Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
22 oz bottle poured into an Old Guardian glass.
11.6% ABV, 2014 release, bottled 01/24/14, best cellared at or below 55°F
A - Light easily shines through this crystal clear, bright amber brew giving it one hell of an appeal. If that weren't enough, the ivory cap of foam that rests on the beer lingers for quite some time, leaving lacing on the glass for good measure.
S - Melted caramel sweetness coats heaps of cut-off bread crusts and toast with peanut brittle cooling in the background but this barleywine isn't without it's fair share of hops. The green cones impart a balancing piny bitterness that recalls tree sap as well as sharp grapefruit rind before warming alcohol gently tickles the nostrils as it passes through.
T - Like the aroma foreshadows, Old Guardian is hoppy but malt-forward, laying down a nice level of malty sweetness on the tongue. The rich bready characteristics offer toast and bread crust flavors that absorb and retain the hop-driven earthy pine sap notes like being dunked in hop tea.
M - The first few sips of Old Guardian coat the tongue in sweet malt and breadiness but it's not long before the hops catch up and sharpy attack the tongue with bitterness. This balance is key should Old Guardian remain drinkable beyond a few sips, which it sure does. Even fresh, the higher level of alcohol never becomes cloying or boozy but instead warms the throat and stomach upon the swallow - putting the perfect kibash on the brew.
O - Behind Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot, Stone's Old Guardian is one of the most iconic barleywines the States has to offer. Like most of Stone's brews, this beast is big and bold while offering deep malt and hop complexities that mingle wonderfully for a balanced and drinkable brew fresh but one that easily ages with the best of 'em which I've put to the test time and again.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 23:36:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.03/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance is a dark amber with a nice white head.
The smell is sweet, caramel, toffee and peppery spices. There's a little bit of alcohol as well.
The taste is sweet up, caramel and toffee like the smell, it finishes very bitter, with some pine and some citrus.
The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with medium carbonation.
A very nice barley wine, very bitter for the style but still delicious as expected from stone.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 00:54:10 | More by Dave1999
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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