Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a hazy deep copper with a billowing, frothy dark cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of thick lacing.
Sweet, brown sugary caramel malt, toffee, muted grapefruit, resin, and caramel form the initial aroma. Raisins, dates, and prunes add complexity.
Flavor reveals underpinnings of grapefruit pith, tart tangerine, and lime, with a fairly sweet, toffee malt backbone, finishing resiny and fairly bitter. Rum-soaked dates, raisins, and figs add complexity.
Body is full, smooth, and luscious, with modest carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.
Great contrast of sweet malt and bitter hops, with tart, fruity hop notes countering dark fruit nicely. It's a little hot and a bit bitter for my liking, but the other notes redeem it very well.
08-13-2014 03:21:59 | More by barczar
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Andrew. 2006 Vintage.
A: Pours a semi-clear amber with a very thin (1/16-inch) white head with essentially dissapears and leaves a couple of spots of lace.
N: Loads of caramel and vanilla, sweet malts, slightly oxidized notes.
T: Sweet caramel and toffee, slight stale bread.
M: Semi-full body and light carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweet caramel.
O: The age on this makes it extra special. A treat.
08-05-2014 01:57:08 | More by wethorseblanket
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.