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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

329 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
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 brewerburgundy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, snifter.

Hazed apricot colored beer, with wisps of tannish, but typical off-white head. Maybe this is a case of abv affecting head seriously.

Dried apricot, yellow raisin, apricot hop, huge caramel, and a little diacetyl and alcohol.

Dried apricot again, white pepper, apple, butterscotch, caramel, and all quite sweet. The hop bitterness is pretty miniscule, but the alcohol bitterness makes up for it. Alcohol also contributes a little to the tropical, dried fruit aspects. This is already a pretty cohesive beer built around alcohol, light dried fruit, and a steady does of caramel.

This is quite flat, which reveals a thinner than expected body. I'm not impressed, but the flavor hides this weakness until the end of the glass.

The alcohol is there but it's very well worked into the rest of the beer. It's going down smooth.

Photo of BBP
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear reddish amber with slight carbonation, a creamy head, and tons of lacing, and a slight bit of unfiltered goodness.

S- Definite hop aroma. Pine and citrus. Floral hops as well, and some slight fruit.

T- Bitter hops are pretty front and center in this one. The malt is very minimal but it does play a good part in keeping it from being just a simple hop bomb. There is a ton of pine flavor in this, and I noticed some grapefruit as well. There's a lot of caramel malt that doesn't get in the way of the hops one bit. If I haven't given it away yet the hops are the focus of this beer. For a barleywine, I'd expect more of a malt presence, but I don't think it's a flaw to have a hop heavy beer. The citrus and biscuit flavors in this are so subtle in comparison to the hops and I'm not even drinking it all that fresh either.

M- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. I love how unintrusive the carbonation is while still complimenting the drink. Leaves a slightly sticky, although not dry, finish.

D- This is really 11.1%?! It is beyond easy to drink. There are a lot more 7% drinks with less ABV presence than this. The only way it's noticable is the heat as it goes down. I found this to be easier to drink than I ever expected a barleywine to be. Just the right amount of hops for bitterness, but not so much as to slow you down. You need to watch yourself with this one.

Photo of Mar02x
2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With thanks to ?, Sorry I forgot who brought this bottle. I was able to try this beer on a tasting organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch beer lady) at 'de Molen'.

A - An amber looking fluid with a slight beige lacing.

S - A bit woody and no hops in the smell.

T - Smells like a 'wine IPA'!!

M - A medium carbonation.

O - This is not my style.

Photo of obywan59
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

THANK GOD! My Kroger store got some Old Guardian in. None at all last year, and that was after I'd purchased an Old Guardian glass. Now, I can give my glass a proper christening.

Pours a deep amber, but mahogany against a dark background, and more like fruit juice (cherry) when held up to the light. Almost transparent. Towering light-tannish head from a pour into the bottom of the glass. Almost no lacing.

BIG aroma of syrupy malt and flowery hops. Some wonderful caramel, dark fruits, and citrus as well.

Sweet malt up front with some light bitterness that quickly grows and becomes stronger and more floral before settling down to a nice laaastiiing bitterness in the end. A bit of heartburn (and gutburn) from the ABV.

The brew clings nicely to the tongue enhancing the flavor retention. Syrupy, but not overly sticky.

I suppose the drinkability is hampered by the 11.3% ABV, but then, who can really complain about that?

I know this is rated on the high side, but I really love this beer! The '08 version (not reviewed) was my favorite beer of all time (for nearly 2 years) until I sampled Firestone 13, but this one equals the Firestone in my estimation. The only beer I've rated higher is DFH The Flying Mouflan. Perhaps that was a mistake.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours a dark, clear golden amber with a decent amount of foam using the sam adams perfect pint glass. I could smell it as soon as I opened the cap. I found this beer to be quite bitter in a good way, with lots of hop bite as it was still remotely fresh. Very smooth overall and no hint of the 11.1% at all in either glass I poured. A very nice beer overall.

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle into a snifter style glass.

I'm barleywine fan and was happy to see my local store had this brew as I was unsuccessful in locating it last year.

It pours a golden amber hue, a bit lighter in color than I expected, but it looks very good. Mostly clear with a head of not quite 2 fingers - again, a bit surprised by this but still very nice. There was good lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas were complex, but with more hops than anticipated. I should expect this from Stone - I love their hopped up brews and that's why I buy them so frequently. There is plenty of that typical barleywine related aroma: carmel, dark fruit, and some estery scents, but the additions that blended nicely included some pine and citrus. Very cool.

Flavors were a rush on the first long pull; a rather balanced blend of heavier caramel malts and dark fruit esters with some interesting grapefruit and pine characteristics. Everything works great together and it really comes together as one full-on flavor rush. It's a touch sweet, as you would expect, but the hops tend to mute that a bit. The finish is cleaner than many barleywines I've had, perhaps do to the hops and heavier carbonation, but it certainly lets it go down easier.

Great brew! Stone Brewing scores another win in my book. If you want to try a slightly new twist on the same old barleywine, check out Old Guardian.

Photo of elniko
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into goblet. Limited early 2010 release.

A: Rich glowing somewhat hazy deep amber coloring with nice head for barleywine. Heavy lacing apparent as well. Good looking brew.

S: Nice Stone nose dominated by citrus hop notes but a backing of toffee tinged malt. Nice nose.

T & M: From what I recall the 2010 release strikes me as being more balanced than the 2009 release. Up front malt and toffee notes readily apparent with nice Stone hop notes on the finish.

