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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Ratings: 1,831
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 64
Gots: 457 | FT: 33
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smerrell on 02-18-2012

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Ratings: 1,831 | Reviews: 267
Photo of Ducksnbucks
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved the hell out of this beer! Pineapple forefront with vanilla after notes. Smelt and felt refreshing!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

Pours a hazy amber, inch of yellowish white head is pillowy and retains well. Eventually dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of buttered bread, apples, fresh piney hops, and maple.

Flavor is of maple and honey malts, buttered toast, apple, and a piney floral hop finish. Some woody and nutty undertones.

Body is medium to full, viscous, with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Very good Barleywine, not as hoppy as a lot of American styles, but hoppy enough to balance out the heavy malt. Overall very balanced, very good flavor and aroma. Worth seeking out.

Photo of JTbrue
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'14 vintage on tap at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. L: Great color, a little hazy but the orange-dark red-brownish color with an off-white head is really doing it for me. S: more booze than I expected considering there's not too much in the taste for an 11%, big hops, big caramel-candi-dark fruit smell. T: Well it's a Stone beer... Perfect hop balance and flavor from beginning to end. The malt flavors are there too, along with dark fruits and a little caramel. Very little alcohol- big plus for me with a barleywines. F: heavy bodied, not too much carbonation which I like with my barleywines. Incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable. O: living in Southern California, I am always hesitant to say that I love Stone beers considering how huge they are nationwide, but they continue to come out with beers that are just fantastically well made. This is one of them, especially after a year when you get that hop flavor and the bitterness has died down a bit. Really tasty, very drinkable, overall a really good beer.

Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay American Barleywine. Not as good as SN Bigfoot or Anchor's Old Foghorn. Very sweet with a strong boozey finish.

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first barleywine and I think I'm hooked. Thank you may I have another

Photo of justjonas
2.42/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Def not a fan. Tasted like old malt bomb of an imperial ipa way past its prime. Smelled much better than it tasted.

Photo of Brittonnash
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really good. Awesome taste. Sweet and sour.

Photo of Hopped_head
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best barely wine I've had all year

Photo of kborning
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 is good but obviously needs to age.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Wow, this beer pours beautifully. Poured a deep ruby color. Great head potential, especially considering the ABV. Forms a finger and a half of dense, slightly off white colored head. Decent head retention. Spotty lacing.
S - 2.75 - Not sure what up with mine, had the peach, toffee and caramel smells I expected, but there was a distinct and strong metallic aroma.
T - 3.75 - Good, not great. Slightly sweet peach upfront, followed by a malty bitterness. Lots of boozy alcohol. You could do better with a Barleywine, but also a lot worse.
F - 3.50 - Medium bodied mouthfeel, expected something a bit more creamy and slick.
O - 3.75 - As I said before, it's a good barely wine, but you could do better in my opinion. Didn't live up to what I expected, but was good nonetheless.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013. Have another in the cellar.

Photo of Nevbo
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is NOT for the amateur beer drinker. Viscous, rich, and buttery. Hints of apricot and honey. Very interesting

Photo of AlaskanYoung
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Great flavor. Try it

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle kept chilled for 2 years. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of ER527
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Release aged 2 years, absolutely amazing with age.

Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite a papaya-like colour, Old Guardian looks as rigid as the marble gargoyle on its label. My LED desk lamp may light up the beer but there's no way it's getting through it; turns out even pale amber beers can be opaque. There's not much head but I suppose that's to be expected.

This 2008 vintage smells every bit as sweet (figuratively, though also a little bit literally) than ever. Nearly 7 years in the cellar has only turned this into more of a honey pot of rich, nutty, buttery fruit. Loads of fresh mango, dried apricot, as well as pine resins abound.

Barleywines are something of an anomaly insofar as they can be ultra-malty and simultaneously rich and resiny with hops. This is full of both sticky and tropical flavours; it tastes like caramel coated pineapple or toffee-laced grapefruit. Neither sweepingly bitter nor sweet, this blends the two in a perfect marriage with an abundance of delicious nuances and just a pinch of spice.

Most seductive as always is the texture of Old Guardian. Dried and honeyed orchard fruits promptly excuse themselves on the finish, parting way for leafy-bitter, herbal notes of pine, spruce, and strongly-steeped chamomile that mingle with lasting impressions of toffee, marmalade, and wildflower honey. It has the components to be a powerhouse but is not.

Old Guardian is seemingly immortal - if not the beer itself then certainly my enjoyment of it (not to mention the fond nostalgia of vintages past). If my cellar consisted of just one brand it'd probably be this one. To my knowledge there is no liquid better suited to moments of quiet reflection. This was an early favourite of mine and one that I continue to return to year after year.

Photo of merock1402
2.57/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I am just not a fan of Barleywine. Sorry

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Dirty brown body with a surprisingly foamy tan head. Aroma is of sweet malt, green raisins and a bit of caramel. Flavor is on par for the style, sweet caramel, toasted malts, a dash of dried fruit. Full bodied with medium carbonation. This one is a good example of the style and has held up very nicely after a few years.

Photo of BeerNW
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2012. This beer ages very well.

Photo of IAmLegend1623
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer doesn't kid around. As always, there's an intense flavor and great body.

Photo of ARico77
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic barleywine. Great hop flavor and malt balance. Looks great, great head retention. Another great beer from Stone.

Photo of Flashy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Purchased in Vermont, $8 for a bomber. One of the finest, and most readily available American Barley Wines out there. Like with most Stone products- the price and quality are right.

Photo of Smidge
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%

2014 enjoyed on 12-4-14 so hoping it gets better.

Photo of Furlinator
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%

2012 vintage.

Pours a hazy copper. The 1/2 inch khaki head fades to a thin cap on top and leaves very faint lace. There is visible floating sediment.

The smell is of toasted bread, caramel, toffee and faint booze.

The taste roasted malt, biscuit bread, toffee and a hint of booze.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

A solid caramel malt heavy barleywine.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 release

Appearance: A cascading bubble show produces a massive head that perches above the copper colored liquid; loads of foam clump on the side of the glass

Smell: A beguiling blend of caramel, toasted bread, piney hops and pith

Taste: The toasted bread and caramel create a massive first impression, with the pine, pith and outright bitterness building into the middle; the hops continue to assault the palate through the finish, though the malt bill refuses to retreat and battles to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: The thing I most dislike in many of the Stone hopped out beers (their assertive stickiness) is quadrupled in Old Guardian yet I find myself quite enjoying this bottle; though I am more a fan of English barleywines than their American counterparts, I have to say that this is a first class interpretation of the latter style

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,831 ratings.