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:
#3,335
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
2,002
Liked:
1,709
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
11.47%
Alströms:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
539
Trade:
28
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Ratings: 2,002 |  Reviews: 284
Photo of beerbart
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This barley wine pours a rich, dark brown with a medium tan head, which is fairly well retained and gives a more creamy texture to the beer. The smell is mild, but is sweet like caramel and somewhat citrusy, possibly of lemon. The flavor is complex, like many barley wines. It has definite flavors of caramel, and a strong biscuity malt backbone. It also has some more subtle fruit flavors, maybe lemon or tangerine. The aftertaste is alcoholic and fairly dry, which is typical of barley wines, being high percentage beers, though the malts balance this one nicely and keep it from being overwhelming. There is also a good hop presence that really only surfaces on the aftertaste leaving a little bitterness in your mouth. This beer is not for the faint of heart, but that’s my style.

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Photo of colts9016
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. A light tan two finger head that has okay retention. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with some ruby/mahogany highlights. The beer is murky but carbonation bubble are visible. The beer has some legs and the head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

A rich caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, floral, earthy, spicy, and yeast.

The beer is has a nice strong hop flavor, it is floral, earthy, and some perfume. The malt has toast, biscuit, caramel, and bready notes. Yeast is apparent with some apricots.

The mouthfeel is chewy, rich, carbonated, and slightly astringent.

This beer has to be the best barleywine I have ever drank, Although it is 6 years old, it has aged beautifully. The alcohol is present but not hot like a fresh barleywine. The flavors have meld so well together that each sip is bliss. The hops is evident although not fresh, they still pack much flavor. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cory_nich
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of seedyone
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coopers Chelsea. Very pretty deep golden, treacle color. Fine bubbles leaving a solid sheet of lacing. Always a sign, IMO , of a well made brew.The aroma, while chilled points at oak. Then there`s the flavor & that`s why we`re all here.

First impression is butterscotch, slight but there. Just behind is a rich ale with an assertive presence of hops. IMO, this should satisfyretty much everyone that can appreciate an 11% ABV bevvie.

Very Very good.

Thanks to Dave for finding this gem & making it available.

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

Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the good stuff! Potent but extremely drinkable. Gorgeous appearance with a small creamy head, amber/ruby body, sweet fruit and cidery aroma, malt and hops kick in on the taste. Lots of warming action on the way down.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of schinebd
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bwbetts
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebooyakid
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Classic Release (11.2% ABV): Pours cloudy copper to reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger creamy/foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles, dissipating very slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing covering the sides with rings as it went down. The lacing stuck to the glass and did not budge, it was great looking.

Smells of caramel, sweet malt, toffee, light brown sugar, faint cinnamon, dark rum, toasted grains, piney hops, dark fruits, orange peel, grapefruit and fruity candy. Some herbal notes like tea leaf, fresh wet citrus hops and weed mix in with the malty sweetness which comes off lightly boozy and full of toffee and caramel.

Taste of strong booze soaked grains up front, followed by toffee, caramel, graham cracker, vanilla, orange peel, brown sugar, honey, tea leaf, piney hops, grapefruit, wet leather, tobacco, gummy bears, Belgian candied sugar, coriander or peppery spices and rum or even dark rum. The ABV is well hidden and the dominant malt base allows the hops to add character and nice complexities to the overall profile. There is a constant sweet yet earthy aspect that ties everything together and almost seems like a thick bready yeast acting like glue. Pretty damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side with average, fizzy carbonation, a medium to thick chewy body that feels dense and like leaf particles are floating in it. Aftertastes is slightly bitter, but still unleashes a lot of malty sweetness, caramel and toffee notes. Seems midway between an American Barleywine and a Strong Ale. Either way you classify this to me it was very good. Enough kick for a barleywine and enough flavor to help it go down.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Coorsy
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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