Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark copper in color.
Smells of strong malt, hops, and sweet caramel.
Flavor is hoppier than the smell would suggest. The ABV certainly aids the flavors along and gives the beer a flavorful bitterness. The sweetness doesn't last. In fact, it drinks more imperial-IPA-like than a Barley Wine. There's also an undeniable density to the brew. Carbonation makes it feel light, but it's anything but light. This is a serious beer, but the finish is refined, dry, and bitter.
Second to Stone's Enjoy by IPA, this is my favorite of their year-round offerings. It's potent and rewarding with every sip, a welcome variety from their bolder beers that can be hit-or-miss depending on what you like. Well done, Stone... Well done!
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 00:23:34 | More by Bauzen
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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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