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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

1,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 337 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Garlicjosh, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

excruciating_pastry, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ygtbsm94, May 17, 2012
Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RickS95, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TheBishopco, May 16, 2012
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

pmlondrigan, May 16, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

funkel81, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

alecvdpoel, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Kips, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

fenix1300, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

seeswo, May 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

OPBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ohtheguilt, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

6demonbag, May 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

RedDeath987, May 10, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Dark red clear body. One finger light khaki head. Moderate amount of lacing and retention.

S - Great balance between rich toffee malts and grapefruit hops. Caramel, pine, and some dark candied fruits.

T - Super smooth and sweet. Grapefruit and piney hops, vanilla, dark fruits, and rich toffee. Finish is a tad boozy with some faint bitterness. Chewy and smooth mouth feel.

O - Perfect example of an American barley wine. Loads of rich toffee and malt sweetness with just the right amount of citrus hops which lends a nice piney bite. Delicious and well priced.

davey101, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Yabev15, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

theminutemen, May 09, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Much sticky lacing, good lacing

S: Pine & grapefruit & much booze

T: Follows the nose, some pineapple, rich breadyness & dryness up front. Herbal hops, a touch of caramel & much dryness, plus grapefruit by the truckload & pinesap, plus a touch of booze warmth. Finishes piney with some herbal & woody hops

MF: Chewy as all get out, skews hoppy, but there's plenty of malt body there too, subtle moderate carbonation

Full fledged hop assault, this would be a great one to take the winter chill off, but is going down great on a spring evening. The ABV is fairly well hidden. A great American Barleywine for hopheads & the rest of us too!

russpowell, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

RollBeerTide, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BentLegBrewer, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ChopsMeister, May 07, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is pretty much everything i like in a barleywine. pours clear dark red with a tall off white head that hangs around a bit before fading out. smells like caramel, sweet desserty malts, and an uncommonly hoppy character. flavor is huge, sweet up front like molasses and brown sugar, hoppy like a big ipa on the back end, bitter and resinous. flavors of vanilla, candied orange peel, and alcohol dance in between. feel is great, full bodied and very strong, especially when it warms up. mild carbonation, but not too little. this is a great evening sipper. overall an excellent barleywine, complicated but approachable. i would highly recommend this to any lover of strong ales.

StonedTrippin, May 06, 2012
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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