D: For a barleywine quite drinkable, Bigfoot is still my favorite Old Guardian is a darn fine example of the style.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle Into a Snifter Glass

Pours a hazy dark orange with a nice 2 finger yellowish off white head.

S- Sweet barley and malts hit you up front with a great citrus earthy hop background. Also getting hints of yeast and caramel or toffee.

T- Pretty harsh up front, the alcohol is alittle overpowering. Probably should let this one age a bit. After the sting fades your greeted by a sweet malt base and a nice strong hop finish.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

Overall I think they could have blended this brew alot better. The flavors there but I think it needs some maturing to bring out the real life of this beer.

SkÅl!

Photo of Lerxst
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orange/amber with a nice sized white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lace.

S-Rich malts greet me first, then some citrus and a bit of pine and a bit of booze. Very prominent and pleasant nose.

T-Nice balance with bready malts and citrus & pine hop notes, a bit of dark fruit, and a hint of booze which is not at all unpleasant.

M-Full bodied, slightly creamy, moderate carb level.

D-A bomber is thoroughly enjoyable but as I drank I didn't think I would be wanting more when it was empty. but I wouldn't have minded a bit more.

One of the best American Barleywines IMO.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep red in color, fantastic head and thick lace left in the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, and hops.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet dried fruit, hops and alcohol, all blended together perfectly in sweet harmony!

M - Syrupy, coats the mouth with malty goodness, medium carbonation and sticky.

D - Love this beer and look forward to trying it every year! Enjoy!

Photo of Sinewave
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of hawkmage
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange amber color with a thick tan head that has great retention and leaves light lacing.

Nice aroma that starts off very malty with brown sugar and caramel but soon shows a hoppier side with clear hints of citrus and pine. A little alcohol is detected.

Taste again starts off with sweet caramel and follows with grapefruit and lemony notes along with some spicy and piney hops. Alcohol is a little more prevalent in the taste but isn't overwhelming.

Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sticky finish. A great barleywine. Alcohol becomes an issue after a while but this is flavorful enough that you don't pay much attention to its strength.

Photo of hdofu
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not at all what I expected from barleywine... maltier... hoppy as all heck... but very very enjoyable. Smell is somewhat piney. Sweet with an intense bitter finish. color purple reddish with a thin pillowy head. It tastes quite drinkable though the alcohol burn is quite noticeble

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of whatthehull
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a brown/orange super opaque almost swamp water look, no head and no lacing

S - orange, toasted malt, barley and oak. Really sweet end of the smell, a bit of hops, floral and citrus and huge alcohol. There is one other note, I can't quite describe but it is very much there. Earthy, sappy, fresh cut tree like quality

T - Very nice. Lots of citrus and floral hops. A lovely bitterness that turns sweet. Orange flavored liqueur. Toasted everything. Malt, barley, wheat. Maybe some wine notes or wine barrel? The yeast note is very nice

M - a bit sticky, but well carbonated, leaves a bitter sweet citrus flavor that last for sometime. Really nice.

D - For $6 and 11.2% abv. This beer has great drinkability. Flavor is awesome when really cold and when it cools down it's flavors change nicely. Stone has done it again

Final thought - Love this beer

Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of baybassboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Zimbo
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the bottle this smells like an old tire yard in the mid day Summer sun but develops a nice complex perfume in the glass. Cooled and carefully poured, this had a cloudy deeply concentrated orange core with some unusual pockets of faded paleness towards the bottom of the glass. Thin head, almost off white with a fairly faintly light yellowish tinge. Very little carbonation, almost none at all. Fat silky body with a slight volatile fizzy end before leading a uniform and long but not overly challenging boozy bitterness. A pretty pumped up inflatedness which brings bigness at the expense of individuality and complexity.

Decent but a bit clumsy and not surprisingly unchallenging. A bit of a disappointment really. Maybe my expectations were too high but this certainly does not to be what I would expect from Stone.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release poured into a tulip glass. Deep transluscent amber in color with a nice two and a half finger white head. Great retention and lacing. The scent is strong of carmeled malt. The alcohol scent that accompanies fresh bottles is very faint. The taste shows great aging. Flavors of carmeled fruits like figs. Very high in candied flavors. But there is still a piney bitterness from the hops present. For it's age, the mouthfeel is great: medium bodied, syrupy, and well carbonated.

Photo of RandyBoBandy
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of goldbot
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-red color with medium, off-white head that reduces quickly to a surface haze. Spotty lacing.

Up front, the nose is citrusy with some planty, herbal hop aromas as well. Notes of grapefruit and orange along with tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple. Some alcohol is detectable towards the end, particulary as it warms. The malt is definitely in the back seat on this one right now.

Fruity flavors of citrus and pineapple with an intense bitter throughout. Malt notes of caramel and dough, but these are again in the background compared with the substantial hoppiness.

Big bodied with a chewy and somewhat viscous mouthfeel. For a barleywine, this is all hops at this point; the malts are very subdued. Intensely bitter, slightly sweet at the finish, with a great hop profile. This could be an interesting beer for aging if the hops fade to reveal a good malt backbone.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice amber almost brown color and a large frothy head.
Smells of straight up barley. A bit of sweets because of the large amount of malt.
Tastes a lot less strong than I expected which is great! I don't like my barleywines to be exceptionally sweet.
Has a nice barley taste and some bitterness.
I love this beer! Better than the many before.

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.