Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
22 oz. bomber into snifter.
A: Fairly good pour yields a hazy brown-ish amber liquid with a one-finger khaki head with a decent retention. Yeast and carbonation bubbles remain suspended in the liquid. Lacing looks good.
S: Smell is of dark, vinous fruit, strong malt, resiny hops and alcohol.
T: Strong malts up front. Tastes of toffee and caramel. A little bit of darker fruits show up after that. A bit of hops come in later and ends with a really strong, lingering tea-like bitterness and a quick taste of alcohol.
M: Thicker side of medium, yet pretty easy to drink. Carbonation helps balance out some of the malts and lingering bitterness.
O: This one needs to be a tad sweeter and maltier to really shine. It's obviously well-crafted, but needs to be a touched up a bit. Age would probably benefit this beer. It's better than average, but not quite great.
01-17-2012 04:34:42 | More by TTAmod
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
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.