Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2010) | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2010)Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2010)
BA SCORE
4.14/5
Exceptional
337 Ratings
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2010)Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2010)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by northaustin on 02-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
337
pDev:
9.66%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Photo of Zimbo
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the bottle this smells like an old tire yard in the mid day Summer sun but develops a nice complex perfume in the glass. Cooled and carefully poured, this had a cloudy deeply concentrated orange core with some unusual pockets of faded paleness towards the bottom of the glass. Thin head, almost off white with a fairly faintly light yellowish tinge. Very little carbonation, almost none at all. Fat silky body with a slight volatile fizzy end before leading a uniform and long but not overly challenging boozy bitterness. A pretty pumped up inflatedness which brings bigness at the expense of individuality and complexity.

Decent but a bit clumsy and not surprisingly unchallenging. A bit of a disappointment really. Maybe my expectations were too high but this certainly does not to be what I would expect from Stone.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Love it. Looks like a glass of auburn/brownish/reddish muddy water. Surprising head for such high abv that dissipates to froth. Excellent lacing. It almost looks like the foam at the top of a mug of cocoa.

Smell- Oaky booziness. Sort of sweet.

Taste- Delicious. VERY boozy. Some may not care for that but I personally love that. Tastes like its been aged in oak barrels, not sure if it actually has though. Excellent winter beer, has a little spice to it as well. Not a ton, not like a winter warmer or anything but its got some strong flavors. Maybe a dash of nutmeg or ginger.

Mouthfeel- Incredible. Very full and smooth. Good carbination but not at all "bubbly" somehow.

Overall- Would DEFINITELY buy this one again. Could be priced way way higher and still be worth it. I highly reccomend it if you like strong beers in general.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2010) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 337 ratings