Stone Old Guardian (Vintages 2004 and later)

overall
99
96
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 1945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.8
ALIBALI (2394) - Kiel, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2017
Vintage 2007 : Fassware. STONE BERLIN 2017. Ausgewogener UKEarther between MapleSyrupHoneyMaltyness, lovely AlkoKraft & der entscheidenen Resthoppyness🚀 WoodyMoosy, too😁...

4
PowY (975) - AUSTRIA - SEP 30, 2017
From tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Berlin, vintage 2007. Hazy copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is medium hoppy with settled ripe fruits - oranges and some grapefruits - along with a nice dense malty backbone (heavy caramel). Very balanced, good. Full body with a medium sweetness and a light and medium bitterness. The flavor is very malty, sweetish malt with honey, caramel, toasted bread, some sugar mixed with subdued hop notes (orange, some pine) with a lightly bitter finish. A real sipper, very balanced, very good.

Aroma: 8
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 16

4
dorain (514) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2017-09 getrunken. Ein klasse Barley Wine mit schwachen Hopfeneinfluss. Leider haben die 10 Jahre Lagerung nun so gar keine Auswirkung gehabt was recht merkwürdig ist. Ein solches Bier sollte sich deutlich gereifter und nicht so frisch daher kommen. Schade!

5
BrewMonger101 (1) - Henderson, Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2017 Despite being a really strong beer it's very easy to drink. I'm not really sure how to describe beer so I'm sorry for the lack of detail.

3.8
Banksiz (139) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 8, 2017
2015 release, opens July 2017. Malty-bready nose with some orange peel and cherry notes, Medium sweet flavor, with some bitterness. Full body, not at all cloying. No noble hop flavor. Finish is a bit harsh and coarse. No delicacy in the bittering. Good barley wine, but the coarseness of the bittering stops this from being one of the greats.

3.9
Skinnyviking (9670) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2017
Draught at MBCC 2017. Low fluffy lasting white head. Clear red body. Spicy sweet fruity caramel aroma. Wineous sweet malt caramel flavor without much hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.

3.8
llkc (2662) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2017
duft: malt sødme karamel lidt rosin dybe mørke toner smag. malt sød stør eftersmag

4.1
tfredvik (2027) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2017
Hazy deep brown body with a small, beige, long-lived head that sticks to the glass. Strong aroma of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits and overripe fruits. Very strong flavour of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits and burnt sugar. Incredibly well integrated alcohol. Moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter and long-lasting finish. Full body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. A wonderful beer that has aged magnificently. There is hardly any hoppy elements left in the aroma or flavour, this is all bitter malt and caramel. I’d like to taste a fresh Old Guardian one day, it will probably be a completely different beer.
[65 cl bottle, 2012 edition, enjoyed 5 years after bottling]

3.9
brnandersen (4065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2017
Draught sample at MBCC 2017, green session. Clear, amber colour with a thin, white head. Sweet aroma with rich caramel malts, resin, spruce, dark, dried fruits, some alcohol dense notes. Taste is sweet. Full bodied. Finishes slightly dry and fruity with rich caramel malts, toasted notes and citrus fruits. Big, fat, vulgar - American

3.7
Bidd (33) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Nice toffee notes, low hops level and too sweet. But nonetheless very good beer.


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