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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

1,464 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,464
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 41
Gots: 316 | FT: 23
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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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-08-2013 05:24:43 | More by damienblack
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MrDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-23-2013 18:44:14 | More by MrDave
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-20-2012 07:55:14 | More by MarioM
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Raziel313

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

08-07-2014 00:36:57 | More by Raziel313
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-01-2013 16:52:24 | More by jakecattleco
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BeerMeBrah

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-28-2013 15:32:31 | More by BeerMeBrah
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-09-2014 06:01:59 | More by bmurray10
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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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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-29-2014 03:07:36 | More by ToddGingerich
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19%

11-12-2013 08:00:31 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-24-2013 21:44:44 | More by DRTBrewster
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-19-2014 03:05:12 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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bmmortale

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-25-2013 15:15:43 | More by bmmortale
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C2H5

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-15-2013 00:58:21 | More by C2H5
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-27-2014 00:57:50 | More by nineworldseries
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-06-2012 13:50:24 | More by bradfordjohnson
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-10-2013 19:52:30 | More by steamboatbrewer
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richj1970

Alabama

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.

Original review:

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
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

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.
Bottled 1/21/14

04-04-2014 03:51:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-10-2012 01:29:47 | More by Yabev15
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archero

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-24-2014 13:50:47 | More by archero
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jl28r1

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-18-2013 17:01:12 | More by jl28r1
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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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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-07-2013 03:12:57 | More by CCutch
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.