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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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goodonya

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-21-2013 17:21:18 | More by goodonya
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2013 13:33:03 | More by ROGUE16
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Time to open and review one of the first bottles I put in the cellar after turning 21.

A- Pours a very hazy, opaque, toffee brown color. The color is a mix between brown and amber, but with the hazy aspect to it. Head is 1.5 to 2 fingers in thickness and tan. Retention is great, and so is the lacing.

S- Boozey with big malts right up front on the nose. Fairly sweet caramel is the biggest tone here, with some more, peat-like scents also mixing in. Alcohol in the smell is somewhat stinging in the nostrils.

T- Smooth, fairly one dimensional and stronger. This drink starts with a bang of caramel malts and a fair amount of bitterness. Sweetness and bitterness offset each other to provide some balance to the flavor. Toffee flavor is prominent in the middle of the drink, and towards the end the bitterness is heightened due to an alcohol bite.

M- Smooth, boozey, and heavy with a low level of carbonation. This is on the sipping side of beers, but the alcohol level is fairly restrained for the 12% ABV. Don't get me wrong, it will catch up to you and shouldn't be drank quickly, but hides the alcohol well.

Overall, nothing spectacular, but also not bad at all. Two years in the bottle has mellowed the flavors and melded them into a semi-sweet, yet bitter, boozey beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:13:05 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Samaurer23

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-29-2013 21:02:27 | More by Samaurer23
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moonknight31

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-24-2013 05:53:27 | More by moonknight31
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-08-2013 04:58:06 | More by WOLFGANG
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-07-2013 11:59:52 | More by jaxon53
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deNerval

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-28-2013 03:13:44 | More by deNerval
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richj1970

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-22-2013 01:18:57 | More by richj1970
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

way better with a year on it, or two, I found this edition to be a much more approachable version of the style, although barleywines are supposed to be a little intimidating I think. this one pours that same dark crimson color, bordering on brown, and retains a decent tan head. the nose and the taste are identical, with all kinds of fruit being detectable in here, red apples, ripe cherries, even dried dates. I think its complexity isn't so stifled by its raging booze content as it is in the fresh version, so I pick up so many more subtleties in both aroma and flavor. the alcohol is still sharp though, and the carbonation is disappointing. its a slow sipper, and when it warms its almost like a distilled spirit. the oaked and smoked versions mellow this out in a special way that apparently even age cant do with this one. still, I think its an improvement over the fresh, and maybe this year I will keep a few bottles around a lot longer to really see how time affects these barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 19:13:27 | More by StonedTrippin
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-13-2013 22:31:09 | More by mikeincharleston
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-07-2013 23:20:27 | More by cadaugherty
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-07-2013 21:51:09 | More by stereosforgeeks
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-02-2013 04:50:28 | More by spycow
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-27-2013 04:47:37 | More by ShemRahBoo
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jealmanzar

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-15-2013 17:30:17 | More by jealmanzar
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-06-2013 23:51:24 | More by jvillefan
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-11-2013 23:31:57 | More by DaPan
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very brash beer. Sweet simple malts with an over abundance of hops and lots of detectable alcohol. Everything battles for dominance. Earthy, malty, caramel, piney, with citric peel notes. Drinkable but not enough focus, and for a beer with so much strength it's not too complex. I wouldn't buy it again and the simplicity of the malt body seems to me make it not a great candidate for ageing. Drinking this beer with pickles on the side makes the process a lot easier.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:08:29 | More by jtierney89
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sloelco

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-29-2013 09:13:58 | More by sloelco
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DrJoe82

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-29-2013 04:04:52 | More by DrJoe82
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-14-2013 23:38:27 | More by TonyTalon
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MordorMongo


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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TripsRight


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-20-2012 23:24:18 | More by TripsRight
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BrittQ

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-16-2012 18:12:35 | More by BrittQ
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.