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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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551 Ratings

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Ratings: 551
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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

mcphish22, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz to a snifter "2011 release" but not drink-by or drink-after date

Appearance: Dark amber and red, with a very thin white head.

Aroma: Raspy oak tones mixed with sweet candy and touches of apple. It is a little acidic/sour smelling. Interesting

Flavor: Also interesting, and not what I would've expected with stone's usual brash flavors. Strong yeast dominates a mildly malty sweet base. Hints of apples and dark fruits starts to come through, with the alcohol well hidden. The aftertaste is a little cardboardy and grassy.

MF: Good feel for a barleywine, not too syrupy or chewy. Flavors don't coat the mouth. Nothing special, and I would say it's interesting...once

ebrauser, Nov 12, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a cloudy amber iced-tea with a finger of manila foam. Holds for a bit and recedes to thin cover. Goes bare after a few minutes, but looked good for a bit.

Aroma - all citrus, orange and mango initially, and some grapefruit and pepper bite as it sets up. I get some toasted bread notes very late, unusual but nice. Finally, notes of the Belgian yeast come through, playing off the breadiness. The layers of aroma are a treat.

Taste - this may the first time I've had the Guardian the same year it was brewed. The hops are huge. Some chewy sweet malts lay the groundwork for the wave of intense citrus and bitterness. A lot of beers turn me off at this point, going medicinal, but the influence of the Belgian yeast provides some change of pace flavor that keeps the bitterness from getting unpleasant to me. Good resilience as well, the yeast keeping up with the hops on the aftertaste. Extended finish as the flavors just hang around. The alcohol really comes through on this bw, this one might need some aging to see if that tames down.

Mouthfeel - good elements of smoothness and crispness. Heavy-ish body. Good stuff.

Drinkability - two kinds of beer I tend to stay away from - uber-hopped and the sometimes funky Belgians. Mix them together, throw in five/six years experimenting and trying new things, and I kinda like this one. Cheers to Stone and their ceaseless adventurousness.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber/polished copper like color with about half an inch of off white head. Clarity is perfect and lacing is quite nice as well

S: Smells of sticky malt, earthy hops, a slight twinge of green apple and some spicy phenols.

T: This is where this beer starts to turn on me. The taste is a little thin and boozy with belgian yeast phenols and almost a soapy flavor that lingers on my tongue.

M: A little harsh, coats the tongue with a slick soapiness im wishing for a little bit more fullness (think quad)

O: I think it's great that Stone is trying new things and this beer may be for some, just not for me. The standard version of OG continues to be one of my favorite American BW's.

ArchEnemyBrew, Nov 04, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange haze, tan head thins but was initially very creamy and dense

S: malt and yeast, sweet

T: I thought the balance between sweet malt, bitter yeast, and alcohol was well-handled. I am attracted to barleywines, but also repelled if they are too astringent or metallic tasting (I found Brooklyn Brewery's Monster to be a touch too metallic, for example), but this beer was very enjoyable

M: medium bodied, some syrupiness, but the carbonation keeps it lively, and the hops have a cleansing effect

O: better than I expected. I'm always leery of a beer that I'm about to try that I see the Alstrom brothers didn't give at least a B, but this one suited my tastes and had a rewarding abv to complement its flavor.

Greywulfken, Oct 29, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently found on Draft at Melt, Lakewood OH over the weekend. I like it better than the Normal Old Guardian. Slightly more sweeter than the normal version and packs one hell-of-a punch if you don’t watch yourself. At 12% a glass I highly recommend you sip and enjoy. Definitely if there were any 22oz bottles floating around I would highly encourage anyone to pick them up, will definitely age nicely!

GreenGoblinCC, Oct 27, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber of this for $5.99 at my local store. Pours a cloudy orange/brown, very little head or carbonation to it. Strong alcohol aroma.. pretty much expected from a 12% ABV. Taste is medium bodied, and first thing noticed is the sweetness. Overly sweet, almost mouth puckering. Some dark fruit almost shines through, slight alcohol burn is in there too. For a 12% ABV, it's smoother than I thought it would be, but it's definitely sweet and isn't the most drinkable beer... going to be hard to finish the bomber in one night. A slightly above average barleywine I'd say, but I've had much better.

oriolesfan4, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper with an off-white head, very little retention but it leaves some leg/lace.

Aroma of marmalade, candied papaya, mango, toffee and cloves.

Candied papaya, mango, marmalade, toffee, nut, clove with a hint of spice. Strong, resiny bitterness with a light alcohol warmth.

Light residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish. Carbonation is nicely between a barley wine and a belgian.

A good drinker and nicely crafted. I'd use a yeast with less clove character though.

Derek, Oct 22, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, 2011 odd release.

This pours a semi thick slightly hazy residue tea color with an off white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of some Belgian yeast, some fifteen, caramel malts there is also a very present alcohol smell. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is of caramel malts a little hop and a noticeable alcohol burn, a little yeast esters although I'm not sure what the Belgium yeast brings.

DavidST, Oct 13, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber red body with a small cream head. Heavy steady stream of bubbles.

A- Malty sweetness. Dark fruits like raisins and cherries. Candy sugar and anise.

T- Sweet malt immediately. Caramel and anise. The Belgian yeast flavor isn't as prevalent as I would expect. Quite a bit of alcohol in the end.

M- Medium-heavy body. Very smooth, but with a hit of alcohol. Medium carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and intense. Relaxed and drank a bottle for three hours. That said I was a bit disappointed by the, "Belgo" label. Belgian characters were lacking.

gpogo, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Deli in State College, PA.

A - Medium amber colour with a half finger of off-white head.

S - Caramel, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, some dark fruit.

T - Brown sugar, Belgian yeast, cloves, caramel, sweet candy.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 03, 2011
Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.