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Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barley Wine - Bourbon Barrel

Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barley Wine - Bourbon Barrel
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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
I write this the Tuesday following our Stone 15th Anniversary celebration. More than 6,500 folks came out to help us celebrate our 15 years of being in the biz. And as with every other year, we are excited to find this one filled with many many interesting and exciting things. New "Stone Quingenti Millilitre" 500 ml cork-and-wire-bale program announced? Check. New coffee table-worthy book "The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes & Unabashed Arrogance" released late September 2011? Check. Another tome I co-authored called "The Brewer’s Apprentice" also coming out in September? Check. New Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station announced? Check. New "Stone Company Store" in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego opened? Check. Stone Europe announced? The idea, check. The location... not just yet. Hotel across the street from our brewery in Escondido to be built with new offices, a catering kitchen and event space announced? Check. The announcement of a building expansion to the south of our brewery that may allow us to brew a half a million barrels per year? Check. Impending secession from the city of Escondido to form our own city-state of Stonelandia? Uh, no. Not yet. We like Escondido. Although it’s pretty amusing to ponder the thought... hmmm... Stonelandia. I like the sound of it. Heh. Ok, back to the moment. The thing I left out in the list above was the announcement that along with the hotel and event space mentioned, we’ll have a new barrel-aging room. Enough room for many hundreds of barrels, which will mean a future filled with a lot more of the likes of what you have here in your hands. You could call it "a tasty barrel-aged future" if you like. I think I will.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
500 ml bottle brought to the group by brew3crew. Pours a clear amber color with a thin off white head. The aroma has caramel, some fruit, wood, bourbon, hints of yeast and light hop character. The flavor is a bit better; caramel, fruits, bourbon, vanilla, some wood and earthy hops. The hops are mainly bittering at this point. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 2010 vintage - extremely thin brownish pour with thin head. Nose of faint hops, slight vanilla, and slight toffee. Taste has a decent amount of hop bitterness but none of the other hop characteristics. Fruit is absent. Alcohol presence appears as stated. Very thin semi dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
500 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at the brewery in Escondido in September 2011 when this was among the first batch of Quingenti Millilitre barrel aged releases ($25...yes, twenty-five American dollars!). Pours a very hazy brown-amber color with only a thin layer of off-white head. Aroma of thick hot caramel, sweet bourbon, brown sugar, and dried dates and other sticky dark fruit. Flavor has notable bourbon, some lightly charred wood, big caramel, brown sugar, more sticky dark fruit, and a hint of the Belgian yeast. The three years since this was brewed plus the barrel mean that the hops have mostly dropped out of the normally quite hoppy Old Guardian. What remains is sweet and starts to veer toward cloying. It’s also flat and could use more carbonation. Except for a hint of booze in the nose, the quite high ABV is well concealed. As much as I do love Stone (and I live in Escondido), this Quingenti Millilitre series has been disappointing mostly disappoint. This one is maybe not so disappointing as the numbers from the other raters here indicate, but for $25 I would have expected more from Stone...much more. (20, 799)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Poured hazy reddish copper color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bourbon vanilla bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
500ml bottle, shared by brew3crew. 2010 vintage. Clear amber orange color. Pretty much no head or lace. Some orange zest in the aroma. Caramel malt in the aroma. Bigger body. Smooth, very light carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Woody flavor, light vanilla, light spice, some earthy hop. Moderate bitter, light alcohol, light sweet. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8196) - Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
500 ml bottle to snifter (2010 vintage; muled for the group by brew3crew). Looks good; a semi-transparent caramel with thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; sweet and boozy with notes of Belgian yeast, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (1920) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2013
Clear copper with small head. Nose of dry fruit, vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Tastes of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel and some vanilla. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23731) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2013
Bottled, at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy copper colour, mid sized head. Caramelly vanilla aroma. Mid sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Heavy on caramel. Long severely bitter resiny finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, a hint of bourbon. Flavour is sweet, caramel, some bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (8026) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2013
10 cl from bottle at Oliver Twist. Clear copper with a small head. Vinous with dried fruit, wood, some bourbon, vanilla, malt and toffee. Some warming alcohol. A pleasant beer to sip.

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