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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

1,388 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,388
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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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-04-2013 17:00:18 | More by montrealbcr89
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-03-2012 17:20:25 | More by Beermazter310
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-28-2013 09:25:09 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.
Bottled 1/21/14

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:51:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-18-2012 20:32:51 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-07-2013 02:31:34 | More by Pens1967
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obrike

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bomber at Round Rock Specs just a few days ago.

Pours a deep ruby with a some dark honey/brown. Pour leaves a one finger off white head that dissapates fairly quickly. Lovely looking brew...only thing keeping it from a 5 for me is the lack of significant lacing.

Getting a ton of sticky sweet malts, some pine and citrus...and a booze burn. Big booze burn.

Nice mix of bitter, sweet carmel covered hops and sugary malt. The sweetness is there, but mix of hops and alcohol make for an interesting, bold take on the style. Certainly a sipper as the 11% will sneak up on you quick.

Another Stone beauty here...not one for the masses, but certainly a brew for people looking to enjoy a very well crafted Big Bad-ass American Barleywine
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Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:04:51 | More by obrike
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-09-2014 14:50:51 | More by billhelm
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JRBecks

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-09-2012 16:44:55 | More by JRBecks
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 release.

Appearance: Super hazy orange amber color with a resilient off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Sweet barley and an orangey hoppy character. A tinge of alcohol. Not all that aromatic.

Taste: A big beer by any account. There is a lot of subtle malt flavors that sort of blend and come across as an amber and caramel flavor. No toffee or toasted qualities just unaltered malt flavor. Counteracting the sweet blend of barley is an understated bitterness. It's understated because it never feels more intense than moderate but definitely sticks with you long after the finish. The hop character is mostly orange with a touch of pine. As with most Barleywines, Old Guardian has a serious amount of hops and malt to it but a definite balance between the two extremes. At 11% ABV it's shocking how very little alcohol is present. In fact, there is really only a slight alcohol flavor right at the start that is quickly hidden by the robustness of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick like a milkshake. Average carbonation but I'd recommend an aggressive pour. A full bodied as it is, Old Guardian has good drinkability. Although perhaps not when paired with a meal.

Final Thoughts: I'm a huge fan of Stone Brewing and for the most part Old Guardian completely met my expectations. However, I'm not a fan of orange hop flavor especially in Barleywines as it tends to accentuate the malt sweetness in a bit of a cloying manner. Personal preference that only affected my scoring very slightly. Aside from that note, another excellent beer from one of my favorite and most respected breweries. Would I drink it again? Yes, I expect on-tap would be fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:31:46 | More by JamesMN
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CCutch

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-07-2013 03:12:57 | More by CCutch
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-09-2013 11:21:56 | More by Travcofarms
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Evarigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-13-2013 03:43:25 | More by Evarigan
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Big disappointment from Stone. I eagerly awaited this since it was new to the Twin Cities market. It looks fine, but the smell is just fumey with booze and a few hops thrown in. I even get a weird rubber smell in there. The taste is harsh and bitter with an alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is fine, but that's not enough to save this brew. I know Stone likes their hops but this is too much. Maybe some age could save this. This is like the Thunderbird of barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 07:18:20 | More by sacrelicio
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-18-2012 22:21:57 | More by kayrex
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-28-2013 08:06:02 | More by YamagamiTravis
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-26-2013 23:45:23 | More by firstlighthiker
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-31-2013 02:41:27 | More by jewellrunner
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allstar255

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-02-2014 20:44:28 | More by allstar255
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-12-2013 04:37:02 | More by StubFaceJoe
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-19-2014 23:33:07 | More by kjfinnerty
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful, clear copper orange into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. Two fingers of creamy off white head that floats and sticks around for a while. Tons of sticky lacing left all over the glass even after 10 minutes.

S- Really nice sweet caramel right up front! Decent punch of pineapple and CA citrus! HUGE alcohol presence. Some dark dried fruits... raisins, plums, figs. Some nice spicy notes of caraway and black pepper that blend seemlessly with the fresh caramel notes.

T- Burnt brown sugar, sweet cream caramel, ALCOHOL! Wow! The booze is huge this year! I hope it settles down with some time. I do like the way the alcohol brings out the dried fruit and sweet citrus nuances though. Picking up some spicy basil, peppercorns, rye bread w/ caraway, and mission figs.

M- Really hot! Huge alcohol presence that hopefully will die down with some time and cellaring. It enhances some flavors, covering and detering others. Not as sticky as past OG's.

O- Definately think this one has some potential after 6months-1yr in the cellar. Right now its really boozey. Has really nice sweet caramel and dried fruit notes that will get much bigger as the alcohol fades.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:53:19 | More by Thickfreakness
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kiki3drt292

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-03-2012 15:10:53 | More by kiki3drt292
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-13-2013 14:48:06 | More by Beefytits4
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

04-09-2013 04:03:23 | More by CDCNAM
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.