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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,386 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 40
Gots: 298 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smerrell on 02-18-2012)
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release. 11.6% ABV. Quite fresh.

A: Pours a clear dark red/amber. Big, fluffy tan head. Head fades away quite slowly, leaving thick fluffy splotches of lacing behind. Top notch head retention.

S: Lots of bread and caramel but a surprising amount of hops too. Resinous, piney hops mainly.

T: Even hoppier than the aroma gives away. Tons of pine and resin up front with a surprising amount of bitterness. Dark breads and caramel in the middle. Sticky malt and oily hops with more bitterness in the aftertaste. Long lingering bitter, drying resinous aftertaste. Hoppy all the way through, really surprising.

M: Fairly heavy, very sticky and very oily.

O: Wow, I was really surprised by this one. Yes, it's Stone, but I wasn't expecting it to be THIS hoppy. Honestly it's hoppier than fresh bigfoot. It's borderline big DIPA-ish, like a double crooked tree or a 120min. Very sticky mouthfeel one of the strongest I've had in that sense. The beer literally stick to your mouth and the flavors stays around forever as a result. Oily from all the hops. Very intriguing. I really enjoyed this one, one of the better american barleywines I've ever tasted. I bet some barrel aging would make this sublime.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 04:03:33 | More by Dope
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-15-2013 21:11:09 | More by tommy5
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-15-2013 00:19:56 | More by jsanford
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-03-2013 13:31:03 | More by petermethot
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 edition.

deep copper in color, clear. 1/2" cream colored head. fades fairly quickly. fairly piney aroma, but mixed with some biscuit malt.

taste is much more hoppy and bitter that the smell. lingering earthy hop flavors. mouthfeel is a bit stickey. medium thickness & carbonation.

overall - maybe not as over the top as last year's version

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:47:34 | More by jmdrpi
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buckyp

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

09-22-2013 23:05:52 | More by buckyp
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-26-2012 22:55:27 | More by beerpadawan
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rarbring

Sweden

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear copper amber, a warm off-white head leaving good lacing and small curtains.

Smelling hoppy, grass, nettles, pine. Then sweet dried fruits, honey, heather.

Sweet toffee, brown bread with honey, bitter oranges, dried apricots, then bitter citric peel. Slightly boozy.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, oily and sticky, a coarse dry finish.

Once again I have consumed a barley wine far too young.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 19:49:47 | More by rarbring
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-07-2012 12:09:27 | More by brez8791
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-02-2012 13:46:25 | More by MSandahl23
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aztraz

Sweden

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-21-2013 15:34:25 | More by aztraz
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-19-2013 00:03:38 | More by Tyrawlings
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-29-2013 19:15:56 | More by RedneckBeerz
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-03-2013 16:33:58 | More by WDJersey
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-12-2012 01:49:10 | More by seeswo
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-06-2014 16:19:28 | More by KAF
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shelby415

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-12-2013 06:00:49 | More by shelby415
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david18

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

12-29-2013 18:00:57 | More by david18
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Arbitrator

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I don't buy a lot of Stone products anymore besides the 3 main seasonals (Double Bastard, Old Guardian, and IRS). Last year's Old Guardian was not very tasty, so I was hoping this year would have a return to form.

A: This is a rose-tinged maroon body capped with a fluffy, off-white head that leaves streaky lace webbing around the sides of the snifter. It's nice to look at.

S: Caramel malt, rose petals, grass, plum, toffee, and grapefruit. This is a welcome change from the over-malted recipe that 2011 presented; the hops are bright and hint at both flavor and bitterness in the taste.

T: Yep, I was right. This is incredibly, powerfully bitter; grassy hops lead the way, packed with tons of IBUs. Thankfully, the beer also uses some hop flavor instead of just bitterness. It has a floral presence of rose petals that works very well with Stone's signature citrus-driven profile. The malt backbone is firm, giving the beer plenty of caramel and toffee character throughout the taste.

M: The mouthfeel is quite hefty, as you'd expect from a beer of this gravity. It suppresses the booze and provides a firm grounding point for the bitterness and hoppy flavors to do their work. The booze is lightly noticeable, but pretty restrained overall.

O: This is substantially better than last year's recipe, which I found oddly malty. But it is also bruisingly bitter, so the pendulum has swung too far in the corrective direction. The price point in my area ($6) is very reasonable, so I'll probably buy one or two more, calorie budget permitting, before the hops drop off.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:48:13 | More by Arbitrator
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

Appearance. Pours a murky burnt orange with almost two fingers of thick orange/off-white head.

Smell. Oranges, grapefruit, booze caramel and lemon with a little lightly toasted grains.

Taste. Burnt caramel, bitter oily pine sap, orange and grapefruit rinds, booze. Lots of lingering bitterness. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Full body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Crazy amount of hops in this one. I'll bet that in around 5 or so more years, when the bitterness and booze mellows a bit, this would be really nice. I'll have to grab another bottle to stash away and collect some serious dust.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:16:08 | More by Rutager
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-18-2012 00:17:32 | More by Chugs13
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-21-2014 22:15:35 | More by threedaggers
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-16-2012 12:46:22 | More by kaelingirl
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Brew33

Ohio

2.61/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes I like to revisit a beer I didn't love the first time just to see if I may have had a bad experience, hence me revisiting Stone's Old Guardian. 2013 Vintage

It pours a really nice, deep, garnet with a small, light tan head. Looks nice in the glass, perfectly clear. The aroma is subtle. Caramel malts, slight cardboard, alcohol, no hops to speak of. Not very good frankly.

The flavor is the real disappointment here. One dimensional malt profile. Slight hop bitterness but no real hop flavor. A Stone beer that is underhopped for the style? Huh? Really lacking complexity. The alcohol is prominent but the malt flavors are downright bland and the beer seems a little over attenuated for the style. No real sweetness or pronounced flavors at all. Hop flavor is nonexistent and the bitterness is restrained.

The beer leaves a sticky residue on the lips which is perfect for the style IMO but it's a touch overcarbonated and a little thin for my liking.

Overall, it's pretty much what I remember and that is a below average American Barleywine. Stone has really hit a few homeruns lately especially with the Enjoy By series but this is just not a good American Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 13:00:17 | More by Brew33
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-30-2013 20:33:28 | More by BeerLover99
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.