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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

544 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 95 | 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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jborg

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-01-2013 00:21:08 | More by jborg
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-30-2013 22:13:29 | More by kristougher
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Altenor

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-28-2013 04:42:55 | More by Altenor
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-01-2013 12:39:22 | More by jaxon53
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chromeratt

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-01-2013 12:17:07 | More by chromeratt
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-25-2013 22:10:55 | More by sludgegnome
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-20-2013 20:53:20 | More by stereosforgeeks
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afrokaze

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-18-2013 22:37:31 | More by afrokaze
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-13-2013 14:49:28 | More by mikeincharleston
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-07-2013 22:55:09 | More by cadaugherty
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-27-2013 09:08:40 | More by Kelp
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-26-2013 23:55:11 | More by generallee
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tuka

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-21-2013 21:36:24 | More by tuka
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-20-2013 20:59:24 | More by Yoda22
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-15-2013 00:55:10 | More by randylangford
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Caleb

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-04-2013 20:41:00 | More by Caleb
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-26-2013 02:15:57 | More by Sparky44
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bottle with typical Stone painted label. 2011 vintage, supposedly best by 4-14-11...I guess this was supposed to be drunk young...woops! Poured into a Duvel tulip 3-23-13. This wasn't very popular, from what I remember, but I bought it anyway, as I've been curious what a 'Belgian' barleywine would taste like ever since I heard of 'M' from Midnight Sun.

Appearance: This beer pours a deep orange amber, with glowing burnt orange highlights and good clarity. A dark ivory/light beige cap shows decent stick, especially considering the abv and age.

Smell: Interesting, though I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. Some generic dark fruit, sticky, sweet tropical fruit (especially pineapple), a brief whiff of alcohol, and sticky caramel. Rich, and fairly potent; I'm just not sure if I like it or not.

Taste: It's a bit more balanced on the palate, where the riotous fruit aromas of the nose are not quite replicated. Still fairly big booze here, even after two years. Clean, firm bitterness is still fairly forward as well, though not over-the-top. Moderate brown sugar, caramel, and juicy fruit notes make this somewhat reminiscent of pineapple upside-down cake. Not a ton of depth, and it's a bit strange, but it's not exactly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied.

Overall: Certainly not the best barleywine I've ever had, but this certainly isn't bad. I'm not sure how much the 'Belgian' character comes through here...perhaps it's fallen off somewhat over time, or perhaps the tropical/pineapple fruit flavors derive from the Belgian yeast. If I remember correctly, this was between $6.00-7.00 for a bomber, which is a great price for a bottle of barleywine. Overall, not a bad value for the money, and not a bad beer, though I PROBABLY wouldn't pick it up again if it was re-released.

Overall: 83 = B

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:44:07 | More by BedetheVenerable
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AWL

California

2/5  rDev -45.1%

03-17-2013 02:21:54 | More by AWL
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-13-2013 02:48:47 | More by Lare453
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle...2011 date...poured in a big tulip shaped Gulden Draak glass.
Pours a copper color with amber head.
Aroma of big malts but a touch of oxidation.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors are overwhelming with oxidation. Yikes...one may say I shouldn't rate an over aged barley wine, but the fact is these get circulated, and amongst geeks/tasters, we want to try aged beers. Stone prides themselves with unique and aged beers and that I respect. Flavors are of a brilliant mix of hops and tasty malts, strong alcohol but not bitter and biting. Lovely brew that should have been poured relatively fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:12:41 | More by DenverLogan
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

03-09-2013 21:49:06 | More by spycow
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Brownsfan13

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

03-03-2013 00:37:56 | More by Brownsfan13
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laminam

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-01-2013 20:00:46 | More by laminam
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-25-2013 02:26:13 | More by t0rin0
Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.