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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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1,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 42
Gots: 350 | FT: 29
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

stabbingcontest, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: THe beer pours a dark redish copper body with a thin tan head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: First thing that hits me is the strong caramel malt, almost smells like syrup with a tiny bit of alcohol thats pretty well hidden.

T: The beer isnt as sweet as I like in a barleywine.. I mean it is very sweet, but it quickly turns into a strong bitterness. I usually pretty sweet flavor all the way through. The beer actually has a little hop flavor as it lingers.

M: The beer is actually very smooth and has a nice fully body. There is also a good amount carbonation on the back of the throat as it goes down.

O: This is a pretty damn good beer from Stone.. for sure not their best, but for 7 bucks I really dig it. I am glad I got a few bottles of this.

gtermi, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

sliverX, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Grant35, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12packpoet, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale is a tasty barleywine without much in the way of unexpected flavour.

A: Red brown colour and a good 4 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Malty and a little oxidised with some hop aroma still evident. 4

T: Malty with sweetness and cardboard. Some burnt brown sugar in the finish. 4

M: Good carbonation. 4

O: 4

vandemonian, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

JPerruccio, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JALIEN, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

EricLander, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Hillbilly, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Bills453
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip glass

Appearance - cloudy red-orange color. Nice off white head.

Smell - very citrusy and sweet. Bit of hops aroma.

Taste - bitter, sour. Hoppy aftertaste, bot a sweet foretaste. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel - smooth

Overall - good offering of the style, but I have had better barleywines. For ex. Bigfoot.

Bills453, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

A-ronH, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bdn72, Nov 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Daaelar, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MarioM, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

shagal, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DoubleBastard, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

thebigredone, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

dwtyler, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan frothy head that reduced to a large puddle with a medium collar and had excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet bread malt, resin and pine hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange peel), caramel, dark fruit (raisons and prunes) and a pronounced alcohol odor.

The taste was malty sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruit up front, and then became very hoppy with a good strong citrus peel presence and an intense alcohol finish. The flavor lasted quite a long while following the swallow, with a bitter-sweet citrus peel alcohol taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that was just beyond medium.

Overall this was a very powerful tasting brew that possessed a nice hoppy sweet taste, although it was slightly overpowered by the high ABV...


KajII, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

nquigley16, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tleifj, Nov 10, 2012
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,584 ratings.