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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.26%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Wildman on 01-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
290
Reviews:
239
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Photo of bosco7
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown with sticky tan head.

Toffee, brown sugar, raisins, caramel, and earth in the nose.

Complex sugar and malt flavors throughout the entire experience. I pick up on toffee, bread pudding, raisin, some vanilla, unrefined beet sugar. Some hops hidden in there as well. Bitterness is high even after a little under a year of age.

Nice little barley wine, I prefer it fresh and rough around the edges though. Alcohol is not apparent as one might think. Recommended.

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Photo of jdklks
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

filled a growler at stone last saturday night. pours beautifully, with a murky dark orange body and an orange-ish white head. smells of everything you want a barleywine to smell like, though the scent is not as strong as one would want it to be. very sweet and citrus fruity. great.

wow. the flavor is truly exceptional. all of the flavors have developed into a mellow complexity that just works. the over-bearing hoppiness characteristic of fresh old guardian has finally settled into its place among the other flavors. fruity (oranges, apricots, grapes) and sugary, which adds up to a great sweetness that is put in check by what is left of the bitter hops. all of this is complemented by a perfect alcohol presence that is as subtle as the rest of the beer, and only adds to its greatness.

mouthfeel is a little lighter than i would like it to be, and it has lost perhaps a little too much carbonation. the drinkability is scary, especially at 11.26%

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Photo of dbalsock
2.97/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Pours a darkish amber, but lighter than I expected, with about an 1/2 finger of head and medium lacing.

Smell: Pineapple... and brownsugar... pretty nice.

Taste: Again the pineapple, but it takes a step back and lets in some hops and more brown sugar, as well the alcohol. A hint of cherries comes through, but a barrage of hops lets me know they're in charge.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter, and very sharp hoppiness with intense alcohol. It wasn't terrible, but it definitely wasn't up to par on the palate.

Drinkability: I found this way too intense and needs to mellow. I probably wouldn't try the 2007 for another year.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle with the early 2007 release on the front. Mountain of head and good carbonation released fruity notes from the start. Heavy yet smooth flavor of dried friut, prune like taste. Alcohol very noticeable still very warming are I sip. Appearance is deep copper red color. The age has mellowed this only a bit. I am guessing it could still sit for a few more years.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Caracole tulip glass
Decanted @ 50 degrees

A - Clear ruby brown with a nice one inch light tan head with varied bubble size. Leaves a smooth and full coat of lacing upon tipping. Slow moving carbo bubbles work their way to the surface.

S - Sweet dark fruits (raisin stands out) with a spicy alcoholic vibe that only increases upon warming. Aside from the sweetness, its not incredibly malty, nor do the hops stand out. Nicely balanced.

T - Overall taste is rich, with a cloying sweetness that refreshes your dark fruit quota and adds a nice complementary drying effect. Some alcohol resides at the end as well, especially as this beer warms.

M - Moderately carbonated with a smooth alcoholic bite. Smooth overall however, making this mouthfeel rather enjoyable.

D - Looking forward to cracking one open a year or so down the road, as this one was tasty but a little hot in terms of alcohol.

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Photo of sethmeister
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz into goblet at just below room temperature.

Deep red with tan head, small amount of lace. Head completely disappears.

Nose of pineapple, brown sugar, pine and rum.

Taste is, in a word, hops. A slight malt sweetness to start with a peppery sensation and a hot alcohol note. Then grapefruit hops. Everything then seems to vanish from the palate momentarily before returning with a strong resiny bitter hop finish. Maybe the alcohol is just masking it or maybe my understanding of the style is misinformed, but its missing the fruit, yeast, and brown sugar flavors I expect from a barleywine. This seems more like a really hot DIPA.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with moderate carbonation. Not full or chewey. Excessively hot. I imagine this would be much better after a year of cellaring. I need to get a couple of bottles to store and compare against this review in 6 months and a year respectively.

