Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
A: Pours a clear ruby red color. At first a two finger white head with good retention initially. The foam recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candied malts up front. Light toasted grains. Lots of yeast as well.
T: Surprisingly sweet considering what other years have been like. Sugary and grainy. Lots of candy like sweetness as well. Like boiled hard candy. Some alcohol as well.
M/D: A medium body that is a little thin. The alcohol is not over powering at all. Though it is there, and the sweetness makes this a very slow sipper.
Almost a complete turnaround from some of the previous years. The resiny hop bitterness is way down, but the boiled candy like sweetness is a the other end of the spectrum for me.
02-22-2011 00:38:25 | More by champ103
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
This beer poured a clear ruby red color and formed a nice off white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, pine, and caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops, caramel and pepper. The body was medium and creamy and the finish bittersweet and slightly astringent. It could use some again, but it is not as rough new as some of the other years.
02-21-2011 01:57:53 | More by Wildman
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a regular pint glass.
$5.99 from Holiday Wine Cellar.
A: Pours an enticing hazy amber with a thin head. Little retention and leaves average lacing.
S: Emits a grainy, bready (like rising bread dough) aroma with some light hops present.
T: Rich caramel, moderately bitter grain and hops held together with a good booziness.
M: Feels smooth and goes down leaving a little bitterness and stickiness as an aftertaste.
D: In my opinion, this is one of the more drinkable barleywines out there. It has some bitter hoppiness, but not overly so. It's a bit boozy, but not hot. But still very strong, so it wouldn't be a good idea to have more than one.
02-20-2011 23:41:56 | More by djaeon
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
Bomber served cold into a pint glass.
Old Guardian is a hazy copper color with thin white head on top. It settles pretty fast but there is some good lacing.
Aroma is strong in both alcohol and hops. The hops aren't the super-fresh citrusy types but more earthy and grassy.
Flavor is also very strong but more balanced than I was expecting. Huge hop bitterness and enormous malt bill colide.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and lower carbonation, which is good. The alcohol is very strong but at least it's not hot.
Drinkability is not very good. Usually I would be able to finish a bottle of barleywine but not tonight.
Overall solid but not exceptional. Old Ruffian and Hog Heaven are far better.
02-20-2011 14:53:22 | More by GilGarp
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
On tap at Stone juxtaposed next to the 2006 vintage.
A: Appears a darker color than the 2006 vintage, more of a murky reddish brown. The head is beige and mountainous, receding in a cavernous fashion and leaving sheets of lacing.
S: Big resin and grapefruit notes overshadow a faint sugary caramel base. The hops are dominant and very aromatic, with increasing pine needle and sap notes with warming.
T: Upper moderate aggressive bitterness, with ample grapefruit rind notes. Pine is pervasive and deeply resinous. Caramel is subtle compared to the 2006 vintage, and it's mildly sweet and sugary, though quickly obliterated by the dry bitter presence. Booze is also aggressive.
M: Upper medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with some astringency and warming.
Overall: This beer is a much different beast when fresh, but it's damn tasty. I think I prefer it slightly less fresh as the booze is pretty strong at this point.
02-20-2011 03:34:43 | More by HopHead84
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
Golden sherry color with little creamy head. Hints of tropical flavors, orange, pineapple.
The taste was clean and bright, the mouthful was semi-big, but the aftertaste still was very light.
Surprising for a barley wine style of beer.
Would go very well with smoked trout or other smoked lighter foods.
Still not a barley type of person
02-20-2011 02:24:30 | More by rdilauro
1.93/5 rDev -49.7%
2011 bottle, bought the day of release. Split the bomber with a friend side-by-side with the Belgo. Poured into a tulip glass
L: Dark amber body, nice light head. Left good lacing down the glass
S: Lots of sweetness, sharp alcohol aroma. Underlying the expected aromas is something horrid that I've never smelled or tasted before, and it completely ruined the aroma and most of the flavor as well.
T: Decent until the atrocious foul flavor came through. Alcohol is too hot as well
M: Pretty good for a big barleywine. Moderate carbonation
D: This was almost drinkable.
What a waste. This was easily one of the worst beers I've ever had. Considering how much I enjoyed the Belgo, I wonder whether this was a bad bottle
02-17-2011 21:55:50 | More by zachary80
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
Pored into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear orangeish-amber color with an inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.
The aroma was heavily malt-sweet, with noticeable hop and alcohol notes. The flavors were pretty similar, lots of malt, hops and alcohol.
The body was full, even and smooth, except for the alcohol burn, and was a bit better than average. Drinkability was pretty good for a beer this big.
Overall, a nice example of the style. Try it when you see it.
02-17-2011 04:15:01 | More by beertunes
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
22oz bomber. Pours a dark, murky mahogany color with a nice frothy head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, malts, bread, booze and hops. A lot going on here. Taste has that nice warming alcohol zip to it. Malty flavor along with a big amount of dark fruits and a bit of a caramel taste. Bitter aftertaste is where I pick up on some of the hops. Boozey. All things considered this is pretty drinkable. Old Guardian continues to be one of the best barleywines on the market.
02-16-2011 06:09:20 | More by PicoPapa
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
A - Dark amber that looks almost brown if you don't look through light. Pours with finger solid fingers of middle brown head that is quite resilient. The head sticks around in volume for a while, but remains as a thin layer throughout. Gorgeous beer overall.
S - After the head dies down, I can smell this beer from a ways away. It smells like dark fruits, plums, maybe apricots. Additionally, I'm getting some caramel from it.
T - I think this must be my first ever barleywine, which I find shocking. This baby is a doozy though. At the front, it's fruits and bitterness that stand out. The malt backbone is very present. Pretty boozy in the finish, but the fruitiness remains. Frankly, this seems like it needs some time on it to fully develop.
M - Syrupy, but the taste leaves my mouth surprisingly quickly, which is nice. I don't like it when a beer clings to my palate for too long. Overall, the carbonation seems appropriate, at very minimal.
D - Well, I suppose if I'm reviewing within the style, this is probably about average. However, if I was reviewing for me personally, I would have a hard time finishing a bomber alone and walking after. Not that that's stopping me, though.
02-16-2011 00:23:11 | More by gdrydenc
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours an amber/orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is of caramel, some citrus hops, and burnt sugar. Flavor follows the nose. Big burnt sugar flavor, toasty, citrusy and grainy. Some orange peel as well. Very hoppy for a barley wine. The citrusy, slightly earthy hops help balance out the big brown sugary flavor profile. Sticky on the palate with moderate carbonation.
02-14-2011 01:33:32 | More by muttyd
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
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