albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is not a barley wine. An over-hopped mess of a beer if the intention was to make an actual barley wine style ale. Alcohol is harsh, bitterness cloying. The sweet fruit notes that usually ease the alcohol taste are completely overpowered by hops. I bought this expecting a barley wine and got a double IPA. I can drink this, it’s not awful, but I’m disappointed.
UCLABruin (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Early 2008 release -- Pours an orange red with a yellow/tan head. Aroma is sweet and thick. rich with malt and grain scents. Flavor is strong malt with hops balancing it at the back end. smooth with that slight hop bitterness, but surprisingly no alocohol taste given the high abv. Good beer
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 this is a nice change up from the double bastard I have been drinking. It’s a slightly more elegant beer with a pleasant thick mouth feel.
JavierAldea (31) - , SPAIN - MAY 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good appearance, Complex aroma of herbal hops, complex, delicious and strong taste with a long hoppy end, One of my favorites..
LeviathanIPA (30) - chula vista, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this barley wine is delicious a deep ruby red color with a decent finger and a half sized head desipates quite fast. not alot of an aroma but gives of a slight malty hoppy one at that, smooth sweet caramel and malt taste with an alcohol warmth as it goes down
Alexmestas (29) - - JUN 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 in 22oz. bottle.
Unlike other barley wine style beers, this one seems to have a little less sweetness and a little more hops character. Which I like a lot.
The hops are as strong as in any IPA that Stone brewery makes. That last sip just lingers on the tongue forever. Wonderful.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It seems hard to find a beer that can mix so much sweetness with so much hops but Stone pulls it off nicely. Thank you for another fine concoction.
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.
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.
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 aren’t 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 it’s 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 didn’t dry hop this years batch (2011) but maybe they should have.