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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

324 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 86 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: northaustin on 02-13-2010)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Lacing holds bigger bubbles, while the head does not feel like staying; at least the ring of lace drops a bit on the glass. Sunset amber color, bright and clear. Big mint, pine and grapefruit rind aromas meld with higher-alcohol tropical fruit and a faint caramel malti- ness. Raw honey and caramel are pulverized hard by a resin-filled jackhammer of hops; tobacco, pine sap, hemp seeds, grapefruit rind and fresh-cut grass. The alcohol pigpiles with a semi-hot mess of tropical fruit. Hint of toasted biscuity grain middle to end. Bitter finish lands semi-dry.

One of the most fierce beers out today, this is an angry beer ... a clear view of where the hops and alcohol are here. A slow sipper that should be shared. As for cellaring, to each their own, as the hops will lessen. So, if you don't like your palate to be totally shredded, then some cellaring might be a good idea.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Better than some of the past vintages, for sure.

Pours a deep amber orange. Smells like caramel-ed grapefruit, a bit of interesting mineral herbaliness, and a heaping load of randomized fruit/citrus aromas.

Taste is not quite as good. The grapefruit, citrus, and sweet, sweet malt backing are a bit eclipsed by the weird funky medicinal herbal thing that's going on. It's still pretty good, oily, sticky, and resiny, but it smells better than it tastes.

Maybe the Old GUardian stuff is back on the right track.

Overlord, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

akang, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clouded, orange with ruby hints, the head is light tan, rather small, recedes fairly quick, leaves a little lacing, has good curtains.

The smell is full of ripe fruit, peaches, apples, earthy aromas, old closet, hay, some ripe cheese.

Very much taste in this one, brown sugar, loaf of bread, fruits, peaches, apricots, pears, rhubarbs, grape-fruit zest.

Low carbonation, a complex body, smooth and pleasant feeling.

A really good session beer, as most american barley wines rather hoppy, but that's nice.

rarbring, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

thewimperoo, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer during an '07-'10 vertical served in a Stone Old Guardian glass that was mine to keep. Served a crisp copper with a thin diminishing head that left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet malts and a trace of alcohol. The taste was loads of very sweet malts that clearly need some age to tone them down. The beer is also a bit heavy on the alcohol presence, but it is still a smooth sipper. This is still an enjoyable beer this young, but I can tell it will only get better with age.

atsprings, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass (2010). I'm working backwards through my Stone stash to kill bottles one by one.

A: Pours a chill-hazed burnt amber body with a beautiful fluffy 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Retention is excellent (2+ minutes) for a beer of this gravity. It maintains a thick collar of large bubbles with some thin, broken film on top.

S: Kind of a mild nose. Citrus hops and some pine. The hop profile immediately made me recall Double Bastard, for some reason. Butterscotch, toffee, almond brittle, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Hoppy up front, but in a flavorful citrus manner, with light wet pine needles. The bitterness is noticed but not fully appreciated, due to the strong malt presence of butterscotch, toffee, and nuts (as in the aroma, I liken it to almond brittle). Caramel is pretty strong, of course, and so is a general brown sugar sweetness. There's a medicinal bitterness in the aftertaste that I find off-putting, but otherwise, I find this is hitting a lot of right notes for me. It's very aggressive, but still enjoyable.

M: Chewy, full-bodied. Swirls in the mouth with a very viscous resistance. Carbonation is spot-on. It's definitely warming, but not hot.

D: It'll get ya drunk! You'll be f***ing fat chicks in no time! This is a surprisingly drinkable big boy. I haven't been able to finish a lot of bombers on my own lately, but I had no trouble with this one. I'm definitely a fan and will buy them again, at least fresh. I have a few vintage bottles to evaluate as to whether aging this one is worth it.

Arbitrator, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner for Old Guardian. Great copper-brown look with a nice tanned head served about an inch high. Great stick and legs. The nose is strong, even through the foam. Caramelly sweet malt with a ton of citric hops backed up by a wall of alcohol. No surprises, and no punches pulled.

The flavor is in your face, with a huge amount of hops doing battle with fiercely sticky malts. Sweet, with notes of caramel, toffee, slightly roasted barley, toast, and bubblegum. The hops are fruity, especially grapefruit pith, with a hint of pine. Will age like a champion, no doubt. Firm, thick mouthfeel that plays nicely with the high hopping and spot-on carbonation. Superb.

BretSikkink, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I had gotten lucky and grabbed a brand new 2011 bottle...unfortunately I was getting a year old 2010. We shall see how well it has kept.

Appearance:
Light brown with hues of orange and red. A thin white head blankets the beer and doesn't leave much lacing. The beer may have lost some carbonation sitting for a year, but that's speculation only. The high %abv may also contribute to this beer's lacking head. Everything seems fine so far, I have no major complaints.

Smell:
Caramel maltiness with notes of vanilla and cherries. The alcohol is also quite pungent, almost burns the nostrils. Thankfully the beer doesn't smell infected, so this may actually be a pleasant surprise!

Taste:
I'm very selective for which barley wines I like and this one is pretty damn flavorful. The beer is sweet and smooth, almost reminds me of a beer that spent time in a barrel. A beverage that is good for sipping and easily pleases the palate. I enjoyed this beer with some sausage and pepperoni pizza, but it could easily be paired with a more complex dish.

