Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 | Stone Brewing

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91
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334 Ratings
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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010Stone 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by northaustin on 02-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
334
Reviews:
202
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
85
For Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ebrauser
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull pale amber with lots of creamy tan foam on top. The speed at which the carbonation bubbles are passing through the beer does not reveal the syrupy thickness of this one.

Pineapple dominates the nose with touches of wood as well as other fruit sweetness. The flavor matches the smell perfectly, with lots of intensely sweet pineapple and light, maybe Galaxy, hops. Oak and molasses deaden the fruit sweetness before a very bitter finish drives home.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and lots of citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus zest, and an herbal and almost medicinal hop flavor. Very alcohol forward too even after 1.5 years or so of age on it. Mild hop bitterness after each sip that lingers on the palate. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but this one has a better smell than taste. The alcohol seems to be pretty potent in this year's vintage as well which takes a bit away from the enjoyability of this one.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head, off white/orange tinged, nice retention. Not much lace. Beer is murky amber in color.

S: some alcohol and red wine aromas with cherry and malt notes.

T: Wow this is a strong one. Once you get past the booze, it is sweet, mostly caramel malts, some dark fruits, Nice earthy and hop notes in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one got easier to drink as most do but the booze was too much overall. As far as the non-booze tastes, it is fairly good.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Early 2010 vintage shared, poured into wine tumblers 10.13.11.

Nary any head, white, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Nose features a bit of burnt sugar and noticeable alcohol aroma with citrus hops. Taste mirrors nose, caramel up front, decent hop punch but despite the year and a half aging still significant alcohol heat on back end. Mouthfeel is light for style, marginal effervescence, no stickiness. I'm guessing this wasn't the best of vintages, not a lot of depth in the taste department.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

The beer pours a hazy tannish-brown color with a small white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel, brown sugar, pine and some orange. The beer smells very sweet and syrupy, with no detectable alcohol.

The flavor is heavy on the toffee with a nice amount of orange citrus and pine notes. There is also a lot of sweetness from the brown sugar. The orange notes really come through and increase as the beer warms. The alcohol is detectable but the beer is still easy to drink.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A classic American beer that never disappoints.

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 from Stone Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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