Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.98/5 rDev -28%
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.
02-20-2012 19:12:23 | More by Mar02x
3.55/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
02-07-2012 03:44:42 | More by vic21234
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.58/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
01-25-2012 20:47:40 | More by Zimbo
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
01-03-2012 03:16:35 | More by RyanLigeia
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.