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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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4.01/5
Exceptional
2,005 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:
#3,444
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
2,005
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 2,005 |  Reviews: 286
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Served in a Stone Old Guardian glass. This beer is best served at 55F to bring the hops, toffee, and alcohol finish.

The beer poured a tea color with a 1F head. The aroma was evident without holding the glass close: toffee and some alcohol.

The mouth feel, as expected, was very carbonated- the higher serving temp brings out the hoppiness and alcohol.

The taste is similar to other American Barleywines: toffee, big hops, and a strong alcoholic finish.
Comparing this beer to a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot- while similar to the Bigfoot in hops, toffee, and alcoholic finish- the Bigfoot seems more balanced and has more fruit in the taste.

Overall- this is a BIG beer. Best tasted at warmer temps- cellar temp to bring the hops and alcoholic finish. I wanted to taste more fruit- but the hops and alcoholic finish were too prominent.

This is an excellent beer for the style.

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

This review is for an early 2008 vintage consumed in May 2017. Pours a deep golden brown with good carbonation. Nose immediately dominates the air. Sweet caramel, malty, candy. Almost no hops present on the nose. Taste is absolutely incredible. It has become a English barleywine, for the most part. However, there is still a hint of hoppiness. Taste is caramel, toffee, prunes, malts, and a bit of bitterness. I love this aged!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,005 ratings
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