Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BrownNut:
3.86/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Feb 2012 release drunk in May 2013. Served cool in tulip.
A - 4.5 - Beautiful, crystal clear ruby amber. Loose, creamy off white head that lingers a good while.
S - 3.75 - Pleasantly malty. Hoppy in a familiar flavor I can't put my finger on. Smells like it's going to be a moderate bruiser hopwise and moderately caramel sweet maltwise.
T - 3.75 - Moderate sweet malt partially offsetting notable bitterness. The balance swings bitter. Exhale is all hops and aftertaste is lingering bitterness.
M - 4.0 - Medium heavy body. Immediate hop abrasion on the tongue. Thanks to that, it has a dry astringent end. Gentle waves of boozy warmth wafting up the throat.
O - 4.0 - A nice one, if kind of unbalanced. I've never had one fresh - this one is 15 months old. Next time I think I'll try for 2 or 3 years to see if it'll balance out a bit more. The nose on this is nicely balanced. The body not as much. It's to be expected for the style I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 14:00:31 | More by BrownNut
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4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a stout glass.
A: Dark and thick like a black coffee. Little bit of carbonation bubbles on the outside edge of the glass.
S: Rich and malty with a toffee and vanilla nose.
T: Very boozy, but not overpowering. Big chocolate and vanilla flavors. Malt body, no bitterness or hops apparent. Coffee, toffee and caramel in the middle and on the finish.
M: Smooth, rich and creamy. Very fun to drink. Silky.
O: A very cool, rich and heavy beer. Not something to drink lightly (no pun intended), but very, very good.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:05:51 | More by jsausley
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.