Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
4.1/5 rDev -1%
22oz Bottle Into a Snifter Glass
Pours a hazy dark orange with a nice 2 finger yellowish off white head.
S- Sweet barley and malts hit you up front with a great citrus earthy hop background. Also getting hints of yeast and caramel or toffee.
T- Pretty harsh up front, the alcohol is alittle overpowering. Probably should let this one age a bit. After the sting fades your greeted by a sweet malt base and a nice strong hop finish.
M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter finish.
Overall I think they could have blended this brew alot better. The flavors there but I think it needs some maturing to bring out the real life of this beer.
08-04-2010 19:13:31 | More by Arenbeer
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
A - Deep red in color, fantastic head and thick lace left in the glass.
S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, and hops.
T - Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet dried fruit, hops and alcohol, all blended together perfectly in sweet harmony!
M - Syrupy, coats the mouth with malty goodness, medium carbonation and sticky.
D - Love this beer and look forward to trying it every year! Enjoy!
07-14-2010 23:00:07 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a large bottle into a snifter style glass.
I'm barleywine fan and was happy to see my local store had this brew as I was unsuccessful in locating it last year.
It pours a golden amber hue, a bit lighter in color than I expected, but it looks very good. Mostly clear with a head of not quite 2 fingers - again, a bit surprised by this but still very nice. There was good lacing all the way down the glass.
Aromas were complex, but with more hops than anticipated. I should expect this from Stone - I love their hopped up brews and that's why I buy them so frequently. There is plenty of that typical barleywine related aroma: carmel, dark fruit, and some estery scents, but the additions that blended nicely included some pine and citrus. Very cool.
Flavors were a rush on the first long pull; a rather balanced blend of heavier caramel malts and dark fruit esters with some interesting grapefruit and pine characteristics. Everything works great together and it really comes together as one full-on flavor rush. It's a touch sweet, as you would expect, but the hops tend to mute that a bit. The finish is cleaner than many barleywines I've had, perhaps do to the hops and heavier carbonation, but it certainly lets it go down easier.
Great brew! Stone Brewing scores another win in my book. If you want to try a slightly new twist on the same old barleywine, check out Old Guardian.
03-13-2010 13:12:01 | More by SIRIUS2
4.88/5 rDev +17.9%
THANK GOD! My Kroger store got some Old Guardian in. None at all last year, and that was after I'd purchased an Old Guardian glass. Now, I can give my glass a proper christening.
Pours a deep amber, but mahogany against a dark background, and more like fruit juice (cherry) when held up to the light. Almost transparent. Towering light-tannish head from a pour into the bottom of the glass. Almost no lacing.
BIG aroma of syrupy malt and flowery hops. Some wonderful caramel, dark fruits, and citrus as well.
Sweet malt up front with some light bitterness that quickly grows and becomes stronger and more floral before settling down to a nice laaastiiing bitterness in the end. A bit of heartburn (and gutburn) from the ABV.
The brew clings nicely to the tongue enhancing the flavor retention. Syrupy, but not overly sticky.
I suppose the drinkability is hampered by the 11.3% ABV, but then, who can really complain about that?
I know this is rated on the high side, but I really love this beer! The '08 version (not reviewed) was my favorite beer of all time (for nearly 2 years) until I sampled Firestone 13, but this one equals the Firestone in my estimation. The only beer I've rated higher is DFH The Flying Mouflan. Perhaps that was a mistake.
06-05-2010 04:09:21 | More by obywan59
4.18/5 rDev +1%
Pours a dark orange amber color with a thick tan head that has great retention and leaves light lacing.
Nice aroma that starts off very malty with brown sugar and caramel but soon shows a hoppier side with clear hints of citrus and pine. A little alcohol is detected.
Taste again starts off with sweet caramel and follows with grapefruit and lemony notes along with some spicy and piney hops. Alcohol is a little more prevalent in the taste but isn't overwhelming.
Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sticky finish. A great barleywine. Alcohol becomes an issue after a while but this is flavorful enough that you don't pay much attention to its strength.
06-29-2010 00:47:32 | More by Vengeance526
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
A-Pours an orange/amber with a nice sized white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lace.
S-Rich malts greet me first, then some citrus and a bit of pine and a bit of booze. Very prominent and pleasant nose.
T-Nice balance with bready malts and citrus & pine hop notes, a bit of dark fruit, and a hint of booze which is not at all unpleasant.
M-Full bodied, slightly creamy, moderate carb level.
D-A bomber is thoroughly enjoyable but as I drank I didn't think I would be wanting more when it was empty. but I wouldn't have minded a bit more.
One of the best American Barleywines IMO.
01-04-2011 20:44:18 | More by Lerxst
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Not at all what I expected from barleywine... maltier... hoppy as all heck... but very very enjoyable. Smell is somewhat piney. Sweet with an intense bitter finish. color purple reddish with a thin pillowy head. It tastes quite drinkable though the alcohol burn is quite noticeble
06-11-2010 01:23:17 | More by hdofu
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
A - pours a brown/orange super opaque almost swamp water look, no head and no lacing
S - orange, toasted malt, barley and oak. Really sweet end of the smell, a bit of hops, floral and citrus and huge alcohol. There is one other note, I can't quite describe but it is very much there. Earthy, sappy, fresh cut tree like quality
T - Very nice. Lots of citrus and floral hops. A lovely bitterness that turns sweet. Orange flavored liqueur. Toasted everything. Malt, barley, wheat. Maybe some wine notes or wine barrel? The yeast note is very nice
M - a bit sticky, but well carbonated, leaves a bitter sweet citrus flavor that last for sometime. Really nice.
