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Stone Old Guardian (Vintages through 2003)

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.91%
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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinconaway99 (9) - USA - JUL 12, 2002
Decent barley wine from Stone. As usual I am thouroughly impressed with another fine product from Greg and friends!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark, burgundy with a mild head. Surprisingly better than expected for a beer older than ten years. Oxidation was there, but not too forward. And some sweetness with a good mouthfeel. Lost a lot of complexity, but still tasting ok.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LouisJizz (10) - trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
C'est tellement une bonne biere! elle edt tres bien balancer entre l'amertume et le sucre. elle a une bon arriere gout floral. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
A light amber pour gives a nice mostly white head. Caramel malt, pears, apples, apricots, and piney hops on the nose. Flavor has some oxidation but it is still tasting good. Stone fruit, caramel, hops, brown sugary flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7438) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2012
2003 bottle at Stone Bistro. It pours deep ruby-amber, with a thin white head. The nose is very sweet : brown sugar, caramel, toffee and honey. The taste is brown sugar, wood, ginger, nutmeg, alcohol, good bitterness, hay, over-baked cake, leather and caramel, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
2002 Vintage. RBSG 2008. Smells of dried apricots, caramel, and cane sugar. The apricot is very full and awesome. Bright on the sip with warm fruit flavors over a winey complexion. Finish is long but delayed in layers, very very dry (which I like), and bitter -- I used words like "damn" and "dope" when describing the finish, so it must have been fabulous. Lingering fruit, black pepper, and peppercorn, and astringent. "Refined" comes to mind.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2002 Vintage. A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a finger or so of tan colored foam. S: Starts off with caramel and citrus, mostly oranges, along with a nice sharp pine note. There’s a bit of vanilla in there, but also some cardboard, unfortunately. Brown sugar provides some more sweetness. T: Still quite bitter with a lot of pine and citrus peel. The vanilla is there again, as is a strong flavor of toffee. Grapefruit, pine, and grass add some perception of hop character. The cardboard is here, but it’s fairly minimal. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Not bad for a nine year old beer. I prefer it fresh or with a year or two on it, but still not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle shared by cbk. Thanks Craig! Hazy amber/orange pour. Aroma of caramel, floral hops and alcohol. Nicely balanced sweet caramel and bitter hop flavor. Great brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2003 bomber shared by cbk on 3/21/2010. pours flat yet oddly carbonated...? it smells very caramel-y (i’m not used to not being bombarded by hops in a stone brew!)... as well as buttery, malt powder, chocolate, green peppers and some orange peel. underneath is a note of slight beneficial oxidation. pretty similar flavor... quite dried out with citrus and bourbon-like spicy notes. it is falling apart but still tastes damn good! nice slick mouth feel. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Bomber shared by Craig at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Pours cloudy orange with a thin off-white head. The nose is caramel, fruit and booze. The taste is toffee, sweet fruit, molasses and light citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Very good with some age on it. Thanks Craig!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
02 bottle from winter storm 2010. Pours a deep amber with creamy caramel color head. Dominated by chewy sweet caramel malt, lots of sugar, bready malt, notes of dried fruit, and very old hops. Very enjoyable, wish I had a few bottles of this.


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