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RATINGS: 1811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PMgep (80) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2008
pretty nice color kind of amber, nice aroma. the flavor is hops and caramel.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2014
This is perhaps my favorite barleywine. Every year a characteristic balanced malt hoppiness screams out of the glass. The body and carbonation just perfect. A balanced bittersweet finish leaving you ready for more. It has a citrus pine hoppiness to a biscuit toffe maltiness that doesnít lean to far toward fruitiness. American all the way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Limited winter í04 release, 10.06% alc...evidently they vary. This is the second barleywine Iíve tried and they seem to keep getting better. Caramel, citrus, and malt maybe roasted malt flavor with a surprising dry hop finish. Medium white head with a caramel hop aroma. Iíd love to try it on tap some day, maybe my next trip to San Diego. Anywho, great beer...Itís really starting to kick in now so Iíll enjoy whatís left of it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (78) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Stone is how I came to know and enjoy Barley wine. This will not disappoint. Stone Rocks again with a quality product! MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Stone Old Guardian. This brew pours out a nice reddish-orange hue that was a tad cloudy. It had a white head and It has a floral aroma coming from what seems to be the hops, raspberries, and wheats. It was pretty hard for me to place to be honest. It feels warm in the mouth, probably because of the 11% abv. Itís a fairly strong brew but the strength doesnít distract you from the flavors of strong hoppiness with a slight sweetness in the middle. I want to say caramel, but again, I canít seem to place it. Great beer to sit with and simply enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
This is the strongest beer Iíve ever had. This is like the beer version of the Chantico at Starbucks because you had to sip it for a while. Itís stronger than La Fin du Monde. I had this last night at some place, but I donít know what vintage it is.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone RBSG, 2004 vintage. Cloudy butterscotch with no head. Exceedingly smooth with background alcohol and aged malt. Very caramel-like. So strong and thick... Age did a great deal of good to this. Very tasty!! I could drink this often!! I think this might have been the highlight of the afternoon.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Overwhelmingly bitter. Lots of hoppy citrus. Malt characteristics are overpowered. Not at all what I expected from a barley wine and not one Iíll buy again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 release. Pours an opaque amber with quickly receding tan head. Aroma is boozy with pitted fruits and citrus hops. Not surprisingly (since it is a Stone beer), the taste is boldly hopped. Silky mouth feel. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 22 oz bottle: the aroma really grabs you at first. Smells floraly, hoppy, malty, fruity, and wonderful. The head is small, but itís extremely creamy and swirly. beautiful deep, deep golden color. The alcohol is hidden behind a multi facited of hops, fruits, malts and buttery goodness. I like this brew because itís quite, quite hoppy and malty. I feel similar tastes, aromas, and finishes from both IPAs and american strong ales... quite an experience.


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