Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Smurf2055:
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewed Nov 2011, vintage 2007
2007 vintage enjoyed at Bevridge Place in West Seattle.
Aroma was amazing! Sweet yet balanced, malt and hops, aggressive yet friendly.
Appearance was dark amber with about a finger of foam. Obviously at four years old, there’s very little carbonation on it.
Taste was decent. Warming feeling and a bit of citrus. Lot’s of malt. There was a bit of an alcohol bite, and I sort of expected a bit more complexity at four years old.
Palate was full and strong all over and remains for a while.
Overall, as far as they go, this one was pretty good. It’s very Stone brewing; up front and aggressive, and it knows it.
Serving type: on-tap
04-01-2013 07:23:30 | More by Smurf2055
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3.79/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
$7 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Seeing this on-tap and loving Stone, I knew I had to try it. I'm not the hugest fan of American Barleywines, but I enjoy them time-to-time. The last one I really liked was Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes, so this unfortunately gets compared to that.
When I first got it no doubt at a temperature far colder than the recommended temperature, I just zeroed in on the intense bitterness that would be off-putting to many. As it warmed up, it changed a lot, as I expected it to. The rich, plentiful malt character shined through, although there wasn't much sweetness, given this particular style. Massive hop bitterness with a lot of citrus rind characteristics in this one. Lacking on flavor depth, though -- a nice Barleywine-y malt quality that I expect, then the fruitiness from the hops, but nothing too new or original. I really enjoyed, for instance, Crunkle Sam because it offers a distinct orange sort of flavor.
Old Guardian is a very good American Barleywine that certainly doesn't skimp on the hops. The alcohol is reasonably hidden when it's cold, but as it approaches room temperature, you REALLY know what you're getting into. A nice beer -- not a great one, but one worth trying if you like the style, no doubt.
Serving type: on-tap
07-19-2014 02:59:27 | More by Alextricity
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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