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RATINGS: 1886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1034) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Tried on draft at Pizza Port in San Clemente. A really incredible brew. I am actually surprised it is a barley wine style ale. The flavor is an awesome sweet balance of hops and malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 "is it possible for a beer to punch you in the face (twice-first a malt jolt, then tremendous hops), and yet still leave you wanting to drink another right away. that was my first experience with this massive-in-every-way beer, and I havenít changed my mind. BEST BARLEYWINE EVER!!! the only thing preventing this from being a 5 is that it was better fresh...it didnít age as well as a Barleywine should."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Bomber, 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy copper with an off white head with good retention. Lots of hops in the aroma, floral and earthy. A touch of caramel, but surprisingly not as much as expected. Flavor is very bitter. Not overpowering, but enough bitterness to overpower the malt. I have had aged bottles of this beer that were far more balanced. While this is good fresh, a couple years of cellaring really makes it amazing. Still very good at this point but too much hop bitterness to allow the malt to shine. Quite sticky and well carbonated..

UPDATE 10/30/09
Drinking an 08 bottle and wow...this beer canít get any more perfect than it is right now. Smooth and sophisticated in every way, tons of toffee and caramel, a bit of earthy and citrusy hops left in the aroma, mellow and wonderful. Bumping my score up a few points as this is definitely one of the best barley wines Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stephenbush (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2009
caramel, resin, floral, citrus, woody, orange, hazy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Stone Brewing Company Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale Limited Early 2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--11.26% ABV--95 IBUís. (4.65 / 5.0) Barleywine--No head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Rich floral hop malt fruit front. Rich tangy smooth caramel fruit IPAish mellow sweet body. Smooth tangy hop spice mild EtOH malt spice big balanced fresh end. Rich Hoppy Not Over The Top mellow sweet Barley Wine.Best So Far. Sampled 4/6/2008. $5.19 Each. Stone Brewing Company--Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale Limited Early 2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--11.30% ABV--95 IBUís (4.5 / 5.0) Barley Wine--Mild off white light lace head. Bright hazy rich pretty amber color. Rich floral hop malt fruit ester aromatic front. Tangy sweet crisp zesty rich hop infused complex caramel fruit malty thin texture big body. Malty hoppy spicy hot EtOH end. Tastebud Killer! 8/15/2009. $3.69 Each.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
2009 Was an amazing year for this beer! Much lighter then a typical barley wine, very caramel and very round. This was like drinking candy. Maybe because it was sitting around for so long. Nice hop profile and plenty of depth. I wish I could say the same from the 2010.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Best barleywine I have had. 22 oz bomber Pours an amber color with a nice white head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2009 Early Release, cellar aged. Appearance is deep copper/amber with a few tiny pieces of sediment and great head retention, off-white head. Aroma is toasted toffee, caramel, spicy resinous hops, biscuit, very balanced. Taste is toffee, caramel, toaste, pine, alcohol, mild spicy hop bite on finish, still very dominated by hops upon tasting. Body is full, below average carbonation, not quite creamy, bittersweet finish. Overall, a great age on a great beer but Iíve had a 4 year old Guardian and all I can say is, donít drink this unless it has AT LEAST 2 years, around 4 or 5 is perfect for this hopped-up monster of a barleywine. Props to Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 24, 2011
Just amazing. Has a bunch of powerful flavors that i am having problem putting a name on. Very sweet but balanced out by a lot of hops. Reminds me a bit of the best imperial ipaís i have had, but with something more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DMLINAZ (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Thick, rich, creamy, with hints of toffee or caramel/ butterscotch. Hazy brown/orange pour into a snifter-type glass, with a foamy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Very smooth, malty, great aftertaste. Iím pretty partial to Stone.

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