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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001 | Stone Brewing

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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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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 17
Photo of philipt
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cellared since release date.

A big, powerful, and wonderful beer. Exceptional aroma and taste. Pours red/copper in color, with a thick, sizeable, cream colored head (with a hint of orange color to it). Smells quite bready, cookie-like perhaps. Malt dominates the aromas, but there is just the slightest hint of alcohol. The taste is initially sweet, malty, and floral. Caramel and doughnuts come to mind. There also a very subtle tea like flavor to it. Slight alcohol spiciness, but not as much as expected. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the "Pre-Spring '01" release, and part of a great trade with Murph. Gorgeous medium-dark amber color, with a full, tan head and good lace! Strong nose, with dark fruit, raisiny notes, sweetness, alcohol and hops, too! Great mouthfeel; full, smooth, chewy! Malty sweetness along with the dark fruit flavors lead off. Feel the alcohol presence warm you on the way down your throat, and then the hops smack you upside the head to conclude things. Mmmm, good!

overall: 4.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I should preface by saying this beer is the 2001 edition.

This brew pours a hazy deep amber color with an orange tint. Head is minimal, but seems fitting for a sipping beer. Pretty malty nose for a barleywine. I do get some slight floral hop tones as well. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but I like it. Taste to start is a little medicinal. But that characteristic fades. The taste also has alcohol present at the begining, but that too fades. There's a great sweet caramel maltiness to this one. I get a nice lingering bitterness. The more I work my way through this brew, the more I like it. It seems to become more drinkable (less alcohol). By the end of my drink I am scavenging for more and offering my brother money for the rest of his, but he's not taking. At this point I have come to the conclussion that this is one outstanding brew.

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Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

White grapes, and sweet sugar on the nose...peach in color..slight lace..some alcohol hits buds along with a hidden forest of hops..sweetness (licorice) dominates palate,but very very balanced..husky spicy hops linger on the finish...easy drinking and beautifully balanced heavyweight..

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2001 from Stone Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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