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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.

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Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine

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BA SCORE
82
good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 18
Gots: 94 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-07-2011)
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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mikeczech, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
4.97/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice lighter look, more ipa look & bronze, little head but great lacing.

S - Smells of hops and alcohol, mixed with some malty bubblegum.

T - Bubblegum hops, mixed with alcohol some sweets malts and great beer'ish taste.

M - Great carbonation, larger bubbles and goes down hot & tasty

O - GREAT barley wine! Love this stuff, its like a hoppy barley wine on steroids. Highly recommend this stuff! Thumbs WAAYY UPPP!

SDtastentune, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of sisterray
4.93/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bomber at St. Pete Rollin Oats.

A: Somewhere between dark copper and blood orange in color with limited carbonation.

S: Clove, bananas, vanilla, tropical fruity hops, alcohol.

T: I know that I've read that the flavor profile here is a mash-up rather than a proper melding, but that's not my experience. I can detect the cloves, bananas, and juicy hops (as well as alcohol) in turns as well as when they blend together. Floored.

M: Thick, not overbearing. Great template.

O: I read some of the reviews before trying the beer, and Barley Wines are very hit-or-miss for me, so I didn't have especially high hopes, but I love this beer. I like it better than the Double Bastard (don't know if I'm "allowed" to say that). If I can pay this beer an especially high compliment, I'd say this: this is what I expected the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock to taste like.

Will be purchasing more.

sisterray, May 07, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

ineva, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears in my Unibroue La Fin du Monde chalice with a semi hazed glowing blood orange tinted body and a very nice thicket of khaki tan head forming thick. Leaves behind fine intricate detailed lacing on my glass.

Aroma contains upfront peppery, spiced yeast inspired notes with a deep caramelized sugar tone going on with ripened plums/apricots and other hearty fruits. A touch of booze crosses the palate as well, what a beer.

Flavor isn't has harsh as I thought it was going to be, big citric/pine/earthy middle from the big hop additions in this aggressive barleywine style ale spiked with a Belgian yeast strain. Juicy complexity of ripened fruits hints of citrus/plum/apricots. Typically big American alpha acid hops don't blend in the Belgo IPA style that Stone has helped popularize, however with all of this malt in this big bruiser of barleywine I'm getting some nice flavors in the mix. Alcohol/booze is there but doesn't burn or hurt me per se. There's almost perfume like flavors with the spices/aromatics from the yeast strain utilized, wow this is a new direction for sure. I questioned when I heard they were going to go Belgo on odd years with some of their famous big beers, but damn this is good.

Mouthfeel as it warms up so does the heat of the alcohol, big body no effervescence in the carbonation. This is the type of beer that might cure your sore throat. Hop oils are there big bitterness but it doesn't kill the palate completely the warm spiced yeast profile with alcohol makes it seem like a mulled cider or fruit infused fortified wine.

Drinkability overall isn't bad at all, in fact it's kind of dangerous the type of beer that empties faster than your liver can metabolize it. 22 ounce bottle tackled without difficulty, not go forth and preach the word of what European Belgian yeast strains can do to awesome stand up American versions of alcohol, this is experimentation that didn't set us back but moved at least a few spaces forward in brewing.

WVbeergeek, Feb 25, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at Stone.

A - golden orange, beautiful creamy head and lacing.

S - spicy Belgian yeast with piney hops.

T - this tasted like Cali-Belgique but hoppier, fuller-bodied, and creamier. hops were really big on it and there was some Belgian candy/bubblegum, but the bitterness prevailed in a good way.

M - smooth and silky like most good cask pours.

D - dangerously drinkable -- not much hint of the 11.2%.

Pleasantly surprised that it tasted like a bigger Cali-Belgique as opposed to a spicier, yeasty Old Guardian. The cask really rounded this out beautifully, it was pretty amazing.

duluoz, Feb 08, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a bright, rich brown in color with a brown-white head. The head is full and fluffy and offers a terrific compliment to the deep, colorful liquid.

Smell – The big hops and rich Belgian yeast are perfectly balanced. The yeast is like a great BSDA and the hops are like the classic Old Guardian. The wine aspect of the beer is right on as well.

Taste – This is incredibly open for being so young and doesn’t require aging. The yeast is a thing of beauty here and the hops are large but don’t interfere with the malt base. The wine character is crisp.

Mouthfeel – This full-bodied Barley Wine is smooth as can be with some light carbonation and just a touch of bitterness at the end. The sugary nature keeps this going down easy.

Drinkability – This is an amazing drinker for being so young. It’s a big beer but is not heavy-handed. It seems like an impossible task to get all of these big flavors working so well together but they managed to nail it.

RoyalT, May 02, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(poured into a snifter)
This beer pours a deep, translucent red with very little head but noticeable bubbles along the edge of the glass at first. The aroma is quite complex with many subtleties all difficult to pinpoint: notes of strawberry, smoke, licorice, wood. The front of the beverage is quite oaky. The finish has obvious notes of the Belgian yeast added to this year's batch; the dryness really adds a new dimension to the glory of the barelywine. A wonderful take on a truly classic style!

shodrod, Feb 25, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber split with my brother. It's a February and this is a 2011 release so it is most certainly fresh despite the lack of a freshness date (that I can find).

Pours very dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sticky barley, somewhat creamy yeast and somewhat medicinal hops. Taste has less astringent bitterness and is less tannic than most heavier barley wines. Very creamy malt - barley and a very creamy taste and feel from the yeast, and perhaps a bit of wheat, or something reminiscent of Belgian wheat beers beyond the yeast. Quite a smooth and malty taste, but lacking the astringency of most barley wines. Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and smooth. This is the most drinkable strong barley wine I have consumed.

Zodijackyl, Feb 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone bomber, Belgo Bwine, 2011 "Odd year release" version, picked up yesterday @ Ardsley, NY's DeCicco market.

Pours darker copper, lt. mocha head, stays at 1/8 of an inch, and leaves fine spots of lacing.

Malted up nose, with some whiskey and darker malt flourishes.

Full flavor BW, waves of caramel malts, infused with whiskey, some wood, smoke...with a long gently malty finish. Also some ripe tropical fruit comes to mind. I keep coming back to the smoke, the soft woody notes and the whiskey barrel undertones. Complex, dense flavors, heady stuff @ 12%, alcohol present but well hidden.

World class. Sublime. Got to get more of this one...

Billolick, Feb 25, 2011
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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.