Drinkability as it stands is pretty low. I'll try this again after a year.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with nice light copper / amber color. It also has a big fluffy off white head and leaves a lot of nice lace. The aroma starts off a little shallow when its cold, but as I let it warm they become more apparent. Strong notes of caramel are followed by a roasted chocolate, plums and has a background of hops. very pleasant. The aromas transfer to the flavor but then turns rather toasty, which gives it more complexity. Bready notes, and ends with light citrusy hops that blend together. The mouth feel starts off smooth and clean, but then turns warm and thick in the middle. It ends dry and bitter with a nice clean finish. The taste stays for a awhile, and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into a standard pint. Look is standard for the style. An aggressive pour produced little head. Golden amber body.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Very little hops in the nose, which is unexpected.

Flavor begins with subtle citrus elements mixing with the bold hops. Pine hops, toasted oats, creamy honey. Finishes with an intense hop and fresh wood flavor. Alcohol is subtle for being as high as it is. Very warming.

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Photo of Freshie
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Early 2007 release. Opened on 8/2/07, so i imagine thats ages at least 5 months.

Pours an amber, caramel color. Lacing is thick, but settles nicely.

Smell is very pungent with hops and a warming phenol alcohol.

Taste is a big hops smack. Sweet malt following, almost candy like sugar presence. A bit of citrus in there as well. High ABV warms the palate as you drink, bringing a rising smokiness to the flavor.

The hops and the malt seem to be a bit out of balance, which creates an uneven mouthfeel.

A bit of sipper, but I still enjoyed it. They went a bit overboard on the hops this year? I don't know. But even if I liked other Old Guardian vintages better, they still manage to make one kick ass beer.

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Photo of scottg
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT during the "Stone Extravanza."

Pours a cloudy orange wtih a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Sweet aromas or caramel, honey and apricot. Up front honey flavors with grapefruit and sweet orange hops followed by caramel, vanilla and chocolate with a strong alcohol finish and bitter lemon aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, full bodied this has a bubbly start and a very dry finish. The alcohol warmth is noticeable throughout, it is 11+%, but the balance of flavors makes this highly drinkable. Hoppy than other barleywines I've had but not surprising being from Stone.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn my arrogance. I broke into this baby too early. Just testing the waters...An attractive amber pour with a short lived cream colored head. Hops assail the nose with a potent alcohol backup. Taste has some of the malt presence, but it is out of balance with the aggressivness of the hops and the heat of the alcohol. Mouthfeel reaasures me that all is well, this just needs more time in the bottle to balance out. Drinkability takes a hit as this is just too hot and hoppy to be really enjoyed right now.

The 2006 bottles I've held on to taste mighty fine right now. I imagine about this time next year, the 2007 will too.

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Photo of nickss
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a typical 16oz pint glass.

Pours a deep copper with some reddish tinges... about a 1/2" solid head recedes oh so slowly.

Whew this one smells fresh! I guess thats what I get for drinking a barleywine shortly after bottling. Loads of hops... pine and citrus team up to slap the nasal passages. Despite the front edge of hops, there is definitely some malt in the backbone... I won't say its balanced, but then again, I don't like my barleywines to be too balanced. Quite nice.

Still a fairly hoppy flavour, but not quite so hoppy as the aroma would indicate. The malt is much more obvious, lending molasses and sugar-like qualities to the brew. The alcohol is fairly noticeable... not surprising considering the abv... still... could stand to age a year or so.

Perfect... big, thick, and chewy. Subdued carbonation with bittering hops. I can't think of any way to improve it.

While I love the flavour and the aroma, this brew is too hot right now to be very drinkable. Once again, nothing a year in the cellar couldnt remedy. All in all, quite nice.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed amber/peach color with minor white lacing. Immediate juicy, tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, apple, and cherry cut by bit of hop oil and an apparent alcohol. Very silky smooth mouthfeel on a full body and mild carbonation and some oily slickness is left on the palate. Caramel and sweet roasted malt starts the flavor rush and quickly pushed aside by hops. Pine, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus and a monster bitterness, a tad astringent, at the end. Some vanilla and oaken notes in the mix as well. Alcohol is fairly soft and fits in well in the finish with a peppery, dryness and citric acidity. A hop bomb even after a year.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an intriguing golden dark amber into my Lees Harvest Ale glass. Head barely comes to life and all but disappears. Aroma is caramelly sweet with hops riding in a staying on top. This is obviously young but not as pungent as some young BWs.

