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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

1,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 338 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

DeanMoriarty, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

snailman22, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

nootch23, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

brewskis4drewski, Nov 18, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. 2011 vintage.

Pours a clear dark copper with just a fleeting white head that fades to a thin ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma really disappoints me. It is lacking nearly entirely giving off just a slight metallic note with some caramel and pine very distant in the background. Not sure if this is a product of the age but the aroma has really fallen off.

Thankfully, the taste is more substantial than the aroma. Sweet, bready grain along with a strong bitterness from piny hops. Strong wood notes along with some hints of sherry from what i presume to be some oxidation. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the finish but it is only fleeting leaving a pleasant warmth. Mouthfeel is silky and a bit sticky but not too sweet.

Overall, this barleywine has aged really well apart from the nose. The bitterness is still there but the aroma is lacking. Not my favorite barleywine but really good.

rangerred, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer out of a growler in a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a light copper hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma with a decent hop background..

T: Malty barley wine flavor with a caramel and hop background.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid barley wine – good flavors and aroma.

ckollias, Nov 17, 2013
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Ankur, Nov 15, 2013
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mmulebarn, Nov 15, 2013
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Hypersomnia, Nov 15, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a beautiful copper color into a snifter, with a quickly-dissolving head. Didn't have a really potent nose like I was expecting, but what I could pick out had some caramel elements. As for the taste, there was such a big hop presence that I couldn't get much from the grain profile. The hops felt like they were getting in the way, and what I could taste seemed ... stale. It was easy-to-drink, especially in terms of being high ABV, but only because it was thin and watery. While I recognize that American BW's are hoppier than their English counterparts, I didn't feel that the hops and grains played well together in this one.

yankeepride, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Segelstrom, Nov 12, 2013
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everlong353, Nov 09, 2013
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KevinDanger23, Nov 07, 2013
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JoeLacy, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pens1967, Nov 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

lehueve, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

DerrickW, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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dkw0063, Oct 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

server222, Oct 28, 2013
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,556 ratings.