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:
#3,371
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
2,003
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
538
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,003 |  Reviews: 285
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

Photo of Babalu614
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a dark rusty brown with a fresh Khaki head.smells of dark fruits and citrus hops Taste of raisins and dates mixed with pine hops sweet robust malts balance this out , mouth feel is fruity hoppy and sweet . A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of bdiiorio
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chard_wells
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmg480
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitzy01
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KensWorld
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Returned to this beer (the first barleywine I ever tasted) at a barleywine tasting with friends. A vertical with 2011 and 2015 present. Served in a Kuhnhenn XV tasting glass. The 2015 was far fizzier and hoppier than I expected from a beer branding itself as a barleywine, though definitely notes of big malt, raisins, and figs were lurking under the surface. The 2011 mellowed the hop of the 2015 dramatically, and brought it much more inline with the style, though interesting notes of now-more-savory-than-astringent hops came through. There was also a unique, almost raspberry or strawberry jam profile to the 2011 which was an interesting departure from the typically-darker-fruits present in the style. Overall, excellent - a beer that truly benefits from cellaring.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Sampled at CBC 2016 - second day. Deep caramel pour with a thin beige head. Tons of hops in this barley wine, making it quite delicious. Notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine resin.

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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