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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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azdback

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a beautiful burnt orange. Head maybe a finger and a half, but after warmed the second half of the bottle had a much larger head but the same great lace retention.
Smell was earthy, with citrus and boozyness.
Outstanding!!!! Hops bitterness with caramel sweetness
Mouthfeel was great. Full bodied and even though I let this warm a bit is stayed carbonated and full.
Drinkability!?!?!? This brew is over 11% abv but without even trying I finished it in less than an hour. Very drunkable!!!
Did I say that out loud?

03-19-2010 04:24:45 | More by azdback
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy dark tea like colored amber, with an off white pillow like fluffy head. Head retention is excellent and the lacing is excellent. Head stays thick and fluffy throughout; rings the glass beautifully.

Brew smells of big sweet barley malts, and multiple hops and yeast. Huge barley malt nose, with an excellent hop presence in there as well; floral, citrus. Very tasty smell.

Brew is very smooth, creamy and velvety, has a massive barley malt flavor. Has the hops in the aftertaste. Slightly sweet, finishes slightly dry and a little bitter. A huge flavorful brew. Brew has multiple hop flavors, fruits, floral and then the yeast and barley. Mmmmm...Tremendous stuff.

Wow - this is top shelf stuff; big, bold and flavorful. As me and my real "bro" would say this is a brew that hits you in the jaw and makes you notice. At 11% alcohol, sip and enjoy. A very easy drinking excellent looking brew. Only a slight presence of alcohol is detected. Stone is world class.

07-03-2010 01:23:51 | More by magine
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

Maybe stone does change this beer yearly.

Deep amber/red, in finger off white head, a LOT of bubbles, and some lacing.

Fruity, amber malt, finished with sweet citrus hops. Touch of alcohol to finish.

The first taste is honestly of a pale ale/amber, but then the rush of malt comes kicking down the door. Now 9 or so months old the hops are lacking more than expected. I didn't have the 2010 fresh but most years this beer packs a hell of a hop kick for a long time. They still bite at the end but the opening is a touch watery where there should be a powerful hop start.
3.5

One of the most drinkable barely wines I've had and for some reason I like that about this beer. It doesn't have that "sip me" feel so this all works. The 11+% is pretty subdued as well...I expected more given it's under a year old.
5

It's a bit thin and the carbonation works to emphasize that. I want a touch more body, this is medium heavy vs heavy and far form the syrupy body many barely wines take on.
3

The best "pizza" barely wine I've had in ages. I recall stone doing a better job in the past, but a fully worthy effort.

09-30-2010 03:17:10 | More by bobhits
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Aged 2 years in a CLOSET. It worked.

Looks great albeit a little hazy... smells great... strongly malty: caramel, old hops (it's Stone alright!), toasty, awesome.

Great and robust malt character minus the sweetness... an excellent fruit and nut character with a finish to die for. Excellent feel if not quite as silky as I'd like. Great overall.

03-31-2012 04:59:14 | More by tewaris
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Moderately strong pour into Duvel Tulip. Two and a half finger head is produced. White sand colored head recedes quickly only to stop leaving a 1/4 finger cap. Sticky lacing left surrounding the glass. Body is a coppery orange color, clear no cloudiness or haze.

Liquid caramel and citric hops dominate the aroma. Caramel malt comes through strong up front. Sweet liquid candy with an underlying breadiness. The hops, while very apparent, come to the surface a bit after the malt. Big citrus and light floral hop aroma

Flavor is much like the aroma but with a couple key differences. The malt and hops play an interesting back and forth game on the tongue making it difficult to describe what hits first. The hops are a bit more abrasive than the nose would indicate. While the citrus flavors are there a more assertive piny bitterness shines through. The floral component is not lost though is much more subtle than the citrus and pine flavors. The malt delivers the caramel flavors as you may expect. The caramel is not the liquid candy as it was in the nose however. The caramel in a bit darker in flavor, think heavily caramelized sugars. Certainly this is a big and assertive beer, and you can be assured it is down right enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is full and thick as any self respecting Barley wine should be. Viscosity is there but stops short of a syrupy body. Carbonation is low while still managing to hold up this rather large body. Smooth and just shy of creamy. Finish is long as the sweetness and resinous hops dig in.

