Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2003 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours out a clear red amber with a very thin head head. Not too smooth, not too bitter. This is a nice flavorful barleywine. Although for the price I was expecting the best barleywine on earth. This is not the best barleywine on earth, but it is quite good and worth tasting. I suspect that this brew will grow better with age. Double Bastard is much much better and cheaper, so I'll stick with that as my Stone brew.
02-08-2003 16:26:52 | More by scottum
4/5 rDev -6.5%
This was brought over by sheepnutz in a 22oz bomber bottle. We had this side-by-side with the 2004 version. Pours a red/copper color with a large head and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy (pine aroma) with some alcohol being obvious as well - there are some dark malts there too. The flavor is big. The alcohol and hops are strong and it has a very strong malt character. Well-crafted beer. I'd have this again anytime.
10-20-2004 15:17:40 | More by clvand0
4/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a clear light amber with a thin off white head that leaves a touch of lace. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with notes of caramel, apricot, pine, and some spice. Flavor is quite malty, with caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and a spicy bitter finish. Hops are pretty bold for a barley wine. Moutfeel is full, and somewhat oily and smooth. This is a very easy drinking beer, considering the high alcohol content.
02-23-2003 18:04:22 | More by zerk
4/5 rDev -6.5%
It's a pretty amber with a smallish head the disappears quickly. Sweet maltiness and pine needles come through in the smell. The taste becomes more complex as it warms, but it lacks the complexity and some of the spiciness of last year's version. Although I'm certainly no expert on cellaring, this doesn't seem like a beer that will hold up well over a long time. It's good now but may not hold up as well as a Bigfoot.
02-23-2003 22:20:25 | More by mickeymac
3.98/5 rDev -7%
When I opened this bottle of '03 Old Guardian a yeasty aroma came flowing out. Once poured it quickly faded. The beer is a nice clear copper color with a small beige head that quickly dissappears. A smell of caramel, hops, citrus and alcohol floats above the beer. Each sip begins with a strong caramel flavor that is quickly followed by a combination of bittersweet hops and spice. I think there's a hint of citrus in there as well. A mild alcohol taste is found at the end and stays behind for a little while.
This is a well balanced brew that hides the 9.91% alcohol very well. It's very drinkable with more flavors emerging at every sip as the beer warms in the glass.
03-04-2003 13:23:55 | More by WanderingFool
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
The appearance is a clear dark-amber copper color that invites you to drink it. It has a medium size head that quickly disapates into a light ring of foam. The smell is a little too sour for me but bitter. It has a sweet taste to start with that quickly becomes bitter and tart leaving the mouth dry. Overall a good beer with the only weekness of the off-sour smell, but once you get past that its great.
07-25-2003 03:22:19 | More by Elemental
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured a very red amber color, quite beautiful, with a thin foam head that stuck well. Left big stains of all sorts of shapes from the great lace. Smelled of big ass barley malt, almost cherry and certainly of caramel notes. The malt could be slightly grainy at time – a nice rough hewn touch, though. Eventually it opened to grapefruit notes. Tasted of an even and straightforward sweet barley malt flavor, and of course high alpha hops. A tiny bit spicy, it had some caramel tones swirling about and a creamy finish. Thin mouthfeel, so it drinks like a session beer.
Straight, simple, and solid, thus lacking the amazing complexity of many other barleywines. Good now but would strongly benefit from aging. Not everything Stone makes is perfect.
09-08-2003 15:22:47 | More by nomad
3.88/5 rDev -9.3%
Paid $4.79 for a 22 oz. bottle.
Pretty good barley wine, but not great. Good sweetness and malty hoppiness. There's a corky flavor in the back of this that I can't quite pinpoint. A bit cloudy in the glass. When Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is on the shelves, there's no contest, go with the SN!!!
04-22-2004 02:47:18 | More by benmiliron
3.85/5 rDev -10%
Limited winter '03 release, this ale pours a usual caramel brown color with a limited head that fades quickly but leaves a lasting, sticky lace. Caramel and spices confront you at the first smell, and a bit of alcohol. Starting with a big malt flavor, this beer changes with temp., as now that it has warmed, the alcohol and hops take over. Short, spicy mouthfeel, with limited carbonation, I now realize this will be unbelievable in a year or two. Too new, but as it warms becomes pretty good. Next review(or update) Feb. 04.
02-17-2003 15:55:25 | More by HopheadEd
3.8/5 rDev -11.2%
Clear copper color with a good head and some lace. Nose is malt and not much else. The finish is very slightly hoppy and goes real good with a mild cheese and wheat thins. This is a good, medium bodied barley wine, too bad it is $6.99 for a 22oz bottle.
