Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-12-2012 23:33:25 | More by larryi86
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
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.]
07-03-2012 21:58:36 | More by AwYeh
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
05-19-2012 19:29:23 | More by lsummers
3.85/5 rDev -7%
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
05-19-2012 04:58:10 | More by BostonHops
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-31-2012 04:59:14 | More by tewaris
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
03-13-2012 03:49:51 | More by JDizzle
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.