Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010 | Stone Brewing

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Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2010

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear deep ruby red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Dark fruits, cherries, figs, syrup, caramel malts, some alcohol, faded hops, sweet.

T- Piney hops are big and bitter, brunt aftertaste, syrup and dark fruits up front, very little alcohol. The burnt aftertaste is less off putting the more I drink this.

M- Medium body, little syrupy.

O- I did not try this fresh, but I still feel this is a solid beer at two years old. I am surprised how much hop bitterness is still in this beer. 11.1% ABV is not noticeable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber deep red on tap. Head took a minute to settle but eventually diminished to leave some impressive lacing.

First hints at a mollasas buttery smell but is a little faint.

The taste hits you right up front. It's like a zesty syrupy taste that changes into the molasses like flavor with a touch of the hops coming through. It ends very pleasantly with a sweet nutty burnt aftertaste. To me the sweetness of this beer combined with the hoppy burnt molasses flavors makes this one a great sipper.

The mouthfeel helps the flavor dance on the tongue at first confusing you into the complex notes. On tap this beer had a bit more carbonation than what I remember but I liked it. It lightens an otherwise thicker mouthfeel.

Can't wait to keep trying these year after year.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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pours a murky amber tone with slightly less than a finger of a creamy beige head; not much retention, lacing in spots.

aroma is great: smacks of heavy, sweet maltiness... brown sugar, caramel, maybe a hint of dark fruits... some hops evident.

the malty introduction of the flavor is quickly followed by a surge of hops, much more than i would have guessed judging by the nose. lends the beer a decided bitterness lasting through the finish, which also packs some heat from the alcohol. solid representation of an american barleywine, if maybe a little too hoppy/boozy for my taste.

smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel; drinking pretty well for a north of 11% ABV beer. will have to experiment with some more age on this one.

originally reviewed: 12-10-2010

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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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