D - For $6 and 11.2% abv. This beer has great drinkability. Flavor is awesome when really cold and when it cools down it's flavors change nicely. Stone has done it again
Final thought - Love this beer
03-20-2011 06:39:50 | More by whatthehull
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
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
2010 Release poured into a tulip glass. Deep transluscent amber in color with a nice two and a half finger white head. Great retention and lacing. The scent is strong of carmeled malt. The alcohol scent that accompanies fresh bottles is very faint. The taste shows great aging. Flavors of carmeled fruits like figs. Very high in candied flavors. But there is still a piney bitterness from the hops present. For it's age, the mouthfeel is great: medium bodied, syrupy, and well carbonated.
03-02-2013 02:44:54 | More by whoneeds8
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
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
Has a nice amber almost brown color and a large frothy head.
Smells of straight up barley. A bit of sweets because of the large amount of malt.
Tastes a lot less strong than I expected which is great! I don't like my barleywines to be exceptionally sweet.
Has a nice barley taste and some bitterness.
I love this beer! Better than the many before.
03-05-2010 03:39:19 | More by Spineypanda
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Thank god Old Guardian not only came back, but that it is much much better than last year's batch. Pours a burnt dark orange that is absolutely stunning. This is accompanied by a soft, off white, almost tan head that lingers awhile and laces the glass wonderfully. The smell is of hops and citrusy fruits; more like a DIPA but not as strong, and not as good. Some peach, lots of figs, and tangerine.
The flavor this year is much less hoppy than last year's version was fresh. This version in three years will taste like the 07 does now: incredible. Definitely my favorite batch since 07. Starts off with its usual hoppy character, but it is neither over-done, nor does it linger for too long. Instead, it gives way to an alcoholic orange flavor that is quite pleasing, and perfectly sweet. Other flavors include a hint of figs, red apple, and a very subtle maltiness that develops so well in this beer over a few years. This years version is leaps and bounds better than last. Mouthfeel is too light, but well carbonated nonetheless.
02-28-2010 06:01:34 | More by jdklks
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Early 2010 release, figured I'd review this one fresh.
A: Very interesting head, small and large bubbles mingling to form a very thin and white layer. Small bubbles are gone now, head is retaining quite like a barleywine should. A murky copper color with some orange highlights. Looks very traditional.
S: Nice malt profile for how hoppy this beer is supposed to be. It has a firm malt backbone for the hops to rest on. The hops are quite nice, citrusy and aromatic. Some apricot and peach in here. Also get a banana aroma, sweet fruits for sure. Very nice smell. No alcohol burn or hop bitterness.
T: Big butterscotch/caramel/vanilla hits the tongue right away. A bit of oakiness or burnt wood character. Has a flavor of sugar that has been just barely over caramelized. Nice subtle fruitiness, apricots and peaches. Really doesn't strike me as a barleywine type of flavor. Almost like a well made DIPA with a big malt bill. I am very impressed.
M: Not thick and syrupy, not thin and wispy. Very well balanced and feels like it has been aged. If I can grab another I'll put it away for a bit.
D: Very, very drinkable BW. Very well crafted, cheers to Greg on a fantastic brew!
03-28-2010 06:16:48 | More by kiddynamite920
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: Light orange haze
Head: Small head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Nice caramel malts with a great citric on the nose
Taste: Sweet dark citric with healthy malt sweetness
Weight: Medium body with low to medium carbonation
Finish: Rich full sweet hops with malts on the back end and subtle heat
04-06-2011 05:19:24 | More by Snow81
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Very cloudy copper. If not for the small head that quickly dies down to a nice foam cap I would say that this almost looks like apple cider.
S - Very fruity, sweet and malty. Some dark fruits but also hints of tropicals like starfruit and guava. There is a heavy malty aroma that lets you know this is going to be a BIG beer.
T/M - Very rich deep flavor. A bit of caramel, a woodsy flavor that is reminiscent of the smell of the air in a humid forest. Bits of dark fruits. Cured hickory, but not at all smoky, more like the aroma of the cured wood. Warm alcohol and a dry finish. heavy bodied and almost chewy.
D - An excellent barley wine. I will be cellaring a few bottles of this and revisiting every 6-12 months.
11-14-2010 00:44:03 | More by SuperSpy
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Poured into a snifter.
A pours a nice copper color with a thin head that dissipates quickly.
S lots of sugery fruit, with some port wine notes and a hint of caramel.
T lots of caramel malt and sugary sweetness. Along with some slight bitterness and floral notes from the hops and no heat from the alcohol.
M very thick and syrupy. Coats the mouth when you drink it. Follows up with a slight warming feeling.
Overall this is an incredible american barley wine. Espcially with a little age on it. It is amazingly balanced between hops and malt with no alcoholic heat. I wish I had a few more bottles of this one.
06-07-2011 02:16:05 | More by beerandcycling88
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing Co.
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