03-07-2003 15:39:13 | More by jdhilt
3.8/5 rDev -11.2%
sampled with Unionmade and a whole buttload of indian cuisine.. i must first say this was the way to do it and a perfect beer pair for the spicy food.
pours a red ale-ish red. seriously strong lacing, double-fortified. lots of crater-strewn head that looks rather picturesque. this is a beautiful beer to behold. aroma is full of orangey maltiness.. vanilla cream and crystal goodness dominate the flavor. so three dimensional and able to cut through the indian food aftertaste like a knife. alcohol on this puppy, despite its three years of age, is hot as hell. this would be the perfect bottle on a cold winter's night.. sipping to last hours... however, on a hot july night, it didn't feel too wrong either.
07-04-2005 16:40:41 | More by goodbyeohio
3.78/5 rDev -11.7%
22 oz bomber served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet.
Appearance: Clear reddish copper topped by a thick and frothy tan head that quickly dissipates to a film, and subsequently to a ring. Incredibly dense lacing left on the glass. A beautiful sight.
Smell: Powerful smell of caramel and other sweet caramel malts. Golden raisins, peach, and honey aromas. Orangey pine scents as well.
Taste: Freeeyow, that hurts. A peppery, harsh, and bitter assault at first. Light caramel malt sweetness comes through eventually. Rough and brackish at times.
Mouthfeel: Viscous and heavy in taste and body. Aftertastes linger for eons.
Drinkability: Too rough at this point, IMHO, unless you like a burly barleywine. This sucker needs to guard the cellar for some more time. There are 2 more bottles in the cellar that are more than up for the job. Will get back to you on both of them. Bring on 2004!
11-18-2003 02:46:53 | More by ManekiNeko
3.58/5 rDev -16.4%
Served from a 22 oz bottle. Color is a nice orange/amber with a stiff but thin head. The remains through most of the drinking but thins to a lacy near the end.
Aroma offers a sour spice smell. Taste is sour and tangy without much of a finish. Overall the flavor is harsh in a bad way.
I tasted this along side a 2002 and a 2004 Old Guardian and this 2003 was my least favorite of the three.
08-09-2004 00:29:03 | More by BrewMaster
3.35/5 rDev -21.7%
I love Stone brews. Stone IPA is one of the greatest beers available and likewise all beers I've tried from them have been way above par. For some reason, this beer disappointed me. I love barely wines (Bigfoot 2004 and Old Numbskull I would recommend) but this one was difficult to drink. It had no specific flavor. Perhaps my expectations were too high. They all can't be winners.
12-30-2004 01:38:40 | More by drabmuh
3.25/5 rDev -24.1%
Appearance is a rather clear amber with a generous and beautifully laced off-white head, surprisingly big for a 10% beer. The aroma is very hoppy, citrusy but flowery, not so piney. A bit of alcohol is noticeable, especially as it warms where it seems to get a little thinner and more vinous with an almost grapey fruitiness. At cellar temperature, it had a flowery/peachy flavour profile with a creamy maltiness playing around with the big hops, warrior?
06-09-2004 04:30:52 | More by Rastacouere
3.1/5 rDev -27.6%
The beer pours a rich tawny amber, topped with a meager ring of head. The head dies out completely about halfway through the glass. Very attractive and potent looking.
Aroma is pretty much all hops. A very resinous bitterness wafts up, with some big malt, and a touch of alcoholic booziness poking through. I'm betting the IBUs on this are way up there. Very floral, with a citric, grapefruity hop aroma. A bit of graininess to the malts, lending an overall coarseness to the aroma, when coupled with the overwhelming hops.
The flavor starts out powerfully malty, which is effortlessly crushed almost instantly by an oily, resinous juggernaut of hops. Gigantic body, with a coarse, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Rindy citric hops up front, leading into a herbal pine flavor. Some fruitiness is buried beneath the bitterness, but mostly lost in the undertow. Big grapefruity hop finish, with a slick alcoholic warmth going down. Some grainy flavor pokes through in the finish. The beer is mostly an offering to the hop gods.
I think the beer will certainly be better with a few years aging, to let the hops tone down. Any subtlety within the flavor is completely blasted over at this point. Good, but pretty mediocre as far as a barley wine goes. I think drinkability will increase as the flavors tone down, but it's too coarse and rough hewn for me at this time.
09-22-2003 05:04:18 | More by UnionMade
2.53/5 rDev -40.9%
First of all I am not a fan of Barley Wine's by any means, but I will still give them a try.The appearance was that of a small sized ivory head with fine-medium sized bubbles that fully dissipated.The body was dense and there was some carbonation observed.The hue was copper and the nose consisted of malt, caramel and some fruitiness.The flavor was very hoppy and sweet tasting with a fore and aftertaste that lingered.It had a tingly and bitey mouthfeel and it was light bodied.The lacing was somewhat fair.
09-28-2003 03:06:20 | More by hotstuff
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2003 from Stone Brewing Co.
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