Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
Always in the mood for a new Barleywine, and Stone rarely goes wrong.
A two-toned, prominent light and dark tan sits commandingly above a reddish brown brew, but retreats in haste, leaving a sparse contingent of lace behind as cover. Deep and musty pine notes to the nose with some caramel malts and cherries underneath. Sweet malts and a bit grainy at the front of the palate with some candy notes, spice and a big shot of woody hops to balance near perfectly. Medium body, leaning to the dry side, and well carbonated with an encompassing alcohol heat that is not boozy which adds to the experience rather than detracts. It's hard to manage alcohol levels like this, but Stone pulls it off well.
Digging this one full-on. One of my new favorites, and I should have gotten two while I had the chance, because I can imagine this one only gets better with time.
02-24-2011 01:29:58 | More by stephens101
4.3/5 rDev +12%
A fresh 2011 bomber. Pours amber with a white, long lasting head. Intoxicating aroma of sweet malt, cherry fruit and herbal hops. Full, very sharp body. Delicious taste of caramel, cherries, herbal hops.
Huge, dry, hoppy finish. I shared this bottle with my friends, who had never heard about Barley wines. They were amazed.
05-23-2011 15:54:26 | More by mikeg67
2.5/5 rDev -34.9%
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.
03-05-2013 02:08:29 | More by jtierney89
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
22 oz bottle. Reviewed 6/19/11.
P: Ruddy body, slightly opaque. Brownish head, not very big. It settles to a thin cover.
A: Lots of caramel malts on the nose. Fig sweetness. Spicy hops. Brown sugar. Hops are more-downplayed on the nose than I expected.
T: Semi-sweet at first, with a caramel and brown sugar sweetness. A citric sourness starts to come on, complimented by a burnt orange peel flavor. Very floral mid-palate, and pine hops creep up on the end. The finish has a long lasting bitterness, and a warming alcohol burn.
I actually enjoyed this more than the 2009 OG that I had just a couple of months ago, which is kind of surprising. This had more balance and better drinkability. Very enjoyable.
07-27-2011 04:22:31 | More by litheum94
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
22oz bottle served in a snifter.
pours a cloudy, burnt amber tone yielding 3/4" tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly; lacing in patches. nose is malt heavy with notes of citrus, caramel, and some breadiness... a touch of hops in the background... alcohol is evident. decent aroma, nothing spectacular.
flavor likewise is okay. not the complete boozy mess i was expecting, although the alcohol presence is definitely a player. bready maltiness takes center stage with secondary notes of caramel and hops - the latter mostly in the finish. reasonably enjoyable barleywine though in my opinion there are much better renditions out there. mouthfeel is solid - medium-full bodied with slightly above-average carbonation.
overall i'd say this is a middling BW, maybe slightly above that. booze could be more hidden and the hoppiness turned up a notch. not terrible by any means, just sort of one-dimentional.
originally reviewed: 03-28-2011
06-13-2012 20:42:41 | More by BostonHops
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured unto a flute.
Appearance: slightly dark, cloudy amber with a full inch off-white head.
Smell: Hint of red wine properties, like seriously smelling dark fruits with a blend of alcohol.
Taste: An amplified description of the smell to the tenth power. Super tasty and very hard not to love and most of all indulge in.
Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth with a few bumps on the road. Once you sip a few times you tend to appreciate how well crafted it is.
Overall: This is great beer, not for everyone though that's why I can't rate it any higher. Hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I did, Salud!
02-20-2012 20:51:10 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
A: Deep amber hue, off white one fingered head, good lacing.
S: Grassy hops, caramel, molasses, fig newtons.
T: I'm not a Barley Wine specialist, but I can say that I like this better than Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. Here I find the bitter better balanced with the sweet, but the malt is obviously dominate, and the taste more or less follows the nose. I'm drinking this *today* so this has been aging a little bit. I think that it would benefit from more bitter hops, which means drink it fresh.
M: lots of carbonation, a bit of numbing on the palate felt from the 12% abv, and goes down dry.
O: I don't know how Barley Wines go, but this one isn't making me a convert. Judged strictly on its own merits, it's a good brew.
08-19-2011 01:19:38 | More by fox227
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured a slow to emerge 2" head which dissipated to 1/8". Appears a lovely hazy rustic auburn color. Smells like an IPA with citrus and caramel. Flavor is very strong and sweet, almost bourbon-barrel aged vanilla malt and strength (though it's not a bourbon beer), and it has a definite burn from the 12% alcohol. Luckily I really like that style of beer, but I understand for a few reviewers why it comes across too hot. Personally I thought there was plenty of richness and complexity to the barleywine itself, and my only real complaint is the long bitter finish which whipes the other flavors off the palette after a moment.
03-22-2011 08:42:19 | More by MoreThanWine
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Bottle labeled 2011 Classic Release. No other dates found.
Pours a hazy light brown body with a big two finger off-white head. Very bubbly and carbonated. Good lacing from the head.
The aroma is a mix of the very strong malt base and a little bit of hops. Reminds me of the DFH 90 Minute IPA aroma, but a little sweeter.
The taste is dominated by the sweet malt. I expected a little more hoppy taste up front from a barley wine, but the hops are definitely in the background. Other flavors include dark fruit, espeically raisin.
The alcohol is a little hot, detracting from the drinkability. Aging would probably help, but may also mute the hops. Solid brew. Not my favorite from Stone, but still good.
02-24-2011 02:02:39 | More by FanofHefe
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
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