Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.84/5 rDev -3.8%
Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early March for $5.99. Bottled on 2/7/14.
Beer poured chestnut with a nice white head.
Nose is citrus booze with a big malt base.
Taste is zesty hops up front, big malt base, a bit uneven but tasty.
Mouthfeel is huge, full and smooth.
Overall this is quite a booze bomb, lively hops make things interesting. Looking back at prior Guardian reviews i can tell my palate has change as has the offerings out there. This is a good beer, worthy of a shot for the price. Give it a try if you like big hoppy beers.
05-24-2014 01:21:15 | More by arizcards
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.
08-13-2014 03:21:59 | More by barczar
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from 750ml 2012 vintage bomber into a heavy chalice glass. Pours amber/orange appearance with a froth off-white head that slowly thins out into nice lacing throughout. Aroma portrays a clean hop bitterness with pine followed by raisin, a bit of toffee, and light sweet malt. Taste is clean hop bitterness and spots of pine followed by a strong bitterness with raisin, plum, and a bit of heat in the back finish. Mouthfeel is thin-bodied and crisp up front. A nice example of a barleywine, but a bit too hoppy (which exemplifies what Stone truly stands for in their beers).
04-12-2012 19:11:43 | More by CuriousMonk
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this on 2012-03-08 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge
A - Pretty clear mahogany with 1/4-finger off-white head and light lacing.
S - Mild dark fruit, brown bread and hop floral. Not very strong.
T - Rich malt body with some caramel, raisin, earthy spice, touch of pepper, pine, grapefruit juice and rind. Fairly sweet but the alcohol helps to balance this. Aftertaste remains sweet, peppery, very spicy with lots of rind bitterness. I like the flavor.
M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Prickly and lightly oily.
O - Very good. Plenty of interesting flavors. Reminds me of a triple IPA.
03-09-2012 18:19:09 | More by Tucquan
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
A finger of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma is nice with caramel and lemon coming through; and touch of bread.
The taste is good with a hidden boldness: lemon bitterness, caramel and bready sweetness; great balance and drinkability.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
One of the most drinkable barleywines that hides its high ABV well.
03-29-2013 00:01:57 | More by Fatehunter
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
Pours a gorgeous dark copper light amber color with some awesome ruby hints and hues. The head is nice and at about 0.5 inch recedes at a moderate pace to a nice thing film and then to a nice sticky ring.
Sweet malty notes to start off with some intense molasses, nice caramel notes. Some slight brown sugary notes are present as well. There is also some nice resiny hop notes with some pine and slight sweetness in there as well. The nose is definitely more in the malt and caramel realm. Nice boozyness is also perceived.
Now the hops definitely speak up in the taste. Starts off with some intense citrus notes and some real piney notes as well. There is definitely a big booze note to the beer and some heat. However the hops help to offset this a bit. There is also tons of caramel and sweet malt notes in the flavor as the nose indicates. Pretty intense flavors overall but well done. The mouthfeel is silk and oily with some lower carbonation that helps to accentuate some of the intense malt and hop notes.
Good brew by Stone. I think the hop heavy recipe is a step in the right direction for this years release.
02-27-2012 01:09:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.23/5 rDev +6%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent one finger of off white head that dissipates into a small patch. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweet caramel malts with a good hint of toffee. Hints of bananas and some citrus fruits. Light presence of earthy hops and some sugar. The sweet malts and caramel stand out the most here with the hops being fairly subtle. Alcohol is pretty faint.
Taste: The hops come out a lot more in the taste. Sweet malts with plenty of caramel and toffee. Hints of banana and a little sugar. A good amount of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange. Also a hint of apple. Pretty juicy with a nice kick of bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy and moderately sticky. Alcohol heat is pretty moderate.
Overall: A very good American Barleywine. Full juicy flavor and pretty smooth for the ABV.
02-26-2012 07:05:34 | More by MattyG85
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
22 oz bottle purchased for $5.99 - 2013 Vintage.
Appearance - caramel and burnt like fall leaves with a finely laced and dense head that dissipated quick.
Smell - banana, caramel, nougat, melon and citrus.
taste - alcohol, sweet caramel, backed up by a good amount of bitterness, kind of a fruity note in the swallow.
mouthfeel - very carbed and perhaps a bit too much for the style - full, thick beer.
Overall - pretty well done, but it doesn't quite hold a candle to Bigfoot. If you have one I'd recommend aging. It isn't super hot, but it would be a lot better in say 2 years.
05-11-2013 01:12:37 | More by Herky21
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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