Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 08-05-2008

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's another stone beer!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 500ml bottle poured from fridge temp. Pours a mahogany with some carbonation. Beautiful. Nose is great - bourbon and the typically hoppy OG. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla, hops (but incredibly faded), and a lot of bourbon. This is incredible. So smooth after 7 years. Mouthfeel is thick and wonderful.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Rich malt, with a caramel/toffee like quality, slight oxidation, lightly boozy, with ample bourbon character.

A: Dark amber color, clear with a thin white head that dissipates into the glass.

T: Rich caramel like malt, slightly sweet, with some light esters of dried fruit, followed by an ample bourbon presence.

M:Full bodied with light carbonation.

O: Excellent; the 2910 base barleywine is definitely starting to show some oxidation, however the beer is still drinking quite well. The bourbon barrel nicely accentuates the base barleywine.

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Photo of Intlpostman
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Domvan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice and smooth with subtle bourbon aroma. 2014 vintage, so I wonder how this will be in a few years...

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraFlight
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrotherDylan
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, 2010 Vintage, cork and cage bottle

After 4 years, this beer is beautiful. It has become more wine than beer, but in a great way. Its very sweet and fruity balanced out with some bourbon and barrel character.

At 4 years the beer is a bit past its prime and starting to turn, buts its dam good as it is right now. Its mellow, its sweet, and its got just the right touch of bourbon.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MickeyHops
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle poured into Double Bastard glass. 2010 OG aged in bourbon barrels.

A: Pours a clear, dark whisky amber with a finger of greasy and soft looking light tan head. The head quickly faded into a soft bubbly film and lasting collar.
S: Rich and sticky smelling scents of caramel, bourbon, coco, hop resin, and candied dark fruits. Smells like an aged bottle of old guardian with its smooth, mellow and well integrated barleywine flavors with the added kick of some very mellow and lightly spicy bourbon barrel.
T: Follows the nose albeit a tad sweeter. Rich flavors of hop oil and tree sap, leather, caramel, candied dates, toast, chocolate syrup and toffee. The finish is full of sweet bourbon and candied/dried fruits, and the aftertaste is lightly spicy and full of tobacco and bitter pine hops and anise.
M: Full body, slick, smooth and sticky mouthfeel, low, soft and tingly carbonation. Very slight and welcomed booziness.
O: A rich a mellow sipper. The bourbon adds a nice dimension to a beer that already ages very well. Not the greatest I’ve had, but rich and decadent nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Decent retention for style and ABV.

Strong boozy barrel aroma that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Strong toothpick and toasted oak presence along with spicy, boozy bourbon but you can still pick up leathery malt, caramel sweetness and vinous dark fruit notes. Subtle grassy hops in there but they are really overpowered by the charred oak, bourbon and heavy malt bill.

Full bodied with a nice barrel presence that gives off strong dry oak and spicy bourbon sweetness that lingers over the leathery malts and sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Barrel is a bit stronger than I like with strong booze/heat but the caramel malt sweetness, toffee and dark fruit flavors come through. Dry toothpick and burnt oak followed by boozy bourbon with sherry like notes and vinous currant and fig. Could use more sweetness and toned down barrel flavors but it's still pretty good.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 141 ratings