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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

323 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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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)
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-26-2014 14:24:01 | More by Griffith
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-26-2012 05:19:03 | More by jh1982
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-11-2012 06:19:15 | More by leschkie
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bierguru

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

A -
cloudy copper brown thick tan head which is fairly foamy

S -
sweet grapefruit hops and pine

T -
grapefruit bold hop taste on the backend very mild alcohol taste there is also some dark fruit characters as well as some roasted notes
grapefruit taste fasdes as beer warms

M -
thick and froathy smooth slight tingling from the hops

D -
pretty hopy for probably for the average person however i really enjoyed it and would for sure get it again

10-13-2010 02:22:48 | More by bierguru
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Dirt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-15-2013 02:24:12 | More by Dirt
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Coppery-red color with medium, off-white head that reduces quickly to a surface haze. Spotty lacing.

Up front, the nose is citrusy with some planty, herbal hop aromas as well. Notes of grapefruit and orange along with tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple. Some alcohol is detectable towards the end, particulary as it warms. The malt is definitely in the back seat on this one right now.

Fruity flavors of citrus and pineapple with an intense bitter throughout. Malt notes of caramel and dough, but these are again in the background compared with the substantial hoppiness.

Big bodied with a chewy and somewhat viscous mouthfeel. For a barleywine, this is all hops at this point; the malts are very subdued. Intensely bitter, slightly sweet at the finish, with a great hop profile. This could be an interesting beer for aging if the hops fade to reveal a good malt backbone.

03-16-2010 20:06:04 | More by goldbot
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

22oz bomber. Consumed 2/27/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly to a thin lacing. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Floral and caramel sweet nose. Hints of alcohol.
T) Caramel sweet. Notes of cedar / oak / woodsy. Finishes with bright floral flavors. Hints of black pepper.
M) Full body. Slightly syrupy. Dry and pucker inducing in the finish.
D) A great brew. Slow drinker. I'd definitely have another!

04-17-2010 20:44:15 | More by u2carew
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-28-2013 05:51:58 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-07-2012 02:26:35 | More by andthevolcano
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2011 20:04:01 | More by richbrew
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gopens44

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Deep ruby red and a touch hazy with a nice 1/2" foamy head that didn't hang out with us veyr long

S - Nice pine shaped aromas hit first with a malty finish. Maybe hints of plum as well.

T - Sweet, and a tad boozy. Pine and a little few hints of grapefruit hop characteristics swirl around as well.

M - Low carbonation and smooth. A little on the thick/syrupy side, but otherwise very pleasant on the tongue.

I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to a few more. A few to drink now, and maybe age a couple.

01-11-2011 15:14:51 | More by gopens44
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Modernrickk

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-20-2014 05:40:25 | More by Modernrickk
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-10-2013 02:18:19 | More by jarrgal
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-09-2012 11:59:38 | More by Hanzo
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-24-2011 20:07:13 | More by nmann08
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-22-2012 23:28:52 | More by djaeon
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-16-2012 22:08:25 | More by bigred89
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2012 20:18:34 | More by Crimsontider22
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SFC21

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-16-2013 19:17:44 | More by SFC21
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Jakers90

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-12-2012 18:58:36 | More by Jakers90
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2012 16:59:28 | More by ScottyC54
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ng85

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-25-2012 03:55:25 | More by ng85
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-07-2011 00:02:54 | More by imyourhero21
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Served with an orange-amber body...a very thin head to begin and spotty retention...not much lacing

S - The nose was nice...sweet aromas with a syrupy texture to it...the hops, as in most Stone beers, were very pronounced and had citrus and pine aromas going on

T - This barleywine was very well balanced...the sweetness dominated in the beginning with lots of caramel malts...the hops show up at the end for a long, bitter finish...but the two of them join in the middle and play off of each other nicely...alcohol provides a warming finish when swallowed

M - Medium bodied...syrupy, smooth, nice push from the nitro

D - This was a decent barleywine...the alcohol was very evident which hinders a little but I think the balance of the flavors make up for it

06-19-2010 20:01:53 | More by thain709
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elniko

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

03-02-2010 03:39:05 | More by elniko
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.