Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.36/5 rDev +9.3%
Today I was able to compare a 2012 release bottle. No date, but by definition should be at least one year older than my previous review. The main difference in this bottle is that the alcohol heat has dissipated quite nicely, and perhaps the sweetness is a bit more prominent. Both bottles are amount my favorite barley wines.
Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass. 2013 classic release bottled on 1/16/2013.
A: Pours a golden orange almost brown color with nice 2 finger off white head with nice lacing.
S: Sweet caramel and malts mixed with some citrus and dark fruits.
T: Big on malts and caramels. Nice sweetness mixed with some spiciness. Nice roasty flavors. Oak and other earthy tones present. A little bit boozy, but I suspect this will tame some with time.
M: Nicely carbonated for an 11% brew. Nice body. Not overly thick.
O: A very nice barley wine. Surprisingly easy to drink and the alcohol sneaks up on you. I need to pick up another bottle and let it age some...
12-30-2013 00:46:02 | More by richj1970
3.54/5 rDev -11.3%
A- Clean ruby with red and brown accents. An off-white head that seems to never go away. Great staying power at this abv. Impressive looking
S- Not nearly as hoppy as expected. Expected Stone to get after it in that department. Earthy, chocolaty, and malty. Some toffee and caramel.
T- Hops rear their head here. Some fruity esters also blend with the rich malty profile in the nose. Toasted bread. Harsh, bitter finish. Runs a little hot as you can tell its pretty green. Somewhat medicinal. Could be a touch of mint I'm getting too.
F- Rich, lighter side of full body, creamy, low carbonation. Alcohol quite present.
O- Certainly one to set in the back of the cellar for a while. Difficult to rate at this point, but I will give it another go in a year or so. It has a chance to be special, but bold flavors just haven't come together quite yet.
$6 for a 22oz bottle.
04-04-2014 03:51:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.