1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

323 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 323
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 Alström Bros
Ratings: 323 | Reviews: 201 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-02-2013 04:51:05 | More by spycow
Photo of BarrelO
BarrelO

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

08-03-2010 11:23:17 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Exiled
Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2011 02:59:40 | More by Exiled
Photo of Rempo
Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-19-2011 16:37:57 | More by Rempo
Photo of uhhhaaron
uhhhaaron

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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..

08-20-2010 01:27:25 | More by uhhhaaron
Photo of DmanGTR
DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2013 14:38:55 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-19-2014 06:10:33 | More by zestar
Photo of moonknight31
moonknight31

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-24-2013 05:53:37 | More by moonknight31
Photo of BigMike
BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

06-01-2010 16:13:39 | More by BigMike
Photo of pushstartnow13
pushstartnow13

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-07-2012 16:44:15 | More by pushstartnow13
Photo of xnicknj
xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-29-2011 23:26:13 | More by xnicknj
Photo of perrymarcus
perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 - 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.

12-10-2010 05:38:19 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-08-2013 05:22:22 | More by BillRoth
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2011 21:37:50 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of towlea25
towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-07-2012 18:03:17 | More by towlea25
Photo of hawkmage
hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-31-2011 17:42:45 | More by hawkmage
Photo of nanobrew
nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-18-2011 01:36:03 | More by nanobrew
Photo of BcOneSeven
BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-11-2014 17:25:44 | More by BcOneSeven
Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
ArchitectBrewCo

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-05-2012 06:35:07 | More by ArchitectBrewCo
Photo of photomike
photomike

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-14-2011 19:12:00 | More by photomike
Photo of EROCK75
EROCK75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-12-2012 18:52:56 | More by EROCK75
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-10-2012 18:22:48 | More by djrn2
Photo of ykncornelius
ykncornelius

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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...

10-12-2010 02:59:14 | More by ykncornelius
Photo of TheRuss9585
TheRuss9585

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-15-2012 20:01:23 | More by TheRuss9585
Photo of WOLFGANG
WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-08-2013 04:57:51 | More by WOLFGANG
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.