Hits my tongue with some mild carbonation and right into a syrupy sweet light hops. Hops intensifies on the tongue as it rolls its way back and makes me feel as if my tongue is swelling a bit. Not quite over the top for a young BW but you can definitely sense that as the hops mellow, the malt profile will dovetail into it and make something nice.

I do not get people killing the ratings on this one. It is fresh and can only be judged as such. If you think it will be good in a few years then it should be judged as such, without killing it now. On the other hand, giving this a 5 would be ridiculous. Waiting for a 1/2 case of this to lay down and will return to review.

Thanks to my buddy Spencer for finally bringing me something I did not have - I am still looking for something I cannot get!!

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Photo of BRLockwood
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Joey at South Bay Drugs in Imperial Beach, CA for throwing this in with the rest of my purchase. Keep up the great work Joey!

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium head - not great retention - but worthy. The cloudiness looks quite inviting, I can't see through the glass!

S: The first smell that comes to me is a caramelly/roasty smell - a fine start to this Barleywine. The hops come in with a nice herbal presence, and I detect a faint fruity smell at the end.

T: A classic Barleywine - good malt up front and plenty of herbal hoppiness as well. You get a big kick of alcohol in the aftertaste - but what you might expect from this 11.26 abv monster. A well balanced beer that just keeps kicking with all gears. To me the malt flavor keeps coming through and through.

M: This is definietely a heavy, chewy, but smooth beer. Carbonation seems to be just right and the heavy lacing on the glass leaves myriad designs as they gravitate towards the bottom of the glass.

T: The final pour of the bomber gives a real good head but again it settles rather quickly - which is a good thing in my opinion. The alcohol seems to subside as I finish the bomber - but that could be for other reasons! Truly representative of the style. I usually reserve Barleywines for the nightcap but this will be the only beer I drink today - and a fitting conclusion to my San Diego soujourn - at least until my package arrives!!!

Brian

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Photo of macster
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 spring vintage. Pours from the bomber a slightly hazy copper-bronze color under a creamy beige 1" head. Admirable head retention throughout the snifter with just some spotty lacing coating the sides.

Aromas are nicely balanced with notes of dark caramel candies, toasted malts, toffee and honey initially coming to the forefront with supporting background notes of citrus, oak and herbs.

Palate was quite full, round, creamy and slightly oily. Just a touch of fine carbonation to tinlge the tongue.

Flavor profile was expertly balanced between the malts and hops. Sugar Daddy candy, toffee, caramel are perfectly balanced with moderate tones of citrus, pine, spice and oak.

No gettin' away from the 11.26% abv. It makes its muscular presence well known in the finish, but is just right for a relaxed sippin' big ole' Barley Wine.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cellared this on 2/11/07 and I drank this on 2/12/08.

A- Poured into a snifter, this beer pours a clear orangish-amber color with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer. The head leaves some thick lacing at first. Very nice to look at.

S- Sugary sweet with a strong alcohol backing. Some carmel too. Not as much citrus from the hops.

T- Sweet, malty, and carmely. The bitterness has faded but it still lingers on the finish. Very boozy as well. The alcohol has melded with the other flavors nicely but this is still pretty hot.

M- Creamy and smooth. Very little carbonation.

D- This is a huge beer, so it's hard to finish a bomber by myself, but it sure is tasty. The drinkability has increased after a year.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my rep John for snagging this for me last year!
Pours up the color of orange marmalade/ orange blossom honey. A soapy one finger head stays then breaks down leaving medium lacing. Aroma- buttery caramel with a faint whiff of alcohol, some dried fruit-apricot maybe? Heavy malty aromas are keeping the hops down but they are there.
Mouthfeel- BIG bold barleywine flavor here. Not too sweet but you can tell the backbone is solid malt and the alcohol is present but is not too hot. A froth intensifies the hops and leaves a lingering metallic bitterness right on the back sides of the palate on the finish.
This ale has a thick resinous mouthfeel like a DIPA that just exudes all that is Stone! I do agree with mt5000 about it tasting like a barleywine and then fading towards a DIPA or IIPA. But I enjoyed that. This one was choice!

