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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 ng85
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ng85, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev -3.4%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of chrisxmartin
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

chrisxmartin, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of speak72
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

speak72, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Hanzo, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Kopfschuss, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TonyTalon, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -3.4%

bigred89, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheRuss9585, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear deep ruby red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Dark fruits, cherries, figs, syrup, caramel malts, some alcohol, faded hops, sweet.

T- Piney hops are big and bitter, brunt aftertaste, syrup and dark fruits up front, very little alcohol. The burnt aftertaste is less off putting the more I drink this.

M- Medium body, little syrupy.

O- I did not try this fresh, but I still feel this is a solid beer at two years old. I am surprised how much hop bitterness is still in this beer. 11.1% ABV is not noticeable.

larryi86, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a foggy amber color with half a finger of fine, white head.

S: My initial impression is that this smells surprisingly like a Fig Newton (plus alcohol). Bready and syrupy smelling, with heavy doses of lighter fruits and spices.

T: A heavy dose of alcohol is here, of course, but the sweetness of the beer's other flavors can hold their own against it. Similar to the smell, with a nice piny bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick and almost flat, very sticky. Lingering heat from the alcohol is consistently present.

O: A good beer, looking forward to trying other offerings in the Old Guardian line after this one– but maybe not too soon, I can still almost taste this one when I think about drinking it yesterday. [Reviewed to a 3 average with style heavily in mind, so it's a decent amount above average even if my score looks woefully low compared to the other ones for this beer.]

AwYeh, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of trancesk8er
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

trancesk8er, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ArchitectBrewCo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of lsummers
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber deep red on tap. Head took a minute to settle but eventually diminished to leave some impressive lacing.

First hints at a mollasas buttery smell but is a little faint.

The taste hits you right up front. It's like a zesty syrupy taste that changes into the molasses like flavor with a touch of the hops coming through. It ends very pleasantly with a sweet nutty burnt aftertaste. To me the sweetness of this beer combined with the hoppy burnt molasses flavors makes this one a great sipper.

The mouthfeel helps the flavor dance on the tongue at first confusing you into the complex notes. On tap this beer had a bit more carbonation than what I remember but I liked it. It lightens an otherwise thicker mouthfeel.

Can't wait to keep trying these year after year.

lsummers, May 19, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky amber tone with slightly less than a finger of a creamy beige head; not much retention, lacing in spots.

aroma is great: smacks of heavy, sweet maltiness... brown sugar, caramel, maybe a hint of dark fruits... some hops evident.

the malty introduction of the flavor is quickly followed by a surge of hops, much more than i would have guessed judging by the nose. lends the beer a decided bitterness lasting through the finish, which also packs some heat from the alcohol. solid representation of an american barleywine, if maybe a little too hoppy/boozy for my taste.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel; drinking pretty well for a north of 11% ABV beer. will have to experiment with some more age on this one.

originally reviewed: 12-10-2010

BostonHops, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Lantern, May 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Supergenious, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of tewaris
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged 2 years in a CLOSET. It worked.

Looks great albeit a little hazy... smells great... strongly malty: caramel, old hops (it's Stone alright!), toasty, awesome.

Great and robust malt character minus the sweetness... an excellent fruit and nut character with a finish to die for. Excellent feel if not quite as silky as I'd like. Great overall.

tewaris, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Crimsontider22, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was aged for a year.

Looks really nice with a frothy off white head and deep ruby color. Smells OK, with dark fruits but a little too much alcohol bite. Pretty hoppy with a bit of booze in the finish. Some nice dark fruits mix with a malty backbone. Good barleywine that I will continue to try year after year.

JDizzle, Mar 13, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.