Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -7%
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.
12-07-2010 01:38:52 | More by brewerburgundy
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
appearance - dark tan with some red/amber, bubbles along the side of the glass, minimal white/cream head which dissipates
smell - a sweet fruitiness and a bit of spice
taste - citrus, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish, that alcohol can be tasted but is more felt
mouthfeel - decently thick (not like a stout tho) and dry, fairly decently carbonated
drinkability - good with a meal definitely not a quick drink unless you want to feel it, it's got a strong flavor which i enjoyed but my gf did not
12-01-2010 12:09:06 | More by godless1one
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-29-2010 00:44:07 | More by arboristfish
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
Picked this bottle up at Capone's. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Split with Amyliz4 and her dad after some Thanksgiving leftovers.
The color is a bright peach with a single-finger white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves a bit of ringy lacing and some extra bubbles around the edges of the glass. The nose is caramel, cherry, sweet malt, honey, and some alcohol. The hops aren't there like I remember in earlier vintages of this brew. There is some slight citrus, I suppose.
The flavor brings some nice sweetness and adds in quite a bit of booze compared with the nose. There is some slight cherry and a bit of toffee. The booze is quite prevalent and heavy at this point. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks fairly well but is a bit boozy at this point and I'd like to sit on a bottle for at least another year.
11-28-2010 02:03:20 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Serving Type - 22oz Bottle
Appearance - Dark tan/brown, no head at all. Looks like a double ipa really
Smell - Barley, hops, alcohol. sugar and spices, more barley, yeast
Taste - Very hoppy for sure. And barley out the a$$. Very bitey, bitter and strong. Pineapple from the hops mixed with the yeast and barley is intense. This is a hop heavy beer, the fruit is second.
Mouthfeel - BItter and strong, thick and aggrssive, this beer whips your mouth, tounge and palette Sour aftertaste, and tounge is numbed.
Drinkabilty - Its too much to drink anymore then this 22oz. This style is fine once a month or two. Its wonderful for a hoppy version. Too strong to give it anymore then a 3.5 honestly
11-27-2010 06:55:35 | More by wvsabbath
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Bomber to snifter.
A: Dark bronze w/ amber color. Thin head.
S: Big bready malts. Maybe some dark fruit. Noticeable hops.
T: Malt tastes like bread, some carmel, some raisins. Big hop kick for a barley wine - it kind of overpowers any sweetness coming through on the malts. Tart, bitter, a little piney. Some alcohol is also coming through.
M: Fuller body. Pretty dry.
D: Big flavor. Strong alcohol flavor. I couldn't slug this one back, I needed to take my time with this one.
11-27-2010 02:31:35 | More by WildTurkey
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
11-23-2010 13:23:27 | More by Anaz
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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).
11-21-2010 01:30:00 | More by SDtastentune
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
A: a yellow head a finger high and a dark ruby body with orange hues.
S: hops and caramel. Some dark fruit and light alcohol notes. Lots of molasses.
T: Citrus hops are in the forefront, closely followed by hop bitterness, malt sweetness, molasses, tiny bit of dark friuit, and a bit of alcohol. The alcohol is somewhat hidden in the initial taste, but moves on to really be felt as the beer is going down.
M: thick body and a tiny bit higher carbonation than I expected.
D: it is definitely a slow drinker, but it is by no means hard to drink, especially considering it's large size. This beer really could use the help of a bit of age.
11-20-2010 05:44:39 | More by OnThenIn
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured into 8oz glass.
A - Poured cloudy orange color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.
S - Mostly citrus, hops and slight scent of malts.
T - Sweet start, very fruity with citrus and brown sugar with slightly bitter hoppy finish.
M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.
D - High abv is noticeable so be warned. Otherwise, very enjoyable and highly recommended barleywine.
11-15-2010 16:55:31 | More by taigor
4/5 rDev -3.4%
A - Hazed deep amber that gets a one finger thick off white head that recedes to a thin ring of bubbles that cling to the edges of the glass. Little lacing.
S/T - Similar with big sweetness of dark fruits and caramelized malts. Pine hops finish off both the aroma and finish. Lingering mouthfeel is both warm from the alcohol, and bitter from pine resin like hops.
