Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
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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

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Added by smerrell on 02-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,644
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
2,029
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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Ratings: 2,029 |  Reviews: 291
Photo of csmrx7
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of byronic
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2015 vintage.

Pours a nice amber/tawny port in color with a thin head. Nice lacing after head breaks.

Smell is typical of an American barleywine and of Stone...Strong hops up front, and then the malts come in to provide a sweet balance.

Taste, unfortunately, is very medicinal. This taste overpowers the hops and malts, which still have presence, but are mostly buried by that cough syrup dominance.

Feel is actually decent considering the taste, it is medium/full with a nice smooth creamy texture. ABV is present, but not too much.

This one was a bust for me, but I think this is the exception rather than the rule. I would love to try this again, and see if it was just that this bottle was off.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

2013 bottle. Pours a ruddy brown, thicky foamy head with good retention. Aroma is wet fig, leather, piney hops - a tad fusel. Gives off a cough syrup vibe - very medicinal, the hops are super piney (even with four years on the bottle), deep caramel, sweet fig, tannin, fusel. Bit of a mess, though I am partial to English style so maybe it is just the deluge of hops turning me off. Mouthfeel is super thick and sticky.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red-brown with two fingers of khaki head. Head retention is tight and lasts a good amount of time, with good lacing left behind. Aroma is molasses, caramel, toast, and pine hops. Flavor profile is pine, resin, and herbal hops balanced with caramel, molasses notes. Toasted and nutted malts form a firm foundation. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth, creamy texture. Overall, a bold beer with a bite of hops supported on a sturdy malt foundation.

Served in a 12oz snifter form a 22z bottle. 2014 vintage, reviewed in December, 2017.

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

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a one finger off white creamy head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is toffee, brown sugar, plums, and cherries.

T - The taste is caramel malts, brown sugar, dark cherries, plums, grapefruit and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - A classic Barleywine. Great mix sweetness and bitter hops.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I love me some barley wine brews and this did not disappoint...

Picked this up in my local craft beer store, a tad bit dusty and with "2015" stamped on it. I snatched it 'cause it had been aging for two-year - good enough for me. And boy, did it age well. The beer poured a copper-ish color with caramel hightlights, little to no head and definitely no lacing. The smell was a sweet and tangy mixture of the barley wine and malts that lead me to a mouthfeel that was so creamy and smooth. If it weren't for the almost 12% ABV, I might have pounded this sucker. Anyway, the taste was boozy but I prefer something a tad more balanced when it comes to these. Don't get me wrong, I like the booze, but I do want to enjoy something more than its brute force capability. Nonetheless, this is definitely a good beer, and I'm glad I shelled out the bucks for the 16 oz. bottle.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Totally solid effort, have let warm as the bottle goes down, and it drinks just as well chilled as warm-ish. Lots of malt and molasses on nose, and quite sweet palate wise, but not overbearing. Orange undertones, hint stonefruit.
2016 so a year old, has mellowed, not too hoppy, but not too smooth either.

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

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a soft dark muddy brown color with an eggshell white foamy finger’s worth of head. Solid sticky stringy lace. The aroma had some dark fruits, sweet apples, caramel and toffee malts closes with a light tobacco quality. Grassy hops. The flavor balances between a strong semi-malty sweetness to the dark and apple fruits. Nicely blended aftertaste. Dry semi-smooth sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a solid sipping quality about it. Fairly dry, hop bitterness hits appropriately. Carbonation seems to have died off a bit. ABV still feels on par. Overall, very nicely done American styled barleywine that I would love to have again.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2012

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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of shigg85
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with ruddy hues. Has a fluffy tan froth that sits a bit. Redolent with brown sugar, caramel, cherry, plum and piney hops. Has a tasty mix of sweet (caramel, dark fruits, gum) and bitter (pine, faint resin) on the tongue. Medium in body with a pinch of spicy alcohol in the finish.

And old classic and the real deal.

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Photo of jkhobbs99
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunman3
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,029 ratings