While one bomber is certainly the limit (possibly too much on certain occasions) Old Guardian is a heck of a beer. For such a big beer the booziness is well masked and drinks quite smoothly. Great beer all around and certainly worth picking up.

08-29-2010 17:51:49 | More by kzoobrew
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-27-2012 18:56:57 | More by PhineasGage
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

I'm pretty new to barleywines so i dont have too much to compare to but here it is.

A- pours deep amber/red/orange. gigantic head that leaves good amount of lacing.

S- strong on the sweetness with a rush of hops and fruit toward the middle and end. medium booze taste at the end. pretty tasty

T- very sweet upfront that turns bitter in the middle that ends with a bitter lingering.

M- small carbonation bubbles feel nice, sweetness/bitterness make me pucker a tiny bit. medium/heavy feel on the tongue.

D- definately drinkable, flavors are good, decent mouthfeel.

03-14-2011 23:51:44 | More by Gushue3
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-06-2012 07:16:10 | More by Beezee
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Lunch

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz.snifter at the appropriate temperature (03/26/10).

A: Pours a brilliant shade of dark copper, with a rich ruby hue capped with one finger of an almost white head. Decent retention and some patchy lace.

S: Strong and powerful aroma of pine, caramel malt, along with quite a bit of alcohol. Notes of citrus and hints of toffee and burnt malt are there as well.

T: The flavor profile mirrors the aroma with layers of pine, caramel malt, alcohol, burnt malt, and some citrus. Not as complex as I remember, but I could be wrong.

M: Medium to full-bodied with smooth carbonation and a pleasant tinge of alcohol.

D: For a 11% American Barleywine, this one has good drinkability.

Overall this was nice American Barleywine, but I was less impressed with this year's version compared to last year's.

04-01-2010 19:38:54 | More by Lunch
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +7%

I love me some Old Guardian. This is a fave of mine for a long time.

A- Nice dark copper color, the head was thick and full when the beer was poured. After a spell it has simmered down to a thin layer over the beer itself. not much in terms of lacing.

S- Very fragrant, with a nice caramel smell with some definite boozyness. A fruityness that comes from the hops which are strong but not overpowering. I'm getting some bubblegum and other flavors I'm just not putting my finger on.

T- Caramel is good and strong, some great sweetness and the hops taste are fruity and cut the thicker malt presence. This one is tasty right now, almost seems like it has been sitting around for a good few months as it is. I bet this years batch will be a great candidate to age. Glad I have a few more for this.

M- Thicker body, but the hops and the carbination do help this one in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink, but best to just sip and enjoy.

02-28-2010 04:10:18 | More by Wetpaperbag
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MordorMongo


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-13-2013 23:38:36 | More by MordorMongo
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

I was a huge fan of the 2009 vintage of Old Guardian, so I was incredibly excited to crack open of the 2010 model.

The beer is identical to the 2009 in appearance. It pours a gorgeous, deep amber with a beige head that leaves copious lacing.

The aroma is heavier on sweet caramel malts this year. I'm not complaining, just pointing it out. That's not to say that you don't get some hops in the nose, just not as much as last year.

The flavor is also sweeter and more malty than last year. The 2009 -- when fresh -- was essentially the hoppiest beer I've ever had. The piny, resinous hops immediately kicked you in the teeth. This year, they've upped the malt and produced a somewhat more balanced barleywine. Again, I'm not gonna sit here and say that this little momma isn't hoppy. She is. She's just added some more malt to the repertoire.

Mouthfeel is just as thick and creamy as last year. It just feels great in your mouth. (That's what she said.)

Drinkability is as high as it comes at 11.1%. This beer is a guaranteed ass kicker. No doubt about it. Treat it with respect and it might just see fit to let you survive.

