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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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very good

1,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 42
Gots: 336 | FT: 28
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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Photo of richj1970
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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...

richj1970, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
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

Bosoxfan20, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Furley80, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Dark orange, almost ruby with a thick white foamy head. Smell could almost be from an IPA from the floral and hop notes, but more sweetness is noticeable. Taste is sweet and malty, with a bitter hoppy finish. Alcohol isn't really noticeable, quite sinister for 11%. Mouthfeel is fizzy at first, then slick but heavy. Seems to be missing the middle or something; overall it's a great beer though. Big in flavor and alcohol.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +0.3%

srw, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of maxcoinage
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

maxcoinage, May 31, 2013
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev +0.3%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

BeerMeBrah, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So the bar im at has a tap labelled as the verticle epic 11.11.11, but in reality it was old guardian. Initially i was disappointed by this fact. Then i had a pint.

Pours a beautiful deep amber. Nice off white head leaving plenty of lacing down the glass.

The nose shows off a rich sweetness, almost a deep apiaryfresh- honey backbone with a hint of citrusy hops somewhere in the body.

The taste follows the blueprint laid ojt by the nose fairly closely, presenting a honey sweetness up front balanced with citrus and finish featuring some hop bitterness and the warming presence of the eleven percent.

Quite drinkable for the glass-of-wine level alcohol. Appropriately carbonated and smoothe and arming otherwise. If i had to use a childhood book to describe my beers, this one would be, 'the velveteen rabbit' (man i love that book). Definitely worth trying if you are lucky enough to find it in your town.

kemoarps, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +0.3%

HumphreyLee, May 31, 2013
Photo of csmalley
3.75/5  rDev -6%

csmalley, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

tripledbrew, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mrcraft, Yesterday at 05:46 AM
Photo of BeersAndBears
4/5  rDev +0.3%

BeersAndBears, May 28, 2014
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.75/5  rDev -6%

J-Bonestradamus, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Dave1999
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle.

The appearance is a dark amber with a nice white head.

The smell is sweet, caramel, toffee and peppery spices. There's a little bit of alcohol as well.

The taste is sweet up, caramel and toffee like the smell, it finishes very bitter, with some pine and some citrus.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with medium carbonation.

A very nice barley wine, very bitter for the style but still delicious as expected from stone.

Dave1999, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of gmendez1122
4/5  rDev +0.3%

gmendez1122, May 03, 2014
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev +0.3%

bmurray10, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of TicoCali
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TicoCali, Feb 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ohtheguilt, May 11, 2012
Photo of T_Hass
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

T_Hass, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev +0.3%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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