Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2011) | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2011)Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2011)
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3.85/5
Very Good
352 Ratings
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2011)Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2011)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by muttyd on 02-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
352
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
105
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 352 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this beer 11/19/2016 and it held up well. Kudos to Stone for making a barleywine that can last five years and not show a ton of age or issues.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
1.32/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a mini-snifter.

Deep caramel color with a light frothy head. Starts off promising.

But all downhill from there. I took one sip of this and poured out the rest of the bomber (probably 18 ounces). Even after 5 years, this thing is still overrun by hops. It's barleywines like this that turn me off to the American versions. Too much hops fresh and their presence is even more offensive with age. At least fresh you'll get some of the pleasurable flavors of whatever the hop, but aged you just get this stiff, spicy aroma and taste that lack any dimension or real contribution. Well, there is one contribution, just as with fresh, they successfully overshadow the malt flavors and otherwise undermine all that is good about a barleywine. This beer is essentially an egregious example of that.

Interestingly enough, I had a 2014 Double Bastard today and that beer is a much better barleywine than this is, even if not labeled as such. It aged better, tasted better, and had much more of a well-rounded offering of flavors and sensations.

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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopped_head
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was excellent, the first quality barley wine I ever tried

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3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.92/5  rDev +27.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of utfiero
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color- apricot nectar.

Aroma- decomposing meat and fruit, not very appealing. Hardly a head when poured.

Taste- I've found ambrosia. This bottle is a 2011 batch and we tried it mid-year. It starts buttery and semi-sweet with apricot and grapefruit marmalade, in the middle sweetens somewhat then finishes with a lingering citrus hops. A delight!

Poured from 650 ml bomber into wine glasses for tasting.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (2011) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 352 ratings