Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine
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3.64/5
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Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by srroos on 02-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
576
pDev:
16.48%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
94
Trade:
4
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Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for almost 7 years now, so I figured it was time to try one. Poured out of the 22 oz. bomber into my snifter glass, this beer pours a medium amber/copper color. Has a slightly of-white head that's about an inch thick when first poured with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Head eventually settles to a thick, fluffy surface coating along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and excellent lacing. Aromas of toasted, bready, caramel malts along with some spice notes, Belgian candy sugars, and some fruit notes of dates and apricots. Still has a nice earthy, citrusy hop aroma too. The taste is pretty much the same, with toasted, bready caramel malt sweetness that gives way to Belgian candy sugar and date sweetness along with a hint of apricot. Also a bit of clove spice. Has a grapefruit and earthy hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor profile. Really good mix of flavors, and while it is slightly boozy the 12% ABV is well hidden here. While I'm sort of surprised that 7 years later this beer is still as hoppy as it is, being that this is Stone I'm really not at all surprised. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, slightly chewy and sticky, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The flavors really saturate the tastebuds and coat the inside of the mouth nicely and linger for a long time after each sip. Another excellent beer from Stone. This one aged very well.

Eric

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Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2011 Edition

A one finger light tan head with terrible retention. The color of the beer is murky with some mahogany and orange hues. The beer does show some life with carbonation bubble dancing it way to the top.

A rich sticky caramel sweetness assaults your nose. Citrus, toasted malt, biscuit, bread, toffee, floral and some yeast.

The beer has a caramel, wood, vanilla, citrus, toasted malt, bready, yeasty, floral, and resin

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated, and slightly astringent.

This beer pales in comparison to the the Old Guardian BW. It tastes as if they dry hopped stuffed it in a barrel and then bottled it. The beer is big and boozy, yet lacks refinement like its brother. It is a decent barley, but it could be much better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very orange colored barleywine, much like a dipa. Aroma was belgian spice rack, fucking huge.

Taste dropped lots of caramel, yeast and citrus. Huge hops and malt. Its hella hot, lots of alcohol wafting all the time in this one. Yeast still giant. Its a big beer that does nothing subtle.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Mark for sharing this enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a tulip.

The color is dark brown with tan head and lace sticks with translucent clarity. The smell is malt with a date-like aroma with fruity yeast and nutty aroma with slight hop scent. The feel is good with tangy and spicy entry with moderate carbonation and bitter middle with decent balance and spicy alcoholic finish.

The taste is good with bitter herbal flavor mixed with nutty dry malt flavor and tropical accent in the yeast flavor with almond paste type sweet element and caramel in the back with some hop bitterness interspersed into a lightly alcohol flavored finish. Overall this is a very good belgian yeast fermented American barleywine American hops adding citrus and bitterness to balance

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobertColianni
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 2010, enjoyed on tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2015 in Boston.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gjahn123
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcookmeyer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Bottled in 2011. This comes off as an English Barleywine in an American Belgian Barleywine style. It almost tastes like it's barrel aged. Lots of caramel, vanilla and wood. Very intriguing.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 576 ratings