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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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326 Ratings

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
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:
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 Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Beezee, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Rojopunk
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- amber with a little bubbly to it . slight lacy

S- sweet with slight hints of alcohol

T- Very sweet but not too sweet with sight hints of hops

M- medium

Overall id say this was a great barley wine . Stones is a impressive brewery with 90% of there beers being IPAs. Here and there they make a non ipa beer and it rocks! This is a slightly hoppy barely wine with no burn . Also it has enough hop to keep it from being to sweet or syrup like. Lastly this beer was brought out of retirement i bought a bottle today ! Sadly it will probably go back into retirement soon .

Rojopunk, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of marct
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

marct, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -3.4%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
2.98/5  rDev -28%
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.

Mar02x, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Atyoungberg, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of vic21234
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Early 2010 release bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice dark and cloudy orange with only a bit of head. Lots of lacing along the side of the glass.

S- Not much in the smell. Smells slightly boozy with some hints of light fruits.

T- Starts off smooth with hints of cherries and similar fruits. Then comes a biting finish combined with booze and hops. Lots of piney resin notes in terms of the hops.

M- Light and very carbonated for an 11%ABV. The alcohol is apparent and the warming sensation from it is there.

I have quite the collection of Old Guardian vintages in my cellar and I enjoy them, but there are several better barley wines that I can think of.

vic21234, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jh1982, Jan 26, 2012
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.

Zimbo, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jakers90, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

lccrunchy, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

leschkie, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DCon, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

josssmith, Jan 05, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.