03-12-2010 01:47:43 | More by BigJim5021
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Served in an Ommegang Tumbler
22oz Stone Old Guardian Bomber

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy reddish amber color with very little head

S: Honestly one of the most distinct smelling brews ive ever come across. Has heavy alcohol scent but also a deep woody smell that is also very sweet

T: Deep flavors of woody with a very strong alcohol presence but also has a very sweet wine like finish that stays right on the taste buds

M: Immediately burns the tongue on contacts, really awakens the mouth all around. Flavors linger on the back of the tongue

D: Really a great taste that has intense depth but is surprisingly not too heavy, definitely cant be drank too fast but if taken slowly it gets better as it warms up (i drank mine outta the fridge) and is actually a really enjoy able brew

11-11-2010 02:19:20 | More by BigPlay1824
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2012 22:09:18 | More by lccrunchy
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Bfarr

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours a clear red amber with full tan head. Aromas of floral, tea and barley aroma with a little alcohol note. A whole range of flavors from tea and brown sugar to sweet barley, hazlenuts and chocolate. A nice scotch-like finish with a good mouth coating that doesn't build up the more you drink.

Stone is able to make their barleywine smooth and drinkable but still have the bite and feel of a good barleywine. The flavors blend together so well and leave with just a hint of alcohol which is quite good considering the ABV. A very fine sipping beer.

06-06-2010 13:51:26 | More by Bfarr
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is caramel and dark fruits.Taste is pine,sugar cane,alcohol,dark fruits and caramel malts.Heavy bitter aftertaste.Overall a decent beer that isn't hopped to death like some of their other beers.I enjoyed it and would recommend and purchase again.

07-19-2010 13:07:35 | More by matty
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

very grateful to Townhag for this surprise gift. I had honestly wanted this BW for quite a time.

This beer reminds me that a barley wine is really basically a pale ale but twice the...everything. the hops,malt, and alcohol are all balanced very well and this doesn't get so thick and syrupy that drinking it becomes a chore, which is even surprising considering the 11%. This is a nice change from all the Resin hop bomb american barley wines i have had recently, and this bomber was just as enjoyable to the end as it was at first pour. once stone comes to chicago in the future i can see myself having a bomber of this storing at all times.

03-21-2010 06:20:52 | More by ChadQuest
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured a hazy reddish brown with a very nice one finger off white head with good retention, moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma of malt, citrus and some pine.

The hop bitterness hits your taste buds hard at first then the malt smooths the taste. There is also hints of grapefruit and caramel.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation. It is very surprising that this is a 11.1 % ABV beer, the alcohol is very well masked.

This is a nice barley wine beer, it may even get better with a little age.

12-27-2010 16:42:46 | More by dtivp
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +1%

22 oz. bottle at 48* into a snifter.

A: This pours somewhere between burnt-orange and brick-red with a finger of long-lasting and great lacing head.

S: It features aromas of chocolate, molasses, a medium-strong hop character, and a strong caramel malt backbone.

T: It tastes like candy sugar, raisins, molasses, chocolate, and a bit of an oak taste.

M: It is a bit sticky and sweet, yet it never gets too thick.

D: This is superb in every way. It is potent but not too noticeable; sweet but in a good way; and boisterous but still balanced and drinkable. Nice.

10-25-2010 00:57:31 | More by bucklemyshoe
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured into a globe glass, little by little.
Listening to Grateful Dead, Peggy-O; Attics of My Life; Ramble on Rose, Ripple

A: The appearance of the 2010 is a copperish amber, with a thick haziness. Good head retention with mediocre lacing.

S: The aroma of this barleywine is fresh, bitter hops with a touch of malt sweetness.

T: The taste is one that lingers, a nice warming finish. Bright spice of hops with a smooth malt character. As the ale warms, it shows a blend of caramel sweetness.

M: Creamy with a pepper beer like off taste. Full bodied and brings different flavors to the palate as it releases.

D: Ah. . . a slow sipper, my type of beer to drink on special occasions. A beer that has you coming back for small sips, to savor the flavors, but not only that but the off tastes as well.

Notes: The Stone OG 2010 is a great ale, not only for the stellar style, but the balance of this barleywine is perfect. Great hops, malt and overall craving for more. Great to sit down and give this barleywine the attention it deserves on BA. Because if you are ever wondering to try this brew, go for it . A co-worker at the liquor I work at, and I were talking and he said he felt like beer, but thought he would just go and get a bottle of wine. This is when I recommended the OG 2010. I said thats who I am taking home and he joined another bottle with his wine, we will see how it plays out.

05-01-2010 06:49:57 | More by GDBEERMAN
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.