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:
2,001
Reviews:
284
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
539
For Trade:
28
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

A 2012 bottle of Old Guardian, served to myself at cellar temperature in a snifter.

A pour of this stuff creates a beautiful, beige, two-finger frothy head that sticks around stubbornly. Also beautiful is the clarity and color of the deep-ruby, sort of mahogany body. Good lacing, too. An astounding appearance.

It smells sublime. It's an aroma of caramel, spicy hops, leather, ripe red apples, grape juice, and dark fruits. POWERFUL dark fruits. Prunes and raisins are pretty apparent. Maybe a hint of vanilla or bourbon, but not in a boozy way.

The taste is... phenominal. It's like potent hops soaked in caramel and dark fruit extracts. As it should be with a Stone beer, this has astringent, bitter and piny hoppiness, but not immediately. At the beginning of a sip, a sweet, luscious brandy character mixes with those awesome dark fruits. This sweetness then fades fantastically into a finish full of the deliciously dry, bitter hops. No alcohol in the taste. This barleywine is mellow and smooth.

Great feel. Somewhat thick with mild carbonation. It lets all the flavor complexities come through wonderfully.

This barleywine rules, dudes.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber bottled in February 2015 poured into a large snifter. Pours a deep mahogany color with a beautiful 1 inch head that dissipated very slowly and left great lacing all the way through. Smell is of caramel and sweet malt with some hops and then booze following close behind. Taste is of toffee and burnt sugar and then a combination of booze and hops that lingers beautifully on the tongue. Feel is smooth and luxurious. Overall, an absolutely killer barleywine that hits all the qualities I look for and more! Great ale for sure, definitely worth looking for and saving some if you can resist it long enough.

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4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour, a deep amber with beige foam. Nose is strong the second you pour it. Bready, malty, with hints of dark fruits. Complex flavors - get a lot of caramel and again, some dark fruit. Silky and smooth. This definitely exceeded my expectations.

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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,001 ratings.
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