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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

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,466
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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TheRicker

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-01-2012 21:56:34 | More by TheRicker
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

22 oz bomber, 2012 version, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with two fingers of thick beige head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells like a monster, I'm getting a pretty even mix of piney, fruity hops and sweet caramel malt and booze, all in pretty large and aggressive doses.

T- Follows the nose with lots of hop bitterness, citric and very piney, is followed up by loads of sweet caramel malt, nice bready texture, has a bitter finish of herbal hops with a bit of black pepper.

M- Full-bodied, thick but smooth and creamy, dry finish, very pleasant.

O- A very tasty barleywine, manages to keep huge flavors working together very nicely. I also tried pairing this with some Roquefort cheese and Old Guardian seriously rocked it, the beer's sweetness, caramel and some nutty flavors came out really well, while the cheese seemed to balance the hops and booze. I had a great time drinking this beer.

05-31-2012 07:38:38 | More by WillCarrera
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-28-2012 18:00:14 | More by dumptruck81
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bambam2517

Arizona

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-28-2012 05:40:54 | More by bambam2517
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Tunguska


4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-27-2012 21:34:51 | More by Tunguska
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

22oz bottle, 2012 edition.

deep copper in color, clear. 1/2" cream colored head. fades fairly quickly. fairly piney aroma, but mixed with some biscuit malt.

taste is much more hoppy and bitter that the smell. lingering earthy hop flavors. mouthfeel is a bit stickey. medium thickness & carbonation.

overall - maybe not as over the top as last year's version

05-24-2012 02:47:34 | More by jmdrpi
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scubahood

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-23-2012 11:29:50 | More by scubahood
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Rudy

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-23-2012 04:01:10 | More by Rudy
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FrankK

Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-22-2012 05:28:30 | More by FrankK
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-21-2012 21:28:22 | More by sailorastro
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-21-2012 18:47:34 | More by jnikkel
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elec

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-21-2012 02:02:03 | More by elec
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-21-2012 01:07:12 | More by Stockfan42
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-21-2012 01:04:29 | More by Oboogie
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-20-2012 03:22:31 | More by JohneHoodlum
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MaChiNe


3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-19-2012 15:28:13 | More by MaChiNe
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-19-2012 12:54:36 | More by redliner8
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Tumble

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-18-2012 21:24:33 | More by Tumble
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-18-2012 17:24:46 | More by Garlicjosh
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excruciating_pastry


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-18-2012 06:25:00 | More by excruciating_pastry
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-17-2012 16:27:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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RickS95

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

2012 Release

It's got that classic Barley wine murky look to it. Pours a dark amber with an almost milky quality to it. The head is thinnish and doesn't have much retention, but provides nice lacing.

No mistaking the smell as a Barley wine. It's all malted barley with a backdrop of citrus fruits. As it warms, there's a nice banana breadiness that comes wafting from the glass. If you stick your nose deep into the snifter, the alcohol will burn your nose.

If it's too cold, it's not a good taste, but as it warms, everything your nose picks up will find its way to the tongue. Mostly malt and resinous pine, with the citrus notes.

Pretty tame early on, but then everything hits you...the alcohol and the bittering hops. It's an aggressive beer and definitely a barleywine, but it goes relatively easy on the palate.

The first time I had this, I didn't care for it. But after a second bottle, it's very drinkable for the style.

05-17-2012 01:53:06 | More by RickS95
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-16-2012 04:33:10 | More by TheBishopco
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

2012 into a short glass. Deep amber to light red, creamy light tan/off white head. Completely transparent, little head retention. Very pungent aroma. Mostly pithy grapefruit hop aromas. Some sticky resin and a faint amount of caramel and toffee. The flavor brings more of the same. A huge amount of hops, grapefruit flavor, bitter citrus pith, and behind this there is that little bit of caramel flavor and toffee. The finish has a hint of sweet followed by all bitterness. Clearly a hop forward affair. Thick and rich mouthfeel, almost syrupy, which I like. I just have no idea why I always return to this style, I don't like it. But...this is a good interpretation of it.

05-16-2012 01:25:40 | More by pmlondrigan
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-15-2012 21:26:15 | More by funkel81
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.