el_guapo (28) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really well made bakery wine. 2013 22oz bottle. Quite hoopy compared to other bakery wines I have had, but I am a fan of hops, so we are good there. This one was especially bitter, also. Will buy again, for sure. Yum.
noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter at Euclid Hall.
A: Burnt Amber to Sienna with haziness brown hue. Unfiltered with a very nice thick head. Solid lacing but fades moderately fast.
S: Really complex off the bat. Hints of sweetness and sugar mixed with high california piney hops. I would have liked more sweetness off the nose being a barley but this is Stone so understandable that hops are the key ingredient. Thick malt back up the hops.
T: Minor sweetness up front but clean. I would have liked more sweetness, not cloying, but just a touch more being a barley. Mid palate is clean and the beer finishes dry. The hops arenít a torpedo on this one, instead they creep into your senses from the back of your palate. Very hoppy but not a hop bomb; this one is a sneeker.
M: This is a very heavy beer. They used a lot of malt to really back up the hop profile so it weighs heavy on the palate. Almost a meal in fact. Entire palate is coated cleanly and the hops on the finish completely take over the palate with a bittering affect.
D: Overall I think itís a pretty good barley wine. I would have liked a lot more sweetness up front and perhaps even more hop aroma as well as bittering in the beer. It seemed pretty mellow for Stone. I know they didnít dry hop this years batch (2011) but maybe they should have.
alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Early 2007 release, 22oz bottle..
Big foamy head. Citrus scent similar to an IPA. Tastes strongly of hops, toasted malts and little bit of dark chocolate. Texture is thick with light carbonation. After taste is caramel followed a few seconds later by bitterness. Alcohol is masked well for 11 %... it leaves a pleasant warming sensation in your chest. Flavor wise, Old Guardian reminds me of a cross between Imperial Russian Stout and an IPA. Another great beer from Stone.
bwilley (24) - Fullerton, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Early 2009 22oz. bottle. Great golden amber color with light lacing. Sweet nose with a bit of hops. Same goes for the flavor, a nice sweetness balanced by the bitterness of the hops.
Woodsman52 (23) - , Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite beers. Great flavor and palate. the color is typical of a great beer. the head dies down once you let it set for a minute but does not completely disappear. smooth malty finish that has an after note of hops.
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage @ the porter. Nose: white grapes and pomegranits! Flavor: alcohol, candy, very sweet yet smooth!! Very smooth! Hops hit you at the end and linger.
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what Iíve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor.
arojewski (22) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2011 poured November 2013. Poured cloudy orange brown with a thin frothy head that dissipated after the first sip. Very very faint alcohol bite considering the ABV. Very malty but not terribly strong tasting like most barley wines Iíve had.
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 release Bottle 1 pint 6 ozs. Pours a deep amber color with with small lite tan head. The malts are evident in the aroma of this beer as well as the barley wine acohol smells. Tastes suprisingly well for a fresh barley wine, as they excell with age. Hits the palete nice with hoppy, malt afternotes. This one can seeks up on you with itís suttle high acohol content. As a cashier at the store I work at, I have recomended this beer many times, one day I told a guy to give it a try. I saw him a few days later, and asked him what he thought, he said it was alittle sweet for his liking but still a great beer, but itís only draw back was that he got too bused off a pint, what can I say this is a real beer drinkers beer.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Limited 22oz into a snifter. Dark red-orange, very small off-white head. The hops hit you right away like most Stone beers, but has a nice, tart warming finish, unlike the others. An excelent, drinkable barelywine with solid fruit and pine flavors. The alcohol is almost non-existant until the warming finish. Very good.