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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

325 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 325
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 elniko
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into goblet. Limited early 2010 release.

A: Rich glowing somewhat hazy deep amber coloring with nice head for barleywine. Heavy lacing apparent as well. Good looking brew.

S: Nice Stone nose dominated by citrus hop notes but a backing of toffee tinged malt. Nice nose.

T & M: From what I recall the 2010 release strikes me as being more balanced than the 2009 release. Up front malt and toffee notes readily apparent with nice Stone hop notes on the finish.

D: For a barleywine quite drinkable, Bigfoot is still my favorite Old Guardian is a darn fine example of the style.

elniko, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.4%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Copper-colored body. Giant white head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Lots of caramel with a fair amount of citrus.

T: Caramel and chocolate. Citrus and bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M: Medium to heavy. Not a lot of carbonation.

D: A solid barleywine, but not one that particularly wowed me. Unlike last year's offering, I feel like some aging would significantly improve it.

BarrelO, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of uhhhaaron
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed on 04-18-2010, 22oz bomber into snifter

Poured into snifter....copper/dark caramel color with a fluffy off white head that stuck around for a while.. settled in at a thin nice looking film..

when i first cracked it open it smelled of sweet dark cherrys. I got this again once it was poured into glass. very sweet boozy smell..piney/hoppy with a malt backbone.. a little caramel, grapefruit..wood, really a lot going on in the nose..

First sip was whoa!..as it enters my mouth I get sweetness right away. I keep sipping because I cant really get any other flavors except for the aftertaste. i let it warm up a bit.. minutes later I retaste and get sharp grapefruit, orange peel, very strong hop presence but yet still get that dark cherry sweetness, almost medicinal...aftertaste is a burn, hoppy tone with wood (cedar? oak?)

mouthfeel is thick and very warm...def a slow sipper..

uhhhaaron, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of moonknight31
4/5  rDev -3.4%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip glass. Aa dark brown with lots of cranberry like redness throughout. About a 1/2 inch worth of creamy tan head.
Smell is big on everything. Huge malts,huge hops. Lots of citrus, pine,caramel, darks figs and prunes.

On the mouth you're first hit with the citrusy hops and then the spice kicks in followed but a ton of sweet caramel and dark sticky fruits.Alcohol is definitely in forefront on this badboy. It's hard to mask the heat from 11.10% abv. I would imagine a few years in the cellar would mellow this out but then the hoppy goodness i love about it would also be faded.

Mouthfeel is full bodied for sure. Thick, creamy,smooth and pretty well balanced as far as bitterness and sweetness goes.

Overall a tasty Barleywine. I had no trouble finishing the bomber but i did feel the effects. Could probably stand a little aging. This is a pretty young bottle.

Notes: Review taken from notes written on 5-25-10

BigMike, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of pushstartnow13
4/5  rDev -3.4%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -3.4%

xnicknj, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 - fairly typical for the style.

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 overpowered 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 booze. solid representation of an american barleywine, if maybe a little too hoppy for my taste.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel; drinking pretty well for a north of 11% ABV beer; that said, i'll be all set with the bomber.

perrymarcus, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of towlea25
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

nanobrew, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BcOneSeven, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ArchitectBrewCo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev -3.4%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev -3.4%

EROCK75, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ykncornelius
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even with almost a year of aging behind it, this thing is really really big, with a ton of bitter bite and alcohol heat showing through. It's still fantastic right now.

Poured a clear garnet red in the glass, which just glowed with some backlighting. Really good-looking. Thick just-off-white two-finger head left fantastic lacing for such a potent potable. It's like a stained glass window of booze.

The aroma isn't terribly complex, but it smells sweet and warm and inviting.

There isn't a ton of sweetness with each sip, but there is warmth and fantastic hop flavor and some lingering aftertastes of smoke and roasted malt. Basically, this thing is just aching to be aged for a few more years before seriously delivering.

Excellent mouthfeel...savory and sweet, with strong enough carbonation that it's still going strong at the end of the glass.

The drinkability suffers a little because it's so strong, and it's obvious with each sip. I love beers like this, but many would prefer that kick be hidden a bit better. It flows down the hatch like water for me; a definite sipper to be enjoyed.

Need to get my hands on more barleywines...

ykncornelius, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheRuss9585, Jul 15, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.