Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001 | Stone Brewing

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001
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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 03-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2001 vintage. The beer was an orange-ish color with an off white foam head. The aroma was light and consisted of pine hops and a light sweet maltiness. The flavor was really smooth. No sense of the ABV at all. The taste whisks you into a slippery slope of sweet caramel malts and slight dark fruitiness. What was once a sharp pine hop bitterness has mellowed to allow the sweeter pine hop flavor to come on out. Very nice. I wish I had the fore thought to let a couple of these '01 bombers age. I just drank as I bought 'em.

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Photo of Denali
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Appearance: Opaque amber with thick tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt and slight citrus.

Taste: Very sweet malt flavor up front mixed with hop bitterness. Sour apple taste comes in next and then rolls back into the sweet malt flavor and hop bitterness flavors. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with tingly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very strong. A sipping beer.

Comments: Quite enjoyable. Very strong – started feeling the alcohol ½ way through my glass.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer with one of the most beautiful looks ever produced in a brew. The look is a ruby-hued deep amber with a lovely tan head that laces with a vengeance. The aroma is solid, mixing portions of heavy caramel malt, pine and citrus hops, and the alcohol that is a major part of the mix.

The taste is so much better than most barley wines, a style of which I am particularly leary because of the heavy body and hammering alcohol content. This one, however, gives you asense of well being as it wraps the hops around that malt/alcohol combo and creates a lighter sense and feel. But this is big beer and one to be respected. The drinkability is higher than normal for this style, but still limited by its potency. Use caution!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- about a 1/4" light tan head. A cloudy amberish body with brown in it also (not as much as the 2000). Bit of a whitish color and head sticking to side a bit.
S- Big malts with a strong alcohol in there. A sharp alcohol smell. Maybe some light citrus hops with some grass or pine ones in there too. Has the dry bitter hop smell. A bit of fruits too. Big strong aromas.
T- Big strong alcohol flavors that really cut through everything else. Must be one of the harshest OG's. Malts also come through but not as smooth and caramely as the 00. More of a citrus flavor in this one. Some strong harsh fruits mixed with the alcohol. Has a underlying bitterness that comes through just a tad more than the 00 also. Still has a nice caramel malt but its like a diet caramel (not as strong and not as much flavor). Still a very sweet brew. As it warms the caramel malts come through a bit more and make for a more sweet liquid caramel for all the other flavors to glide on top of.
M- Full body. Sticky and a bit cloggy. Low carbonation.
D- The 2000 OG was better. I'm not sure if this would get better with age or if its just the way the brew is. Still a fine brew just if I had the choice I would go with a 2000.

Note: I just read the back of the bottles after drinking most of it. I just found out that it is the same recipe as a 2000. Hard to believe trying these pretty much one after another. If you have a 2001 I would HIGHLY advise holding on to it til 2007-2008. It will make this pretty darn good barley wine go into probably the best barley win you have tried.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, this is a very pretty ale. Rich ruby-hued mahogany with a beige head of variously sized bubbles. The aroma of malt, alcohol and hops is fairly potent at first pour and remains faintly throughout. The sweet caramel-like malt makes for a full rich body. There are plenty of hops to enjoy. Grapefruit and piney bitterness is tempered lightly by the candy sugar sweetness. The presence of alcohol esters lasts throughout. This is not a subtle beer and perhaps not the best choice for drinking on this warm summer evening. I’ll try it again on a snowy winter's night in front of the fireplace.

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Photo of Loki
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Christmas 2002 special release sampled from a 22 oz bottle.

Poured a burnished copper color for a nice thick head. Left a decent amount of lacing, but nothing to get excited about.

Aromas of estery alcohol, sweet cookies, grapes, barley, spice, and hops and then some more hops.

The back label says that this year they skipped the Tomahawk hops and used only Guardian hops. Well I had never experienced Warriar hops before and let me tell you they are fierce. The first taste is sweet with grapes, barley, and malt. Then the hops and the alcohol kick your teeth in. Completely unbalanced and a bit rough. The alcohol and hops just wreckshop in the mouth. It was good, but wild like an untamed horse. You could see the promise, but I knew this beast was too much for me. Maybe I'll try to ride it again in a few years when it has calmed a bit. Or maybe I'm not man enough for this brew.

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Photo of Roth_Daddy
1/5  rDev -76.8%

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001 from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 17 ratings
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