Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale | Stone Brewing

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style AleOld Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
2,003 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:
#3,367
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
2,003
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
538
Trade:
28
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Release, enjoyed 25/5/13, colour is a dark garnet ruby brown, fairly hazy, with an amazing film and retention, a very pretty beer. 4.75

S – lots of fruity, herbal notes, banana, pecan pie, nutmeg, lots of rich cigar tobacco and syrupy espresso, burnt caramel with a bit of a nice toastiness, leafy forest. Very interesting and complex integration. Steller 4.5

T – slight alcohol spice prickle, with warming wood smoke, burnt caramel linger, hearty campfire smoke, plummy fruitiness, toasty syrupy maltiness, with some restrained caramel honey bourbon sweetness, some spiciness that permeates the flavor, cardamom maybe paprika. 4.5

M – definitely big bodied, a sipper, slight carbonation with restrained sweetness, a bit of a cloying mineral aspect , cigar smoke drying out the side of your mouth, , hop oils come through on the feel, drying and slightly tart. 4

A very nice barleywine, lots of complexity and great flavor. A smooth body with malt and rich caramel fruity notes. A very rich flavour, with biscuit and leafy tropical notes, so full and rather dry and tannic feel to it. Very worthwhile beer.

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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz bottled 1/11/13. Yeah, I know, you are supposed to wait. I can't. I made an effort. I'll pick up another and hide it better next time.

A - ruby red pour with cloudy brown interwoven. One finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - brown sugar, grapefruit, berries.

T - grapefruit and hop forward. Some back end malt sweetness dark fruit style and a slight tinge of alcohol. Tart finish. Picking up some raisin and a hint of toffee.

M - moderate to low carbonation. Decent amount of heft but not thick or sticky. I take that back. Things get sticky.

O - Solid offering, this one will warm you up and hit you. A good beer to share with a friend and a discussion. Would like to try one that is properly cellared. Based on my willpower, it may need to be off site.

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into my Tree House tulip. Have been obviously holding onto this for a while and hoping to start the night off on the right foot.

A: Pours a nice, clear ruby red with a frothy off-white head that leaves behind some nice lacing as it fades. A really good start here.

S: I'm picking up mostly on caramel and toffee sweetness from the high ABV and dosage of malts. I do get some hints of piney hops, but these are dominated by the aforementioned.

T: A lot of the same caramel notes from the nose are on the front of my tongue, but then are washed away by some pretty intense hop bitterness. I'm surprised that these have hung around as much as they have given the age of this beer, but I shouldn't be shocked since this is a Stone beer.

M: Solid carbonation and a smooth coating of the tongue. The ABV is hidden well, but this is most definitely a sipping beer.

O: Barleywines are not my favorite style of beer, but I enjoyed this. I should have probably closed the night with this instead of starting it (or split the bottle a few ways with friends), but I'm happy to have tried it aged.

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Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,003 ratings
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