M - Full body, medium carbonation with warming alcohol.
D - Given the abv and style, the alcohol was well hidden and enhanced the drink. Everything seemed nicely balanced, but I would like to compare it against a fresh bottle. I would buy this again.
11-14-2010 11:55:20 | More by garuda
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Very cloudy copper. If not for the small head that quickly dies down to a nice foam cap I would say that this almost looks like apple cider.
S - Very fruity, sweet and malty. Some dark fruits but also hints of tropicals like starfruit and guava. There is a heavy malty aroma that lets you know this is going to be a BIG beer.
T/M - Very rich deep flavor. A bit of caramel, a woodsy flavor that is reminiscent of the smell of the air in a humid forest. Bits of dark fruits. Cured hickory, but not at all smoky, more like the aroma of the cured wood. Warm alcohol and a dry finish. heavy bodied and almost chewy.
D - An excellent barley wine. I will be cellaring a few bottles of this and revisiting every 6-12 months.
11-14-2010 00:44:03 | More by SuperSpy
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Early 2010, served in a tulip glass. The beer is a nice clear dark copper reddish color. The head is moderately thick and tan. It thins and leaves some thick lacing.
The aroma is thick and syrupy sweet with carmel and dark fruits. It is backed with bitter pine hop aroma. The flavor follows the nose, starting off sweet and smooth. The carmel and fruit are still there, and the bitter finish is aggressive.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not as syrupy as I expected. Overall I really like this one. I have a second bottle to age. I'm looking forward to seeing how the hops will mellow out over the next year.
11-11-2010 02:53:55 | More by mjaskula
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Served in an Ommegang Tumbler
22oz Stone Old Guardian Bomber
A: Pours a beautiful cloudy reddish amber color with very little head
S: Honestly one of the most distinct smelling brews ive ever come across. Has heavy alcohol scent but also a deep woody smell that is also very sweet
T: Deep flavors of woody with a very strong alcohol presence but also has a very sweet wine like finish that stays right on the taste buds
M: Immediately burns the tongue on contacts, really awakens the mouth all around. Flavors linger on the back of the tongue
D: Really a great taste that has intense depth but is surprisingly not too heavy, definitely cant be drank too fast but if taken slowly it gets better as it warms up (i drank mine outta the fridge) and is actually a really enjoy able brew
11-11-2010 02:19:20 | More by BigPlay1824
4.47/5 rDev +8%
Bomber. Limited Early 2010 Release.
Amber color, tan head, a little bit of lace.
Aroma of caramel, sweetness, and flowers.
Big hops. Mostly grapefruit, a little bit of piney hops. Sweet caramel malt.
Pretty sharp and piquant.
Great beer to drink.
Definitely a sipper.
11-07-2010 22:27:12 | More by lordofthewiens
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-04-2010 04:39:24 | More by xanok
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A- it pours a burnt orangey, golden yellow color, think unfiltered apple juice. Minimal head, and carbination, what i'd expect from the style.
S- the smell is really complex, but mellow from what i was expecting, think DIPA, but aged the hops have fallen out just a bit but matured, into spicy, herbal, earthy tones. It smells sweet, like fresh wort. a cereal sweetness that really comes through, the smell to me is almost malt forward. earthy, sweet, and spicy. like in other reviews, has that stone character. i don't know what it is. Great.
T- sweet, almost smokey flavor, spicy and earth malt character, the bitterness builds, and leaves resiny hoppy, tingly and coating your mouth. Finishes with alcohol vapors, but not too distracting, gets more noticiable as it warms. apricots and caramel.
M- thinner than expected, but sill admirable, coats the mouth with sweetness, and maltiness, finishing with a hoppy resin, not overly bitter.
D- pretty drinkable, from what i was expecting, over 11%, and not that filling, two pints for sure, but by then, might have to tap out...too much sweetness to have more...great journey while it lasted. alcohol, starts getting to you. great sipping beer.
*this was my first venture into barley wines and no doubts i will be back for more!
