Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale | Stone Brewing

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
BA SCORE
85.4%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 2,002 ratings
Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smerrell on 02-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,327
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
2,002
Liked:
1,709
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
11.47%
Alströms:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
539
Trade:
28
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,002 |  Reviews: 284
Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmg480
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitzy01
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Returned to this beer (the first barleywine I ever tasted) at a barleywine tasting with friends. A vertical with 2011 and 2015 present. Served in a Kuhnhenn XV tasting glass. The 2015 was far fizzier and hoppier than I expected from a beer branding itself as a barleywine, though definitely notes of big malt, raisins, and figs were lurking under the surface. The 2011 mellowed the hop of the 2015 dramatically, and brought it much more inline with the style, though interesting notes of now-more-savory-than-astringent hops came through. There was also a unique, almost raspberry or strawberry jam profile to the 2011 which was an interesting departure from the typically-darker-fruits present in the style. Overall, excellent - a beer that truly benefits from cellaring.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at CBC 2016 - second day. Deep caramel pour with a thin beige head. Tons of hops in this barley wine, making it quite delicious. Notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine resin.

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greencovesteve
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2013 just last Wed, and came crawling back to,catch a bit of the remaining keg on Saturday. Thought about it those few days and couldn't wait to see if any left. This stuff was absolutely amazing. Taste, smell, mouthfeel is rarely matched. On the level of Bourbon County for me. Would like to compare to fresh now.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Giving those deep copper and amber appearance feels, this one has a thin 1/2" head that dissipates quickly. Aroma was lots of crystal malt, lots of c hops, lots of alcohol.

Taste is much like Ruination, but even bigger. Waves of crystal malt and hop bitterness with the stinging bite of a double digit abv. So much malt it doesn't seem as hoppy as it is, but I'm confident this clocks in around the 100 ibu range. So if you're up for something huge, check it out. Not an every day drinker, decent in small quantities, but no way am I doming an entire 22oz of this to myself.

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Photo of dag1991
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber bottled in February 2015 poured into a large snifter. Pours a deep mahogany color with a beautiful 1 inch head that dissipated very slowly and left great lacing all the way through. Smell is of caramel and sweet malt with some hops and then booze following close behind. Taste is of toffee and burnt sugar and then a combination of booze and hops that lingers beautifully on the tongue. Feel is smooth and luxurious. Overall, an absolutely killer barleywine that hits all the qualities I look for and more! Great ale for sure, definitely worth looking for and saving some if you can resist it long enough.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stanley23
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackbranches
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 release. I have been cellaring this for almost four years, let’s see how this evolved.
Nice red mahogany color with a thick light caramel head with short to medium retention.
Malty aroma with notes of orange marmalade, caramels, pine, molasses, rum and red fruits.
This has an intense flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, wood, a bit of charcoal, resin, eucalyptus honey, cherries and raspberries jam, American yeast, nuts, tangerine, biscuit, caramel, and toasted malts, cinnamon, butterscotch, dates, earth and some cocoa. Dry aftertaste with a long though rounded resiny bitterness.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat sticky sensation. Alcohol of 11% is very well disguised; it is just complimentary to its flavor and perfectly integrated.
Very good American Barley wine; very complex and intense with no sharp edges. At some point I had to stop looking for flavors, because they would just keep coming. Very drinkable considering the style.
For this, I am glad this winter was colder than in the recent past. I feel that I could have aged this even longer, though.

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Photo of TylerJ
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 2,002 ratings
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