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

1,621 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 354 | FT: 30
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

450ml glass, at Craft Beer Market - this is the 2014 edition, and after looking this one up on here, it was never more apparent to me that some people either just can't read, or are indeed not worthy.

This beer appears a fairly hazy, dark bronzed amber colour, with one flabby finger of densely foamy, slightly bubbly, and generally creamy ecru head, which leaves a broken wall of sagging paint job lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of thick, viscous caramel/toffee malt, a subtle treacle sweetness, sharp orange, grapefruit, and aged lemon citrus, plum, prune, dark cherry, and fig fruit, and a further bit of earthy, leafy, and certainly perfumed bitterness. The taste is again quite malty upfront, with a hefty dose of nougaty Mars Bar on top of the 'standard' caramel, toffee, and vanilla players, which all seems overwrought, until the big C hops (and their friends) come bursting onto the scene - pine and citrus detritus everywhere, my oh my. While my palate acclimatizes, some boozed-up black fruit, in a kind of Eastern European cake format, closes things out.

The carbonation is more or less just supportive, barely a whisper of fizz to be found here, the body a solid as a rock medium-heavy weight, and way smoother than anything this heady, hoppy, or boozy should be. It finishes still sweet, of course, as this sort of malt isn't quite that forgiving.

Yeah, this is exactly what I thought my exposure to Old Guardian might be - huge, on every side and vector of the beer spectrum. Stone does not disappoint, providing a tight package of high-test goodness, one which taken in larger doses, will certainly get you tight in your unworthy drawers.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bottle (2009 vintage)

Lets play a game called the waiting game. I didnt mind this fresh, but aged... That is another story. This is the 2009 edition that I am currently enjoying. Yeah, I am boring you, time for the brew! This Gargoyle pours pretty! Deep copper body with light golden blonde hues. Nice white soapy lacing. This beast looks outstanding!

The aroma has notes of oxidation, wet cardboard with an underlaying caramel and toffee. They seem to stretch out first and hit the nose hairs first. On the backend seems to be a bleachy aroma that fades fast to some green apple skin. I am not joking its there. Yet to me that adds some complexity to the aroma.

The flavor is the justifying agent, so what does the tastebuds have to say? The flavor is fine! Its shooting forth notes of caramel sweetness that lays forth sherry notes of toffee and fruits. So I guess some oxidation is proven in the flavor. Yet, its not as off-putting as the aroma describes. Then the apple skin flavor pulls forth after the swallow that leaves an earthy bitter tobacco aftertaste. This finishes sweet and bitter with a subtle dryness that leaves you satisfied. This brew feels is light on the palate with boring carbonation.

Overall: I would like to have a Verticle with all the vintages. Yet right now, I know it ages with the best of them. If you like oxidation in your brew. The age of this brew has hidden the high gravity of the brew, yet it's oxidation pulls forth some favorable characteristics. Sherry notes I like, yet the wet cardboard and bleach in the aroma is a bit of a let down, not by much though. The rest of the flavor of the brew is a win for me! So I guess its not a total loss at all to age one of these buggers. Now I have to see how a fresh one tastes. Blah, blah, blah! This brew is Recommended!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Almost a gritty quality to it, this is a 2012 bottle. Very sweet, almost caramel flavor. Leaves a very heavy alcohol, bitter flavor. Would exactly call this highly drinkable, but not a bad beer. Would be interested to see what a couple more years would do, maybe help mellow it out a little

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.