11-03-2010 23:56:34 | More by Loot
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a cloudy reddish orange with a small off white head, small bubbles near the edges. Smell is very hop forward - spicy herbal and floral. Malt sweetness is there but not as in your face as most American Barleywines. Taste is spicy hops up front balanced by malt, but definitley heavy on the malt. Finish is an earthy hop profile. Mouthfeel is medium body and light carbonation, not as coating as most in the style. While it might not fall perfectly into style, i prefer my barleywines extra hoppy and when i saw this one was fresh i had to pick one up. For me, this is a great example of the style.
11-02-2010 01:04:42 | More by nkersten
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
10-31-2010 17:01:50 | More by pumptrick
2.7/5 rDev -34.8%
Appearance -- Pours a ruddy amber with one finger of sudsy beige head. Fair amount of lacing for the style.
Smell -- Right off the bat it just *smells* like a Stone beer...what is it, mineral content? Must be the water. Grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tropical fruity as the day is long. A dash of mint rounds out the hop aroma. Great hops, but the malt base seems a big flat: caramel is all that can be picked out.
Taste -- The hop character is all over the place: citrus pith and pine resin up front, vegetal bitterness toward the back end. Malts are sweet and simple: honey, soft caramels, possibly some brown toast. Finish is bitter herbal/medicinal hops, caramel, and dark toast. Alcohol presence is more than would be desired, but not terribly distracting.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Moderate alcohol sharpness. Meh.
Drinkability -- I know many (most?) will disagree with me, but I wasn't bowled over by this one, and I'm typically a Stone fan. The hop profile is scattered, overly strong (even for the style), and downright unpleasant in the finish; it tastes like I swallowed a cloud of gnats. Even after the hops fade with time, I'm not convinced I enjoy the malt base enough for that to turn it for me as it is lacking in depth.
Your mileage will likely vary, and feel free to disagree. If it helps, I'm really quite bummed that it didn't meet my seemingly sensible expectations.
10-29-2010 02:28:54 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.43/5 rDev +7%
A - pours a very dark burn orangish red, similar to the color of the leaves on the trees right now
S - loads of citrus hops that are balance by caramel malt. If I didn't know what this was, I would have through it was a DIPA
T - a barrage of citrus and grapefruit hops greeted me at first, but these were pushed aside by the Barleywine flavors I am accustomed to tasting - sticky, sweet, caramel malt, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. This is packed with a lot of flavor.
M - creamy, full, and smooth. Nice!
D - Solid barleywine here. You can definitely pick up the California influence with the huge amount of hops, but once your palette adjusts a little this starts to really shine. Awesome barleywine by Stone.
10-26-2010 01:35:23 | More by birchstick
4.18/5 rDev +1%
22 oz. bottle at 48* into a snifter.
A: This pours somewhere between burnt-orange and brick-red with a finger of long-lasting and great lacing head.
S: It features aromas of chocolate, molasses, a medium-strong hop character, and a strong caramel malt backbone.
T: It tastes like candy sugar, raisins, molasses, chocolate, and a bit of an oak taste.
M: It is a bit sticky and sweet, yet it never gets too thick.
D: This is superb in every way. It is potent but not too noticeable; sweet but in a good way; and boisterous but still balanced and drinkable. Nice.
10-25-2010 00:57:31 | More by bucklemyshoe
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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
10-18-2010 04:53:06 | More by Kmiller565
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-17-2010 23:35:17 | More by begforme4484
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip. This is the "limited early 2010 release" according to the bottle.
Appearance: rich, cloudy, tawny-orange hue with one thick finger of frothy tan foam. A superb looking beer, indeed.
Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma. It's not bursting with fruit or yeast character or even hops; it's simply a strong but even-handed aroma. It's balanced and I like it.
Taste: big, in-your-face malt hits you right up front; there's a big sweetness with some piney hop characteristics. It is only at the end that a huge bitterness hits you. Stone really knows their strong ales, and this beer is no exception; though, I will say this beer lacks a lot of complexity (at least at this age). It's good, it's smooth and it's strong, but I feel like it could be a whole lot more.
Mouthfeel: thick, roamy body with plenty of well-integrated carbonation. This bad boy is silky, creamy and ambrosial when it comes to texture. Love it.
Drinkability: a tasty beer which is quite drinkable at the 11.1% ABV level. The alcohol is definitely there, but with the flavor and body to back it up. Good stuff.
10-15-2010 02:39:42 | More by flagmantho
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.