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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

1,421 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,421
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 41
Gots: 304 | 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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brenjames

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-22-2012 16:31:28 | More by brenjames
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colforbin73

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-22-2012 03:54:49 | More by colforbin73
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-22-2012 00:50:28 | More by DrFunkenstein
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-21-2012 20:56:12 | More by IpeeA
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-21-2012 03:59:57 | More by Snellgg5
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QuantumPint

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release from a bomber. Poured into CCB snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, deep amber. Thin head which dissipates quickly.

S: Smells like bread pudding. Raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg reign.

T: Again bread pudding and the aforementioned ingredients. Boozy late and on the finish.

M: Still comfortably crisp, with enough carbonation to give it a pleasant feel. Finish is surprisingly dry.

O: Solid brew. I would definitely drink this again. I'd love to try it with a bit less than 4 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:35:16 | More by QuantumPint
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FeliciousDoyle

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-20-2012 05:19:11 | More by FeliciousDoyle
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sparx1100

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-19-2012 03:12:55 | More by sparx1100
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

04-19-2012 02:00:46 | More by CEDAMA
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-19-2012 01:21:40 | More by kevgod
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stevec32

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-18-2012 23:03:13 | More by stevec32
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

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

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2012 release

Pours a clear copper color with a nice two finger head that had good retention. Eventually the head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

There is something odd about the aroma. Sort of smells like an orange cream soda. A cream soda with a bunch of booze in it. More citrus and grassy hops along with caramel malt.

The flavor just does not feel deep to me. The alcohol comes on too strong, too soon. Just not able to savor the malt and hop flavor. Bitterness is high with citrus, grassy flavors. Some toffee malt as well.

Good body and carbonation. Enjoyable, smooth texture.

This beer, like a few other Stone brews, would benefit greatly from some age. A couple of years from now, this beer could be excellant. As it is now, just too hot.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 22:07:24 | More by morimech
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-18-2012 18:29:45 | More by HamGlade10
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mdimeglio

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-17-2012 22:04:38 | More by mdimeglio
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davidtarantino

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +19%

04-17-2012 20:14:20 | More by davidtarantino
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-16-2012 12:46:22 | More by kaelingirl
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-16-2012 03:06:19 | More by ralphw56
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-15-2012 22:53:11 | More by antoines15
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steelerguy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, large off white head, a good bit of carbonation for a barley wine keep the head tall for awhile.

S - Lots of malt in this bad boy, you get hints of toffee, but the aroma is about the hops...earthy and citrus.

T - Starts off with a lot of malt, sweet toffee and some slightly toasted malts. The resinous hop character then comes on with citrus quickly followed by a good bit of alcohol flavor. This barelywine is young and does not come close to hiding the fact that it is 11%...some more age would help smooth it out. End with a bitter bang of hops.

M - Full bodied beer, the alcohol and carbonation help keep it from being overbearing, but this is a sipper regardless. Ends with quite a bit of alcohol warmth.

O - This is good American Barleywine that would certainly improve with some aging. Lots of good flavors and qualities that would meld together and round out over time.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 21:50:45 | More by steelerguy
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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-15-2012 19:58:55 | More by kew
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nrombes

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-15-2012 01:08:06 | More by nrombes
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mrelizabeth

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-14-2012 21:50:07 | More by mrelizabeth
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rrryanc

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-14-2012 16:43:17 | More by rrryanc
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-14-2012 16:37:36 | More by cdwil
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,421 ratings.