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Stone Old Guardian (Vintages 2004 and later)

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Punertavanruskea, kuparinen olut rusehtavalla, pitkään säilyvällä puolen sentin vaahtokerroksella, joka jättää hieman pitsiä jälkeensä. Tuoksussa toisaalta vahvaa makeaa karamellisuutta ja toisaalta vahvaa humalan tuoksua sisältäen havuisuutta ja hedelmää. Mielenkiintoinen ja houkutteleva tuoksu. Maku jatkaa samoilla linjoilla ollen alkuvaiheessa vahvasti karamellisen makean maltainen. Hetken päästä karamellisuus häipyy ja vahvasti humalan mukanaan tuoma hedelmäisyys, greippisyys sekä havuisuus ja katkeruus nostavat päätään. Loppupuoleltaan varsin kuiva ja ruohoinen. Lopputuloksena suu on hieman tahmea mutta kurkussa tuntuu kiva humalan katkeruus. Mainio yhdistelmä Barley Wineä ja Double IPAa. Toimii.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (3982) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
CBC 2016 Green session.Dark copper body with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter, fruits, toffee, grass and pine. Raisin and wood in finish. Pleasant stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (308) - Badalona, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2016
D’ampolla al BBF-Lab Barcelona 2016. Vintage 2013: Aromes de mel, fruits secs, magdalena, brioix torrat i una mica d’alcohol. En boca es dolça i amarga amb un final llarg i una mica d’escalfor. Molt Bona. Vintage 2015: Aromes de magdalena, brioix, préssec, poma, mel alcohol i fusta. Cos mig-alt i sedós. Final mig i no gaire amarg. Molt Bona!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (710) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2016 650ml bottle at Josh. Vintage 2013. Pale copper with a white head. Aroma is candied citruses. Taste is bitter, candied citruses, quite sweet. Candied citruses bitterness aftertaste. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Orange color. Huge malt aromas, sweet, caramel, dark fruits, hops. Taste is sweet, dried fruits balanced by a hoppy bitterness. Bitter and alcoholic finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1104) - ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Craft Beer Base, Osaka. Pours nice deeper mahogany, smooth carbonation and long lasting head. Aroma is as sweet as freshly cooked strawberry jam. Caramelized sugar and berry sweetness. Taste is also full of caramel flavours, strong malty backbone, tasting as I expect a good barley wine to taste. Yet, it has some hoppy feel to it at the end, Stone is being Stone and has hopped this massively. Long bitter linger is going to remind me this lunch-time half-pint probably for quite a long.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (2007) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2016
On tap @ Aces & Ales. Poured a dark copper color with nominal head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, slight hint of alcohol and bit of spice and hops. Taste of caramel, dark fruit and Stacey of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and quite tasty. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swesson (365) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2016
From a bomber. 2016 release (couldn't wait!). Pours a dark ruby/amber and makes a good tan head with zillions of bubbles. Aroma is of brandy, hops. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, hops, and is a bit boozey. Great way X ample of a seasoned barley wine. Love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1425) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (5101) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2016
2016 vintage on tap at Brewski 140516. This is a beer that is all about the hops and malt. Looks very good in the glass with an inviting toffee colour and an aroma that drags you in. You immediately get the sense from the very first sip that this beer will bite you if you mess with it - best to sip and savour.


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