Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
2011 Bomber in a pint glass.
A - Deep golden amber with a steady stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Thin smooth head across the top.
S - Malty, a bit of oak, hops.
T - Vanilla, caramel, raisin, and very bitter (in a good way) from the middle to the very end. Continues to get more bitter further back.
M - Carbonation hits fairly strong up front but then tapers nicely towards the middle and is smoothed out.
O - Great Barleywine. It's pretty bitter, which I like, but if you don't like bitter, you may not appreciate this one. I think the best year I've had from Stone if my memory serves me well. I'd love to A/B this next to Avery's Hog Heaven (a fav BW of mine).
I'll probably go pick up another bomber or two of this, really enjoying it.
01-05-2012 01:53:13 | More by silentnoiz
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
2011 vintage Stone Old Guardian Barleywine served in a new style Stone Old Guardian glass. Beer is amber, dark, caramel, hazy, nice tan head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, low carbonation, looks good.
Aroma is sweet, plums, malt, thick on the nose already, stone fruits.
Beer is medium to heavy in body, oddly bitter and dry finish at the end. Very sweet, very syrupy, very malty, strong throughout. Lots of fruit flavors, I drank the whole bomber and it put me out for the night, not my favorite Stone beer but this my annual ritual, drink the Old Guardian for that year. I'll wait until 2012 for the next one.
12-27-2011 15:00:20 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass...probably should have used a snifter.
S - Strong malt sweetness, roasty malts, tropical fruits, alcohol.
A - 1/4-inch off white head with little lacing. Opaque, murky brown-orange color. Dark sunburst appearance when held to light.
T - Strong malt backbone upfront. Intense caramel sweetness and acrid roastiness. Roastiness subsides as it warms. Dark fruits/raisins emerge as the beer warms. Hop bitterness balances the malt backbone, but hop flavors are pretty well held in check by the strong malt presence. Alcohol present but not overpowering, especially for a 12% abv. Finishes sweet.
M - Moderately carbed, sticky and full-bodied. Appropriate amount of alcohol warming.
O - This beer is listed as an American Barleywine and although true to style, this is the first Stone beer I've had where the hops were not the main attraction. Far and away, the malts dominate this brew. The hop presence is just enough to add complexity and balance without imposing a flavor profile to mask the sweetness. A quality barleywine. Will definitely age the next one and share it with a friend.
12-19-2011 03:01:41 | More by FattyJLE
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured into a tulip. The color is bright red with some haze. There is a small off-white head.
The aroma is full of caramel, toffee and some hops.
The taste is very bitter, with notes of grapefruit. There is some good caramel flavor as well. This is interesting, the malt is very prominent in the aroma, but the flavor seems more hoppy.
This has a nice medium to full body, with a hefty dose of carbonation.
This is really tasty. I wish I had the patience to age this one.
12-18-2011 01:10:30 | More by andrewinski1
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
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