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:
1,997
Reviews:
280
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
535
For Trade:
28
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,997 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of logobot
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seifer1886
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/7/2014 Drank 3/29/2016

A - nice copper amber clear beer with a big fluffy off white head that sticks nicely and leaves nice lacing
S - big thick caramel malts, grapefruit/piney hops, caramel, bread, little bit of oxidation
T - big sweet caramel malts, grapefruit and pine from the hops balances it out, some slight lemon peel type flavor in there too, oxidation starting to creep in.
M - big thick beer, alcohol completely covered, no burn at all, aftertaste is sweet caramel malts
O - great beer. Will drink again.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had one that was nearly 3 years old but it was still incredibly hot with a raw alcohol taste. I mean, once you got past that it was a good barleywine, but damn. How long are you supposed to age this stuff?? If 3 years isn't enough, I would hesitate recommending it to others.

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Photo of GStone899
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love barley wines and this one does not dissapoint. The smell is amazing! Very sweet and a sign of thinks to come. Taste is great with a light carbonation. You can definitely taste the caramel and brown sugar. Very malty and sweet so definitely a beer to sip and savor rather than gulp n guzzle. Finishes smooth with a slightly bitter after taste. I still vote for Old Ruffian by Great Divide over this one but it's close. Both great.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theandychrist
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of colefarlow
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crismf
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: amber, nice foam, some lacing

S: mild aroma of hops with a hint of citrus

T: starts off sweet with a hint of caramel and finishes with a predictable bitterness, but not overdone

F: effervescent and crisp

O: I enjoyed the OG very much. It had a very nice airiness quality and was very drinkable, it's a shame I was only able to find one at my local spot. Nice work Stone! I will definitely keep in my favorites list.

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Photo of blastbeatsmo
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a snifter: orange color, thin, persistent foam. Aroma suggests an aged ale, but this is a 2016 brew. I very much like the flavor for the style, minimal heat for the ABV. Licorice is noticeable.

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

Photo of Bigbearx207
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jstonerock24
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffwise
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SStein
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neurobot01
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 2/12/14 into a goblet (side by side with 2015 Extra Hoppy).

Look: light amber, with a dense head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: amazing brandy aromas—jam, alcohol heat, mild dark chocolate.

Taste: much the same. A hint of harsh bitterness keeps this from being phenomenal.

Feel: pretty thick, but good carb keeps it very drinkable.

Overall: this is a really good beer. I'd have no problem believing it was brandy barrel aged. I will definitely be stocking up on this going forward, and drinking with 2 (or more) years on it.

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Photo of gandres
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From growler to wine glass
Appearance: Brown hazy no head/lacing
Aroma: Strong aroma of toasted grains, not boozy even at 11 ABV
Taste: excellent, Bitter with strong sweetness
Mouthfeel: very good
Overall: Excellent beer, something to look forward to
Drank February 12, 2016

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Photo of dcotom
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobprice
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Omniwar
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale from Stone Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,997 ratings.
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