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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

1,501 Ratings

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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 barczar
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a hazy deep copper with a billowing, frothy dark cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of thick lacing.

Sweet, brown sugary caramel malt, toffee, muted grapefruit, resin, and caramel form the initial aroma. Raisins, dates, and prunes add complexity.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of grapefruit pith, tart tangerine, and lime, with a fairly sweet, toffee malt backbone, finishing resiny and fairly bitter. Rum-soaked dates, raisins, and figs add complexity.

Body is full, smooth, and luscious, with modest carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Great contrast of sweet malt and bitter hops, with tart, fruity hop notes countering dark fruit nicely. It's a little hot and a bit bitter for my liking, but the other notes redeem it very well.

barczar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of zachattack555
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

zachattack555, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Sjameson92
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Sjameson92, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of stealth
4/5  rDev +0.3%

stealth, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of trdtercel92
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

trdtercel92, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Meyers1023, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Ngntjp, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -6%

thatoneguymike, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DutchcdnTEXAN, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Raziel313
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Raziel313, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ShriverMO
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ShriverMO, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of haggadah
5/5  rDev +25.3%

haggadah, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Andrew. 2006 Vintage.

A: Pours a semi-clear amber with a very thin (1/16-inch) white head with essentially dissapears and leaves a couple of spots of lace.

N: Loads of caramel and vanilla, sweet malts, slightly oxidized notes.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee, slight stale bread.

M: Semi-full body and light carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweet caramel.

O: The age on this makes it extra special. A treat.

wethorseblanket, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

BryantForestry, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

dbauer78, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

sillyhed8, Aug 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

joegard, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

2beerdogs, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Roguer, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

logicalparadox, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of ManFromMaine
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ManFromMaine, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jsausley
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass.

A: Dark and thick like a black coffee. Little bit of carbonation bubbles on the outside edge of the glass.

S: Rich and malty with a toffee and vanilla nose.

T: Very boozy, but not overpowering. Big chocolate and vanilla flavors. Malt body, no bitterness or hops apparent. Coffee, toffee and caramel in the middle and on the finish.

M: Smooth, rich and creamy. Very fun to drink. Silky.

O: A very cool, rich and heavy beer. Not something to drink lightly (no pun intended), but very, very good.

jsausley, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.