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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011

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BA SCORE
86
very good

335 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: muttyd on 02-14-2011)
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hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-31-2011 17:42:57 | More by hawkmage
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christopheraknox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-31-2011 00:53:50 | More by christopheraknox
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FriarTuckInLuck

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-28-2011 11:39:03 | More by FriarTuckInLuck
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 15:00:20 | More by drabmuh
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Romulux

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-26-2011 20:32:34 | More by Romulux
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-26-2011 17:32:04 | More by kmwilson76
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TexAggie011

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-26-2011 05:16:15 | More by TexAggie011
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-23-2011 02:21:10 | More by cbgbslev
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-22-2011 17:30:44 | More by OBIrish24
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-21-2011 06:14:07 | More by jtmcgraw
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MaddogOrlando

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-20-2011 23:48:21 | More by MaddogOrlando
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BHOBS

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2011 03:54:12 | More by BHOBS
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FattyJLE

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 03:01:41 | More by FattyJLE
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-18-2011 16:42:29 | More by mhaugo
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:10:30 | More by andrewinski1
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-16-2011 01:14:46 | More by Lantern
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Anthony1

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2011 06:51:58 | More by Anthony1
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Discordian

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-15-2011 04:25:57 | More by Discordian
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cheers405

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2011 02:31:49 | More by cheers405
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2011 02:27:22 | More by TXhomebrewer
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photomike

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2011 19:08:19 | More by photomike
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jam354

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2011 14:23:55 | More by jam354
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2011 03:15:00 | More by DonDirkA
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2011 20:47:50 | More by drummermattie02
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uziangis

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-11-2011 18:50:59 | More by uziangis
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.