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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

1,501 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 42
Gots: 331 | FT: 24
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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Photo of Tonmeister
4.35/5  rDev +9%

Bottle onto Goose Island Glass

Appearance: Red, amber, white thick head at first, followed by a thin head.

Smell: Apple, sweet barleys, hoppy, fruity, sugary with a faint smell of alcohol.

Taste is bitter-sweet, with a hint of alcohol. Sugary, on the forefront and hoppy, citric bitter presence afterwords.

Mouthfeel: thick, bubbly. Highly carbonated.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers. It is very well balanced between the sweet barley wine and the hops. This is a beer that is definitely meant to be sipped on; no need to rush to drink it. The hop presence cuts through when the beer is at room temperature.

Tonmeister, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: dark red mahogany with 2 finger slightly off white head, intricate lacing

smell: herbal earthy hops, floral notes, sweet grapefruit, clementines

taste: sweet earthy bitterness, you can feel the warmth from the alcohol, but it's not too forward. Very sweet aftertaste that coats the tongue with a warm bitterness.

mouthfeel: average carbonation with a thick syrupy feel

overall: A great brew from Stone, this is a very hoppy sweet beer that is superbly balanced. A regular buy from them, if you're a fan of any of their IPA's you will love this.

Roman5150, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

EigenBeer, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JeffTheJuice, Jun 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Bauzen
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Dark copper in color.

Smells of strong malt, hops, and sweet caramel.

Flavor is hoppier than the smell would suggest. The ABV certainly aids the flavors along and gives the beer a flavorful bitterness. The sweetness doesn't last. In fact, it drinks more imperial-IPA-like than a Barley Wine. There's also an undeniable density to the brew. Carbonation makes it feel light, but it's anything but light. This is a serious beer, but the finish is refined, dry, and bitter.

Second to Stone's Enjoy by IPA, this is my favorite of their year-round offerings. It's potent and rewarding with every sip, a welcome variety from their bolder beers that can be hit-or-miss depending on what you like. Well done, Stone... Well done!

Bauzen, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ElijahRivera, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

pandow, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Algebrew
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%

Appearance: Poured a rich, dark caramel color (hazy) and gathered a foamy light tan head about two fingers thick. The head was very long lasting and left a sticky, crawling lace.

Smell: There is a strong, sweet malty presence accompanied be some toffee and a touch of that hop-scent.

Taste: The beginning hits with an empowering sweetness, very malty/fruity; the middle ties down the malts and the sweetness with a more subtle kick of hops (very Stone-like); the end leaves with a nice mix of the sweet beginning and the bitter overtaking, overall finishing off pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This brew was surprisingly thick (more accurately semi-thick.) The amount of carbonation helped its smoothness greatly. It finishes nice and dry.

Overall: The best Stone brew I've yet to try. It was subtly complex, but maintained a superior richness and quality to what it was try to perfect. An excellent brew by far.

Algebrew, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

chromeratt, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DenverBigRed, May 31, 2013
Photo of JustinAniello
3.63/5  rDev -9%

Ah, sitting down to enjoy my hundredth beer review on the site.

A - Pours reddish-brown with a two finger head that very slowly dissipates to a substantial cap and sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, resin, and caramel take up the scent, sweetness to it.

T - Dark caramel at first turning to heavy resiny hops on the swallow as expected from Stone. Alcohol shows through mildly in the aftertaste along with a smokiness, makes me think a little of scotch, definite numbing to the tongue after a few sips.

B - Medium body and carbonation, slightly syrupy. Oily feeling in the mouth after swallowing.

O - Overall a pretty good beer, especially if you are looking for one to sip through the whole night. Overly bitter in my opinion for a barleywine, would prefer more malt and fruitiness to show through. Would recommend for fans of Stone's other beers but would not be the first barleywine I would suggest.

JustinAniello, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

HumphreyLee, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TastefulNudity, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DruRho, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BRLockwood, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

dvanhandel, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ste5venla, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

JamesStreet, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ReeseMax3, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

PEIhop, May 26, 2013
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.