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Photo of jminsc76
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a decent head initially, with little lacing and no legs. The body exhibits a reddish orange color out of the light and a more yellowish orange in the light.

Strong aromas of candy, hops, and malts. Very complex. Even gives off a little graham cracker scent.

Flavors are sweet, and similar to the aromas complex, but as alexd3891 (who I am drinking this with while watching UFC) says, "it needs to come together more." For those with a palate of stone (no pun intended), you will get the flavors you need but the heat at the finish may disappoint slightly.

Mouthfeel is hot, slightly chewy, and exhibits a little bit of carbonation.

Overall, I agree with alexd3891 that this could use a little more aging to bring what is potentially a phenomenal barleywine into its peak. That said, it's about as enjoyable as a 2007 as a Bigfoot Barleywine by Sierra Nevada is in 2009. If you enjoy that at that year, you should enjoy this.

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Photo of wedgie9
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007 tasted on draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours amber orange with a thick white head that dissipates to heavy lacing. Sweet malt and cereal aroma with candied orange and some hops bitterness. The flavors are sweet maltiness with the candied orange really coming through but representing more rind buttebess than fruit sweetness. The cereal is prominent on the back of the palate. The palate is rather oily with medium carbonation and a long bitter finish. This is a great beer and the perfect example of a barley wine.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour into my tulip produces a cascading dark copper with a medium-sized light tan head. Short retention. Good-looking barleywine.

Smells pretty good. Unfortunately I just had an Old Ruffian yesterday, so this one is almost boring in comparison. It's got the right smell for the style, just seems a little muted, not so intense. Definitely nice though, surprisingly dark fruitiness almost like a dark Belgian, but with an obvious bright hoppiness. Amazingly deceptive 11%er!

Taste confirms what I already knew. This is good shit! Stone has never let me down! It doesn't seem to have the gorgeous look and stunning smell of Great Divide's extraordinary barleywine, but Old Guardian is certainly delicious. A lot hoppier than you would've thought, it's got a lot of bite to it! Smooth and creamy on the tongue for a good mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable! I paid 1400 yen for this, and it was worth every penny (^_<)~*

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was hard to hold on to this one for a year, but I am pleased with the results.

Poured part of a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - It has a hazy translucent peach copper color. It produced a 1 finger off white head that slowly dissipated to a thin crown. It left behind a decent amount of lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

Smell - The scent of this one has really changed from what I remember it smelling like. There is a huge booze presence as well as some fruit scents like grape, sweet orange and cherry.

Taste - It doesn't quite taste as good as it smells. There are some signs of oxidation, but that goes well with barleywines. The booze scent is huge. There is a nice caramel flavor that rounds everything out. It still maintains a large hop presence despite being over a year old. The fruit flavors of cherry, grape, and orange make an appearance, but the lingering booze finish quickly wipes them out. The finish slightly bitter, with the booze and the hops battling for supremacy - which detracts from the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel on this one is impressive. It is medium/full bodied, and has a good level of carbonation - nothing too lively, but keeps it interesting nonetheless. It is both slightly oily and slightly sticky at the same time.

Drinkability - Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is pretty easy drinking and tastes good, but the overwhelming booze in the flavor and the nose is too apparent.

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Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of abfraser
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange copper color with little to no head.

S: Sugary caramel malt, piney hops that have aged a bit giving it that medicinal quality, but not overwhelming

T/M: Quite hoppy, with the bitterness lingering through the finish. The blast of hops at first gives way to a nice caramel sweetness. But overall this is one the hoppier versions of this style. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced with good carbonation and full body.

D: Nicely balanced and drinkable given the 11% abv. But you're going to have to like hoppy beers to enjoy this one.

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Photo of Braudog
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Limited early 2007 release poured form the 22 0z bomber. It has a warm rosy visual appeal, lightly carbonated with a stoic rocky head. The aroma is sweet and sugary, making me think of some rich dessert. As expected, it carries a big stick to the palate ... syrup, oak, cooked caramel, and resin. Would love to do a vertical comparison of this one; me thinks it will age grandly. (#2729, 3/1/2007)

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