Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2016) - Dry-Hopped With Pekko | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2016) - Dry-Hopped With PekkoOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2016) - Dry-Hopped With Pekko
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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2016) - Dry-Hopped With PekkoOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2016) - Dry-Hopped With Pekko

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
From time to time, we like to tweak the recipes of some of our most long-standing beers—like Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine—to create unique variations. This year we’re taking it to the next level by dry-hopping it with Pekko hops—a new varietal from Washington’s Yakima Valley—which in turn add notes of stone fruit, orange, lemon and mint to this bready, toffee-like beast of a beer.

75 IBUs

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of whatthehull
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass(all I had) from a 22oz bottle

A - lovely deep reddish copper, one finger off-white head and little to no lacing/legs

S - as an old guardian fan since day one, this has all the classic notes except a very sweet-citrus and in every awesome way over the top hop on the nose. Really nice. Very floral, citrusy and lots of island notes

T - old guardian with the same nose notes as taste. Impressive in every way. How in the world the nose and taste meet for a like minded handshake is beyond me. Very well done.

M - medium body (the hops give the body a lesser tone), well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a very nice sweet to hoppy finish

D/O - very refreshing, huge flavors and just nice all around. Really one of the better off-old-gaurdians there has been. Really like when they stick to a age old barley wine as they do but this one is absolutely perfect and close to over the top with out going outside the lines. Age-able, ready to drink and just plain awesome. Stone does it again!

Final thoughts - at $8 a pop and a nice 11% abv this one is ready to go and also ready to age. I would say that the fresh hops in the nose and taste may die out but none-the-less ready for both. Worth every penny and drop

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with an impressive three fingers of ecru foam on top; excellent retention and a nice pattern of Belgian lace; leggy, too

Smell: Powerful aromatics of apricot, pineapple, mango, lemon, mint and pine tones, underpinned by caramel and boozy aromatics

Taste: The mint is powerful, up front, and complements the apricot, pineapple, mango and pine tones; a big malt base, brimming with caramel buttresses the flavors, with lemon and orange flavors building, after the swallow; boozy and hoppy, through the finish, as only a Stone beer can be

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and full bodied; some warmth builds in the gullet

Overall: While I am not a fan of many of the Stone beers, I am a fan of Old Guardian as well as this variant; while I might be inclined to cellar the original, this version should be consumed fresh as I fear the minty element will fade

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/29/16Pours into a goblet a deep rich burnt orange infused amber with a half finger lighter beige head atop that clings to the glass as it settles into a frothy mass.Fruitiness in the nose with a decent amount of caramel malts,maybe a bit of toast wich comes into play more as it warms a little.Thick and chewy in the mouth with candied fruits and raisins being the main flavor component for me,the faint mintiness from the Pekko hops shows thru as does the stone fruit.It's got a sweet dough-like element to it but it never gets cloying,very interesting and very good.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my snifter the beer was a dark red/orange color with a small tan head.
Caramel and toffee aroma. Some earthy hops.
Ditto for the taste, but a little fruit in there too.
Smooth drinking, just a little on the hot side.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ledouge
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/ruby with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: An earthy, juicy, and fairly piney aroma of fruity hops and caramel malt. Tropical fruit hints of pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, and melon. Dank hop hints of pine resin, cannabis, and grass. Malt hints of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and toast along with yeast. Subtle hints of dark fruit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy big taste of ripe hops and caramel malt. Upfront tropical juicy hop notes of pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, and melon. Earthy and spicy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Good malt presence with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and toast with some yeast. Light undertones of dark fruit. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly sticky, chewy, and bitter. Some alcohol heat is felt but its not overly hot.

Overall: A really good twist on a classic Barleywine. Everything that's great about the original with some extra juicy hops.

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Photo of MJP77
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - nice to see an increase in the more esoteric Stone offerings making it up here to Alberta!

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves a broad swath of gaping cave mouth lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of doughy and pastry-like caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, concentrated orange juice, further muddled tropical fruit, a bit of that musty damp cellar thing, and some leafy, grassy, and herbal hoppiness. The taste is fairly sweet bready and doughy caramel malt, candied toffee, indistinct domestic citrus esters, some pineapple, lime, and melony kiwi exotic fruitiness, softly musty yeast, and more sassy 'n dank piney, herbal, and floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plain and merely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and surprisingly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess good to go from the outset. It finishes well off-dry, the large and in charge malt component contending with a pleasantly assertive guest hop character - herbal, fruity, and sort of dank.

Well, this side-step for the base Old Guardian comes off like your venerable and still very active Grandpa showing you this 'hip new song' that he's found, from a band that you yourself have never even freaking heard of. Yeah, it's pretty neat and all, but it makes you feel sort of funny (perhaps it's the basically undetectable 22-proof booze), and you kinda wish that things would return to normal afterwards.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap @ Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a tall snifter with a half-finger, sandstone head. The brew itself is hazy and auburn brown in color. Fair head retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - An odd, mostly floral aroma with faint citrus and some vague malty sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose in the floral character being the prominent flavor, though citrus notes are nearly as strong. Lesser malt flavors hit on light caramel and a bit of toast. A touch of raisin comes into play by mid-taste. Finishes with a bit of citrus pith, caramel and a faint, lingering astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation. Slightly sticky texture with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Good, but feels a bit confused. Frankly, I'd have trouble marking this as a barleywine if the style wasn't known to me before I started drinking it. It's drinkable, but nothing particularly seek-worthy, IMO.

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Photo of Skabiski
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The hops just get lost in here. There's a lovely, long bitter citrus finish. But the caramel malts are too strong up front and dominate the hops. I leave this beer without an idea of what Pekko hops are.

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Photo of starclimber
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much how I always wanted a barley wine to taste, and formerly been disappointed. Probably not the best pre-bike ride beverage choice, but I sure had a grin on my face as I threw a leg over. Don't try this at home, kids.

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Photo of Hoppedelic
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbuzz
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevlee722
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2016) - Dry-Hopped With Pekko from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 204 ratings