Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - Dark amber color with a 1/2 head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice lacing around the glass.
S - malty & hoppy goodness with a bit of grassy extracts.
T - Piney, woodsy with a nice alcohol bite at the end. Some hoppy bitterness. I was pretty scared because this was my first time trying the style, but it was not at all what I expected.
M - Has a lingering bitter aftertaste, but not too bad. Carbonation is ok, not too much.
D - Not sure I'd drink more than one of these, but at 11% abv, pretty darn drinkable!
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2010 03:36:27 | More by EthersTragic
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass. 2010 edition
A: poured a nice orange-ish amber color with a slight haziness to it. Head is one index finger thick with a nice off-white color. This barleywine leaves solid lacing on the glass as you drink. This brew looks awesome.
S: the first aroma i am getting is of sweet malts and some nice dried fruit along with a mild grapefruit and pine hop nose. Nothing about the aromatics stunned me, but the aromas did open up a bit more once this brew warmed up some in the glass.
T: wow, this barleywine is the real deal. The first taste matches the nose, with a good amount of sweet malts and breads coming through. The second wave of flavor is all hops baby. A really nice combination of citrus and pine gives this barleywine a nice complexity and balance that is needed to combat the sweetness. At just over 11% abv, the last taste is a little warm, but nothing overpowering. I also taste a little smoke in the finish.
M: overall very smooth with medium carbonation. A bit of creaminess makes this brew feel great on the palate.
D: i love this barleywine. Many times barleywines can over do certain aspects whether it be hops or sweetness, but this is great with its complexity and balance. This is a strong brew, but also very drinkable. It would be a shame to pound a couple of these, you want to taste and savor this one.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get into barleywines or anyone who enjoys them. You will not be disappointed this one is a beast with great taste and complexity
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2010 04:53:06 | More by Kmiller565
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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