Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale | Stone Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smerrell on 02-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,000
Reviews:
283
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
537
For Trade:
28
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Photo of Roman5150
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: dark red mahogany with 2 finger slightly off white head, intricate lacing

smell: herbal earthy hops, floral notes, sweet grapefruit, clementines

taste: sweet earthy bitterness, you can feel the warmth from the alcohol, but it's not too forward. Very sweet aftertaste that coats the tongue with a warm bitterness.

mouthfeel: average carbonation with a thick syrupy feel

overall: A great brew from Stone, this is a very hoppy sweet beer that is superbly balanced. A regular buy from them, if you're a fan of any of their IPA's you will love this.

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Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Bauzen
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper in color.

Smells of strong malt, hops, and sweet caramel.

Flavor is hoppier than the smell would suggest. The ABV certainly aids the flavors along and gives the beer a flavorful bitterness. The sweetness doesn't last. In fact, it drinks more imperial-IPA-like than a Barley Wine. There's also an undeniable density to the brew. Carbonation makes it feel light, but it's anything but light. This is a serious beer, but the finish is refined, dry, and bitter.

Second to Stone's Enjoy by IPA, this is my favorite of their year-round offerings. It's potent and rewarding with every sip, a welcome variety from their bolder beers that can be hit-or-miss depending on what you like. Well done, Stone... Well done!

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Algebrew
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a rich, dark caramel color (hazy) and gathered a foamy light tan head about two fingers thick. The head was very long lasting and left a sticky, crawling lace.

Smell: There is a strong, sweet malty presence accompanied be some toffee and a touch of that hop-scent.

Taste: The beginning hits with an empowering sweetness, very malty/fruity; the middle ties down the malts and the sweetness with a more subtle kick of hops (very Stone-like); the end leaves with a nice mix of the sweet beginning and the bitter overtaking, overall finishing off pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This brew was surprisingly thick (more accurately semi-thick.) The amount of carbonation helped its smoothness greatly. It finishes nice and dry.

Overall: The best Stone brew I've yet to try. It was subtly complex, but maintained a superior richness and quality to what it was try to perfect. An excellent brew by far.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JustinAniello
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sitting down to enjoy my hundredth beer review on the site.

A - Pours reddish-brown with a two finger head that very slowly dissipates to a substantial cap and sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, resin, and caramel take up the scent, sweetness to it.

T - Dark caramel at first turning to heavy resiny hops on the swallow as expected from Stone. Alcohol shows through mildly in the aftertaste along with a smokiness, makes me think a little of scotch, definite numbing to the tongue after a few sips.

B - Medium body and carbonation, slightly syrupy. Oily feeling in the mouth after swallowing.

O - Overall a pretty good beer, especially if you are looking for one to sip through the whole night. Overly bitter in my opinion for a barleywine, would prefer more malt and fruitiness to show through. Would recommend for fans of Stone's other beers but would not be the first barleywine I would suggest.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dvanhandel
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,000 ratings.
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