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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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325 Ratings

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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 Rojopunk
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- amber with a little bubbly to it . slight lacy

S- sweet with slight hints of alcohol

T- Very sweet but not too sweet with sight hints of hops

M- medium

Overall id say this was a great barley wine . Stones is a impressive brewery with 90% of there beers being IPAs. Here and there they make a non ipa beer and it rocks! This is a slightly hoppy barely wine with no burn . Also it has enough hop to keep it from being to sweet or syrup like. Lastly this beer was brought out of retirement i bought a bottle today ! Sadly it will probably go back into retirement soon .

Rojopunk, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of RandyBoBandy
5/5  rDev +20.8%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of marct
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

marct, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -3.4%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With thanks to ?, Sorry I forgot who brought this bottle. I was able to try this beer on a tasting organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch beer lady) at 'de Molen'.

A - An amber looking fluid with a slight beige lacing.

S - A bit woody and no hops in the smell.

T - Smells like a 'wine IPA'!!

M - A medium carbonation.

O - This is not my style.

Mar02x, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Atyoungberg
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Atyoungberg, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of vic21234
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Early 2010 release bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice dark and cloudy orange with only a bit of head. Lots of lacing along the side of the glass.

S- Not much in the smell. Smells slightly boozy with some hints of light fruits.

T- Starts off smooth with hints of cherries and similar fruits. Then comes a biting finish combined with booze and hops. Lots of piney resin notes in terms of the hops.

M- Light and very carbonated for an 11%ABV. The alcohol is apparent and the warming sensation from it is there.

I have quite the collection of Old Guardian vintages in my cellar and I enjoy them, but there are several better barley wines that I can think of.

vic21234, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -3.4%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -27.5%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jh1982, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the bottle this smells like an old tire yard in the mid day Summer sun but develops a nice complex perfume in the glass. Cooled and carefully poured, this had a cloudy deeply concentrated orange core with some unusual pockets of faded paleness towards the bottom of the glass. Thin head, almost off white with a fairly faintly light yellowish tinge. Very little carbonation, almost none at all. Fat silky body with a slight volatile fizzy end before leading a uniform and long but not overly challenging boozy bitterness. A pretty pumped up inflatedness which brings bigness at the expense of individuality and complexity.

Decent but a bit clumsy and not surprisingly unchallenging. A bit of a disappointment really. Maybe my expectations were too high but this certainly does not to be what I would expect from Stone.

Zimbo, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jakers90, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of lccrunchy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

lccrunchy, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -3.4%

leschkie, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DCon, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of towlea25
4/5  rDev -3.4%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of pushstartnow13
4/5  rDev -3.4%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of josssmith
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

josssmith, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of RyanLigeia
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Love it. Looks like a glass of auburn/brownish/reddish muddy water. Surprising head for such high abv that dissipates to froth. Excellent lacing. It almost looks like the foam at the top of a mug of cocoa.

Smell- Oaky booziness. Sort of sweet.

Taste- Delicious. VERY boozy. Some may not care for that but I personally love that. Tastes like its been aged in oak barrels, not sure if it actually has though. Excellent winter beer, has a little spice to it as well. Not a ton, not like a winter warmer or anything but its got some strong flavors. Maybe a dash of nutmeg or ginger.

Mouthfeel- Incredible. Very full and smooth. Good carbination but not at all "bubbly" somehow.

Overall- Would DEFINITELY buy this one again. Could be priced way way higher and still be worth it. I highly reccomend it if you like strong beers in general.

RyanLigeia, Jan 03, 2012
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.