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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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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
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
536
Trade:
28
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,005 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zekeman17
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with light orange undertones. Creamy looking with a lasting thick white foam and lacing to go with active carb. Mild hop and malt notes on the smell. Well balanced hop and malt tastes. Very ale like for a barleywine. Alcohol is hidden rather well. Slight back burn. Good beer.

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

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

Photo of BSecaida
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logobot
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seifer1886
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -7.7%
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 +10.5%
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 +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of theandychrist
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of madelf66
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of colefarlow
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crismf
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jstonerock24
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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