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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

1,390 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 40
Gots: 298 | 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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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +19%

03-09-2013 01:31:06 | More by MaineBrewing
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switzer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-08-2013 23:20:06 | More by switzer
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-08-2013 14:51:54 | More by buzzy
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2013 03:44:01 | More by tripledbrew
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toffee-coloured ESB kind of hue. Head is off-white, loose threads, not much left. Lace is alright. Looks OK.

Smell is lovely, caramelly toffee and sweet. Buckwheat, a touch of port and salted caramel above all else. Bit of solvent is a slight glitch, but otherwise very pleasant indeed.

Taste gets more of that caramel than all other flavours, but lots more as well. Bit of figgy richness, buckwheat again, some slight herbal hopping and some metallic notes. Bit on the heavy/sweet side, so not for every day, but it was always going to be. Still lots to like here.

A little flat and very syrupy texture. Could use something maybe to dry it up at the back, or more hops to cleanse.

Big, sweet beer. Nice, but could use a bit more on the balance side perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 03:39:34 | More by laituegonflable
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date.

Deep reddish amber, epic lacing. Minty spicy hops, ripe melon, caramel, broth and esters permeate the nose. Creamy, smooth, boozy and full bodied. Intense, bitter, bready, toasted grain, caramel, ripe fruit, hay and tangerines on the tongue. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

Powerful and bold and very enjoyable to sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 05:05:42 | More by Jason
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Dwtucker90

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-06-2013 05:03:51 | More by Dwtucker90
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. 2012 release.

A - Pours a hazy ruby gold color with a wispy one-finger off-white head. Nice lacing of tiny bubbles all around the glass.

S - Big heady aroma of toffee, butterscotch, caramelized cotton candy, and pine.

T - Matches the smell almost exactly with big toffee/butterscotch sweetness upfront. In the mid-palate the taste take a 180 degree turn with a huge blast of piney/sprucy hops and hop alpha acids. Extremely rich flavors. The mid-point in the transistion between the intensly sweet and intensely bitter is divine. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - Full bodied. Low carbonation. Together this makes for good drinkability for small sips. Just a little oily.

O - A great American barleywine. Love the hop profile in this one, which blends perfectly with the extreme maltiness. Just excellent all around. Why aren't I drinking this more often?? I can remember drinking a "current" version of this one around 2011, and it wasnt nearly as sweet; I think the 9-11 months of aging really did this one some good!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 04:15:21 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Phather

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-05-2013 14:09:49 | More by Phather
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obrike

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bomber at Round Rock Specs just a few days ago.

Pours a deep ruby with a some dark honey/brown. Pour leaves a one finger off white head that dissapates fairly quickly. Lovely looking brew...only thing keeping it from a 5 for me is the lack of significant lacing.

Getting a ton of sticky sweet malts, some pine and citrus...and a booze burn. Big booze burn.

Nice mix of bitter, sweet carmel covered hops and sugary malt. The sweetness is there, but mix of hops and alcohol make for an interesting, bold take on the style. Certainly a sipper as the 11% will sneak up on you quick.

Another Stone beauty here...not one for the masses, but certainly a brew for people looking to enjoy a very well crafted Big Bad-ass American Barleywine
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Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:04:51 | More by obrike
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chambeam

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-05-2013 00:04:28 | More by chambeam
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nzerbe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-04-2013 09:19:36 | More by nzerbe
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Cerveza

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-04-2013 07:32:29 | More by Cerveza
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Nocontrol1977

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-04-2013 04:07:40 | More by Nocontrol1977
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Morockm

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-04-2013 01:34:40 | More by Morockm
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-03-2013 21:33:48 | More by Axnjxn
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Punisher

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-03-2013 20:03:47 | More by Punisher
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VikingsFan1215

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-03-2013 19:59:33 | More by VikingsFan1215
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A two year vertical (and horizontal with the current oak-smoked Guardian)
2013: Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours an orange-copper amber with a thin, patchy off-white head forming an almost perfect clover shape in the glass with a ring around the glass with light lacing. Surprisingly mild aroma of caramel malt, pine hops and grain alcohol. Flavor follows aroma with caramel malt, great piney and citrus hops, a bit of dark fruit. The hops dominate the finish, leaving a pleasant pine bitterness. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice hoppy American style barley wine.

2009: Also poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours an orange-copper amber with a thin off-white head formed a thin persistent film and ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and a hint of sherry oxidation. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark fruit and mild grassy hops. Nicely integrated and the alcohol noticeable on the fresh Guardian is now well covered. Medium bodied with only a suggestion of creaminess (unusual for a barley wine aged this long). This has held up very well and definitely mellowed with the flavors and alcohol melded very well. Hops are muted, but identifiable. This will absolutely stay in my cellaring cycle, but scores about the same as the fresh one; the fresh shows brighter, spicier hops, but the alcohol is more noticeable. The older one is more muted in flavor, but more balanced and less boozy tasting.
Scores are almost identical, but the 2013 gets a half point off for being rather muted. Total score here is for the aged one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:41:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color is slightly hazy copper-gold. The little carbonation in the pour dissipates after a couple minutes. The slightly bronzed head, which is thin and full of small bubbles, pours to two fingers but settles to less than a half.

Smell: It is a sweet and rich smell with definite alcohol in the nose.

Taste: This one starts out a bit tame, actually, with a very sweet kiss at the tip of the tongue and a warming in the middle. At the end, though, you might be swerving homeward with the lingering sensation of citric bitter. It's a good taste, but leaves you a little forlorn. What a lot of emotion in this outwardly-sweet looking beer.

Mouthfeel: It is a thick beer, not super slippery. It is almost edible. You could take a bite, maybe.

Overall: Wowzers. The barley wine-"style" means maybe a lot more hops than a barleywine. It is a good thing Stone Brewery exists in the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:52:32 | More by MrJolly
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

03-02-2013 22:23:42 | More by troegaarden
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-02-2013 21:11:46 | More by codynevels
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wbischof

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-02-2013 15:30:54 | More by wbischof
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slim2043

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-02-2013 14:46:32 | More by slim2043
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Jave

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-01-2013 22:31:09 | More by Jave
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.