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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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very good

336 Ratings

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Ratings: 336
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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-26-2014 03:56:22 | More by baklo
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

12-18-2011 01:10:30 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Bought this one in a trip to Stone Brewery. Review notes of tasting in May 14th, 2011. Bought on May 10th, 2011.

Amber color with some ruby in there. Nice head. Soapy looks. Foam color is beige. Floral notes in the aroma with some caramel malts notes. Some yeast in the nose too. Pretty nice aroma. Very thick in the mouth. Complex. Yeast with malts (woody). The finish is very bitter and linger in the mouth for a long time. The 12% ABV is well hidden. Dangerous beer since it is so easy to drink. Another nice one from Stone.

11-09-2011 01:09:09 | More by ZorPrime
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-18-2011 01:34:18 | More by nanobrew
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-17-2011 20:05:09 | More by Skunkdrool
Photo of Agold


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

This beer pours a dark caramel brown color with just about no head. Leaves no lacing at all. Aroma is mild citrus with lots of caramel and a bit of toffee. Sort of a dulled orange zest aroma. Taste is well balanced. More toffee, nice caramel a bit of citrusy bitterness, very nice. It is a bit hot, alcohol is not well hidden and is more hot than warm. Mild carb, medium to heavy mouthfel, nice, but it is a bit sharp instead of smooth. Really nice beer,

02-03-2012 06:26:57 | More by Agold
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-27-2012 18:51:54 | More by PhineasGage
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 07:53:15 | More by Travisnin
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a beautiful copper color w/ a perfect two finger caramel head. Lots of carbonation as well. Very nice in the looks department. Smell is of alcohol drenched fruit, malt, and hops. Not bad, but I'd like a tad less alcohol in the nose. Taste is along the same lines- fruit, spice, alcohol, malt, hops. I really enjoy the taste of this beer. The alcohol might be on the hot side, but at 12% ABV, that's fine. I'm really surprised this beer doesn't rate higher. Maybe I got a good one. This is the 2011 vintage. Finish is very hop-sided, but smooth. Really enjoyed this beer.

03-16-2011 12:59:20 | More by jayhawk73
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2012 12:33:16 | More by jriggins6
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Looking forward to this beer every year. Scored two bottles for 5.99 each, great price too.

A- Red amber in color, one finger of fluffy chunky head.

S- The smell is great, caramel, dark candy sugars, molasses, honey, dark fruits, honey and a nice crisp piny/gin/citrus hop smell. There is an alcohol note to this too.

T- The taste is a bit flat compared to other years. There is a hop taste, but it doesn't seem to have a specific hop direction. I get some caramel taste, and some maltyness, but this one needs to sit down and take a few years snooze. I'm a bit bummed at the moment, but I know this one is going to kick ass in 3-5.

M- Good, the alcohol and hops wreck the palate.

D- It isn't something I'm going to drink too quickly.

02-26-2011 04:43:40 | More by Wetpaperbag
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-17-2011 16:12:00 | More by chcfan
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-13-2013 23:38:22 | More by MordorMongo
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 21:59:17 | More by kkrez
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-18-2012 21:12:33 | More by DruC4
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2011 10:51:47 | More by kornkid8600
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 17:14:58 | More by TicoCali
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2011 05:58:55 | More by tripledbrew
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

This pours a particulate-laden ruby red with a small tan head rising and falling down to nothing with no lace. On the nose there are rum-soaked raisins, a mixture of dark fruits and a boozy note that I seem to tolerate and like more than others. In the mouth the dark fruits are the foundation for the rest of the taste, where a caramel malt emerges. If there is a complaint, it's that in the finish the booze stands out too much. There is also a hop note that for me didn't come out until the finish that didn't really integrate well with the rest of the beer. The body is a bit sticky but still fine.

Overall, this is a decent barleywine with a few demerits. One wonders what happens with this with some age. Maybe it would smooth out the somewhat harsh booze and the slightly disjointed hops.

06-12-2011 01:36:21 | More by EricCioe
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-05-2011 14:27:05 | More by bluesplit63
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Slightly hazy deep red amber with tan head and okay retention. Barley and alcohol aroma. nice balance and warming. Mostly just caramel barley sweetness and floral hops. Smooth and light stickiness.

Seems to have more alcohol and less complexities than past years. It is however much smoother and more balanced and easier to drink. Myself, I always like a bit of a challenge in my barley wine.

03-01-2011 00:59:31 | More by Bfarr
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-07-2012 22:20:51 | More by PeteRiz
Photo of climax


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

My traveling occupation doesn't lend itself well to cellaring beers. Otherwise, perhaps I would have the patience. Nonetheless, I'm still expecting good things fresh from Escondido.

Poured into a SV balloon slightly chilled: It pours a bold reddish copper. The clarity is pretty good, as is the even finger of head which fades to a ring.

The nose is fresh and full of ripe fruit and earthy hop tones. Bubblegum, wine, plum, banana, cherries, and mandarin oranges make up the complex juicy aroma. The sweet brown sugary malt backbone has an admirable presence, but never cloying, which is a plus IMO. The 12% ABV is well hidden and never distracted me as I panned for new flavors. The finish is bitter with citrus pith and toast.

The warmth from the alcohol emerges in the taste and reminds me not to get to rambunctious with this one. The alcohol is at the perfect level to add an edgy feel to the well-balanced flavor. A juicy fruit hodgepodge, caramel, and red wine flavors are discernible until the dry alcoholic finish steals the show.

The carbonation hits the tongue with a blast at first, keeping it sharp long through the finish. The body isn't too full, but very smooth. It's a bit slick and always crisp. Once the crispness subsides, it leaves a very feel only quenched by another sip.

02-25-2011 03:12:44 | More by climax
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 Classic Release

Appearance: red, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast and flowery hops.

Taste: banana peel, flowery hops, malts, and a faint yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is very smooth and malty. The flavors are interesting.

04-09-2011 05:29:46 | More by megahurts4
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage.

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.

03-28-2011 03:44:05 | More by perrymarcus
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2011 from Stone Brewing Co.
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