- Sweet and fruity with strong pine hops as well.

T- Starts off with piney hops followed by sweet dark fruits, and caramely goodness. Finishes with hops again for a mildly spicy finish. Very nicely balanced, the flavors are in perfect harmony. I didn't detect the alcohol more than once or twice and very, very faintly when I did.

M- Medium bodied with a faint bit of carbonation. Pleasant dryness that leaves the mouth coated for a long finish. Some warmness for the alcohol, but it didn't feel hot at all.

D- Incredibly drinkable, but works well as a sipper for a cool evening. I finished off my bottle fairly quickly on a rainy evening and could have had another. I didn't try this fresh, but it tastes like it has mellowed out some.

Photo of NefariousR
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a pint glass. Labeled as "Limited Early 2010 Release."

A - Deep orange amber with a slightly yellowish head that dissipated fairly quickly. Fairly hazy.

S - Malt, sweetness, with some light fruity notes, mostly citrus (Grapefruit). "Bright" aromas.

T - The maltiness hits right upfront, then fades to a sharp hop note, followed by light citrus and warming alcohol.

M - Thick and sticky with little carbonation. Of all the barleywines I have had, this is probably the closet to an actual wine consistency in the mouthfeel.

D - A solid barleywine, deep and complex. I would be interested to try a slightly older bottle to see how this ages.

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 yuriruley
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, ruby red, and brown, little bit of a white head. It is hard to see through this one. Looks awesome.

Smell - Various fruits and bread. I love the way barely wines smell.

Taste - Almost an apricot flavor, with other darker fruits. Get a little bitterness from the hops and small hint of the alcohol on the tail end. Amazing flavor, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - pretty thick and syrupy like most good barley wines, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drink - I am taking my time with it, it is very rich, plus the high ABV. Something you want to take your time and enjoy for sure.

I am not sure when this bottle was brewed. I see some people really talking about the hops being crazy, but the hops are pretty mellow in this bottle. It says limited early 2010 release so I assume it has several months on it. It's drinking really well right now, as far as barley wines go I'd put it right below Doggie Claws which is one of my favorites. I saw two bottles of this at the store the other day and passed them over. I am glad I went back for this tonight, the other one had been sold.

Photo of pumptrick
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this barley wine, this is the reason for my love of the style. Can never get enough. The taste is typical stone with the mighty hop presence that give way to delicious roasted barley then the alchohol burn. Pour this beauty straight into a snifter on release date or cellar it for years and watch how it changes. Hops fall out and the flavors just meld into pure enjoyment.

Photo of Anaz
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Almost looks like honey in the glass, golden, red-orange with a large white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S-Lots of citrus, very bright with pine, caramel, and some raisiny, brown sugar sweet smells underneath. There is some booziness on the nose.

T- Mandarin and Meyer lemon zest, orange flower water, and pine from the hops with a boozey honey and caramel sweetness that fades into and assertive grassy bitterness with sugar and toasty malts at the finish. A lot of depth that will only become richer with age. I had a 2007 and a 2008 OG a few weeks back, so I know good things will come to those who wait.

M- Boozy, but very nice dry finish, not syrupy or astringent. Nice.

D- Deceptively drinkable, but the alcohol makes itself known, so slow sipping is a must. I hope I can buy a few and keep myself away from them for a few years, but it drinks really nice now with the hops being so prominent.

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.