Mouthfeel:
Sticky sweetness with a noticeable bitterness in its finish. The alcohol works to improve this beer's sweet-bitter balance. Likewise there is a subtle bitterness that works to improve the beer's spice factor and contributes some additional bitterness. Describing this beer's mouthfeel in a few words: resiny, thick, strong, and smooth.

Overall:
Although I thought I had a brand new 2011 in my hands, this wasn't a bad purchase. The beer was fairly priced and lived up to my expectations. Rich sweetness with a little spice, there is a place for a beer like this, but I was unfortunately in the mood for an IPA.
I am looking forward to the 2011, but I may not wait a year just to buy it!

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

DaPan, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours murky reddish amber orange with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention and coated the glass with lacing

smells of sweet caramel malt and a good amount of citrus hops

taste is just like the nose but the malts are a bit too sugary sweet - the hops do save it and give it the bitter juicy fruity hop flavors

mouthfeel is great - just what i want in a 11% Bwine - full body with ample carbonation and gives it a little zip but still very creamy

overall this is another solid hoppy malty brew from stone

jsh420, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy orange, brown. fluffy oatmeal/tan head. detailed, splendid lacing.

S: barley, pine, citrus and subtle earthy quality.

T/M: sweet, barley, pine, spices, hint of citrus, dancing on the tongue prickle from the carbonation, good amount of carbonation, med/heavy body, hint of tackiness in the finish. goes very down smooth for such big ABV.

D: This is rather good Barley wine. I discovered this style a few years ago and always love trying new offerings. This is to be shared and sipped with purpose. I should be sipping it more, but it is just such a fresh and delicious brew. Well done, STONE!

BeerLover99, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is dark amber to almost copper in color. I got about an inch of tan head.

S - I get a sweet malty molasses aroma.

T - The taste is malty and sweet. It finishes with an unpleasant bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel and oily slick

O - I don't like the hop profile in this one. I love the mouthfeel and the ABV.

buschbeer, Apr 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

2beerdogs, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This always has a nice color year after year. Burnt orange color with a quarter finger of white head. Quite a bit of lacing on this guy as well.

S: Super bready and the hops smell like faded hops at this point as this bottle is just about a year old at this point. The malt has a nice balance to it right now and the hops are certainly not dead yet.

T: Little bit of tobacco. Faded hops. Bready malt. The malt is really nice and tossing around some interesting complexity. A little bit of smoke as well. Toffee, Caramel. It does not have the rip your throat out hops it does fresh but they are there but slowly mellowing out.

M: Really nice soft carbonation. Little bit heavy bodied but never overwhelming.

D: Really drinking nicely right now. The tobacco smoke element was really enjoyable and not something I have ever picked up out of Old Guardian before. This beer never disappoints.

aerozeppl, Dec 24, 2010
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Kopfschuss, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Early 2010 release. 650ml bottle.

It pours a murky, dark orangeish-red with a thick, foamy off-white leaves that leaves ornate, speckled, camouflage-like lacing.

The smell is big and sweet with some interesting hop and yeast notes. It has rip banana, raisin, and citrus fruit notes. There is plenty of caramel in there as well.

The flavor is big and sweet, super sweet. It has a nice hoppy bitterness though. The hops have a herbal, piney, earthy note that blends nice with the thick caramel sweetness. It isn't overly alcohol but certainly the alcohol is not fully cloaked.

The hop bill in this one is intriguing, it comes off as one of the ore bitter barleywines and I like that.

crossovert, Mar 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't drank this one in awhile and decided to crack it pretty fresh. Pours into my glass a lovely deep ruby red with good clarity and a quarter inch of khaki foam on the top. Aromas start off with a dense mix of sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar and a good dose of fruitiness as well. Hops kick in a resinous piney undertone with some earthy floral accents as well. Great depth in the aroma. A little lighter on the hops than previous years if I recall.

First sip brings sweet dense caramel malts upfront intertwining with an array of fruit, toffee and brown sugar. Piney, slightly floral hops kick in with some nice resinous accents and a solid bitterness that helps to counteract the malt sweetness. Alcohol is there on the finish to let you know it's not playing around.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a great viscosity and carbonation. Quite easy to drink given the fact that this packs quite an ABV punch. On the sweeter side but not overly so and the bitterness does a good job of working out some of the sweetness. Overall, a tasty barleywine and I'll look forward to seeing how it ages.

orbitalr0x, Jul 24, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark amber color with slight haze and muddy hints. a thin .25 inch head that is off-white forms. It is pretty dense and there is active carbonation raising up the glass.

S - Delicious caramel sweetness from the malt. Tons of malt sweetness that is expressed as plums and some nice brown sugar as well. Slight honey and booze as well and a mild grassy aroma form the hops.

T - Crisp citrus blast up front that is nice and intertwined with some caramel sweetness as well as some slight bready malt. Pretty dry finish with the earthy and grassy hops on the back end. The citrus is very strong but delicious and refreshing. Very much an American Barleywine.

M - Crisp complex and full bodied with great face-sucking citrus and nice dry mouthfeel. Very carbonated.

D - Delicious but high in ABV.

Edit: as the beer warms there are some delicious pineapple hints that pop up in the fruit sweetness.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: copper garnett, almost brown

smell: large hop presence, some citrus and pine aroma

taste: very hoppy anf I'm drinking this freash vs lst years at 6 months. This beer probably benfits alot from aging. slightly uncormfortably bitterness and not a very balanced BW

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Nice beer, but probably better if aged.

CampusCrew, Mar 14, 2010
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.